HTC Prez Sez “iPhones Are Not That Cool Anymore”

HTC America’s acting president Martin Fichter has managed to make a statement so baffling that the very mind itself boggles. As GeekWire reports, Fichter talked at the Mobile Future Forward conference, and had this to say about “cool” phones:

“I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”

Huh, really? Because last time I looked, iPhones and iPod Touches were still the device of choice among high school and college kids, helped along by Apple’s aggressive and annual back-to-school sales. And are you honestly telling me that any Android device out there has the instant recognizability and cachet that the iPhone does? Sorry Fichter, not buying it.

[via BI]


  1. Chris says

    What a douche!!! Of course your daughter will have an HTC phone, you are the president…haha Yea force her to have a regular phone that is not as good as an iPhone.

  2. Rowan says

    This guy is an idiot I would like him to tell me who lines up for an HTC phone. I fix and resell iPhones and I can sell a 3G for more money than the Evo. Why mention Apple, it would be better if he said no one has Blackberry phones or something.

  3. Henry says

    I am 14 and go to secondary school. I recently bought a iPhone 4 and when I brought it in I had a series of kids go “wow! You have an iPhone!” and on the bus they can’t keep their eyes off it! Seriously, I dunno what’s going on in America, but here in the UK- the iPhone is still -the- phone to have. Someone also at school said I would swap my htc for an iPhone anydad as it is the popular phone, but only because of price.

  4. IllusionEntity says

    He can bag on the iPhone all he wants. It still won’t make his products better or more successful. I’m 19 and I think the iPhone is the best mobile phone ever created. And my mum has one.

  5. MuddyPaws says

    I teach at the high school level. I have had a iPhone since day 1 with the first one. The kids usually come to me with questions and stuff and they have come to know I sell my current model when the new one comes up.

    Anyway, talking about phones this week I mentioned I would be selling my 4 soon and only a couple this year showed any interest. They said the iPhone was “old”. I am using their words. The students I asked here are mostly running with Droids or they are planning on a Bionic or a Galaxy S2 in the next couple of months.

    I was surprised. Last year there must have been 40 or 50 or so kids in my classes with iPhones of one flavor or another but this year I believe that number is less than a dozen.

    Real or perceived, I have to agree. I am still on the fence about upping to the 5 based on current rumors that it won’t be much of an upgrade. We’ll have to see. I don’t think just a slightly faster processor and a slightly better camera and a slightly better antenna all packaged in a phone that looks the same will get me to upgrade.

  6. Tyger says

    I could see how iPhones could be seen as old when new androids come out every few weeks and they each have a new exciting name and iPhone just comes out once a yeay and only changes number.

    I just smile when they say iPhone users are just buying into the hype.

  7. MuddyPaws says

    Tell me what? I am speaking from experience. I asked my kids today and they said “It’s not that the iPhone isn’t cool and all but it’s kinda old and boring.”

    That’s high school kids talking. Not me.

    For the record I have a MB Pro, a MacPro, a couple of iPods, wife has a iPad and I have a iPad2 and I have had every iPhone released. No troll here.

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