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Frank Meehan has been getting the tech world’s knickers in a twist by claiming women find Android-based phones too geeky.
The founder and chief executive of hardware firm INQ Social Mobile reportedly told gadget newswire Mashable recently that pretty girls only use iPhone or BlackBerry handsets.
“She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It’s too complicated. It’s a geek device, it’s all wrong,” said Meehan at the recent Mobile World Congress 2011 event in Barcelona.
His is the company behind the INQ Cloud, also known as the first unofficial ‘Facebook phone,’ based on the Google smartphone operating system.
But while some tech geeks have dismissed the INQ range as underpowered and superfluous to requirements, given the numbers of social networking apps already available, Meehan has defended his company’s approach by saying an obsession with specs and features has meant Android-based phones are missing out on a lucrative market that buy smartphones as the latest fashion accessory.
Frankly, we think he’s talking utter rubbish and that girls are just as interested in ‘speeds and feeds’ as guys are in the look and feel of the latest gadgets. Otherwise, that would make the executives in many big corporates demanding to replace their BlackBerrys and PDAs with iPhones and iPads very effeminate indeed.
The question is, have you had similar gender-bending smartphone experiences using Android or do you know any women that do?