By Xeni Jardin at 9:46 am Fri, Jun 21, 2013
The problem with this map is that the layers are stacked. The red iPhone dots are placed on top of the green Android dots, which are placed on top of the purple Blackberry dots. So you only see a green dot when there isn’t a red one in the same place, and you only see a purple dot when there is neither a green nor a red dot in the same place.
So click some buttons.
That’ll show you the different sets individually, but doesn’t get you an accurate comparison map.
Agreed. The maps are interesting, but they need to go a step further and mix the colors.
This doesn’t look that different than a population density map of the US.
Or as XKCD would put it:
They do kinda need to subtract the population densities from these things. I wonder why they don’t?
If you look at Chicago, the difference between the Android users and the iPhone users is pretty stark. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that the northside and the loop have the majority of iPhone usage while the westside and the southside have more Android.
I noticed the same thing with respect to Newark and certain areas of Brooklyn. So this made wonder whether the difference is simply the result of price, or if culture is involved, for instance, maybe, the way in which the advertising is designed and directed.
I’m used to BoingBoing being America-centric, but this map covers a large part of the freaking planet – it’s just centred on the US as a starting point.
It actually shows some interesting demographic correlations. Looking at Birmingham, AL, you can definitely tell the haves are mostly using iPhones, while the have-nots are mostly using Android devices.
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