By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
July 27, 2010

Even with the record set straight, a Yankee Group survey gives cold comfort

My colleagues at CNNMoney can be forgiven, writes the Yankee Group’s Carl Howe in a “Setting the record straight” blog post Monday, for getting a statistic wrong in their brief summary of his 3,500 word report “Why iPhones matter.” (Available for $1,295 here, if you have an expense account.)

Reading the offending sentence fragment — “77% of iPhone owners say they’ll buy another iPhone, compared to 20% of Android customers who say they’ll buy another Android phone” — and the chart (above) on which it was based, I can see how the confusion arose.

What Howe actually wrote was that “over a third of Google-branded Android phone owners say they plan to buy an iPhone.”

In his blog post he adds what the analysts call some color: “36 percent of Google-branded Android phone owners say they plan to buy an iPhone, surpassing the 32 percent of Google-branded phone owners who intend to buy another Android phone.”

Bottom line: Still good news for Apple (AAPL). Not as bad for Google (GOOG) as it seemed on Monday, but not very good, either.

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