I'm the first to admit that waving your smartphone around while walking around late at night probably isn't the best idea, and that goes double when you're in a place like New York City. However, it seems my Nexus One and I needn't worry, because muggers these days don't want Android phones. At least, that's the way it seems thanks to two muggers targeting Columbia students and their Apple smartphones.
According to NBC News, two muggers currently operating in uptown Manhattan are only after iPhones. Police say that twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones. Though the first victim complied, the second victim had a Droid, which the thieves didn't want, so they took the person's money instead. The third victim was also without an iPhone and she got thrown against a fence and searched for her troubles. Thought the Columbia students that spoke to NBC were alarmed, they were apparently also offended. One girl said, "It's insulting that they don't want my BlackBerry."
One student points out that this speaks volumes about the iPhone's resale value, and we're inclined to agree. Though many Android devices, and indeed some BlackBerrys, are just as expensive as the iPhone, a well-priced iPhone on Craigslist or eBay certainly won't last long, while a BlackBerry or a DROID might take a little longer to move. Obviously, it's in these guys' best interests to shift their stolen wares as quickly as possible.
Police are still searching for the men involved, and have released surveillance footage in an attempt to identify them. Until then, mind your iPhones, folks.