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Phone sales numbers

The first thing that comes to mind when I look at the latest IDC Mobile Phone report is: who is buying all of these phones? Is cell phone turnover that high these days? Also take into account that these are just quarterly results.

Top 5
1. Nokia
2. Samsung
3. LG
4. Apple
5. Research In Motion

Despite the number shipped (110 million) Nokia is in trouble and they’ve been in trouble for a while now. The Symbian OS is flawed and it’s traditional European stronghold market is under fire from increased competition. Nokia has the most to lose. Unfortunately the good old days are over. Keep building quality phones, cut staff, and other costs, ditch Symbian, and learn to live with a smaller market share.

The biggest gains will come from Apple (obviously) as they continue to penetrate new markets and sign agreements with local carriers. They aren’t concerned so much with overall units shipped in comparison to profits. So long as they continue to sign profitable agreements with international carriers willing to bend to their will, Apple will continue their methodical approach to entering certain countries.

Research In Motion (RIM) is also looking good. While they aren’t going to be number 1 with their current phone offerings they are positioned well to stay in the top 5. The handset viewed as the business person’s smartphone is a strong competitor to the Apple iPhone. Growth should continue but not as the same rate as Apple.

Expect Samsung and LG’s numbers to drop going forward. While Samsung might hang on in the short term with the success of the Galaxy line it won’t for long. I would expect compelling handsets from HTC and Sony Ericsson to put a dent in their units shipped.

For consumers, let’s hope cheaper, non-contract phones flood the market for our hard earned money. New features, cheaper voice and data plans, and don’t forget, awesome phones.

RIM still king

At least for the meantime. Judging by ComScore‘s latest numbers Research in Motion is still hanging on to the lead despite their issues with India. Apple is closely behind with Google Android users gaining quickly. Has this been the year of the Android? The last quarter’s gains seem to have been at the expense of the rest of the industry. Noticeably absent from that list: Nokia. I don’t know what they are doing over at HQ but they’d better get the ship turned around and quickly. Also things aren’t looking good for the Windows Mobile platform. At this rate they will be squeezed out of the mobile arena in no time.

RIM 39%
Apple 24%
Android 17%
Microsoft 12%

Airphone No.4 amusing review

Hmm, should I? Get one that is. I had been considering visiting my favorite ebay seller but am somewhat reluctant. Thankfully this guy beat me to the punch. Be sure to watch the full video clip, it’s quite amusing.

The Airphone No.4 does look like a very good clone of the iPhone 4g. Like many cheap knock offs, it looks the part but falls well short in the performance department. Touchscreen does not even compare to a real iPhone. Camera quality is poor. Despite it’s “GB” branding, the only storage available is the micro SD card you choose to plug in. Apps? Pfftt, forget it. Don’t expect many websites to load up unless they are using the most basic html coding. Videos get the 3gp treatment again. If you’ve owned a previous Chinese clone phone then the interface is familiar and you know what to expect.

Looks like a good clone. Performs like crap. Don’t spend more than $100 on it. Always remember when you decide to buy an iphone clone, you get what you pay for.

(engadget)

Mobile Platform Sales and loyalty

Android phones are selling like hotcakes. Compared to the iPhone the Motorola Droid sold more units in the first 74 days. This is certainly good news for Google and Motorola, whose mobile division has been on life support for a while now. Still the dividing line between iPhone users and Android users is still clearly apparent. Each have their own loyal users who swear by their mobile platforms.

Ultimately the success and failure of any platform is its applications. The iTunes store had a bit of a head start but made the best of it racking up tons of applications for every possible use. However the inconsistent approval process has deterred some developers away, often claiming censorship, favoritism, and heavy restrictions. The Android store boasts 30,000 apps currently available for download (Apple has about 140,000). Still some ways to go but it’s still good news for Google.

The odd man out? Research In Motion. While still the “business man’s phone” Blackberry users still have their loyal users in tow. However with newer flashy features available on other platforms the numbers are beginning to weaken. In a recent survey 40% were willing to trade their Blackberry for an iPhone. While only 32% would trade it for a Nexus One. Probably just a case of “the grass is greener”. Still plenty to choose from and many features to offer. Making the phone decision even harder. Try to stick to a short term contract and try them out. You may like what you find.

Android platform surges ahead

Research in Motion (36%) is still king for the time being but there’s a new number 2 mobile platform. Android (28%) has overtaken Apple iPhone (21%) OS in popularity. The number of handsets available across multiple service providers probably has a lot to do with the Google platform’s success. The Apple iPhone is still only available exclusively through AT&T in the U.S. Sprint meanwhile has decided to stop selling the Nexus One. (link) The sales of the Google phone are lagging significantly behind the iPhone however the OS continues to show up on more and more phones.

Perhaps we are seeing a consumer backlash from recent corporate Apple behavior. Problems with AT&T’s 3G service, the arbitrary app store approval process, closed OS platform, public spat with Java, and the mishandling of the lost iPhone prototype. However if you love Apple, you will still love them regardless. On the other side, if you dislike Apple you will continue to do so. Each side remains polarized as ever.


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