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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.

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Tablets get wrong pricing

The success of the Apple iPad had competitors jumping into the market like hotcakes. All boasting more features, better product, and more but what it really comes down to is dollars. While all the bells and whistles may make non-Apple products attractive the pricing just isn’t right.

Pricing has always been a competitive advantage of Windows based pc’s over Apple computers. Unfortunately the numbers have not translated when it comes to tablet computing. The latest HP Slate is predicted to be priced at $799 and aimed at corporate America. That’s not even close to the same price region as the iPad. Why would I spend more on a tablet device? The features are just not compelling enough.

The next offering is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. At $499 the price is just right but hold on, it’s only a 7″ device while the iPad is 9.7″ While Samsung has a better chance at cutting into Apple’s pie it’s not a slam dunk by any means. If it was a $100 cheaper you’d see a lot more conversions.

In the grand scheme of things tablet computing is a small percentage of overall computing sales. The decision consumers have to make is whether features or pricing matters. With the prevailing economic situation it won’t be hard to see what consumers will choose.

Comparison

Why do you shop online?

A news tidbit offered up some interesting numbers about Canadian shoppers.
Online shopping up to $15 billion (almost $13 billion in 2007)
The number of orders are up since 2007. (95 million from 70 million)
Men more likely to buy something online than women (42% compared to 37%).
Most common product being travel services.

So why do you shop online?
I do it mostly out of convenience. When I’m at work and I want to buy something I can do it by a click of a button. Biggest complaints about in store shopping: store stock, lineups, the people, and parking. Nothing is worse than driving to the mall to buy something on sale only to see that “out of stock” sign. Then I feel obligated to buy something to ensure that the whole trip was not a waste. Who likes coming home empty handed?

Lineups suck, plain and simple. Nobody likes to be stuck behind the chatty senior, or the lady shopping for a family of 12 and two shopping carts, or in the so called “express lane” where the cashier is waiting for a price check on an item. Lines suck.

People suck too. I’m talking about the rude, smelly, fat, talking loudly on your cell phone losers who you’re grouped together with all looking for that item on sale. Doesn’t it suck too when they get the last one just ahead of you? GGrrrrr.

OMG, over there, the holy grail of parking! Oh wait, that’s a handicapped zone. *sigh, keep circling. End up following someone to their car, only to have them take 10 minutes to buckle their seatbelt, and fix their hair, before even starting the car. Then you park, rush in to buy your item, find out it’s out of stock, get back to your car to see your car door dented because of the idiot who parked next to you. Who designs these parking spots to be so small in the first place?!

Free shipping almost always seals the deal for me. If you can offer me delivery to my door at no extra cost I am more likely to buy stuff from your website, even if it’s not on sale.

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)

Canadians in no iPad rush

With little fanfare iPads are launching in several countries starting tomorrow. For many Canadians there’s no rush to get one. The early adopters already own one after driving across the border or purchasing one from the grey market. Best Buy, Futureshop, and Apple stores expect to stock limited quantities of all 6 versions, however if you’re hoping to get one be advised that the entry level model ($549, 16 GB, wifi, non 3G) will probably sell out. At best you’ll have to drive to more than one store to get your hands on one if you don’t plan on lining up overnight.

I’m projecting the sales of the 3G version will be quite limp given the pathetic data plans offered by Rogers and Bell. $15 for 250 MB? Really? I suspect even the dumbest rich bastards won’t fall victim to that scam. Maybe if it came in a distinct color to denote that it was indeed the expensive version or at least some other markings to let everyone else know that you have a superior status symbol. Perhaps it would be a good idea for next year’s version, hmm?

For the poor folk look to the cheap electronics market of Shenzhen China where knock offs and bootlegs are plentiful. For a mere $100 you can own a 7″ ipad clone or if you want something with a little more power, $400 gets you a 10″ model with Windows 7. There’s always going to be a cheaper alternative to those who are willing to wait on technology.

Price plans, limited stock, or simply a poor choice to waste your money. Any way you look at it iPad sales will be lower than expected. While we are close to our neighbors to the south, Canadians are not blindly following sheep like our American cousins. Ipod yes. Iphone yes. Ipad no.

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.


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