Published October 29, 2010
apple , gadgets , iphone , mobile , news , technology
Tags: mobile, numbers, phone, sales, units
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.
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.
Published July 9, 2010
gadgets , mobile , news , technology
Tags: bell, mobile, rogers, samsung, toronto, ttc, Wave
Toronto Transit Commission is trying to help you stay in the loop with recent technology announcements. Heading underground? No need to end that phone call. The TTC is working on it. There is renewed interest in integrating a cellular network into the transit system. Keep working away on your crackberry or continue to buy music from iTunes no matter how far you are underground. It’s good news for cellphone service providers because more airtime in use likely mean more data plans and more revenue. Perhaps Rogers will stop jacking up my cable bill because they will be making more money from me on my cellphone plan.
Another medium on the rise is text messaging. The TTC also announced a new service to offer customers more information for their particular route. Select routes will have numbers that you can text in order to find out how long the wait will be. GPS units are installed in some vehicles so expect it to expand depending on demand. Standard text messaging costs apply.
The latest Samsung phone has become available on both Rogers and Bell at the same time. The Samsung Wave boasts a Bada operating system, 1Ghz processor, Super AMOLED display, and more. So what network should you go with? Rogers: $100 with a 3 year contract ($475 no contract) Bell: $30 with a 3 year contract ($300 no contract). Hmm, math is hard. Both require data plans so expect to be spending over $50 a month.
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.
Apple’s latest magical creation raises the debate between tablets and netbooks. While intended use versus real world usage will vary, it comes down to user experience and preference. So which one am I going to stick with?
One of the few things I’ll have a hard time transitioning to will be the form factor. It has it’s positives and negatives. While a tablet opens up your day to ultra portable computing a netbook functionality is limited by the need to type. The intuitive touchscreen makes walking, talking and computing a big checkmark next to a tablet computer.
While the keyboard may be a limiting factor for the netbook, it is also one of it’s biggest features. Being able to sit down and type out a long and detailed email or document is a significant advantage over a tablet. While typing on a virtual keyboard is an option, it certainly does not compare to a physical keyboard.
Battery life. The iPad reportedly will run full HD video for 10 hours and have standby for a month. A netbook will maybe get you 4 hours (maybe 8 with a bulky battery).
Input ports. You absolutely need a USB port and not expensive fancy adapters. Video out for presentations. The bluetooth option opens up keyboards and mice and other devices.
Screens. While the 10″ screen on a netbook is adequate it simply does not compare to a device that can display HD quality video. Tablet computing here excels.
Navigation. Touchscreen navigation for the win. A tiny touchpad just doesn’t compare. While some touchpads are more user friendly, generally the larger the pad the better the experience. Hence a fullscreen touchpad device is a dream to navigate.
I’m really surprised how much more productive I am now, while I’m on the move. While a table will never completely replace a laptop/netbook form factor it certainly adds another dimension to mobile computing. Heck it even redefines mobile computing. We’re on the cusp of a new user experience.
Published January 6, 2010
gadgets , mobile , news
Tags: android, canada, google, htc, mobile, Nexus, one, rogers, wind
With eBay the only source to score a Nexus One Google superphone Canadians were kind of left out of the loop. However there is hope. Wind Mobile supposedly is in talks to bring the phone to Canada. Woot! This would be a significant coup for the fresh wireless company. But keep in mind you have to buy the phone which is currently priced around $500 US, so expect to pay at least as much if you want experience the Google superphone in Canada.
Android 1.5 got ya down? Tired of harassing Rogers and HTC to provide an OS update? Well there is some good news in store for HTC users in Canada. HTC will be providing some updates for the Magic and Dream. The Magic will get the full 2.1 update, while the Dream will get some updates but remain at 1.5. I guess something is better than nothing. The Magic now appears slightly more appealing.
However we’re all waiting on the Sony Xperia X10 aren’t we?
Published December 17, 2009
mobile , news , technology
Tags: cell, mobile, phone, wind
Wind Mobile has moved quickly since getting the green light from the industry minister. Retail locations have opened up and they have teamed up with Blockbuster as a distribution partner. Just some quick numbers.
The cheapest plan $15 a month
$5 unlimited texting
The only thing that might hold customers back is the initial cost of buying the handset. $450 for a Blackberry Bold 9700 might scare some people off. In the long run, it still works out to be cheaper but most consumers are used to the “free phone” business model other companies have been doing. I think a lot of consumer don’t realize that their monthly charges over the course of their contract ends up paying for the subsidized phone buy costs more in the end. The no contract thing forces Wind to charge customers the full price for the handset upfront.
The other thing bugging potential new customers is the inability to port a phone from another carrier. I think once they build up a bit of a user base activating an unlocked gsm phone on Wind shouldn’t be a problem. As well the number of handsets should expand. Porting a phone number as well should be available soon.
If you have no plans to switch you still might be in luck. The added competition should force your existing wireless service provide to offer you a more competitive contract. Rogers, Bell, and Telus have had it good for a while now and the recent text messaging fees they have been cashing in have padded their profits nicely. Just make sure you aren’t paying for those free text messages. Hopefully we’ll see a return to good customer service.
Telus has agreed to purchase Black’s Photos stores in a bid to bolster their retail presence. This move follows Bell Canada’s purchase of the Source retail stores from Circuit City. It would appear that the battleground for mobile subscribers will take place in malls across Canada. While Telus already has kiosks in many malls the additional Black’s Camera stores will help with Telus’ exposure.
Rogers Wireless so far has been mum on adding retail locations but perhaps they are putting something together. The iPhone alone puts enough clout behind Rogers to add subscribers and Bell has the Palm Pre and perhaps even the Pixi. Telus has … cute commercials. All I gotta say is Telus better get some cool phones or risk losing market share to Globalive.