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The iPhone is now America's best selling phone, becoming the first smart phone to top the list. It knocked off Motorola's Razr, which held the top spot for three straight years (12 quarters).  (Source: MSNBC)
The trendy iPhone continues to surpass sales expectations despite its share of problems

Love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny that Apple is the king of brand image.  As the days of the classic iPod wane, the iPhone is quickly assuming its place atop the Apple product line as the king of trendy.

Since its inception, the device has met with mostly rave reviews.  While it frustratingly lacks many seemingly easy-to-implement features, the overall package was and still is, to a large extent, arguably ahead of its competitors in several key categories including the user interface.  The perks led TIME magazine to name it the invention of the year for 2007.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is listed on the iPhone patent as one of the device's inventors, has been thrilled with sales.  He and his company were pleased that the reception for the latest iteration of the device, the iPhone 3G, remained warm despite a number of various problems, including reception issues.

Now the Mr. Jobs has something else to gloat about -- his device has become the best selling phone in America

Days ago, the iPhone passed an important metric, knocking Blackberry off as the top smart phone in terms of customer satisfaction among business users.  Now the phone as achieved an even loftier accolade, dethroning Motorola's Razr as the best-selling phone in America for Q3 2008.

The new data, coming from NPD (the leading wireless research firm), represents the first time in 3 years that the best-selling Razr failed to top the list.

The NPD reports that overall, cell phone sales are down 15 percent.  Despite this and a sagging economy, the iPhone was able to seize the lead.  This also comes despite the fact that the overall iPhone price with the service plan factored in was raised with the release of the iPhone 3G.

Obviously, love it or hate it, the chic iPhone is king of the smartphone jungle for the time being.  RIM, Google and others may try to knock it off, but in the end it is Apple that did what these competitors could not -- make the first smartphone to become the best selling cell phone in America.

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How the...
By LorKha on 11/10/2008 3:23:31 PM , Rating: -1
How the hell did the Razor held top position for 3 years?! I'm sure the local cellphone gave it away for free but for 3 years??

I owned a Razor and it SUCKED!! Nokia and Samsung phones FTW!

RE: How the...
By Spivonious on 11/10/08, Rating: -1
RE: How the...
By theapparition on 11/10/2008 3:56:21 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, I've heard the "RAZR" is a pretty bad phone.

And I've heard that Vista sucks, that a Chrysler can't go 10 miles without replacing a transmission, that global warming will turn Antartica into a tropical paradise, and that Obama is a muslim and McCain is just the same as Bush.

Doesn't mean any of that is true.

My wife has a Razr (pink of course), its been the best phone by far that she's owned. Is it the best phone out there, how the hell would I know........, but from personal experience, it's not a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination.

RE: How the...
By Spivonious on 11/10/08, Rating: 0
RE: How the...
By UppityMatt on 11/10/2008 4:48:05 PM , Rating: 5
well i have also "heard" that 80% of all statistics are made up.

RE: How the...
By BruceLeet on 11/10/2008 5:04:17 PM , Rating: 3
Ive heard my share of irony for the day

RE: How the...
By quiksilvr on 11/10/2008 8:25:07 PM , Rating: 2
RANDOM FACT 1259: No one cares if your experience was different, it doesn't make it a legitimate counter argument!

RE: How the...
By omnicronx on 11/10/2008 4:51:00 PM , Rating: 5
.. you know someone is making up a figure when they use a fraction like 5/10.... I can pretty much guarantee you that 1/2 RAZR's are not returned.

RE: How the...
By Diesel Donkey on 11/10/2008 5:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
I believe the ratio 5/10 was something used to make it easier to visualize. For example, you wouldn't usually say that 1 out of 2 people were dissatisfied. You might be more likely to say that 5 out of every 10 people were dissatisfied. In this case, though, I think that 5/10 is a bit silly since most people can visualize 1/2 pretty easily.

RE: How the...
By gochichi on 11/10/2008 7:51:02 PM , Rating: 3
Haha! Well said.

I had a RAZR that I lost, it was a very good PHONE. It was supposed to be "fancy" at the time I got it but it was really just a good basic phone (it had the fundamentals done well, and it looked and felt good in your pocket). Using it was like using a land line... it was just good as a PHONE. Not a PDA, not as a calculator, or as an internet device. It was a good phone.

I've noticed that "smart" phones have really taken over the market. I have noticed this much more so than the iPhone per say being the number one phone. When the Razor was king it was obvious, everyone had one, I mean everyone. With so many smart phones out there it's not so surprising that the iPhone is tops because it is relatively unique.

I mean, my T-Mobile Shadow (which I like for the most part, it certainly fits my needs better than an iPhone would) is a Windows Mobile phone, not too different to the Dash, the Wing, and the other 15 windows smart phones out there. So I am sure that Windows Mobile phones are up there in numbers, it's just a lot easier to taylor fit them to your needs. I for one, wouldn't want a full blown stylus and keyboard style phone. If getting a Windows Mobile phone was as cutthroat as the iPhone's one size fits all, then I think they would have the king of the hill.

If the iPhone makes you happy, then good for you. I personally can't stand it, I can't stand the brand actually (bad experiences, and bad attitudes abound in Apple-land). I need something that can be worked fully with one hand, and to me the touch screen business is a fake holy grail.

You can really see how gimmicky touch screens are when you look at the iPhone wannabes. Phones should have buttons IMHO.... and few of them.

I bet MacBooks are probably some of the top selling notebook models, but again, you run into the situation that I can buy two 13" laptops from Dell alone, not to mention the bevy of 13" models from Sony, HP, Lenovo, and so on. Oh the irony, you actually get something that's not at all unique with Apple... it's this one authoritarian choice. Like it or leave it (I chose leave it these days).

RE: How the...
By robinthakur on 11/11/2008 8:58:06 AM , Rating: 2
LOL I remember when the RAZR was a prestige phone when it first came out. The OS was hideous but you are absolutely right about the calls, it was at least reliable. Re smartphones, even MS people I've spoken to don't like using WiMo and freely admit that the iPhone is revolutionary in its UI. Before I used the iPhone I would agree with you on the touch screen, but the type of touch used is very different to that used on Wimo phones from HTC/rebranded HTC as they are capacitive Touch screens and far more sensitive/precise/practical. I can't imagine having no butons on a Wimo device, it would just be a tortuous exercise trying to use it (especially with a finger lol) but despite my initial lack of faith, the iPhone works well, (to the disappointment of some people) and has been very successful because of this. With my last Wimo phone, quite often, you wanted to scream into a pillow, it was so frustrating to use. Wifi was hit and miss, 3G disconnected most calls within 2 mins (it made revision 1 of the iPhone 3G seem really decent by comparison!), the menu system was too fiddly to use reliably as the touch screen varied in sensitivity and the build quality left alot to be desired. I had two WiMo's and neither really seemed to reach the potential which their specs and the reviews claimed they did. Say what you will about Apple, but they got the phone right pretty much first time, when how long has it taken MS to attempt to fix their OS?

WiMo could have been very successful, but I think the window has passed now where it is rapidly getting outpaced by things like Android and the iPhone OSX, and MS don't seem to want to fix it to something decent since Crossbow came out. Look at the latest Xperia SE phone for more evidence of this decline.

RE: How the...
By Oregonian2 on 11/11/2008 10:50:18 PM , Rating: 2
I've noticed that "smart" phones have really taken over the market.

Have they really? Are more smart phones sold than non-smart phones? I'd be surprised that low-cost didn't win out over features.

Do things like Kindles count as smart phones or dumb phones? It has a EVDO data phone in it and many if not most buyers don't even know it's a phone at all (no microphone at all), it's just Amazon's "WhisperNet". More hidden because there is no contract, no payment at all to Sprint (network being used). There may be others like this I just don't know about (mother bought a Kindle for my birthday early last week). It's a secret as to how many sold, but apparently quite a few since Oprah gave it her blessing.

RE: How the...
By Entropy42 on 11/10/2008 6:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
I have a RAZR V3XX and it is a fantastic phone. I've read about complaints and problems with earlier versions of the phone, but Moto seems to have fixed a lot of that with this version. Some people complain about the battery life of the V3XX, but for my usage (and given the size of the display vs size of the phone) I find it perfectly reasonable. I can see how someone who uses the web browser a lot, etc, could have battery issues. But there is only so much you can expect from a phone with those specs and dimensions.

RE: How the...
By Omega215D on 11/10/2008 8:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
One thing to remember is to take your phone to the carrier's store to see if your phone needs a software update. I've had my Razr update a couple of times and it's been reliable and trouble free for a couple of years now.

RE: How the...
By mmntech on 11/10/2008 3:35:33 PM , Rating: 3
The Razor was trendy with a lot of young women for a while. Seemed like every girl I knew in uni had one. I have an iPhone through Rogers/Fido. It's a pretty solid phone when it comes to web features. The phone part though... it keeps dropping calls. I suspect its an issue with Fido's service though and not the phone itself. Of course you can never get a hold of them to find out.

RE: How the...
By MarcLeFou on 11/10/2008 3:42:49 PM , Rating: 2
Fido/Rogers have horrible cell coverage.

You're much better off with Bell or Telus.

RE: How the...
By omnicronx on 11/10/2008 3:47:59 PM , Rating: 2
Its probably the phone.. Bell has better national coverage, but rogers is better in all urban areas. I used to get full signal with rogers in places that bell got little to none.
My guess is his problems are due to the 3G coverage, and the iPhones sub par reception.

I'm on Bell now by the way..

RE: How the...
By Tsuwamono on 11/10/2008 10:56:55 PM , Rating: 2
I love telus. 4 years so far and i have never once called and had bad customer service. yet i had to call for my friend who had rogers because he was too pissed off to talk to them and i called and waited on hold for an hour until they hung up, called again, got hung up on, called again got transfered to 5 different people and was put on hold for 20 minutes at a time(one was like 40 min actually) and then finally got someone who preceeded to call me an idiot. I called back a final time and finally got a Chris guy who was absolutely a god send. I asked for the manager and praised him up and down but told them id cancel my contract if the other guy wasnt fired aswell as the 3 other people in my family(actually my friends family but at this point im pretending to be my friend)

As for bell... Well i have had them swear up and down that everything is my fault for internet, phone, cellphone, TV etc. and only once was it actually on my end...

for me my loyalties are:

Cable: Videotron(in quebec)
Internet: tech support.. amazing prices)
Phone: Telus
Home Phone: Videotron

RE: How the...
By vapore0n on 11/10/2008 3:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
Reason why the RAZR was #1 was because no other manufacturer put out a sleek, slim, light weight phone like motorolla did. Back then (5 yrs ago) it was a very nice phone.

Apple just did the same with the iphone. Its sleek, its handsome, its trendy. Fits their image too.

RE: How the...
By amanojaku on 11/10/2008 3:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
That, and the fact that the RAZR was/is available from every carrier, whereas most phones are locked into one. I would have an iPhone, despite the fact that it's overrated, if it was available from T-Mobile. All the current phones T-Mobile has sucks compared to my long lost, completely non-stylish, but functional and long-lasting Sony Ericsson T610. Since I can't get an iPhone I'm looking at the G1.

RE: How the...
By silversound on 11/10/2008 5:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
nokia phones are nice and drop proof, but they are kinda ugly. sony ericsson phone are better than samsungs...
iPhone is a pure invention from all other phone companines, now they all try to copy

RE: How the...
By Chocobollz on 11/12/2008 1:07:39 AM , Rating: 2
Drop proof? LOL! Now you made my laugh! Most of the Nokias I've ever seen are getting scratches all over their casing.. And no, I think it isn't Nokia, left alone Sony-Ericsson phones which is the most drop-proof phones, in my personal experiences, it was Siemens phone which have superb build quality. I bought my Siemens CT65 in 2003 for 100 bucks and its still alive and healthy now, despite the facts that I've been drop it for so many times! It even have dropped down the stair once, and yes, it still alive! LOL!

Well, I think that, all mid & low-end models from Nokias are junk ~_~ I have 1 Nokia here (Nokia 2112 CDMA) and I think it's junk too. Nokia cellphones is the worst when it comes to price/features and I think Siemens is the best in that area, followed by Samsung and then Sony-Ericsson.

And for Samsung, I have a Samsung SGH-J200 here and I can tell you that its better than W800 series and K800 series because my friends have it. The Samsung J200 even come close to the W810 sound quality. And for the camera quality, it surely better than the K800 despite its having only 1.3 MPx camera versus the 3.2 MPx camera on the K800. It maybe smaller in resolution but the quality.. when I compare the pics taken from my friend's K800 with the one from my J200, I started to think that the Cybershot brands is utterly BS LOL.

RE: How the...
By Staples on 11/10/2008 5:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
Given that mine was $50 with a plan, that is how. And you are right about it not being a good phone. I liked the Sanyo one I had before this better.

RE: How the...
By DarkElfa on 11/11/2008 2:42:20 PM , Rating: 2
Meet America's best selling operating system.

Windows. ;)

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