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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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RE: How the...
By Spivonious on 11/10/2008 4:14:15 PM , Rating: 0
Okay, let me define "heard".

My wife sells cell phones. She says that 5/10 people who get the RAZR return it, saying that it's hard to use and uncomfortable to hold.

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.

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