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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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Overated IPwn
By SR81 on 11/10/2008 6:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
HTC Touch Pro > IPwn

I've mostly seen the ladies sporting them. Like most Apple products they're more like fashion accesories.

RE: Overated IPwn
By michael2k on 11/10/2008 7:06:36 PM , Rating: 2
It better be greater than an iPhone... it was released a year and a half later! It would be very disappointing if it was merely as good as an iPhone.

Of course, it still doesn't sport built in storage the way an iPhone does (16GB max vs 512MB).

RE: Overated IPwn
By spartan014 on 11/11/2008 2:55:19 AM , Rating: 3
And what does that storage amount to other than only to be used with iTunes? With any other phone, you can expand the memory to your liking and use it for storing any type of data you want..

RE: Overated IPwn
By michael2k on 11/11/2008 11:43:06 AM , Rating: 2
Um, how about movies, photos, and music you own, outside of iTunes? Or Apps downloaded from iTunes? Email attachments and documents? Ringtones, Etc?

The storage amount is crucial to the purpose of the device. It defines a minimum capability available to all iPhones, and therefore the uses of all iPhones.

With any other phone, because storage is not guaranteed, built in, nor designed for, the included music, movie, data, and photo applications tend to be of reduced quality because they aren't designed to handle 160GB of data (which was the largest iPod ever offered).

RE: Overated IPwn
By robinthakur on 11/11/08, Rating: -1
RE: Overated IPwn
By Enoch2001 on 11/11/2008 4:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
..even watching somebody on the train the other day painfully using his stylus to try and use a touch pro, I was amazed that anyone still buys them.

Yikes - people still use a stylus? Are they from the past?

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