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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 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.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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