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The Blackberry Curve  (Source: Fay Observer)

The Apple iPhone  (Source: Apple)
Move over iPhone, there's a new leader in town

The iPhone is undeniably slick, with powerful hardware, good battery life, a capable music platform, and a thriving applications ecosystem.  But in terms of contract and cost of the phone, it remains pricey.  And its business applications and features still trail those of Research In Motion's Blackberry.

Those factors combined to sink the Apple iPhone to the second spot in smartphone sales after a strong 2008, which saw it take over the top spot.  The iPhone sold so well, that for part of last year, it was America's bestselling phone overall including traditional phones.

Moving into first place was the Blackberry Curve, which covers several Blackberry 83xx models according to Apple Inisider.  Coming in a close third was the Blackberry Storm, and the Blackberry Pearl took fourth (excluding the flip variety).  The fifth spot was occupied by T-Mobile's G1 phone, the first phone to feature Google's Android OS.

The trouncing that RIM laid on Apple and its other competitors grew the company's smart phone market share 15 percent to seize a commanding 50 percent of the market.  Palm, which is awaiting the release of the much-anticipated Pre, and Apple, meanwhile, saw their market shares sink 10 percent.

Market research firm NPD says that Blackberry pricing was made even sweeter by Verizon's aggressive "buy-one-get-one" promotion, which gave RIM the momentum it needed to dominate the sales charts.  Analyst Ross Rubin states, "The more familiar, and less expensive, Curve benefited from these giveaways and was able to leapfrog the iPhone, due to its broader availability on the four major U.S. national carriers."

Globally, smartphones now account for 23 percent of the cell phone market, rising 6 percent on a year to year basis.  Given the troubled financial state of many consumers, Mr. Rubin calls this a very good sign for smart phone makers and evidence that customers are continuing to "(migrate) toward Web-capable handsets and their supporting data plans to access more information and entertainment on the go."

RIM reported previously record sales of 7.8 million Blackberries in the year's first quarter, while Apple posted weaker sales of 3.79 million units. 



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RE: Blackberry
By munky on 5/4/2009 1:36:33 PM , Rating: 5
You know, some of use use phones as a tool to actually get something done, not just as a toy for playing cheesy games, and the iphone fails in that department. Typing a long email on a touchscreen is a chore. Since there's no tactile feedback, I constantly have to look down on the so-called keyboard to see if the key I pressed is actually the one I meant to press.

Music platform? Wake me up when the iphone can play music via stereo bluetooth. Copy & paste? Why, when you can just retype the whole thing over, since the touch screen makes it look so cool. App platform? Sure, as long as you like being fed what Apple says is good for you, and can't be bothered to think for yourself. Battery life? Good luck if you go for more than a day without charging. No Java support, no Flash support, can't even set your own mp3's as ringtones without dicking around with itunes. Sounds more and more like a dumbphone hyped up beyond belief.


RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 5/4/09, Rating: 0
RE: Blackberry
By TomZ on 5/4/2009 2:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
In other words, iPhone was a half-assed launch. It did pretty well considering. I think Apple caught established players in that industry with their pants down.


RE: Blackberry
By Pirks on 5/4/2009 2:53:06 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
iPhone was a half-assed launch
Jobs learned a lot from an Xbox 360 launch.


RE: Blackberry
By HaB1971 on 5/4/2009 4:53:01 PM , Rating: 1
<quote=Pirks>Jobs learned a lot from an Xbox 360 launch.

The Titanic's launch was a success; it was half-assed and didn't last very long by all accounts.

The Xbox 360 launched perfectly fine in that respect and it hit more metaphorical icebergs but still it floats.

*Disclaimer* I have not tested how well an XBox 360 does as a floatation device, though I have been tempted to find out using my Ex roommates unit


RE: Blackberry
By omnicronx on 5/4/2009 2:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
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Since there's no tactile feedback, I constantly have to look down on the so-called keyboard to see if the key I pressed is actually the one I meant to press.
Is there an iPhone app that vibrates after you press a key on the softkeyboard? I find this really helps me on my winMo phone. Half the problem with soft keyboards is you don't know if you actually pressed the key. Its very easy to memorize where the locations of each button is, (just like you would do on a tactile keyboard) Its entirely another to know if you actually pressed the key (hard enough etc) and if you accidentally pressed it twice and such.
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Wake me up when the iphone can play music via stereo bluetooth
Well.. I guess you should get prepared to wake up, the next update will take care of this.
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Copy & paste?
Same boat..
quote:
No Java support, no Flash support, can't even set your own mp3's as ringtones without dicking around with itunes. Sounds more and more like a dumbphone hyped up beyond belief.
Don't really need Java support when everyone is developing for your phone. No phone has real flash.. Believe me, I've had working flashlite 3 on my phone for 8 months now and it is nothing to lose sleep over.
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You know, some of use use phones as a tool to actually get something done
Well said ;)


RE: Blackberry
By Sazar on 5/4/2009 2:51:16 PM , Rating: 3
The phone just works well dude. Get over it.

I detest a lot of things Apple and I HATE the company. But, the iPhone is the first and only product so far that is actually almost as good as advertised. The functionality and the accessories are 2nd to none.

When I am sitting in the office, watching Live TV on my phone and yet still being able to see texts and get email alerts, I mean that's pretty sweet.


RE: Blackberry
By axias41 on 5/4/2009 4:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
My very old Nokia N70 can copy&paste, send&receive mms and make videos. And with the bluetooth I can do everything. Your iPhone?


RE: Blackberry
By Sazar on 5/4/2009 6:36:21 PM , Rating: 3
Can remotely run my computer, stream LIVE tv over the air and has access to a ton of applications that can do pretty much everything you can think of.

Also, due to the speed of access of the phone, I am typically the point person amongst my group of friends for wiki'ing information, buying tickets online to places like the Alamo Drafthouse and so forth.

I also have a mobile entertainment system with Pandora and a much larger screen which provides fantastic multimedia capabilities and a 16 GB storage capacity. Further, due to my ability to stream videos and audio via ORB, I am only limited in my storage capabilities by the size of my hard-drive at home. Visual Voicemail is a massive time-saver and I can easily call my parents overseas via Skype.

There are a whole host of other things I can bring up but it gets pretty boring slamming something else.

Honestly, if you want to try and denigrate a product only by bringing up some of it's limited failings (many of which are due to be fixed in an upcoming release (and my buddy runs os 3.0 right now and it is pretty good) you really need to try harder. As I have said before and will continue to say, the iphone itself is a good product. I HATE the company and it's methods but they did a great job with the phone.


RE: Blackberry
By Devo2007 on 5/4/2009 10:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
...and I can do pretty much all of that on my Blackberry Storm. The iPhone is hardly unique in that regard.

The main thing the iPhone has going for it is app support -- though I really don't care about a fart app or some of those "novelty" items.


RE: Blackberry
By QueBert on 5/5/2009 7:06:30 AM , Rating: 1
your Storm has Pandora? your Storm has Visual Voicemail? It "pretty much" doesn't have a lot of what the iPhone offers. I take that back, Verizon will be offering a Visual Voicemail of their own, but from everything I've read it's horrible.
Nothing touches the iPhone, as you mentioned it's because of the App store. And while there are a lot of dumb iFart type apps. There are hundreds, if not thousands of incredible ones. Beatmaker is possibly the most advanced and cool app on any cell phone PERIOD. It replaces $350 worth of music software on my PC, and honestly does a better job than anything I've used on a PC. The VNC proggy I use is bad ass. I use XBMC Music Streamer and the music on my PC is available anywhere I get Wifi or 3G. The Google Calendar app is awesome, and the custom iPhone only versions of Facebook & Myspace are so good they almost make me want to use the sites. And it's Youtube player is fucking fantastic. Light years ahead of any other phone. And don't even get me started on Safari, no not even Storms better than average mobile browser is as good. I don't give a shit about Apple, but I <3 my iPhone and my Touch.


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