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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 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..
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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 ;)


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