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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 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.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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