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...Assuming Apple doesn't rollout an iPhone mini

Research firm Strategy Analytics has stated that it expects Samsung to widen the lead in the smartphone market over Apple during 2013. The research firm predicts Samsung will see 35% growth this year helped in part by a wider product line. The research firm also believes that to help counter the increased competition by Samsung that Apple might launch a smaller and cheaper “iPhone mini” next year.

A smaller-screened iPhone has been rumored for a number of years, but has never come to fruition. Apple addresses the “cheaper” bullet point by discounting previous generation iPhone models to selling alongside the current generation model. For example, the previous generation iPhone 4S is priced at $99 with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract. The current generation iPhone 5 starts at $199.
However, with Apple finally rolling out a smaller iPad mini that has seen significant sales success, the market may be right for Apple to bring a pint-sized iPhone to the market.

The analytics firm believes that globally smartphone shipments will increase 27% during 2013 to 875,000,000 units. While 27% growth is a brisk pace, it is a significant decline from the 41% growth the smartphone market saw in 2012. Strategy Analytics blames slowing growth in North America, China, Asia, and Western Europe.

The research firm predicts that Samsung will sell 290 million smartphones in 2013, which is a significant increase from the estimated 215 million smartphones Samsung sold in 2012. It should be noted, however, that Samsung’s own internal numbers suggest that it will sell a more substantial 390 million smartphones for the year.
Apple is predicted to sell 180 million smartphones in 2013 for 33% increase from its 2012 sales numbers. If the research firm's predictions come true Samsung will hold 33% of the smartphone market with Apple a bit behind at 21%.

Source: Reuters

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RE: Um..
By Roffles on 1/4/2013 8:17:19 PM , Rating: 2
You know who you sound like? You sound like someone who has never bought a spare battery or tried using one -- as such, you have have no idea what you are talking about. You speak from inexperience.

Verizon has 50% off accessories sales about twice a year and a charging station with spare can be had for $25. In relation to the cost of your monthly bill and the price of the phone, a one time expense of $25 is practically nothing! And honestly, define "extra junk". Are your car/house keys extra junk too because they go in your pocket? Are you really comparing carrying around a spare phone battery to a laptop battery. One of them can be carried without notice and the other cannot. You're argument is completely inane.

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/4/2013 8:31:06 PM , Rating: 1
I like carrying around as little as possible, sorry. If having double the battery life means that I don't have to carry extra batteries around, that's awesome.

I dunno, needing to carry extra gear around to make up for inherent deficiencies seems like the inane and inefficient method to me, but whatever floats your boat.

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/4/2013 8:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
And yes, if I could get away without carrying car or house keys then I would absolutely do it, but unfortunately the tech isn't there yet.

RE: Um..
By retrospooty on 1/5/2013 12:49:26 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, stop saying double the battery life. That is a flat out lie... As I have posted elsewhere the ip5 has even lower talk time than the gs3 you keep bringing up... and no 1 carries a removable battery around ,the point is when you go on a trip or to an event and need extra battery power you have it if you need it.

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 12:55:42 AM , Rating: 1
It is over double the battery life with both LTE and Wifi, how is that a lie?

As for talk time, cool, great for people who talk on their phones.

On a trip I just pack a power cord, no big deal.

Like I've said before, I think its fine that there are phones with a replaceable battery. The tradeoff for faster hardware with better apps and more battery life works out for me. If there was a phone with all of the above, and a replaceable battery life without compromising size, THEN it'd be worth talking about for me.

RE: Um..
By retrospooty on 1/5/2013 6:03:20 AM , Rating: 2
"It is over double the battery life with both LTE and Wifi, how is that a lie?"

How? Right here. "If having double the battery life "

It does not have double the battery life. It has even less talk time than the ONE phone you compare it against and double the LTE browsing time. You are cherry picking and you know it. Why you are deliberately trying to falsify things while calling yourself unbiased is beyond me, but I will call you on it every time I see it.

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 7:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, you can't quote out of context to try and win an argument, it doesn't work that way!

"It is over double the battery life with both LTE and Wifi "

You omitted the bold part to try and make a point, a point that I wasn't even trying to make. Come on dude!

If you want to bring up talk time then that's fine, but don't try and twist what I said specifically about LTE and wifi browsing time into something else. Even then there is only about a 20% difference in talk time versus about a 2x difference in browse time.

I'm not even bringing up CPU and GPU performance to be nice. I don't know why you're getting so bent out of shape over all this anyway, other phones will eventually catch up in most specs. HTC is already doing much better with LTE (7 hours or so) now that they have the newer LTE chips that the iPhone 5 also uses.

GPU performance, app quality, resistance to malware, and timely OS updates are things that won't happen on Android hardware anytime soon, but you can be sure that CPU performance and battery life will catch up shortly. Plus you have bigger screens and the other things that come with larger chassis (replaceable batteries and SD card slots). Other Android handsets like the Nexus 4 are dropping those things that fans like to brag about (Flash support, replaceable batteries, SD cards, etc) as they get smaller and more integrated, but again those choices that bigger phones give will still be there.

Like I always say, pros and cons to every platform.

RE: Um..
By retrospooty on 1/6/2013 12:20:37 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Cuz that's not what I read. "I like carrying around as little as possible, sorry. If having double the battery life means that I don't have to carry extra batteries around, that's awesome"

You are freakin delusional. Twisting words and acting like you werent twisting words, skewing facts and acting like you're not isnt fooling anyone. Whatever... I'm done with feeding your trolling on this.

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/6/2013 7:55:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I don't like carrying around extra things like batteries. If you do then that's totally cool!

Choices, decisions, these are things that actually exist and people are free to make them. I gladly trade more battery life for not needing to carry more batteries, but obviously there are people who prefer the opposite in real life, and that's totally cool.

Again, choices!

Sorry that everything is so black & white in your world.

RE: Um..
By Piiman on 1/5/2013 12:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
or you could buy them online for 4 bucks

RE: Um..
By Donkey2008 on 1/6/2013 11:15:35 PM , Rating: 2
OMG, I have to carry an Apple cable with me instead of multiple spare batteries. Oh the humanity.

RE: Um..
By retrospooty on 1/7/2013 12:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
And if you are on a business trip and not near an electrical outlet then what? What about if you are on a vacation and wont be at any particular stop for long enough to charge it?

Damn Apple fans are often such condescending asses. You need to take the blinders off and realize not everyone likes the limitations.

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