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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 retrospooty on 1/5/2013 12:40:41 AM , Rating: 3
oh here you go with this again. You never answered this the last time so let's re post it to expose your skewing of facts and bias and to shut you up.

1. You keep comparing browsing time, which is one area Apple excels. Look at ALL of the charts. The iPhone 5 has even LESS talk time than the GS3, but you "cherry picked" that right out didnt you? Here is the full picture on this. The iPhone5 has LOWER battery life for talk time, better battery life for web browsing and comparable on other measures.

2. Even with the web browsing, you keep picking the GS3 as if its the only phone out there. For whatever reason, it has poor performance even against other Android phones on web browing. The HTX One X has almost double whathte GS3 has too. So you are cherry picking the best of the iPhone data and the worst of Android and calling it fact. Its not a fact. Here is the facts on web browsing. The iPhone 4 has the best web browsing of the few phones tested, but only by a couple percent compared to the HTC OneX... NOT DOUBLE

RE: Um..
By retrospooty on 1/5/2013 12:44:34 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 1:01:06 AM , Rating: 1
The HTX One X has almost double whathte GS3 has too.

Yeah, and I've brought up the HTC in other threads, several times in fact. The reason the HTC does almost as well as the iPhone (6 hours vs 8) is that it also uses newer Qualcomm parts.

This thread is about Samsung, and I'll talk about the GS3 and Note 2 here. I'm sorry if you can't distinguish between me talking specifically about Samsung devices and blanket statements about the Android platform (poorer dev support, SDK, general performance, lack of vendor support, malware, etc). Those are two different things.

RE: Um..
By retrospooty on 1/5/2013 6:05:31 AM , Rating: 2
Even just focusing on Samsung, you totally cherry pick info and spout it as fact. You are full of shiz you cant see past the rim, and I think you know it.

RE: Um..
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/5/2013 7:32:35 AM , Rating: 2
Time to quit feeding...

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 7:19:26 PM , Rating: 2
It is a fact that Samsung hardware like the GS3 has half the browse time and only about 20% more talk time (since you want to bring that in) than the iPhone. The Note 2 doesn't do much better, thanks to its larger battery. Both also have a slower GPU/CPU, again, fact.

Are numbers and hard metrics debatable now? This is like arguing with a creationist.

RE: Um..
By Piiman on 1/5/2013 12:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
It still only has double in web use not total battery life. DUH

RE: Um..
By retrospooty on 1/5/2013 3:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
Even at that, the GS3, for whatever reason really sucks the battery low when web browsing. It has some battery hog issue browsing and scores really low compared to any phone, even other Androids.

This guy takes that one spec, one test from one phone and spouts off "iPhone has double the battery life" for months now. AS if everyone cant see he is sherry picking. It slike, my '12 Civic gets better mileage than a BMW M3, therefore my Civic is a better car LOL.

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 7:01:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't just bring up battery life, I also bring up CPU and GPU performance. If we're talking about the OS then there is generalized performance, fragmentation, lack of vendor support, and app quality as well.

Talking about a bunch of things is not cherry picking. ;)

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 7:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
It has some battery hog issue browsing and scores really low compared to any phone, even other Androids.

The GS3 battery performance is actually pretty close to other Android handsets of similar size and internal hardware out there. I wondered if it was something to do with custom software but it is actually very common.

The GS3 is actually better than 2011 LTE handsets, almost all of which have even worse battery life for browsing.

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 8:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
And here are numbers to back this up:

The S3 rates about as well as or even better than most other Android handsets out there. It is about average with wifi and LTE, and near the top of the pack with 3G browsing. Now I know you're going to complain about the GS3 being "old" and this comparison being unfair, but it came out only about 4 months before the iPhone 5. Hardly ancient technology.

More relevant, it doesn't underperform other Android hardware as you claim.

Again, don't you worry, the next Galaxy phones will do much better with battery life once they use the newer more efficient parts that the iPhone 5 and new HTC handsets use.

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