Smartphones appear to be recession proof thus far, as the figures for Q209 just published by research firm Canalys indicate. A whopping 38.1 million phones were shipped around the world, which is 4.5 million more than Q208. And the good news for Apple is sweet and crunchy indeed. Though Finnish company Nokkia still has the greatest market share with 16.9 million handsets shipped in the second quarter, Apple has the greatest growth within the sector. Having sold 5.2 million iPhones in the quarter, Apple now has a 13.7 percent market share, and has an incredible 626 percent year-on-year growth rate. With growth like this no wonder the demand outstrips the supply in parts of the world. more...
There’s a certain segment of people out there who are jealous of the iPhone’s success so they are always looking for something better. Today’s something better is either the Nokia N95 or N97 depending on who you’re listening to. Well, if you listen to Robert Scoble it is the N97, if you listen to Paul Bradshaw it is the N95. And, to prove their points they have lists.
Nokia is better because it has a 5 Megapixel camera, the iPhone’s camera is only 2 Megapixels. Wow, five is 2.5 times bigger than two si that’s a clear win right? In Scobles case the N97 is all about FaceBook so let’s think a bit about the image size. How big do want your images on FaceBook? A five megapixel camera generates a 35.8” wide picture at 72 DPI (what a lot of monitors use). A two megapixel camera generates a 22.2” wide picture at 72 DPI. Both are a bit overkill for posting photos to Facebook. Sure, more pixels are better especially when it comes to printing but for posting to the web 2 megapixels is plenty.… more...
Admob has a surprisingly detailed metrics report out (available here, pdf format). You’ve got stats of graphs for everything from the percentage of AT7T subscribers who use the iPhone to the breakdown of Smartphone requests by OS in Indonesia (Symbian 98%). If you’re into numbers it worth taking a long look at. If not, let iPhone Matters hit the highlights:
Apple clocks in with a 2.5% share of smartphone traffic (Nokia wins with 35.2%)
In the US Apple generates 3.9% of US smartphone traffic (Motorola wins with 28.9%)
The iPhone is 7th in among smart phone handsets. In fact the iPhone loses out even to the KRZR (3.2% to 5.4%). The KRZR?
Just as interesting as the Apple numbers are the near dominance of Symbian everywhere outside of the US. In the US people worry about Windows mobile versus iPhone OS versus RIM but if you look at the big picture it is all about Symbian.To put a finer point on it 9 points separate Windows Mobile (13%) from iPhone OS (4%). 51 points separate Symbian (64%) from Windows Mobile.
Here’s the contestants: The Nokia 5800, the iPhone and the G1. Where does the iPhone place in this contest? A close second? No, a disappointing third. Let’s run through why and why the analysis is horrible:
Round 1: Weight
Lighter is better. The F800 wins this because it is the lightest (109g).
Hey, great in theory, X number is better than Y number and all. But everyone who has every received a present knows that socks weigh less than a really great set of Legos so light weight is not indicative of quality. Plus socks don’t rattle. Anyway, the weight thing is completely ridiculous. What people are really looking for is “as long as it isn’t too heavy” kind of deal. No one wants to carry a slab of chengdeite around in their pocket but people also don’t want to carry something that feels cheap. The point is that there is some weird tipping point between lightness and perceived quality.
The iPhone isn’t just a hit stateside, it is also a hit in England. And wouldn’t you know it, just in time for Christmas sales, there’s a new iPhone killer in the water. Apparently Nokia doesn’t believe the iPhone is all about browsing, calling and ease of use. No sir! Nokia believes the iPhone is all about music. Which explains why the company is launching not just one but an entire series of phones that “come with music.”
The idea here is a prepay phone with access to 2.1 million tracks (iTunes~8 million). Owners will be able to download the tracks for a year and keep them forever. It sounds sweet but to keep downloading music after a year you’ll have to buy a new phone. Good thing bands don’t release albums every so often. Wait, they do? Well, you’ll always have an excuse to get a new phone.
Unsurprisingly, Nokia doesn’t have a partner to actually sell the “comes with music” phone yet but the company is desperately hoping to find one before the launch next month. The phones will cost between $200-$600.
Nokia has today offered a little bit of praise in the direction of iPhone, stating that it is a market booster.
Nokia chief financial officer, Rick Simonson, says that the iPhone is boosting interest in the high-end mobile phone market, which should increase demand. The statement obviously clarifies Nokia are just looking out for their interests, as any company would, but does suggest the Finnish mobile-phone manufacturer does have a soft spot for Apple’s highly anticipated device.
However, Simonson did say that whilst the iPhone has some pretty impressive features on the cards, Nokia does have its own technology that can compete with it head on. It will be interesting to see how many touch-screen mobile phones come out on the market within the next year or two.
[Via Macworld UK]more...