Mobile phone users may be getting smarter, or is it just their phones? According to a new report from Gartner that was released this week, overall mobile cellular phone sales fell in the first quarter of this year – that’s no surprise given the economic slowdown. But smartphones adoption is on the rise. No surprise there either.
We already knew that Nokia has had better times, and that little handset called the iPhone continues to grow. About 3.9 million iPhones were shipped in the first quarter according to Gartner, and that accounted for about 10.8 percent of the total marketshare.
But the bigger picture needs to look at the resurgence of the BlackBerry, as well as the arrival of the T-Mobile G1, which is the first phone to use the Google Android OS. This has been a hotly selling phone. And so what’s next? With the next generation iPhone on deck to be released next month, plus with at least two more Android phones coming soon, the smartphone invasion of 2009 will likely continue.
There are also a few things to put in perspective. While smartphones are on the rise, these hardly dominate the mobile handset market, even with the iPhone factored in. The total market share is about 13.5 percent of the total mobile device market, up from 11 percent a year ago. So while there has been growth it really isn’t as significant as those TV ads for smartphones might make it seem.
Thus if you haven’t made the leap to the smartphone you shouldn’t feel less smart. Considering that the market has a long way to grow, sometimes not being the early adopter is the smarter move. For example, one of the biggest complaints about the iPhone has been the reliability of the calls. A smartphone isn’t all that smart if you can’t make a call – and despite a rather humorous mock video that is making its way through the Web – there really isn’t an app for finding the closest payphone.
And given that the G1 is thus available for only T-Mobile and the iPhone for AT&T, that could mean that Verizon customers are wisely waiting. Chances are it won’t be long until those customers will be getting their hands on these new smartphones. The iPhone will likely hit Verizon with two models next year, which is bad news of course for AT&T and its exclusivity, and likewise Android will probably arrive on Verizon even sooner. In the meantime, there are plenty of Palm devices already on deck for the big V, but sometimes the best comes to those who wait.
Texting on the Rise and Not in a Good Way
The use of texting isn’t just limited to teens today. Text messages are of course a great way to get information quickly. It is also often a better way to get a simple answer from a business colleague or co-worker, but the problem with texting is where and when it is being done.