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iPhone 3G Puts Sexy into Smartphone

by November 10, 2008

Leading market research firm NPD says iPhone now outsells the Motorola RAZR. Motorola’s flip-phone was all the rage back in the days when Kerry was running for Pres. And it’s been the best selling cell-phone for the last twelve consecutive quarters. Does the general public’s demand for feature-rich cell-phones mean Apple is making us smarter? 

iPhone Outsells RAZR

It wasn’t that long ago tech-writers were saying things like… “Smartphones are designed for a tiny segment of the population. The average Joe is satisfied flipping open his RAZR and talking to mom.”

That was a close facsimile to what I was saying back in the days when the height of mobile fashion was pulling out a Star Trek inspired Motorola flip-phone and doing your best James T. Kirk. 

“Scotty, you can beam me up anytime now.” 

According to NPD analyst: 

"The displacement of the RAZR by the iPhone 3G represents a watershed shift in handset design from fashion to fashionable functionality," said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for NPD. "Four of the five best-selling handsets in the third quarter were optimized for messaging and other advanced Internet features." 

Back in ’04 the flip-phone form factor was the only choice for the mainstream. You flip it open - dial and talk. Simplicity is all anyone wanted out of a cell phone. Pull out a stylus and start talking about datebooks and file-folders and most people would treat you as if you had a very dry, hacking cough. 

Smartphones loaded with operating systems like Palm, Symbian, CE or Windows Mobile were a geek’s curiosity at best. They were far from mainstream acceptability. 

But somehow Apple, love ‘em or hate ‘em, has been able to make a full-featured Smartphone appeal to the mainstream and actually outsell the RAZR. Make no mistake, I have no love for Apple! I find their products consistently overpriced and for all their razzle-dazzle, often lacking in essential features. 

But you’ve gotta hand it to Jobs and company out in Cupertino CA. They’ve somehow managed to insert mass sex-appeal into something as unsexy as a Personal Data Assistant.

About the author:

Wayde is a tech-writer and content marketing consultant in Canada s tech hub Waterloo, Ontario and Editorialist for Audioholics.com. He's a big hockey fan as you'd expect from a Canadian. Wayde is also US Army veteran, but his favorite title is just "Dad".

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jhonnydeep posts on October 18, 2010 12:22
Thanks for sharing…
bandphan posts on November 12, 2008 13:37
HandHelds are the near future, so imo mobile gps and open source apps will drive the market to the pretty green$$$s
Ive been an opera mini fan, since back in day of the first apploaders
Wayde Robson posts on November 12, 2008 10:48
Lots of great comments here but first:

Sheep, post: 481408
The people that bought this phone are not using for any of it's smart features. They're browsing youtube, or listening to music. This article is based on flawed Data.

Doesn't browsing YouTube constitute a Smartfeature?

I mean, sure, you might be watching insipid stuff like some high school kid doing 50-cent or the famous cat playing piano video.

I think it's amazing that browsing the Internet has become ubiquitous with the Internet. Take your mind back to 2004… nobody would have thought the average Joe would walk around with a touchscreen hand-held watching streaming video from the Internet.

Sure, we might have seen the technology coming. But not the mainstream adoption.

One can say it's become so ubiquitous that we don't even see them “Smartphones” anymore… they're just cell-phones now. The Razr is now just a stripped down, basic cell-phone.

I think it's amazing!

BTW: I don't think Sheep was talking about most Audioholics readers. I'm sure it was a broad-brush statement for average so-in-sos'.
Halon451 posts on November 12, 2008 08:30
I have a 16GB iPhone 3G for work, which I traded my old Blackberry Curve in for, and one big gripe I have with it is how slow the email push function is with retrieving my work emails. Plus it has no option to select all and mark as “read” when you're sitting in your office all day and have already read the actual messages. The iPhone makes you go through each individual message one by one in order to clear it's “new” status, and sometimes it takes forever for an email to load, especially if there's an attachment.

However, the extremely wide variety of truly kick a$$ apps is just about worth that hassle. This is one amazing device, plus I use it as my iPod now too, which means I only have to carry around one device.

The Blackberry was good for it's functionality, but it was very clunky and not user-friendly at all. I couldn't wait to get rid of it.
A/VUSMCSGT posts on November 12, 2008 08:18
Sheep, post: 481408
The people that bought this phone are not using for any of it's smart features. They're browsing youtube, or listening to music. This article is based on flawed Data.


I have to disagree also. I use a lot of apps like the calendar, email, Internet, etc. There's a lot of visual appeal to it, but hands down, it's the best and most versatile phone I've ever used.
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