Following on the smartphone theme of my last post, Poor BlackBerry…, here’s something that’s always confused me: people claiming every new device needs to be the “iPhone killer” or comparing sales numbers between iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
“The truth is, it’s not all gloom and doom for the iPhone, despite what some may say. As we pointed out in a previous report, iOS is only available on one phone and one carrier, AT&T. Meanwhile, Android-powered phones are available across many more carriers and devices, something along the lines of 20 different phones throughout four carriers. We likened it to a new battle between Mac and PC, in which the Microsoft has a higher market share, but that’s mainly because of their availability, while Mac OS is built for Apple computers.”
Doom and Gloom? Why would anyone expect Android wouldn’t eventually overtake (and far exceed) the iPhone in sales given the number of devices and carriers? I’m an iPhone user who keeps a hopeful eye on Android, yet I don’t want either one to gain a monopoly on the space. Look at how much innovation we’re seeing thanks to the competition.
And lastly, I’d have to say RIMs announcement today of the Torch was underwhelming. The hardware looks nice (albeit with a slow processor) but RIM will lag until their OS jumps out of the early 90′s. But, were I in a company that forced me to use a BB, I’d be drooling over the Torch.