Inhabitants of the material plane, that being the part of reality exterior to the internet, often assert that RAZRs, not smartphones that cost hundreds of dollars, are the most popular phones. Believe it or not, but they are correct: there are tens of millions of them knocking around, and it’s been in the top spot since they started measuring these things systematically in 2005.
Things are changing. Apple’s iPhone is now the second best-selling handset in the U.S., according to NPD’s figures, with the BlackBerry Curve in third and the BlackBerry Pearl in fifth. In fourth place is LG’s Chocolate.
What’s changed? Smartphones got cheap, is what – the most expensive model there, by, far, is the $200 iPhone. For me, the interesting question them becomes what people will pay $300 or $500 for: looking at devices in this range, you see a lot of high-end unlocked handsets and low-end ultra-portable laptops.
It’s a space still now waiting for its killer app. And by app, I mean “appliance.”
[RCR Wireless via Engadget]