Thursday, July 15, 2010

IPhone Blunder And Google Android Wins Fans

Many, like me, have been waiting for Verizon to get the iPhone. But now, with other smartphones gaining ground, I wonder if it makes more sense to separate the phone from the Apps. I want my phone to work as a phone. I want the battery on the phone to last as long as possible so as to never miss a call. I want my iPod device to play music, watch videos, surf the web, etc. So why not keep two devices; why marry the two? Especially when other smartphones may work just as well.

Verizon has been growing despite the lack of the Apple iPhone. "Despite the pull of the iPhone, Verizon has managed to steadily increase its share of the smartphone market, to 26 percent in May, from 20 percent in late 2008. In the same period, AT&T’s market share slipped to 40 percent, from around 45 percent, according to comScore. Those numbers do not take into account the impact of the popular iPhone 4, released last month....Verizon has since collaborated closely with Google to develop six phones running Android, helping to give Google’s mobile operating system 13 percent of the smartphone market in the United States." And the NY Times likes the Google Android.

Add to that the bad press Apple has gotten for its antenna problem AND its response to the problem, and competitive marketing is taking the phone wars to another level. I can live with two devices. I can keep my music and my videos separate from my phone. I can surf on either device and with two devices, I have a back up when one phone's battery drains. Maybe I don't need to wait for an iPhone on Verizon's plan after all.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, if you wanna pick the brain of an Android owner, let me know.