This article from ZDNet by Jason Perlow talks about the impact of the iPhone and Droid phones on RIM (Blackberry) market share. There’s a good chart listing the change in market share from August 2010 to November 2010 for RIM, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Palm products.
There are many good phones out there. However, my Palm phone (which I really like) went from 4.6% market share to 3.9% market share. RIM’s share dropped 4.1% and Microsoft’s dropped 1.8%. Is it because the phones are sub-par? Not really (although I think RIM’s web capability is not its strong point). I think it is a lack of quality apps. My next phone will be a Verizon iPhone–due to my satisfaction with the provider and the quality and selection of apps. Even my husband’s Droid can’t compare with its lesser quality selection of apps (and less convenience in downloading and paying for them). It’s a shame because there are many good phones out there–but, without the apps, they are nothing.
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