RIP, feature phone: smartphones outship dumb handsets in Q1 for the first time
0. phoneArena 26 Apr 2013, 02:42 posted on
Last quarter marked a first for a trend that has been out ever since the iPhone was introduced in 2007 - the crusade of smartphones against feature phone handsets finally paid off for smartphones, and they outnumbered the shipped feature phones...
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1. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Chinese Android smartphones with TONS of features that were a standard premium 3 years ago can be had for less than $100 these days...it's really a no brainer
2. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 866; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Very interesting figures, glad LG are getting their groove back in smartphones, they really are a major threat.
Hopefully BB and Nokia will eventually make their way back upto the top 5 in smartphones.
3. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Wow. No HTC on the list? Kinda surprised.
4. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)
no sony? and no HTC? for me they make the best smartphones out there.
6. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Its important to note that some of the "smartphones" these companies sell can't really be considered as "smart" and these are the kind of phones that make up the majority of their sales. Only Samsung can be considered to be selling a lot of the true smartphones that cost a bit of money.
5. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Ouch you can't call feature phones dumb.....it's the same as calling degree holders dumb and master holders smart....they may be just feature phones...but heck! it was good enough for its time.. and smartphones then running windows mobile..weren't smart either...
7. threed61 (Posts: 140; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Not all feature phones sales are dropping, the iPhone seems to be increasing its sales ;).
8. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Has anyone tried finding a feature phone lately? The reason they're dying is because the carriers are killing them. My mom has zero intrest in a smartphone or touch screen device. So trying to upgrade her phone is a complete nightmare because there are only a few available that suit her needs. There's a category of people who still want to keep it simply but will be forced into a product they don't want because of carrier greed, and that sucks for those customers.
9. TheMan (Posts: 427; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
"Last quarter marked a first for a trend that has been out ever since the iPhone was introduced in 2007"
While the iPhone accelerated this trend, it certainly did not start it.