As far as smartphone sales are concerned, Canadian financial firm Canaccord Genuity is predicting that sales of 30.1 million Apple iPhone units took place during the holiday quarter. a 31% rise sequentially from the calendar third quarter. The prediction for Android devices is that 68.9 million will have been sold in the same period, a sequential rise of 17.3%.
Because smartphones generally have a camera (or two), camcorder functions, a music player, and GPS features, it wouldn't be such a surprise to see standalone sales of cameras, camcorders, MP3 players and GPS devices drop as smartphone sales rise. During those 5 weeks up to Xmas Eve, sales of camcorders dropped 43%, digital picture frames by 38% and GPS devices by 33%. Down 21% in sales were both MP3 players and "point and shoot" cameras.
Sales of two other electronic devices that don't have features that directly compete with a smartphone held up better with PC and TV sales off just 4% during the 2011 holiday season. Desktop PC sales were off 2% with laptops down 5%. The average price of PCs rose to $575 for a $9 increase as retailers have continued a new trend to raise computer prices during the holiday season.
source: NPDGroup via AppleInsider