iPhone users are the most loyal smartphone owners

The smartphone war continues! Worldwide, it seems iPhone users are sticking with their Apple smartphone. For me, I love the Apple interface of the Mac Book Pro, iPhone, iPod(s) and iPad. I’m not so sure that I’m loyal to the product line as much as I want an seemless interaction between my most used devises and therefore I stick with Apple. Well, that and the fact that Apple offers great products. Either way, we’re winning customer loyalty… for now.

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iPhone users are the most loyal smartphone owners

59% say they’re sticking with iOS

New research from GfK claims that nearly six in ten iPhone owners plan to stay loyal to iOS – well ahead of rival smartphone operating systems.

35% of BlackBerry owners say they’ll stay loyal to RIM, while the results for Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile are 28%, 24% and 21% respectively.

The stats are important: they show how rapidly the smartphone market is changing. Symbian remains the most popular OS, but if 76% of those users are eyeing rival platforms, its share may slide fast in the next 12-18 months.

That said, Android’s low loyalty score is also surprising. Google is activating hundreds of thousands of devices a day, but it seems it has yet to engender Apple-level loyalty in its new users.

GfK’s research is based on an online survey of 2,653 mobile users in Brazil, Germany, Spain, the UK, the US and China.

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iPhone Users Download Average of 40 Apps, Android 25, BlackBerry 14

I don’t know what is more interesting to me… that iPhone users are only downloading an average of 40 apps, or that the Nielsen company is did the research for this article. Things that make you go… hmmmm…

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Nielsen AppCategories Study: iPhone Users Download Average of 40 Apps, Android 25, BlackBerry 14The last we had heard in mobile app research was a forecast that there would be 25 billion downloads by 2015, and along the same vein, Nielsen has released the results of a survey of some 4,000 mobile users about their application downloading habits. As you’d expect, iPhone users were the most active, with an average of 40 apps installed, while those with an Android phone had 25. BlackBerry trailed significantly with an average of 14 applications, and across all platforms, the average worked out to 27 applications. Those numbers are all up from December,  showing that even on BlackBerry, interest in mobile apps is growing. No surprise there.

There was also a categorical breakdown of the kinds of apps people were downloading; games were at the forefront, with 61% of smartphone-owning respondents having downloaded one in the last month, followed by weather, maps, social networking, and music. Facebook, Pandora, the Weather Channel, and Google Maps ranked among the top five used applications across all platforms.

I wish there was more usage data published, as I would like to see how often downloaded apps are used on a platform-by-platform basis. I know that on BlackBerry, I have a select few apps, but I make use of them pretty regularly, while my iPod Touch is loaded to the gills with applications that I’ll use maybe once every two months (if that). My brief experience with Android is somewhere in between; maybe half I’ll use with any consistency, and the others are highly situational.

Average per-device application downloads rank in the same order as the size of their respective app stores. At last count, the iTunes App Store had a buxom 250,000 iOS apps, the Android Market sat comfortably in the middle with 80,000 titles, and BlackBerry App World recently broke 10,000.  Obviously if user activity is high, developers will be more interested in getting into the app store, overcrowding be damned.

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Move over Apple, you may not be the sexiest phone afterall!

As the smartphone wars continue, it looks like the iPhone (my preference for it’s integration into all my other Apple products) is getting some stiffer competition. Will Apple’s culture hurt the iPhone?

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If you want a smartphone powered by Google’s Android software, you could get Motorola’s Droid 2 or its cousin, the Droid X. Then there is the Droid Incredible from HTC, the Fascinate from Samsung and the Ally from LG.

Paul Sakuma/Associated Press -Steven P. Jobs, in 1984, presented the new Macintosh personal computer.


That’s just on Verizon Wireless. An additional 20 or so phones running Android are available in the United States, and there are about 90 worldwide.

But if your preference is an Apple-powered phone, you can buy — an iPhone.

That very short list explains in part why, for all its success in the phone business, Apple suddenly has a real fight on its hands.

Americans now are buying more Android phones than iPhones. If that trend continues, analysts say that in little more than a year, Android will have erased the iPhone’s once enormous lead in the high end of the smartphone market.

But this is not the first time Apple has found itself in this kind of fight, where its flagship product is under siege from a loose alliance of rivals selling dozens of competing gadgets.

In the early 1980s, the Macintosh faced an onslaught of competition from an army of PC makers whose products ran Microsoft software. The fight did not end well for Apple. In a few years, Microsoft all but sidelined Apple, and the company almost went out of business.

Can Apple, which insists on tight control of its devices, win in an intensely competitive market against rivals that are openly licensing their software to scores of companies? It faces that challenge not only in phones, but also in the market for tablet computers, where the iPad is about to take on a similar set of rivals.

“This is a really big strategic question,” said Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein and Company. “No one knows whether openness will ultimately prevail as it did on the PC.”

Apple declined to comment on the issue.

By some measures, the competition Apple faces this time is even more formidable than it was in PCs. In addition to the Android family, Apple already competes with Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry.

And the iPhone will soon have one more powerful, and familiar, foe: Microsoft. That company’s well-reviewed Windows Phone 7 software will appear in as many as nine new smartphones beginning next month. Others like Nokia cannot be counted out.

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Confessions Of A Gadget Girl (and why I left BlackBerry)

Blacberry vs. iPhones, it’s an ongoing battle and I just switched teams!

I’m a gadget girl from way back.  I remember when I got my hands on a PalmPilot for the very first time.  It was well over a decade ago and back then I was one of the first people to have one.  I used it to organize my entire life, appointments, addresses, my calendar it was the best thing since slices bread.  No, it was better!.  A relic by today’s standards by sure, but back then it was high tech.  Called a personal digital assistant, PDA for short, it was my fist gadget addiction and it started me down a road of “toys” I have yet to recover from.

I couldn’t live without my PDA and that silly little stylus that to this day I have no idea how I didn’t misplace time after time.  Then Motorola rolled out the Motorola two-way pager and I tell you, I was in love.  From there I went through a series of Palm devises until I landed on the mother load… the Blackberry.  My first one was big as all get out and the screen was a lackluster green with black letter.  But the draw wasn’t it’s looks, it was the fact that I could get multiple emails to my handheld device.  This means I was no longer tied to my desk!  This also meant I would end up working all hours of the day and night because I became addicted to that flashing red button and I had to know who was contacting me.

Over the years I’ve had at least seven or eight BlackBerry devises.  They rolled them out updated, new and improved and I bought a new one almost each and every time.  In my lifetime I’ve given at least four away, have had one stolen, recommend their use over 100 times and had one I only used for a month.  Through them all I remained a loyal fan. UNTIL last month.

As the iPhone and Android phone wars dragged on I stood by my Blackberry.  “I like to feel my keys” I said.  “I can’t stand AT&T”, I moaned.  Then, something started to happen.  Blackberry’s RIM technology started to fail.   Developed by Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM) caught many BlackBerry users off guard in a series of nationwide outages.  I wasn’t a part of the first outage but the second one hit me hard and the third outage had me out of commission for over 18 hours.  Normally, this would be an issue.  However, I was about to go to the SXSW® Interactive Festival, a conference of cutting-edge technologies, the brings together the world’s most creative web developers, designers, bloggers, wireless innovators, content producers, programmers, widget inventors and new media entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas.  There was no way I was going to be able to travel without a Smartphone.  So… I… a most loyal BlackBerry customer jumped ship.

The day after my BlackBerry RIM outage I looked into getting an iPhone.  I landed on an iPhone because I’m a Mac girl and it just seemed to make sense.  Well, let me tell you this… for a techie, geeky, gadget girl… the iPhone is like technology CRACK.  I am absolutely in LOVE with this phone.  I also love all the phone wars I have with me friends who take our Smartphones way to seriously!  “Do you have a signal?  No? Ha! I do.”  Or, “you can’t check into Foursquare?  LOL… I can!.”  Folks get very territorial and defensive about their Smartphones… especially Power Users (I just love that title) like myself and my techie friends.

Well, it seems I’m not alone in abandoned BlackBerry.  A new report from Business Week says  RIM shares are sinking as BlackBerry indicates prices are declining.  Well, that’s what happens when you have several nationwide outages.  Here’s a portion of the article.  Click here for the full story:

April 1 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd. fell the most in five months in Nasdaq trading after saying prices for the BlackBerry handset are dropping, signaling its push into developing countries may hurt profitability.

The average price of a BlackBerry sold to a carrier was $311 last quarter and will drop to between $305 and $310 this quarter, the company said yesterday. RIM projected gross margin, the percentage of sales left after production costs, of 44.5 percent, down from 45.7 percent in the previous period.

Profit margins may shrink further as RIM expands into countries such as Indonesia and China to counter slowing growth in North America, said Pierre Ferragu, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in London. Costs to develop new products, which climbed 46 percent last quarter, also may weigh RIM down as it vies for customers with Apple Inc. and Motorola Inc.

Social Media And Gadget Trends

Google may be all about world domination but Facebook is running an impressive second.  According to Compete.com, Facbook passed Yahoo making the social networking site the number two most trafficked site after… wait for it… Google.  Facebook drew nearly 135 unique visitors in the January of 2010 and time spent on Facebook was twice that of time spent on Yahoo and Google.  I know I did my part to help them hit the number two spot!

Yahoo for years was the world’s most popular website — its ubiquitous portal has dominated the web since the 90s. Two years ago however, GoogleGoogleGoogle vaulted past Yahoo and became the Internet’s most popular destination. Last month, it became Facebook’sFacebookFacebook turn to knock Yahoo down another peg. via Mashable

In gadget news, BlackBerry is getting a cool new app.  Amazon has released a free Kindle application for BlackBerry smart phones and is planning to launch apps for Macs and the anticipated Apple iPad.  In other BlackBerry news, RIM developers have finally realized the worth of developing a Twitter app which falls under the “Duh” and “It’s About Time” heading.  I guess you could say better late than never but BB users have already taken sides on our favorite third-party Twitter BB apps and RIM is going to have a long way to go to get us to switch to an official BlackBerry app.

Finally, more computer makers are giving the tablet business a second look as we await the release of Apple’s iPad.  According to WSJ.com, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Co. have announce their devices and H-P is even looking to under cut the iPad price and release date.

H-P has discussed selling a version of the Slate—similar to the iPad in size and features, and including a cellular connection—for a price below the $629 Apple charges for an equivalent iPad, one of these people said.

Executives at Dell Inc., Acer Inc. and Sony Corp. say they are all watching Apple as they refine their own products. And Microsoft Corp. has a secretive team working on a two-screen tablet device, according to people familiar with the matter.There’s still plenty of skepticism about whether PC companies have the right products to compete against the iPad.  Many of the products risk being seen as “computers without keyboards,” in part because many of them run an operating system, Microsoft’s Windows 7, which is primarily aimed at traditional PC functions, said Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey. In contrast, the iPad’s software, which borrows heavily from the iPhone, is more tailored for consuming media on the go, he said.

However, I can’t help but think that all this open competition will no doubt give those of us who have been holding off on purchasing a tablet or eReader many more choices and choices are always a good thing.