Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 14:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Since I love making it seem as if The Netherlands is in any way relevant anywhere ever, here's the most recent market share figures for smartphones, released today, covering the month of August (there's a graph showing the figures for every month from August 2011 until August 2012). The iPhone has a market share of almost 20% - but Android is ravaging the market, and now holds a market share of 70% (!). Nearly 75% of all Android smartphones sold in The Netherlands are made by Samsung. If you take the entire phone market - including feature phones - the iPhone holds 13% (up from 8% in August 2011) and Android 47% (up from 30% in August 2011). Windows Phone barely manages to hold on at 1%, and the BlackBerry dropped from 13% to 5%. Interestingly enough, in this combined feature/smartphone market, nearly 50% are Samsung phones. This of course doesn't yet include the iPhone 5, so the next set of figures will most likely show a spike for Apple. Still, if The Netherlands is in any way indicative of the rest of Europe, it's no surprise Apple tends to focus on US figures during its presentations.
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 11th Oct 2012 15:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

i'm guessing people just whip 'm out more often.


As an actress said to a bishop.

I'm mostly surprised kids love BlackBerries. Well, I know it's for the BBM, but apart from that there isn't much fun stuff you can do with a BlackBerry.

Work related I see most people either getting rid or wanting to get rid of their BlackBerries.

They aren't that bad, but the app selection is small and the quality is mostly poor.

Regarding the spotting of iPhones I guess iPhone users wanted an iPhone and do things with it, Android users mostly just got a new phone for a nice price and it needed to have a web browser. They're not doing much with it. This would also explain why iOS devices cause so much more web traffic, they are used more.

We now have 5 people at work with an Android, only one is a power user and one also has an iPhone which he prefers. The other three are "dumb" users who were forced to get a smart phone.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by JAlexoid on Thu 11th Oct 2012 15:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Forced?!?!?! Did someone threaten them or their family?

Also, since you seem to be an Apple fanboy you see what you want to see. I see a lot of iPhones for sure, but also a lot of SGS2 and SGS3. Noticing a WP device is like a novelty...

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 11th Oct 2012 15:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Yes, first they were forced to start using a BlackBerry as they are semi-important persons and not always behind their desk and then they had to pick another phone when we decided to get rid of the BlackBerries.

I make it a kind of hobby to spot 'n' identify technology people use. That I see more iPhones has nothing to do with me being Apple minded. I also see Android phone, but less. Apple sells many laptops, but these I spot much less. Acer and HP are the ones I spot most.

A couple of times I helped people with their Android phones. Today I sat for some time in a car trying to pair it to a Sony Xperia S. It didn't work, but don't get upset nor did my iPhone or Lumia. Turns out it's a crap Volkswagen from 2008. It does work with Nokia S40 phones.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Radio on Thu 11th Oct 2012 16:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

I'm mostly surprised kids love BlackBerries. Well, I know it's for the BBM, but apart from that there isn't much fun stuff you can do with a BlackBerry.

It's the keyboard.
I have a friend with a crappy, low-sales Samsung (so no CyanogenMod or other 3rd party support) with a keyboard, and she clings to it with fiery passion (as an actress etc.).

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 11th Oct 2012 16:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'd suspect older people would prefer physical keyboards and kids with small and nimble fingers and a more adaptive brain would manage a virtual keyboard easier.

But I also guess when some have a BlackBerry the rest wants one too not to be left out of the BBM chats.

Let's see what the next generation of BlackBerries brings us.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by unclefester on Thu 11th Oct 2012 23:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2007-01-13


I'm mostly surprised kids love BlackBerries. Well, I know it's for the BBM, but apart from that there isn't much fun stuff you can do with a BlackBerry.


A Blackberry is probably the best device out there for texting and emails. That's mainly what kids do.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Sun 14th Oct 2012 15:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Probably not the best by now - and it's not even required, network effects are enough.

At my place it's, sure, texting and IM with kids ...but not BBM, Blackberry never took hold ( http://www.osnews.com/permalink?538579 )

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