NPD just did a market study that has a few shocks here and there, but it was mostly expected as Android pulls ahead of all competition. Google’s ability to offer their OS across various price points gives them the advantage as Apple pulls in a strong second with their more limited choices. But what about the other smart phone OS’s? Does this spell doom and gloom for some?
The results are in, some later than others and to some surprised gasps Apple is not number 1 this 3rd quarter. Although that shouldn’t be that big of a surprise since their Apple 4 was beginning to age compared to how quickly they released newer editions in the past, which will change this 4th quarter. Anyway, it seems two companies have sprung ahead of the fruit logo giant, HTC and Samsung. HTC, though late to the survey party, has beaten both Samsung and Apple pretty badly, shipping upwards of 5.7 Million smart phones this quarter. Which is pretty impressive when you take a look at the second placer, Samsung, with 4.9 million and Apple trailing in third at 4.6 million. Engadget has some more interesting information on this very subject.
Does this mean anything significant? Yes and no. Yes, because HTC phones are of great quality, especially their incredible line and samsung’s phones are well known for their clear and crisp screens on their Galaxy lines. The numbers speak for themselves in what the customer wants. No, because the iPhone 4s will change up that number right quick, and now that Nokia has some major Windows phones coming out, they may come running up to one the top spots. Not to mention the holiday season is obviously a busy time for any and all electronics.
I remember when I was in middle school and I got my first cellphone in 8th grade. It was an old Nokia with a green and black interface, fat antenna on top and was barely able to fit into my pocket. Best of all it had “Snake” built in! I was 14 at the time and seeing a 14 year old with a cellphone back in 1999 was out of the ordinary. During the late 90′s and even the early 00′s, cell phones were considered an adult device. It had the stereotypical attachment to businessmen and soft top sports cars. Now anyone with a few bucks and a prepaid card can get a cellphone from Walmart and be connected instantly. Of course children can’t just go ahead and do that, but the visual of a teenage with a cellphone is now common place.
According to a report done by The Republic, more than 75% of teens going back to school have cellphones and that number continues to grow. but one market is growing even faster, and only recently became an officially named demographic, “Tweens”. Tweens are the ages between 9 and 12, not quite a teenager but not a child either. This market was exploited by businesses the most, with boy bands, MTV and, more recently, romantic vampires. With cellphones getting cheaper, not to mention having gps tracking features, parents are giving their children phones earlier and earlier in life.
But does your child “need” a cellphone? You only need to ask yourself a few questions to know for sure. Do you want to be able to contact your child 24/7, and vice versa in case of emergencies? Can you trust your child with a phone? Or will he or she lose it? How much do you want to spend? Do you want to get a smart phone with GPS tracking and several bells and whistles? Or a simple clam shell phone only for calls. Perhaps buying a used or refurbished cell phone? The National Consumers League has a guide with some of these questions they want you to keep mind when deciding on what phone to purchase for your child.
Next you’ll want to decide on some ground rules. Do you want to set up a limit of texts per-day? Or just accept teens, and tweens, text more than adults and just purchase the unlimited texting plans? You’ll want to explain the dangers of “sexting” and riding a bike while on the phone (just as, if not more dangerous, than driving your car and doing the same). You’ll want to explain strict rules when bringing their phone to school, not just by you as parents, but by the schools rules themselves. Some phones even allow you to set limits to incoming and outgoing phone calls.
The age for cellphone use is only going to get younger and younger. Our phones are turning into more than “just a phone” and soon enough, seeing tweens with cellphones will be just as commonplace as seeing a teenage or adult with a cellphone. The best advice we can give you is to go phone shopping with your child. Just like an adult, you want to be sure they can use the phone, handle it correctly, and like the phone they’ll be getting. Everyone has different opinions on when a child, tween or teen is ready for a phone. But they are your children, so make the decision yourself, and keep the questions above in mind. Happy shopping!
Below we take a look at some of the various cell phone connectors that we currently sell in our store. There has been some confusion as to what connectors are compatible with which phones and we wanted to clear up any confusion for our customers or potential customers looking for the right charging device for their phone. There are many chargers to choose from but luckily all the newer phones coming out on the market are required to go to the new Micro USB charging standard by 2012. If you have an older device using a proprietary charger, don’t worry – we have you covered.
For the last few years the GSM Association has been trying to get a charging standard across all mobile phones. Finally, the new standard has emerged with microUSB being the new way to connect a charger to your mobile phone.
Companies such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Research in Motion (Blackberry), HTC, NEX, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have all starting moving to the Micro USB standard. By 2012 all cell phone devices will be required to use the Micro USB cable. Luckily the new Micro USB connector is said to withstand 10 times the amount of plugins and pullouts of other chargers already on the market.
Compatible Micro USB Cell Phones
|BlackBerry:||Bold 9650, 9700 / OnyxCurve 8520, 8530 Aries, 8900Pearl 3G 9100 / Pearl 2, 9105 / Pearl 2
Pearl Flip 8220, 8230
Tour 9630 Niagara
|HTC:||Desire, Droid Incredible (Verizon), Google Nexus One, Legend, Leo / Firestone / HD2, Aria, EVO 4G, MyTouch 3G Slide (Does not fit previous MyTouch 3G)|
|Kyocera:||E1100 Neo, E2000 Tempo, S1300 Melo, S4000 Mako|
|LG:||AX155, AX265 / UX265 Banter, AX300, AX500 Swift, AX585 Rhythm, AX830 Glimmer, AX840 / UX840 Tritan, AX9100, BL40 New Chocolate, CF360, Chocolate Touch VX8575 / AX8575, CT810 Incite, GM750, GR500 Xenon, GT500 Puccini, GT505, GW520, KF750 / CF750 Secret, LG830 Spyder, LN510 Rumor Touch, LX265 Rumor2, LX370 / AX370 / UX370, LX400, LX600 Lotus, LX610 Lotus Elite, MT375 Lyric, Shine II GD710, UX280 Wine, UX300, UX585 Rhythm, UX830 / Glimmer / Vantage, UX9100, VN250 / Cosmos, VS740 Ally, VS750 Fathom, VX11000 EnV Touch, VX5500, VX5600 / Accolade, VX7100 Glance, VX8360, VX8560 Chocolate 3, VX8610 Decoy, VX9100 enV2, VX9200 enV3, VX9600 Versa, VX9700 Dare, Sentio|
|Motorola:||IDEN Series i9 StatureA455 Rush 2 / Rival, A555 Devour, A855 / Tao / Sholes / Droid, CLIQ / CLIQ MB200 / Morrison / DEXT MB, Cliq XT / Zeppelin, Crush, i465 Clutch, i776, MB300 / Motus / Enzo / Backflip, QA1 Karma, QuenchQ Series Q Global, Q9, Q9h
QA Series Evoke QA4, Hint QA30
RAZR2 V8, V9, V9m
ROKR E8, U9
V Series Adventure V750, Rapture VU30, Renegade V950
Z Series Krave ZN4, Z9, Zine ZN5
|Nokia:||1006, 1606, 2605 Mirage, 6205, 6350 Snapper, 6500 classic, 6750 Grouper / Mural, 7705 Twist, 7900 Prism, 8600 Luna, 8800 Arte, 8800 Carbon Arte, 8800 Sapphire Arte, N8, N85, N900, N96, N97, N97 mini|
|Palm:||Pixi CDMA / Eos CDMA, Pixi GSM / Castle / Eos GSM, Pixi Plus, Pre Plus, Pre Plus GSMTreo 800W, PRO 850|
|Samsung:||GT S8000 Jet / Cubic, GT-i8000 Omnia II, i7500 / GT-i7500 / Galaxy, i8910 HD / Acme / Omnia HD, Instinct 2 / Instinct S50 / Instinct HD, M8910 / GT-M8910 / Pixon 12, S5600 / GT-S5600 / Preston Gallery, SCH-i920 / Omnia II CDMA, SCH-R350 / SCH-R351 / Freeform, SCH-R460 Myshot 2, SCH-R470 TwoStep, SCH-R560 Messager 2, SCH-R850 Caliber, SCH-U820 Reality, SGH-A687 Strive, SGH-A797 Flight, SGH-A897 Mythic, SGH-T939 / Behold 2, SPH-i350 / ACE II / Intrepid, SPH-M220, SPH-M320, SPH-M350 Seek, SPH-M540 Rant, SPH-M550 Exclaim, SPH-M560 Reclaim, SPH-M630 Highnote, SPH-M850, SPH-M900 / Instinct Q / Moment|
|Sanyo:||Incognito SCP-6760, Katana Eclipse, Katana Eclipse X, Katana LX SCP-3800, Pro-200, Pro-700, S1, SCP-2700, SCP-3810|
|Sony Ericsson:||Vivaz / U5 / Kurara, Vivaz ProXperia X10 / Rachael, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro, X2a|
Mini USB Connector
The mini usb connector is often confused between different devices. Devices such as the HTC have a slightly different looking port however all standard Mini USB connectors do fit HTC Mini USB compatible devices. The majority of Blackberry phones and Motorola phones as well as Garmin and TomTom GPS units also use Mini USB connections. HTC, Motorola, and Blackberry have all recently moved over to the the newer Micro USB standard mentioned above.
|While the HTC port looks slightly different than the standard Mini USB port,
Mini USB connectors fit all HTC devices that are compatible with Mini USB.
Just not the other way around.
For example, HTC Original Mini USB Cables will not fit into a Blackberry.
Mini USB Blackberry cables will fit into Mini USB HTC devices however.
Other Connector Types
Amongst all of the rivalry between the Apple iPhone and RIM Blackberry Phones, very few are paying attention to Nokia. The name should sound familiar, but where have they been? Nokia is finding excitement and success in the glamorous and innovative. At this point, everyone who’s anyone has some style of smart phone. It’s almost difficult to find a phone that is just a phone anymore.
Nokia’s engineers are designing futuristic prototypes that they feel will either be the next exciting wave of personal electronic devices, or a unreasonably expensive gift to answer the age-old question, “What do you get for the man who has everything?”
We’ll get to Nokia’s sleek new designs in a second, but let’s start off by discussing their front-runner product–the elusive and exclusive Vertu. Varying in styles and price ranges, the Vertu starts at around $2500-$5000 and tops off at an exclusive 5-off phone made with diamonds, gold, and rubies for…around $350,000.
Is Nokia’s head in the right place, or do Blackberry and iPhone drastically outpace them financially?
Nokia is prepared to officially announce its next step: cheap cell phones directly marketed toward certain targets. This is the CXENS system which would label phones with one of these letters depending on the type of device it is. So…
The new phones are expected to be high definition touch screen with a 12MP camera–and the phones targeted to a much younger audience may even be sold as low as $60.
As promised, I’ll leave you with some insane new concept designs by the fine innovators (and mad scientists) over at Nokia. Enjoy!
Sources: Tom’s Guide (article in french) |