In 2006 in the United States, 80% of respondents said they would consider buying a flip, or clamshell device, compared to 64% in 2008. 17% said that they would consider a candy-bar phone for their next device, compared to 29% in 2006, Strategy Analytics said. 50% of those under age 25 favor flips, compared to 84% in 2006. 43% of consumers want their next device to be black. The next highest color was silver, favored by 15%.
In 2008, computer makers shipped 9.9 mln netbooks, making it one of the hottest consumer electronic products of 2008. According to IDC, 6.7 mln units went to nations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 1.4 mln to Asia and the Pacific; and 950,000 to the USA.
61% of those interviewed in the UK and US said setting up a new handset is as challenging as moving bank accounts. 95% said they would be more likely to use new features if the initial set-up was easier.
The global mobile handset market went into a tailspin in October and November 2008, which will result in a nearly 5% YTY decline in unit shipments in Q4 2008. While 2009 is likely to see more stormy economic weather, there are a few rays of sunshine. WCDMA handset shipments are projected to grow from 258 mln in 2008 to 725 mln in 2009. By 2013, more than 67% of all handsets shipped will be 3G/3G+ capable. Smartphones captured 14% of the 2008 market and are expected to grow throughout the challenging period of 2009 and comprise 31% of the market by 2013. Cellular modems will also be a high growth sector in 2009, driven largely by USB modems which will account for 80% of the shipment volume. Market volume is expected to increase by more than 55% in the coming year as Asian vendors push forward with low-priced modems, ABI Research says.
|Rank||Handset||Share of subscribers|
|1||Motorola RAZR V3 series||9.3%|
|2||Motorola MotoKRZR series||2.0%|
|3||LG VX8300 series||1.6%|
|5||LG VX8500 series||1.2%|
|5||RIM BlackBerry 8100 series||1.2%|
|7||Nokia 6101 series||1.1%|
|9||Motorola V325 series||0.9%|
|9||Nokia 6010 series||0.9%|
|Q3 008 Market
|Q3 2007 Market
|Q3 2008- Q3 2007
|Research In Motion||5,800||15.9||3,192||9.7||81.7|
Apple iPhone 3G surpassed the Motorola RAZR as the leading handset purchased by adult consumers in the US in Q3 of 2008.
- Apple iPhone 3G
- Motorola RAZR V3
- RIM Blackberry Curve
- LG Rumor
- LG enV2
44.7% of US mobile phone users surveyed say a mobile phone with better Internet capability will be a key factor in their next mobile phone purchase decision. Only 26% of mobile phone service subscribers currently opt for an Internet access plan. US mobile search advertising revenues are expected to grow from $33.2 mln in 2007 to $1.4 bln in 2012, representing a compound annual growth rate of 112%. 9.8% of respondents used their mobile phones to conduct Internet searches for products and services in their local area. During the same period, 10.7% downloaded or looked at maps, while 10.9% indicated they had downloaded search or mapping applications (for use on the Internet) to supplement those that came with their mobile phones, Kelsey Group said.
|Work environment||Desktop||Laptop||Blackberry or
|Over 50 hours a week||79%||67%||32%|
|Less than 40 hours||76||40||17|
|Work from home||Frequently||78||61||27|
|Work with teams||5 or more teams||79||68||30|
|Source: Pew Internet Project|
30% of people in these professions own PDAs, more than twice as many as the national average of 13%. 66% of professionals, managers and executives own laptops, significantly more than employed Americans in any other field of work. The semi-skilled workers can be found on the other side of the gadget ownership spectrum. They are significantly less likely than professionals, clerical workers and managers to own any of the gadgets (13% do not own any type of computer or gadget, including cell phones). Additionally, only 7% of semi-skilled workers own PDAs, compared with 19% of employed Americans who own PDAs. Only 76% of Americans working in semi-skilled trades own cell phones, while 89% of all employed Americans own cell phones, according to Pew Internet Project.
|Professional (lawyer, doctor, teacher, accountant)||94%||89%||68%||30%|
|Clerical, office, sales||90||87||46||21|
|Manager, executive, business owner||93||78||62||30|
|Service work (waiter, hairstylist, policeman, janitor,
|Skilled trades (electrician, plumber, carpenter)||86||72||47||10|
|Semi-skilled (assembly line worker, truck driver,
|Source: Pew Internet Project|