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Smartphone shipments surpass PCs
Financial Times ^ | February 8 2011 22:03 | Joseph Menn in San Francisco

Posted on 02/08/2011 10:32:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Manufacturers shipped more smartphones than personal computers in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to research, crowning mobile devices as the computing platform of choice earlier than many industry-watchers had expected.

Makers of mobile devices distributed a total of 101m smartphones in the last three months of the year, up 87 per cent from the same period a year earlier, according to International Data Corp, the market researcher.

IDC had earlier said that PC shipments reached 92m units in the fourth quarter, up less than 3 per cent.

Analysts had expected smartphones to take the lead at some point in 2011, but the transition happened more quickly as a wide range of manufacturers of mobile devices embraced Android, the malleable open-source operating system from Google.

“Android continues to gain [market share] by leaps and bounds, helping to drive the smartphone market” said Ramon Llamas, IDC analyst. “It has become the cornerstone of multiple vendors’ smartphone strategies, and has quickly become a challenger to market leader Symbian.”

Android passed Apple’s phone software and Nokia-backed Symbian as the most widely adopted program for smartphones at the end of last year, according to research group Canalys. Because Google’s software is used in devices made by other groups, Nokia, which makes smartphones as well as the Symbian software, is still in the lead in terms of smartphone shipments.

The Finnish company’s unit share widened to 28 per cent from 20 per cent in the quarter, IDC said.

(Excerpt) Read more at ft.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: mobiledevices; smartphones

1 posted on 02/08/2011 10:32:49 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The smart phones are darn amazing. Just got one. First time having anything but a flip phone. The smart phone is amazing.


2 posted on 02/08/2011 10:36:40 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Smartphones are PCs.
3 posted on 02/08/2011 10:43:55 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

My Droid-X is the best electronic equipment I’ve ever owned. I’ve even posted to FR from it.


4 posted on 02/08/2011 10:49:11 PM PST by umgud
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Desktop PCs and pocket smartphones are minimally related; why do those "industry watchers" even compare the two?

crowning mobile devices as the computing platform of choice

Let's wait with this crowning thing until people can routinely reencode a DVD on their smartphones, to begin with. Until then these smartphones will remain nothing but toys. Useful ones, perhaps, but toys nevertheless.

5 posted on 02/08/2011 10:51:47 PM PST by Greysard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Not to show how clueless I am, but does smart phone mean it can answer and communicate for me? If so, I want one.

Do they make them in a full sized laptop, so I wouldn’t have to strain my eyes?


6 posted on 02/08/2011 10:58:26 PM PST by pallis
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I saw somewhere the claim that PCs are on their way out, being replaced by smartphones and such, and that the only use for PCs would be in businesses where features such as spreadsheets are needed.

I dunno; I have no real interest in a phone that does anything besides make a phone call. I can’t see going to an online data center for storage of my personal files. The only way a smartphone could replace all of the functions of my computer would be if it were a computer. In which case, that tiny screen and keyboard and low resolution graphics would make it nearly impossible to use.


7 posted on 02/08/2011 11:15:49 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Let’s wait till smart phones saturate the market like desktops. Everyone has a PC. You only buy a new one when the old one breaks. People are still getting turned on to these phones. People get rid of old phones all the time to upgrade or because of a deal. Why don’t we wait about 5 years when smartphones are everywhere and see how brisk sales are. By then a new widget will be out to outpace the phones.


8 posted on 02/08/2011 11:20:19 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: exDemMom

the smartphone, when used at home, will hook up to a tv through the hdmi out. so, if you have a modern big screen tv, you’re set there. You can attach an external keyboard if you like, and use the tablet or smartphone itself as the mouse.


9 posted on 02/08/2011 11:21:25 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
If you factor in iPads and Android tablets, the traditional PC IS on its way out. I have an android based phone, and I do most of my surfing and email from it. Once the tablet market matures a little, I will only be using my laptop for heavy computing, like gaming. I currently use google docs on my smartphone to do the little editing I need for work. With a tablet, I will be able to almost everything I do now.

as for the DVD work, with flash memory, DVDs are going out too. I get irritated daily by the DVD drive on my laptop, cause I will accidentally hit the button and open it. I cannot remember the last time I used it. I purchase and download my software via the web. I buy my music as digital files on the web. I plug my smartphone jack into the AUX input on my car and home stereo to listen to music or radio.

PCs will always be around, but for most people, mobile computing will replace their need for a computer.

10 posted on 02/08/2011 11:27:07 PM PST by ibheath
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To: truthfreedom
the smartphone, when used at home, will hook up to a tv through the hdmi out. so, if you have a modern big screen tv, you’re set there. You can attach an external keyboard if you like, and use the tablet or smartphone itself as the mouse.

My TV is, I dunno, about 26 years old. It works fine. I just can't justify the cost of buying one of those big screen things, which I would never watch anyway.

11 posted on 02/08/2011 11:35:03 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

You need to describe to others on here,...what it is you like and how you use it.


12 posted on 02/08/2011 11:43:00 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: pallis
Well a smartphone is really a mobile device ,...usually with a camera,...and capability to receive email and to browse the Web....also will have a GPS so it can be a navagiation device.

Then there are the applications...

13 posted on 02/08/2011 11:46:30 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: exDemMom
That is really extending the life of a TV.

I like my sports on a 32" LCD...so I don't have to sit on top of the set.

14 posted on 02/08/2011 11:48:37 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: exDemMom

if you got one of those things, you might want to view your smartphone through it. I find these LCD screens are great with graphics, but the colors don’t look too natural. I recently got a cheap 32 for about 250. It has a 3 or 4 hdmi connectors, and most people will have these screens in a few years. Not suggesting anyone replace their tv to see their smartphone.


15 posted on 02/09/2011 12:56:58 AM PST by truthfreedom
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
You need to describe to others on here,...what it is you like and how you use it.

In the morning, I like to check my email quickly. Before, that was a slow process. Push power button on computer. Wait for computer to fire up. Wait for browser to load. Go to email account web address. Enter pw and un. Wait then read.

In the time it takes to push the power button on the computer I already have my email in front of me on the smart phone.

Message center lets you know in one push of a button who has contacted you by text, email, voicemail.

Internet access anywhere. At home, wifi access for quicker browsing (although over the air is fast enough for me).

Easily read FR or my favorite political columnist in bed. If my eyes are tired from the end of the day, swipe the text bigger and it all resizes.

Includes a great HD Camcorder and a 5.1 mega pixel camera.

Video conference with anyone that has a phone with the same front facing camera and software. Talk face to face.

The navigation feature is tops. Calls out the directions turn by turn and includes the visual display. No need for my old navi unit.

Calendar is easy to use with reminders.

Bar code reader. I was at the store and they did not have enough of what I needed. Scanned the bar code and then had the option to go to three places to check the item. Called a nearby store and found out they had the stock. Bar code gets you lots of information.

Flash light. While not the most important feature, it has come in handy. Uses the flash from the camera in a stay on position with three brightness settings.

That's a few of the highlights.

16 posted on 02/09/2011 2:49:58 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience.)
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To: umgud
My Droid-X is the best electronic equipment I’ve ever owned. I’ve even posted to FR from it.

Btt. Could not agree more.

17 posted on 02/09/2011 2:51:03 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience.)
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To: truthfreedom

my son streams our netflix account through his phone to the tv...


18 posted on 02/09/2011 4:05:23 AM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: exDemMom

Just yesterday I wanted to order pizza. Instead of getting up and looking for an old menu, or a yellow pages, I sat on my couch and used my phone to go online to find the number.


19 posted on 02/09/2011 7:15:29 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Greysard
I have 8 movies on my Dell Streak now.

The Princess Bride
Returner
Shall We Dance (Japanese original)
Shall We Dance (American remake)
Take The Lead
Strictly Ballroom
For A Few Dollars More
Because Of You

Good to have when I'm waiting at a job site.

20 posted on 02/09/2011 7:44:25 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: SoothingDave
Just yesterday I wanted to order pizza. Instead of getting up and looking for an old menu, or a yellow pages, I sat on my couch and used my phone to go online to find the number.

You're still behind the times. I just order online from the phone and skip the call entirely :-D

21 posted on 02/09/2011 8:48:11 AM PST by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
shrug

Smartphone technology is changing a lot faster than desktop PC. I bought a good (near top end) PC back in 2006. It's still good enough to do CAD, image editing, video (NTSC/DVD quality) editing, etc. Why should I replace it?

I buy a new phone every two years. Why? Because the batteries go bad, because they get beat up, because the new phones are much more capable than the old.

22 posted on 02/09/2011 9:00:50 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Turbopilot; SoothingDave
You're still behind the times.

You're both off in left field.

I make my own pizza ... it just doesn't get any fresher than that.

23 posted on 02/09/2011 9:04:32 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All
For those of you who have smartphones and use them for bandwidth intensive streaming (not just FR and e-mail) what does your monthly bill run?

I've seen a couple of bills for iphone and droid use.....the startup sound ought to be a "Cha-ching!!"

And what happens when the carrier starts clamping down on bandwidth and imposing surcharges for "over use"??

Think I'll stick with my prepaid dumb phone for a while longer.

24 posted on 02/09/2011 9:34:38 AM PST by Notary Sojac (We have had three central banks in America's history: two of them failed and so will this one....)
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To: Turbopilot

Not available from this pizza joint. I don’t think any of my local places offer that, just the national chains.


25 posted on 02/09/2011 9:46:09 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: ArrogantBustard

To every thing there is a season. We make our own at times, too. But when you got home from work and had to go clear the snow from the driveway, it’s time to order out.


26 posted on 02/09/2011 9:47:18 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Notary Sojac
For those of you who have smartphones and use them for bandwidth intensive streaming

I have unlimited data use from VZW.

27 posted on 02/09/2011 9:56:53 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ibheath

The big problem anything replacing PCs is that small form factors will always be more expensive to get equal power to large form factors. You can get a PC to do all that you outlined for about half the price of tablet. For anybody that isn’t going to be mobile, which is most of the business market, the PC will continue for a long time just because of that computing power to dollar ratio that the larger form factor allows.


28 posted on 02/09/2011 10:02:06 AM PST by discostu (this is definitely not my confused face)
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To: ArrogantBustard
How big is your bill?

And is the unlimited data available to new Verizon customers?

29 posted on 02/09/2011 10:11:50 AM PST by Notary Sojac (We have had three central banks in America's history: two of them failed and so will this one....)
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To: Notary Sojac

IIRC, $30 covers most of the “smartphone” capabilities, including the unlimited internet. That’s obviously not the whole bill, but that’s the difference between smartphone and dumb phone.

I was a Bell Atlantic Mobile customer before VZW came along, so I don’t know what they offer to new customers.


30 posted on 02/09/2011 10:20:15 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: MrEdd
I have 8 movies on my Dell Streak now.

It is certainly possible to have movies on a tablet or a smartphone, as long as there is enough disk space. It is also possible to play them because video chipsets today come with hardware decoders just for such a thing. That's why an iPod can play music seemingly forever, and even a DVD playback is done largely by specialized, optimized hardware. The processor in the smartphone does little - it only needs to read the encoded data from the media and shove it into the decoder.

However encoding audio or video requires a lot of processor effort. Encoding of a video is a lengthy process even on a fast desktop PC. As an analogy, it's easy to open a lock if you have a key. But it is much harder to select one lock out of billions that can be opened by a given key. The encoding process is similar to that - it aims to find such a compressed frame that conveys the original content with minimal distortions (artifacts.)

My point was that a smartphone is not even close to a desktop PC in every comparable aspect, primarily in performance. This is because a desktop PC can throw watts at the problem, and a portable unit can't. I'm not even wading into the dearth of quality pointing devices for smartphones... smartphones nowadays want you to control them with your fingers. But an average finger is covering so much of that tiny screen that you can't fit more than a handful of controls onto it. Smartphone is good for smartphoning, but it is ridiculous to compare it to a desktop PC or to infer anything from the results of said comparison.

31 posted on 02/09/2011 9:14:25 PM PST by Greysard
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