This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Phone Makers Seek Right Touch

Mobile-phone trendsetters like the feel of the touchscreen theme coming next year.

Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone struck a chord with consumers and industry competitors in 2007. The sleek, big-screen $400 phone delivered as promised on a whole new, more compelling user interface, thanks largely to its multi-touch screen.

The iPhone has since become the standard to beat , say industry watchers. And all the major phone companies are gunning for Apple with a new generation of touchscreen phones.

"Slim was the big thing for phones in the past couple years; now it is touchscreens," says IAG Research's Roger Entner. "I think you will see some very good touchscreen phones by this time next year."

One of the more hotly anticipated phones is Research In Motion's (RIMM) 9000 series BlackBerry. The phone exists in concept only at this point, and people familiar with the company say it probably won't hit the market until the second half of next year. The phone is expected to have a big touchscreen and a keyboard, but the final design has yet to be decided.

No. 1 phonemaker Nokia (NOK - Get Report) is expected to have two touchscreen phones sometime next year. At least one of the phones -- tentatively dubbed the N96 -- will have a pulsing touchscreen, a trend that started in 2007.

LG introduced the touchscreen Voyager with Verizon (VZ - Get Report) this fall. It was one of the first on the market to sport both a pulsing screen and a flip-open keyboard. LG will likely make improvements on the Voyager and is expected to introduce a sleeker touchscreen unit similar to its Prada, known as the MS25.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $124.75 0.00%
CY $13.23 0.00%
NOK $7.62 0.00%
SYNA $88.26 0.00%
VZ $48.90 0.00%

Markets

DOW 17,826.30 -279.47 -1.54%
S&P 500 2,081.18 -23.81 -1.13%
NASDAQ 4,931.8150 -75.9760 -1.52%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs