NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The key worldwide smartphone trends over the last year have been these: Android keeps rising above 70% market share, Apple (AAPL) stalling around 21%, and Microsoft (MSFT) slowly winning over BlackBerry (BBRY) in the sub-9% market share residual.
With Android at 70%, however, it becomes important to examine two questions:
Why is Samsung dominating Android's 70% market share?
Why has Apple's meteoric iPhone rise 2007-2012 stalled?
As a smartphone reviewer, I have the luxury of spending a lot of time with pretty much all available devices. Over the years, you have heard me complain about most of them -- there is always something that's not good: Too slippery, bad button placement, too slow, terrible software -- you name it.
To whit, in recent reviews and comparisons I have complained about:
Windows Phone: It's missing some of the critical apps that I --
and many others -- use.
BlackBerry 10: Poor contacts synchronization with Google (GOOG), having lost that superior "fast action" experience with email,
contacts and other basic communications needs that the old BlackBerry
Apple iOS: Too small iPhone screen, less optimal for users of
Other Android smartphones: For example, I found the HTC One to be
slippery and difficult to repair if damaged.
1. The hardware:The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a five-inch 1080x1920 screen, which is housed inside a plastic shell. This plastic shell is perfectly curved to be both comfortable and enable you to hold the phone without dropping it. I can't emphasize this point enough: Especially with bigger phones, approaching five-inch screen sizes, it's critical the device isn't slippery. With these high-end phones costing mostly around $600 (unsubsidized, cash price), you don't want to drop them.
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