NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As Apple (AAPL) , Google (GOOG) , Research in Motion (RIMM) and Motorola (MOT) continue to battle for smartphone sector supremacy, investors want to know which company has the potential of claiming a commanding position in the market. Each has unveiled a string of new and improved models of their classic prototypes, attracting attention and new customers in the process.
Now the question is which of these players has the best chance of gaining the advantage? We asked readers of TheStreet this question last week, and the results show that most have their bets on Apple's iPhone.
The introduction of Apple's latest edition of the iPhone, the iPhone 4, has, of course, attracting much recent attention. Thousands of people across the country stood in line for hours waiting to get their hands on the $400 device, and within three days of its June 24 launch, Apple announced that more than 1.7 million units had been sold. Even with widely-reported reception problems, the iPhone 4 is being touted by some as the best iPhone yet, with groundbreaking features including free video chatting over WiFi.
(AAPL) (GOOG) (RIMM) (MOT) (AAPL) The next move many are hoping Apple will make is onto the Verizon (VZ) (Stock Quote: VZ) network. The iPhone is currently offered exclusively on the AT&T (T) (Stock Quote: T) network, but rumors are circulating that the iPhone could soon find its way to the Verizon network. If this happens, it will expand Apple's reach to Verizon customers and broaden its smartphone empire.
(AAPL) (GOOG) (RIMM) (MOT) (AAPL) (VZ) (T) Motorola's (MOT) (Stock Quote: MOT) Droid was the runner up in our poll, garnering 20% of the poll taker's votes. Expectations are high for the new release of the latest Motorola smartphone, the Droid X, which will be available beginning July 15th.
The Droid X will run Google's Android 2.2 software and be able to support Adobe Flash Player. Customers will be able to subscribe to 3G mobile hotspot service for $20 per month, turning the phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi devices.
(AAPL) (GOOG) (RIMM) (MOT) (AAPL) (VZ) (T) (MOT) The BlackBerry by Research in Motion (RIMM) (Stock Quote: RIMM) came in third place in the poll, receiving 13% of the votes. RIM was a major innovator in the smartphone market, releasing the first Blackberry in 2004, three years before the iPhone.