I have to admit I was surprised at the iPhone and BlackBerry 8300 series did so well in the US - the two most popular handsets in the country, going into 2010, are full-fledged smartphones. Also surprising: People still buy Razrs. Razrs!
Motorola's fall from grace started when they couldn't come up with a serious successor to the megapopular original Razr, so it's kind of sad to see that right up until their Android renaissance - and maybe even through it - the Razr, now in version 3, is still a core part of their business. But there's a broader point here, about how people use their phones: there are still plenty of folks lingering in the sad, barely-connected land of the dumbphone, but they're emigrating in droves, because they crave one thing: internet:
Smart, dumb, whatever: today, phones are for going online. Which, if you believe Nielson's scores, means phones - especially smartphones - are pretty much for Google. Now, get your pencils out, and let's draw a straight line between Google's dominance on the mobile web and the mysterious but very real Nexus One. Easy, wasn't it? [Nielson]