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  • Apple is Aces in Asia

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    Investors who are keen on The Wall Street Journal may take another look at Apple stock after reading today's paper. The venerable pillar of all things financial is out with a favorable splash feature about Apple's "outsized reputation" in Asia.

    Apple has earned the distinction of Asias most admired multinational company, according to the Asia 200 survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal.

    Apple held just a 1.6% share of the personal-computer market in Asia in the second quarter of this year, and a 0.6% sliver of the region's mobile-phone market, according to technology market-research firm IDC. Yet Apple skyrocketed to the top of our annual Asia 200 survey this year, and was ranked by readers as the region's most admired multinational company. Last year, Apple ranked seventh.
    The far reaching consensus is that, while their market share is minimal, their presence is large. And although Apple only ships less than 20% of its product line to Asia at present, the rapid growth in that part of the world will eventually come full circle to improve our experience with Apple both in North America and Europe.

    Gamers, for example, take their play time very seriously in Asia - perhaps to an even greater and more competitive extent than some US teenagers. Asia's growing love for the gaming apps - and their growing appetite for Apple products in general - could, for example, help force the company to finally roll out adequate gaming hardware or button functionality for the iPod and iPhone.

    Apple clearly wants to dominate the Asian market. And with Asian consumers placing demand on quality technology and streamlined, steady upgrades, the concern that some Apple fans have (that the company is growing lazy, as illustrated by the lack of a real wow-factor at Wednesday's media event) may finally fade from sight.

    The release of the iPhone, Apple's latest must-have gadget, in Asia has helped buoy the company's profile in the region. More than 2,000 people in Singapore queued up for hours when domestic carrier Singapore Telecommunications launched the iPhone on July 10. The customer at the front of the line reportedly waited for 11 hours.
    Asia is banking on Apple, and Apple is banking on Asia.

    How could that relationship ultimately prove anything less than favorable for Apple customers here at home?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple is Aces in Asia started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Clone or not I had to take a closer look at that phone but as stated in a previous post those buttons are useless. Buttons on a touch screen, hey that's an oxymoron!
    1. sddspence's Avatar
      sddspence -
      Over a billion new people now to try to help Saurik and the Dev-Team crack 3.1 Woohoo!
    1. btung's Avatar
      btung -
      Quote Originally Posted by ch0b1ts View Post
      I'm really not sure why the Japanese buy iPhones when you can get something like the 933SH which has 10MPixel Camera, HDTV, DVR Capability, GPS/Nav, 16GB internal, MicroSD Card Slot for even more storage, some awesome game downloads, and many other features all for a lower price.
      It's the "cool" factor. Modern times call for clean, minimalist designs. Up until now, mobile phones haven't really been as buttonless as the iPhone. Apple got one part of the equation right by guessing that consumers would want a clean, feels-good-in-hand phone without the clutter of buttons.

      So they went for big screen real estate, clean design, and a UI that is colorful as well as artistic. notice how the menus in the iPhone all have rather large, long buttons, as does the home screens.

      the 933SH, when compared to the iPhone, is long and an ungainly sight and frankly, i would expect it to turn people off whereas the iPhone is fluid and sexzy. Most people, when shopping for phones, would want something that looked nice and would not embarrass them in public. just look at the picture in (http://media.akihabaranews.com/18118..._933SH_006.jpg). Those buttons. they just kill me. NO CLEARLY DEFINED BORDERS ON THEM!!

      having an overload of hardware features is a minus, too. regular users aren't gonna have a use for a high def camera. Hardcore photographers would much rather use a bona-fide SLR than a mobile phone with a lot less features, regular users aren't gonna have a use for HDTV on a phone, they would just have HDTV at home where you can sit down and enjoy in ultimate comfort instead of on a subway line underground in Japan where you don't get decent signal half the time anyways. HD DVR capability? with only 16gigs? a joke, no? And how in the world are you gonna play an awesome 3D game with a number pad that is facing the wrong way in relation to the screen? aren't games supposed to be widescreen? even with the screen flipped and turned the right way, it would be too bulky to really feel game-play worthy, and the processor is on the slow side, too. Plus, the interface just doesn't have that fresh minimalist appeal that Sharp tried so hard to achieve with the device body. The touchscreen is very much like the iPhone's... except it is way more insensitive. most of the time it can't differentiate between a swipe and a click. The web browser seems to be mobile only, versus the iPhone's complete browsing experience which only lacks java/flash add-ons.

      you can see the roots of my testimony at this link. ([ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBfIJ1YsiYY]YouTube - SoftBank 933SH ????[/ame])

      I'll give it one thing, though. Very nice HD web video playback. I've had a chance to try it. not as good of a user experience as the iPhone, though.
    1. Sadhunni's Avatar
      Sadhunni -
      Man. Another bootleg chinese iphone wannabe. Man, such a disgrace of my chinese race. Sigh. Please clone something better than that..
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      xsellizedotcom has the exact same post word for word...who is stealing from who here lol
    1. Fhadso's Avatar
      Fhadso -
      Quote Originally Posted by hR!$ View Post
      Normally that iPhone would look ugly. Guess it's just that it's different which is what intrigues me.

      I just want one more button added to the phone. Please Apple. Just put one button under the volume controls that can be used as a camera shutter and for developers to use in apps however they want. It would make quick send on a jailbroken phone so much more awesome!
      I highly doubt Apple would do this, although they do add functionality to future deviced, they wouldn't go as far as to add a completely new button to it.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Guys that pic is from the old iphone clone based on the original iphone back in 2007 its morphed since then into an newer model called the i9. They have FM radio and had shake to shuffle before we got it in the 3.0 firmware back last year! Touch is insensitive on all these phone but there was an iphone clone with Windows 6 os and was very cool but pricey even with mini sd slot maybe called the i88?
    1. Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar
      Paul Daniel Ash -
      I had a guy try to sell me an iPhone - or something that looked like one - on the street in Shanghai today. I had an urge to buy it from him, just as a spare to hack and/or raid for parts.

      I did not, however, give into the urge...
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      my cousin has an iPhone clone on Tmobile in puerto rico
      totally blows