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  • Two Years After Release, iPhone 3GS Remains 2nd 'Most Popular' Smartphone in the US


    Americans have an ongoing love affair that just won't quit with their iPhone 3GS. Two years after its release, the iPhone 3GS remains the second most popular smartphone in the United States according to data derived from a new report published Monday by NPD Group.

    Google, however, was right along for the journey, joining Apple as a leading maker of a hugely popular mobile operating system (Android). Apple and Google were the big winners during the second quarter of 2011, in terms of market share gains, while Research In Motion slipped further.

    But don't feel bad for Apple because the iPhone 3GS is only the second most popular smartphone in the US. Guess what holds the top spot? Last year's iPhone 4, which continues to enjoy great demand even so close to the iPhone 5 release expected during the next 4-6 weeks.

    Still, it's important to avoid becoming too optimistic about Apple's ascension up the smartphone food chain here in the US. "Android's momentum has made for a large pie that is attractive to Motorola's Android rivals, even if they must compete with their own operating system developer," Ross Rubin of NPD said in today's report, obviously referencing Google's plan to acquire Motorola. Simply put, Google has designs on becoming the world's top - and most consistently dominant - force in the smartphone world.

    Source: NPD Group
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Two Years After Release, iPhone 3GS Remains 2nd Top Smartphone in the US started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Ikemann888's Avatar
      Ikemann888 -
      Still own 3 of iPhone 3GS.
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Now thats wassup!
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      I know many who still have a 3G!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I want my iPhone 5.
    1. Spazmonic's Avatar
      Spazmonic -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      I know many who still have a 3G!
      I miss the 3GS sometimes becuz it didn't spoil my eyes like the retina in the 4. I cant look at a lesser display without wanting to throw up in disgust
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      There's a LOT of people out there that still don't have the Retina Display. I'm sorry. Truly.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      What's the #1 Cell Phone?
    1. Paco's Avatar
      Paco -
      Yyyyyea screw the iPhone 4 with it's spectacular retina display
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spazmonic View Post
      I miss the 3GS sometimes becuz it didn't spoil my eyes like the retina in the 4. I cant look at a lesser display without wanting to throw up in disgust
      This. My friend has the iPhone 4 and that shieet kills my eyes I got used to 3GS that's prob why
    1. chstriker11's Avatar
      chstriker11 -
      This writer is not comparing apples and apples here (no pun intended). Saying that the android market is increasing rapidly and will overtake Apple's IOS is completely different from having the most popular smartphone on the market. Android's OS can't overtake the iPhone 4 because it isn't a phone. When the Evo overtakes the iPhone 4 (or gets even relatively close) then we can talk about android even having a fighting chance in specific smartphone sales. Comparing the IOS to Android is still pretty ridiculous. How many smartphones does the Android market have? 500? Apple is selling 1 new device per-year in comparison to the 1 per-month on android market. It's sad that Android hasn't already overtaken the mobile OS market. However, no single device will pass Apple any time soon...
    1. alcapown's Avatar
      alcapown -
      Quote Originally Posted by chstriker11 View Post
      This writer is not comparing apples and apples here (no pun intended). Saying that the android market is increasing rapidly and will overtake Apple's IOS is completely different from having the most popular smartphone on the market. Android's OS can't overtake the iPhone 4 because it isn't a phone. When the Evo overtakes the iPhone 4 (or gets even relatively close) then we can talk about android even having a fighting chance in specific smartphone sales. Comparing the IOS to Android is still pretty ridiculous. How many smartphones does the Android market have? 500? Apple is selling 1 new device per-year in comparison to the 1 per-month on android market. It's sad that Android hasn't already overtaken the mobile OS market. However, no single device will pass Apple any time soon...
      I agree 
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      <3 my iphone 3gs
    1. wherwel's Avatar
      wherwel -
      still go for iphone