Will Samsung Be The new Nokia? [FACTS]

When was the last time you heard of something new and exciting from Nokia. In last 6 months only talk worthy and successful mobile launched by Nokia is, Nokia N8. Nokia has been really slow in addressing market requirements and new handsets and innovation has been rare.

Result: Nokia is losing its market share in each and every geography and market segment.

On the other hand, Samsung has been clearly gaining market share as well as mind share in all geographies and market segments. Some of the key reasons for Samsung’s success are Innovation in mobile technology, catching market trends early and serving them well.

Nokia Vs Samsung

Following is an analysis of where Nokia and Samsung stand with respect to different segments:

Top-end Phones:

Samsung has multiple options available in top-end smart phone segment with popular mobiles like Samsung Galaxy S (Android), Samsung Focus (Windows Phone 7) and Samsung Wave Series (Bada OS).

Nokia just has 1 decent popular phone in this segment – Nokia N8. While Nokia N8 has got good reviews about its hardware, it has been criticized for its software / OS, as being outdated. Samsung in general has won accolades from both critics and public for its range of top end smart phones.

Winner: Samsung


Tablets

Tablets are in fashion now after the success of iPad. While Nokia is still working since ages on its Meego platform for tables, Samsung has taken the lead here and launched Samsung Galaxy Tab. It has been well received in the markets across the world.

Winner: Samsung


Mid-range Phones

Nokia has some good midrange phones available like Nokia C6, Nokia C5, and Nokia E5 etc. These are good Symbian devices and do their job well.

Samsung has also been able to create a good buzz in this segment with its mid-range galaxy series and Corby series phones.

Winner: Tie. Both Samsung and Nokia have good range of phones in this segment.


Entry-Level Phones:

Nokia has some good options here. But over last few years, the Indian handset manufacturers are giving Nokia a tough fight with feature rich, value for money phones in this segment. Samsung also has many phones in this segment like Samsung Guru Series which are good value for money. Over all Samsung and Nokia are at par in this segment.

Winner: Tie. Both Samsung and Nokia have good range of phones in this segment.


Dual SIM Phones

Samsung is clearly a winner here. It has many good dual sim phones across entry-level and mid range phones. Nokia just has a couple of dual sim phones.

Winner: Samsung


CDMA Phones

CDMA Phones also have a good market base. Nokia has very few CDMA phones available in the market. On the other hand Samsung has many options in CDMA segment. It also has tie ups with CDMA service providers like Reliance and Tata Indicom.

Winner: Samsung


How Samsung is changing the game?

  1. Realize the shift in market demands as early as possible and serve them well. A good example of this is the Corby Series (touchscreen phones) last year and then the Galaxy Series (Android phones) now. According to the Gartner Report Samsung is the top Android mobile seller in the world.
  2. Make good reliable phones which are good looking too. I have personally used Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung phones over last 8 years. My latest phone is a Samsung and I can vouch that it’s as rock solid and reliable as anyone else.
  3. Backup sales by good after sales service. Nokia is still the leader here but Samsung is fast catching up.
  4. Aggressive marketing. Over last few years, Samsung has been really aggressive in marketing.
  5. Impress the class (Opinion makers, bloggers, geeks, mobile enthusiasts) with some really cool products. Samsung has been successful in doing this. Samsung is now perceived as cool.
  6. Innovations in display technologies like AMOLED, Super AMOLEDs
  7. Adopting all popular mobile Operating systems like Android, Windows Phone 7, and having own propriety Bada Operating system.
  8. All this is evident from the fact that while Nokia has around 52 mobiles on sale in India, there are around 82 Samsung Mobile on sale in India.

Summary

Nokia still is number one in terms of Market share. As per IDC report Nokia’s market share plunged to 36.3% at the end of June 2010 from 54% at the end of 2009. Samsung has been steadily increasing its market share over the years and now accounts for around 10% to 11% of Indian mobile market share.

Will Samsung be the new Nokia?

From Samsung’s 10% market share to Nokia’s 36% market share, it’s still a tough task, but if one company that can challenge Nokia, it’s got be Samsung.

This article is written by Sulakshan. He is running a price comparison engine for books and mobile phones – MySmartPrice.com.

3 Great Android Phones Within 10K (INR)

Android Phones have become very popular with people these days; so much that it gives brands like Nokia and Apple a very tough competition. It’s a well-known fact that Android phones aren’t cheap and you will have to shell out a few bucks in order to buy one. In this post, I am featuring 3 Great Android Phones that are priced below Rs. 10,000 for the price sensitive Indian Market.

Micromax Andro A60:

Micromax Andro A60Micromax Andro A60 is an entry level full-touch Android Device. It runs on Android 2.1 (Eclair) and has a 3.2 MP Camera. You also get Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity all for a meager price of Rs. 6699/-

The best thing about this phone is that it’s powered by a high-end processor with a power of 600MHz (faster than the HTC Wildfire). Check out Micromax Andro A60 on Flipkart.


Dell XCD28:

Dell XCD28The XCD28  is an Android Powered smartphone from Dell. It comes with Android 2.1 (Eclair) and has a 3.2MP Camera with 2x Zoom. It also features a powerful 600Mhz processor just like the Micromax phone we just saw. This phone is priced at Rs. 8000. Check out it’s page at Flipkart.


Samsung Galaxy5 i5503:

The Samsung Galaxy5 i5503 is a very similar Android Phone powered by Eclair. It comes with a 2MP camera and has features similar to that of the other phones mentioned above. It has GPS and works with a 3.5mm headset. It’s priced at Rs. 8989. Check out it’s page at Flipkart.

I hope you liked these phones. If you can afford a bit more, I’d recommend you check out the LG Optimus One P500 priced at Rs.12,500 and the HTC Wildfire priced at Rs. 13,500.

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HTC Going To Open Its Own Online App Store?

HTC App StoreHTC, the popular Taiwan-based manufacturer of smartphones, is currently hiring staff for launching their ‘possible’ online App Store that would sell e-books and applications.

Still it is not conform whether they will open an unified app store, which will serve both Android-based devices and Windows Phone 7 handsets, the two operating systems that HTC currently uses to power their popular smartphones.

Some close sources revealed that HTC was hiring content editors for a planned online HTC store, which will act as a Marketplace, for its smartphones applications as well as for e-books and magazines.

[via Financial Times & TheNextWeb]

The Best Browsers For Windows Mobile Phones

Smart phones are getting popular amongst the busy working class.  It is now the portable computer for people to send email on the fly or surf the net for the latest news.  Those who have already bought a Windows Mobile phone would have found out that the Internet Explorer in the phone really sucks big time.  The layout of a web site is no where near comparable to a desktop PC. Luckily there are a few alternatives for us to choose from that are able to load the whole web site in full and not in mobile view.  I have tested these on a HTC TYTN II and HTC HD 2 to see how these mobile browsers compare.

1. Opera Mobile 10 beta :

Opera has been the first to create a decent browser for mobile phones and has not been disappointing in every version of its release. Other Challengers like Thunderhawk, Minimo or Netfront pale in comparison when taking into account the flash and java support.  Until now, Opera beta 10 has improved by leaps and bounds since it’s predecessor beta 9.  When I tested it, I expected it to be slower, yet it started up faster than it previous versions & although it has more features bundled with this version, the loading time was acceptable.  This browser had the best graphical interface I have ever come across in mobile browsers.

 

Pros : Fast and responsive to touch screen contact; single touch to zoom in & double to zoom out. Sliding up and down was smooth and quite impressive; this could match up to iPhone’s safari browser.  The start page has a quick dial menu similar to many desktop browsers that allow you to add a shortcut to it so that you can open up your favourites real quick.

 

Cons : It does not support flash fully and is unable to manage flash applications like those in Facebook. Only simple ones can be played. Complex ones like Battle Stations can only display the game, but you can not really play it as some of the options are displayed in flash.

It only supports 1 x zoom in and zoom out.   This makes it limited to just reading the text to a certain zoom size.  It must be zoomed in before you can touch any links.  Even if the icon is large enough to be clicked, you will stick need to zoom in once.

 

HTC HD 2 [ 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor ]

Start up time : 2.5 secs

Loading time : 11.5 secs [ The time it took to load one full Facebook home page ]

 

HTC TYTN II [ 400 MHZ Qualcomm processor ]

Start up time : 5 secs

Loading time : 30 secs [ The time it took to load one full Facebook home page]

 

2. Skyfire browser :

Skyfire is new to the mobile browser world.  I must say that this browser totally blew me away in terms of speed and capabilities.  I would recommend this browser to every one out there. This browser supports flash in full animation.  You can play flash videos from Youtube website right off the mobile browser and even flash games in Facebook.  I can even hear the sound as the video is being played.  I could not believe my eyes as I played my favourite Facebook game right off my mobile phone.

 

HTC HD 2 [ 1 Ghz snapdragon processor ]

Start up time : 2.5 secs [ another few seconds for it to load the main page ]

Loading time : 5 secs [ The time it took to load one full Facebook home page ]

[ It took 5 secs to load one screen load of stuff in Facebook home page.  But if you scroll downwards, it would be a wallpaper of square boxes.  You will need to wait half a second to load the next load of page you wish to view.]

 

HTC TYTN II [ 400 MHZ Qualcomm processor ]

Start up time : 3 secs [ around 15 more seconds till it reached the main page ]

Loading time : 8 secs

 

[ To load a full page load of content but another 2 secs per scroll down before it starts loading more content ]

Pros : It is able to open up a link without the need to zoom in first unlike opera but provided you have ultra aim.  It has multi-zoom, means you can zoom in a bit at a time unlike opera which has only 1 zoom in and 1 zoom out.  If your phone has a directional pad, a mouse cursor will appear and you can use the mouse instead of your finger.  It supports full flash which even iPhone does not support at the moment.  The menu interface is not blocking any part of the web page and you can view the entire screen.

 

Cons : The support for java seems to be a little flawed especially for those drop down menu boxes.  It would freeze sometimes and I had to try repeatedly, in fact more than 10 times to eventually bring out the menu.  This browser refuses to load if there is totally no connection.  The loading of a page seems slightly longer as compared to opera; perhaps it has a lot more flash content to load then opera.

There is one more mobile browser out there developed by Firefox which is called Fennac browser.  But I don’t recommend using it now as it is not officially completed yet.  It is only a prototype.  The loading time for it on a HTC TYTN II took so long that I almost gave up on it.  Almost close to a minute.  The loading of a page is not fast either; it seems to be stressing the device a lot. Eventually the page was loaded, but you cannot really surf without feeling a sense of frustration.  I gave up after just a few minutes.

Using it on the HTC HD 2 was a disaster.  It could start up within 10 secs, but it could not even start surfing.  It crashed with a box asking you if you want to send an error report.  What’s even worse is that it seems to screw up your Opera 9 browser’s settings that were bundled with HD 2 and even opera crashed as well.  I had to uninstall Fennac and reboot before everything went back to normal.

The evolution for mobile computing is going extremely fast and people will soon be expecting a full scale computer right in the palm of their hands. With such powerful Windows mobile browsers already capable of displaying more than just a basic web page, we can expect people to depend on these handsets more than a desktop in the near future.  Just imagine, watching a news broadcast while commuting on a train and reading the latest news online.  It is a lot more convenient that trying to hold on to a newspaper on a moving train.