iPhone tops RAZR in sales; twice as reliable as Blackberry

Summary:Market research firm NPD has announced that the iPhone 3G was the leading handset purchased by adult consumers in the U.S.

Market research firm NPD has announced that the iPhone 3G was the leading handset purchased by adult consumers in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2008. The move strips the top dog title away from the previously top-ranked Motorola RAZR and puts an end to the RAZR's three-year run atop the market according to AppleInsider.

So that makes the list:

  1. iPhone 3G
  2. Motorola RAZR
  3. Research in Motion Blackberry Curve
  4. LG's Rumor
  5. LG enV2

"The displacement of the RAZR by the iPhone 3G represents a watershed shift in handset design from fashion to fashionable functionality," said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for NPD. "Four of the five best-selling handsets in the third quarter were optimized for messaging and other advanced Internet features."

The news comes just weeks after Apple announced that Apple outsold Research In Motion (RIM) in revenue (not units) last quarter after just 15 months in the market. Apple is now the world’s third largest mobile phone supplier, again in revenue, not units. The breakdown is:

  1. Nokia $12.7 billion
  2. Samsung $5.9 billion
  3. Apple $4.3 billion
  4. Sony Ericsson $4.2 billion
  5. LG $3.4 billion
  6. Motorola $3.2 billion
  7. RIM $2.1 billion

Update: TechCrunch is reporting that the iPhone is twice as reliable as the BlackBerry after one year of ownership, according to a new study by SquareTrade. SquareTrade looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans and stated that the malfunction rate for iPhones after one year is 5.6 percent, compared to 11.2 percent for the BlackBerry and 16.2 percent for the Treo. The full report is available at the SquareTrade site.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Hardware, Mobility


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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