Lumia 800 helps Windows Phone beat Symbian in UK

Lumia 800 helps Windows Phone beat Symbian in UK

Summary: Windows Phone 7 is now outselling Symbian in the UK, data gathered by the analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has shown.According to the company, in the 12 weeks leading up to 20 February 2011 Symbian had a 12.

TOPICS: Telcos

Windows Phone 7 is now outselling Symbian in the UK, data gathered by the analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has shown.

According to the company, in the 12 weeks leading up to 20 February 2011 Symbian had a 12.4 percent share of UK smartphone sales. In the corresponding period a year later, the doomed platform had a 2.4 percent share.

Meanwhile, Windows Phone 7 (WP7) — Nokia's adoption of which is the reason for Symbian's looming demise — now has a 2.5 percent share, up from half a percent a year earlier.

"There are strong signs that WP7 Nokia handsets are starting to make an impact on the European smartphone market though US sales, where the Nokia brand is weaker, remain underwhelming," Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo said in a statement.

According to the company, Nokia's Lumia 800 is almost single-handedly responsible for the rise in Windows Phone 7's share, accounting for 87 percent of the platform's sales. The strongest market for Windows Phone 7 appears to be Germany, where market share is now at 3.1 percent of sales.

"The fact that WP7 sales have overtaken Symbian based on one handset is encouraging; however, Nokia will need to expand the range quickly in order to keep up with the slew of next-generation competitor products being launched in quarter two," Sunnebo said.

The UK market leader, of course, is Android, with a 48.5 percent share of all smartphone sales. Apple's iOS lags behind with a 28.7 percent share, followed by RIM with 17.1 percent.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech also noted that 73.2 percent of all handsets sold over the recent 12-week period were smartphones, "meaning that 51.3 percent of the British population now owns a smartphone".

Topic: Telcos

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  • I doubt the Nokia Lumia 800 is single handedly responsible. The Nokia Lumia 710 outshines the Nokia Lumia 800 for overall value by a long way - it's the real mass market phone in all of this. Vodafone are shifting Nokia for £150 PAYG. O2- £170, PAYG. It also has the bonus of a removeable battery. It still feels like a featurephone though, as most apps get developed for Android / iPhone. WP7's pilot light is still on, so I wouldn't dismiss it from heating the room just yet, but it really doesn't deserve it if it eventually does. Its far too little too late.

    The Nokia Lumia 710 is a fairly straightforward, function phone for most people with a great 'Clearblack' screen and excellent browser. If you want anything else - Apps, Storage for Music, Expandable Storage, Wifi Tethering - look elsewhere. The world has already moved on - just seems too far from being mainstream for its own good and unintuitive compared to Apple's ipad/iphone offering.

    WP7 does come across as 'work-in-progress', at times. It hasn't crashed on me - but it has quite a few interface inconsistencies - that aren't always straighforward to solve without knowing what to do. Basically its layout can annoy you - unlike iOS which comes across as a very refined system. But, in fairness - WP7 is smooth, free flowing, and the IE9 Browser is great.

    In terms of managing Windows 8 devices Windows Phone 7 / WOA (Windows on Arm) won't have Active Directory, so it has no 'managed PC' control features over and above Apple's offering, and nowhere near the overall functionality. Apple just slam-dunked WOA with its new display on the iPad. iPad's new screen really is the business, bar none.
  • OK, clearly a fanboi comment! We're talking about WP7 and Nokia, and you deviate to Apple's iPad like it is somehow relevant to the discussion! Now, to correct a few of your other points...

    WiFi tethering is coming in the next Nokia update, and the Lumia 900 will aready have it built in. Most other non-Nokia WP7 phones already have this, such as all the HTC handsets.

    WP7 isn't clunky - it's the most fluid and seamlessly integrated system out of iOS and Android. In fact, WP7 is ahead of them in terms of service integration, which is where the future is since services are what mobile computing is all about.

    You are right - the world has moved on, but it's actually iOS which is falling behind in terms of usability and service integration (not sales of course). In many cases you don't need an app for WP7 because it's built into the operating system. WP7 is more intuitive, easier to use, and more powerful than iOS. While iOS has some features that WP7 does not, WP7 has many features that iOS does not. As for visual appearance, well that's just a matter of personal preference.

    What about storage? Well, WP7 also comes with 25 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage. Yes, that's 25 GB of seamlessly integrated cloud storage.

    I will take Nokia's Lumia 800 / 900 over any iPhone. In fact, I would not have the iPhone even if you paid me, because I much prefer WP7 and much prefer the design of the new Nokia phones.
  • Love how any criticism always comes back with the fanboy comment. Actually more an Andriod Fan, but I think the new iPad is a very fine piece of engineering/technology, to which others will struggle to compete. It also influences which ecosystem you eventually settle on - hence the reference.

    Regarding the Wifi Tethering, that its coming on the next update for Lumia 710/800 - there is no way you know this for sure, as if you contact Nokia through their official channels, they will not state that this is the case. The has been no official statement by Nokia. I know - I've asked them. The Nokia 900 does have Wifi-Tethering, according to the official page, but no mention for Nokia 710/800. If you have read this via a third party website - it isn't official. At the moment - talk of a future update is hearsay.

    WP7 comes with 25GB free SkyDrive, yes - and we have wifi via BT ADSL for the most part in the UK, with virtually zero upload capacity. SkyDrive was a complete waste of time when I tried it with my WP7 due to this, but this is the same for any cloud services, such as those by Apple. Dropbox helps alot, as it fingerprints files, so if they are already on their server, you don't have to physically upload the file - it just gives you access the version it has. The Nokia 710 you have 5GB left from 8GB, of user space for storing your own files.

    Dropbox isn't availabe for WP7, just like hundreds of other apps.
  • Love how you go and edit your first post after people have responded!
  • @Adas,

    So nothing to back up your claim 'WiFi tethering is coming in the next Nokia update', for the Nokia Lumia 710/800 because as said spoke to Nokia UK, and the official line - there is no such update 'coming or in the pipeline, they won't confirm either way. You're just rehashing a post via a third party website (that is basically hearsay). Great if it happens, but there is no guarantee at the moment. Maybe David Meyer's has a better source - and can clarify either way or confirm/second what Nokia said to me.

    The problem is all these features exist 'now' on other devices, its all too little too late, and the new iPad just cements the choice for the iOS ecosystem. This is about business 'realisation'. Even if your an Apple hater - its very difficult to not give credit to the new ipad. It ticks a hell of a lot of boxes for device that supposed to have no use whatsoever, and it isn't expensive considering the screen quality. Its gone from possible choice of tablet - to 'the' choice of tablet overnight. I'm really not exaggerating, or some deluded Apple fan. I think most would agree once they use one. Its actually a pretty useful device, for day to day drudgery.