Revolutionizing the mobile browsing experience with iPhone is a far shot, but Steve Jobs has definitely provided the I, I, I, me, me, me, phone… a must-have for the wannabes.
I wouldn’t deny that the iPhone looks great, but if you want a phone to use more than flaunt, here are some cool iPhone alternatives:
BlackBerry 8820 with push email, built-in GPS receiver, multimedia player, expandable memory, Bluetooth, voice-activated dialing, and integrated Wi-Fi for high-speed wireless connectivity.
Motorola Q 9h, with QWERTY keyboard, large with crisp display, â€œ3Gâ€? or high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) connectivity for broadband-like high speeds for fast data transfers, streaming media and web browsing, video at 30 frames per second, expandable microSD memory cards and support for a variety of music formats (including Advanced Audio Coding, MP3 and Windows Media Audio), and Bluetooth.
Palm Treo 755p with wireless email, Web browsing, multimedia playback, and built-in support for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Some may like a sleek multitouch iPhone, but those using a smartphone frequently for emailing and word processing would prefer a QWERTY keyboard.
In European countries, the mobile web usage is much higher mainly on account of the savings from mobile web usage, instead of using the computer. If the main reason to purchase a smartphone is cheaper internet access, then it’s likely that price will be a deciding factor to pick the smartphone itself.
According to current figures from Net Applications, the iPhone now holds a 0.09% browser market share, a 0.03% more than the market share of Windows CE. Does this mean anything without knowing the total number of mobile web browsers? My estimate is that it should be negligible.