From DailyTech: The iPhone is undeniably slick, with powerful hardware, good battery life, a capable music platform, and a thriving applications ecosystem. But in terms of contract and cost of the phone, it remains pricey. And its business applications and features still trail those of Research In Motion's Blackberry.
Those factors combined to sink the Apple iPhone to the second spot in smartphone sales after a strong 2008, which saw it take over the top spot. The iPhone sold so well, that for part of last year, it was America's bestselling phone overall including traditional phones.
Moving into first place was the Blackberry Curve, which covers several Blackberry 83xx models according to Apple Inisider. Coming in a close third was the Blackberry Storm, and the Blackberry Pearl took fourth (excluding the flip variety). The fifth spot was occupied by T-Mobile's G1 phone, the first phone to feature Google's Android OS.
The trouncing that RIM laid on Apple and its other competitors grew the company's smart phone market share 15 percent to seize a commanding 50 percent of the market. Palm, which is awaiting the release of the much-anticipated Pre, and Apple, meanwhile, saw their market shares sink 10 percent.
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