BlackBerry bests iPhone in sales for Q1

By Justin Mann on May 4, 2009, 12:35 PM
Research in Motion has made some waves in the past few months, managing to beat Apple in sales with a single device for the first time in a long time. In particular, their BlackBerry Curve managed to boost sales enough to make it the most popular smartphone for the previous quarter, coming in just above the iPhone 3G. RIM also managed decent sales on the Storm and Pearl, which took the number 3 and 4 spots respectively. All in all, the BlackBerry maker moved into a dominant position, and is responsible for more than 50 percent of the smartphone market.

Part of their success seems to have come at Apple's expense, with their share of the market actually increasing nearly as much as Apple’s declined. Of course, RIM does have the advantage of multiple types of hardware that appeal to several different groups. Apple on the other hand has a more or less one size fits all approach. Has this hurt Apple? And, if so, will it continue to be a detriment?

Another interesting note is the progress T-Mobile has been making, with the G1 coming in as the 5th most popular smartphone for the quarter. Going up against such potent competition, a number five spot is still something to be proud of.

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