Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Since we are treated to these articles about the smartphone market on a fairly regular basis, it would really help if you guys would define in the scope of the article what a "smartphone" actually is and the metrics being used by those doing the counting. It seems like the definition IDC uses might not be one that most actual smartphone users agree with.
IDC used the reported numbers from Apple for iPhones (8.7m in last quarter) and from Nokia for converged devices (20.8m in last qtr). According to Nokia's financial release, Nokia has two categories - mobile phones and converged devices, defined as follows:
- mobile phones as "Series 30 and Series 40-powered devices ranging from basic mobile phones focused on voice capability to devices with a number of additional functionalities, such as Internet connectivity, including the services and accessories sold with them." and
- converged devices as "Smartphones and mobile computers, including the services and accessories sold with them." (Does this include Booklet 3G?)
So converged devices is everything else that is not Series 30 and Series 40. It includes N-Series (N95, N97, N97 mini, N900, N86, N85), E-Series (E72, E75, E71, E66, E63, etc), X6, 5230, 5800, 5530, 5730. I'm not sure how Nokia classifies its Booklet 3G mini-laptop.
I think some of the E-series phones shouldn't really be classified as smartphones, but if that keeps Nokia from recognizing the threat, then so be it.
Also, to help with a definition, recognize that all Blackberries are considered smartphones.