With Ofcom’s controversial ruling allowing Orange and T-Mobile’s umbrella brand of Everything Everywhere to roll out 4G technology across the UK before the other networks, the battle is now on for which handset will be the first to hit the shelves and run on the faster and more reliable signal technology. At the moment, there are few handsets that would be able to handle 4G technology but you can bet your bottom dollar that all of the smartphone makers are vying to release new handsets to accept faster broadband before the end of the year.
As the BlackBerry 10 and the iPhone 5 are going to be the most recent handsets to be launched at the start of Ofcom’s ruling for the 4G technology to be rolled out, people around the UK will be scratching their heads at which one to choose. Obviously, BlackBerry has a long reputation that has dwindled in recent years, particularly in the US, but in the UK they are still preferred for those who need a clever smartphone for work and for personal use. However, Apple has a brand that is instantly recognisable and one that many people choose with their hearts rather than their head. That doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with Apple’s products, but once the brand is under their skin they are as loyal as can be.
BlackBerry 10 phones on the other hand will be the best that RIM has released but is it too little too late? Maybe not for the UK but the US has completely turned its back on the company and have chosen Samsung or Apple for their smartphones. As Samsung has more than 5 million sales per month you have to look at Apple and Samsung as competitors instead of BlackBerry. Yes, there will be some sales but the amount of iPhone 5 deals that people are searching for already makes us think that it’s just been too long since Apple launched a new phone.
As long as the 4G works well on the new iPhone 5 and the handset is cleaner and sleeker, which is promised, as well as better cameras, being faster and more powerful then it does seem that the iPhone 5 will be the best selling smartphone of the second half of the year. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is still selling well but that could only be because the iPhone 5 isn’t out yet. The curtain might not be drawn yet on the BlackBerry 10 but the future isn’t looking too rosy, unless Nokia and Windows team up with BlackBerry to take on the big guns together rather than trying to go it alone.
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