Symbian Vs iPhone: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

TechCruch and GigaOm both commented the Symbian quarterly results. Both blogs compared Nokia’s OS to iPhone and reached two opposite conclusions.

Facts by GigaOm:

  • Symbian shipped 19.5 Million units in Q2, 5% year-on-year growth.
  • iPhone shipped 0.77 Million units of its 2G model in Q2, a 166% year-on year growth, considering iPhone only sold during last month of Q2 last year. “It is easy to grow from nothing” GigaOm says.
  • Gartner estimates 304.7 million phones shipped during the second quarter, giving Symbian a 6.4% market share and iPhone a 0.2% share.
  • Symbian has more than 9800 applications available, while App Store has only 2500.

Conclusion: Symbian is still the market leader in mobile phones by far, and iPhone, despite the hype, is almost a negligible anecdote. At 19.5 Million Symbian units in Q2 the glass is half full for Symbian, according to GigaOM.

Facts by TechCrunch:

  • Symbian shipped 19.5 Million units in Q2, 5% growth year-on-year.
  • iPhone has sold 6 million units of iPhone since the 3G model launched less than 2 months ago. 
  • iPhone is selling 800.000 units per week. At this pace, Q3 unit sales will have a year-on-year growth of 900%. 
  • At one third of that growth rate, iPhone will surpass Symbian shipped units by Q3 2009.

Conclusion: It is just a matter of time that iPhone beats Symbian. At 19.5 Million Symbian units in Q2 the glass is half empty for Symbian, according to TechCrunch.

Both posts report that 159 different Symbian models have been shipped “compared to just a handful from RIM and one from Apple”. But is that really good news for Symbian?

Despite maintaining the market share leadership, Nokia is no longer the object of desire for Smartphone users. iPhone is. Blackberry Bold is too. Nokia might have not lost the lead in market share yet, but they sure have in user’s mindshare.

I tend to see the glass half empty for Nokia’s OS.

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