According to Anil Doradla, a financial analyst with global investment banking and asset management firm William Blair, the Apple iPhone has stopped being the best selling smartphone at Verizon for the current quarter. This marks a premiere since the iPhone was first released at Verizon, as well as since the first iPhone reached AT&T back on June 29, 2007.
Up until now, after each quarter, the Apple iPhone was declared the best selling smartphone at every single North American carrier it landed on. Continuing among these lines, it should be mentioned that despite the slightly smaller success of the iPhone 4S at Verizon, Apple maintained its top position with AT&T and Sprint for the second quarter of 2012.
According to Doradla, the first smartphone to ever top the iPhone in carrier-restricted sale charts is the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX (an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone as I’m sure you’re fully aware). The third spot in Verizon’s charts is occupied by Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus (the first smartphone to ever run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich).
Although it would very much please me to be able to say that this marks Android’s victory over iOS, it sure looks like this is more of a LTE vs 3G victory. According to Doradla, the iPhone 5 will most likely be a “true 4G” phone, one that will put Apple back at the top of the Verizon charts.
But if we’re to leave the Apple discussion aside, what I personally find very interesting is that the Motorola RAZR MAXX was able to sell significantly more units than the Galaxy Nexus at Verizon, although the latter was launched with the newest version of Google’s Android mobile OS. It turns out smartphone users have decided that a battery that can last throughout the day on a single charge is more important than a tweaked OS. Here goes hoping all Android smartphone manufacturers will learn something from Motorola’s success with the RAZR MAXX!
What do you guys think? Will the iPhone 5 put Apple back on top of the charts? Or maybe this marks the first in an upcoming series of major wins for Android over the iPhone in the US? Let us know in the comment section below!