Droid Is a Serious Challenger to iPhone

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2009-10-19 Print this article Print

6. It's a numbers game

It's doubtful that Droid will be able to supplant the iPhone as the most coveted phone in the mobile market, but it is possible that Android itself will enjoy far greater success by relying so heavily on Verizon Wireless. Since Android is an open platform, it can be found on several devices, making it a viable alternative to the iPhone. Combined sales of Android devices could eventually match the iPhone's single-phone sales. It's a real possibility.

7. Features matter

Apple has tied its future to the virtual keyboard. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it might be an issue as users search for a new phone. We have all been conditioned to use physical keyboards. They tend to be easier to use. And in many cases, it's what we look for in a device. Considering Droid does have a physical keyboard, it's a selling point. And it could cause some who would rather be on Verizon Wireless' network to take notice.

8. Verizon doesn't need the iPhone

Unlike AT&T, Verizon Wireless has proven that it really doesn't need the iPhone. Would it be nice to have it? Sure. But the carrier also realizes that with Android doing a fine job of delivering a rich touch experience, it's no longer a requirement. That gives Apple less leverage in negotiations.

9. Alternative options? Not really

As Apple considers other carriers, it's entirely possible that the company won't be able to bring its iPhone to Verizon Wireless customers. Realizing that, it has two options: T-Mobile or Sprint. In either case, there isn't much to choose from. Those carriers trail AT&T and Verizon Wireless by a wide margin. And when we consider their coverage, it's not even close. I simply don't see Apple having any other option besides bringing the iPhone to Verizon Wireless. But if Verizon isn't open to such a release, Apple might be stuck with AT&T.

10. The future is in doubt

At this point, the future looks bright for the iPhone. But that doesn't mean that it will maintain its dominance. If Verizon Wireless dedicates its bundles of cash to Android phones, it's entirely possible that Google's platform could start making inroads in the mobile space. And in the end, it could put Apple on the run.

Remember, anything can happen.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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