Japans Best Selling Phone - iPhone 3GS
According to market research company Gfk and their recent survey, it seems like Japan has fallen in love with the iPhone 3GS. So much so that in the month of July, the good people there have made Apple's 32GB iPhone 3GS the most popular cell phone in all of Japan.
Here is how the rest of the top 10 shakes out.
- Apple iPhone 3GS 32 GB
- Sharp SH-06A
- Panasonic 830P
- Sharp SH-05A
- NEC N-08A
- Sony Ericsson Walkman Phone Premier3
- Sharp SH-02A
- Casio W63CA
- Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
- Sharp SH001
It must be those Emoji icons...
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iPhone a huge upgrade for japan? Care to explain how a country that is miles ahead of us in terms of technology needs an upgrade from us?
The upgrade is in the UI. All the fancy tech in the world is irrelevant if the common person can't figure out how to use it.
you are completely and utterly correct.
"The upgrade is in the UI. All the fancy tech in the world is irrelevant if the common person can’t figure out how to use it."
They should call you THE REAL TRUTH! Truer words have never been spoken on this blog!
The 3GS is little more than marketing and a mildly faster processor - at the cost of heat and battery life.
Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone, but I see no reason why the GS would suddenly make a given market fall in love with it - particularly given it's history of loathing of prior models.
preach brother preach you r speaking the truth
i love my 3g, but i just dont see many japanese folks with iphones. what i do see are a lot of roundeyes in this country sporting iphones because they are much easier to use if you dont fluently read all 3 japanese alphabets...
the way i see it, someone is padding this survey heavily.
iPhone in Japan is struggling not just because it is technologically well behind most Japanese phones on the market (even though it is). One major criticism of the iPhone is in fact the UI and lack of features - in particular the e-mail interface, no TV, difficulties with pushmail, lack of support for Japanese mobile services (a MAJOR issue in Japan) and a multitude of other problems.
The reason it topped the "sales" last month is that SBM is basically giving it away for free. Don't be fooled. iPhone is in for a big struggle in Japan.
There isn't a insurance plan for the phones available, so if you loose or break your phone you will owe softbank still for the phone you don't have, and then you still need to get another phone anyway, and if you choose the iPhone again, there is NO discount this time! I wonder if the work around on that might be what apple might offer in the way of apple care for it. I should look into that.
For me, I'm a mac. It goes without saying why I have it, and I couldn't be happier!!! (oh, and even though some say it's upgrade in processing speed is minor, it's NOTICEABLY faster than my hubby's).
The only thing I don't understand with Softbank is the voicemail thing. On the apple site it talks about downloading your voicemail and being able to listen to the message and pick the message you hear. When I touch the voicemail icon, all it does is call the voicemail server. (which BTW is NOT a free call). I don't think that is a supported feature yet.
Still super-uber happy with it! (Now to find out if ATT will allow me to use this phone in the states if and when we move back...)
The main reason people don't change to iphones is that they are worried they won't be able to use them. Because they are morons. At first, changing from a handset that has basically been the same for 10 years might be a challenge, but the iphone ui is much, much MUCH better.
I've had several 'top of the range' camshell handsets here. They all sucked. Terrible seg-1 tv (I mean really really terrible), terrible music/video players, and pretty much the same as the last 4 or 5 phones I had in the UK. The only real difference was a slightly better camera.
The 'internet' phones are a complete embarrassment. A point I forgot to mention is how much better web browsing is on the iphone than other phones. The only phone that is technologically advanced compared to the iphone is the willcom d4, which is basically a netbook with a built in cell receiver, and about 1 hr battery life. Crap.
There are many information services available on Japanese phones that don't work with the iphone, which does decrease its popularity. But that is nothing to do with the hardware. And those information services are nothing special. Oh, and people berate the fact that it doesn't have a completely redundant infra red port, for the inefficient number transfer method so popular here. Again, this is one of the area that the iphone is much more advanced, not less.
I remember that before I bought my iphone, I searched for alternatives for about 2 months. I tried out all the top of the line Japanese phones. The features were pathetic. There basically weren't any. Calls, email, camera. Terrible music player, small screen for watching bad tv, ridiculously over priced games that wouldnt even go for free on the appstore, and high megal pixel camera that took okay pictures. WOW.