Lenovo Vibe Shot Camera Quality

Compared to Samsung Galaxy S6

The Lenovo Vibe Shot was launched during MWC back in March 2015. It wasn’t until October 2015 that the phone actually became available. I recently purchased the device and wanted to give a brief comparison on it’s camera quality.

Since the Vibe Shot is being marketed as a camera-centric smartphone (rather than a camera-phone such as a Lumia 1020 or Galaxy K zoom) the camera quality is likely one of the main deciding factors for selecting the device over the competition. The Vibe Shot is actually an upper mid-range device with very common specs for 2015:

  • Snapdragon 615
  • 3GB Ram, 32GB Memory, SD card support
  • 5″, 1080p display
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • metal frame with Gorilla Glass 3 front and back covers
  • 16 Mpx main camera in 16:9 format with OIS
  • 8 Mpx front facing camera

However, since Lenovo is marketing the device primarily for it’s camera I decided to test it against one of the best in the in the industry, the Samsung Galaxy S6.

The below samples were taken within seconds from each other in full automatic mode.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

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Lenovo Vibe Shot

The colours of the S6 come out punchier but the Vibe Shot produces true-to-live colours. The white balance on the Vibe Shot is much more accurate whereas the S6 favours a blueish white balance. Overall there isn’t much difference when looking at the photos in full size.

Only when looking at a 100% crop of the image can you see that the S6 images retain more detail than the Lenovo Vibe Shot.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

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Lenovo Vibe Shot

Overall the images from the Lenovo Vibe Shot are very good and only upon closer inspection does the Galaxy S6 pull ahead. But in most viewing scenarios which will be either on the phone screen itself or shared on Social Media there is hardly any difference to be noticed.

Given that the Lenovo Vibe Shot is over 120 Euros cheaper than the Galaxy S6 this is quite a remarkable camera performance. Add to that the premium design and build quality, 3GB Ram and overall performance, you have yourself a pretty good buy.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Here are some more photos taken with the Lenovo Vibe Shot

Ultimate Screen-to-Body Ratio Comparison (post IFA 2014)

Visit the updated report for mid 2016


IFA 2014 is over and the iPhone 6 has officially been released. Hence it’s time to update the Ultimate Screen-to-Body Ratio Comparison.

There has been quite some move at the top of the table with 3 new phones occupying the top 3 spots. Moreover the top 3 are the first to break the 78% mark. This is especially an achievement for the Sharp Aquos Crystal being only a 5″ phone. To reach a ratio of 78.5% is much more of an achievement for a smaller screen compared to the 6″ phablets.

Both versions of the iPhone 6 can be found in the middle of the pack with 67.9% for the 5.5″ and 65.7 for the 4.7″ iPhone 6.

As always I appreciate any comments, suggestions and corrections. Please comment below.

Rank Name Screen Size (inch) Resolution (hor) Resolution (ver) Width Height Ratio (screen to size) PPI
1 Sharp Aquos Crystal 5 720 1280 67 131 78.52% 294
2 Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro 6 1440 2560 81.3 156 78.25% 490
3 Huawei Ascend Mate 7 6 1080 1920 81 157 78.04% 367
4 Alcatel One Touch Hero 6 1080 1920 80.6 158.5 77.69% 367
5 LG G3 5.5 1440 2560 74.6 146.3 76.41% 534
6 LG G2 5.2 1080 1920 70.9 138.5 75.91% 424
7 LG G Flex 6 720 1280 81.6 160.5 75.78% 245
8 Alcatel One Touch Hero 2 6 1080 1920 81.6 160.5 75.78% 367
9 Sony Xperia ZL 5 1080 1920 69.3 131.6 75.57% 441
10 Huawei Ascend Mate 2 6.1 720 1280 84.7 161 75.22% 241
11 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 5.7 1080 1920 79.2 151.2 74.80% 386
12 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 5.7 1440 2560 78.6 153.5 74.24% 515
13 LG G Pro 2 5.9 1080 1920 81.9 157.9 74.21% 373
14 Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 6.3 720 1280 88 167.6 74.19% 233
15 Lenovo Vibe Z2 5.5 720 1280 76.4 148.5 73.50% 267
16 Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1 720 1280 85.7 163.5 73.21% 241
17 Motorola Moto X (2014) 5.2 1080 1920 72.4 140.8 73.12% 424
18 LG Optimus G Pro 5.5 1080 1920 76.1 150.2 72.96% 401
19 Oppo Find 7 5.5 1440 2560 75 152.6 72.86% 534
20 ZTE Nubia Z5S 5 1080 1920 68.8 137.7 72.75% 441
21 Alcatel One Touch Idol X 5 1080 1920 67.5 140.4 72.72% 441
22 Lenovo Vibe Z 5.5 1080 1920 77 149 72.69% 401
23 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 5.5 720 1280 77.4 148.4 72.60% 267
24 Google Nexus 5 5 1080 1920 69.17 137.84 72.28% 441
25 Samsung Galaxy S4 5 1080 1920 69.8 136.6 72.28% 441
26 Xiaomi Mi 4 5 1080 1920 68.5 139.2 72.28% 441
27 LG G Pro Lite 5.5 540 960 76.9 150.2 72.20% 200
28 Motorola Moto X 4.7 720 1280 65.3 129.3 72.12% 312
29 Huawei Honor 3X 5.5 720 1280 77.4 149.5 72.07% 267
30 ZTE nubia Z7 5.5 1440 2560 75.7 153.2 71.91% 534
31 OnePlus One 5.5 1080 1920 75.9 152.9 71.86% 401
32 Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 6 720 1280 83.8 165.2 71.69% 245
33 Lenovo Vibe X2 5 1080 1920 68.6 140.2 71.66% 441
34 Huawei Ascend P7 5 1080 1920 68.8 139.8 71.65% 441
35 Meizu MX3 5.1 1080 1800 72 139 71.65% 418
36 Samsung ATIV SE 5 1080 1920 69.9 137.7 71.60% 441
37 ZTE Nubia X6 6.44 1080 1920 89 179.5 71.57% 342
38 Micromax Canvas XL 6 540 960 84.2 165 71.43% 184
39 Nokia Lumia 1520 6 1080 1920 85.4 162.8 71.38% 367
40 LG Optimus L9 II 4.7 720 1280 66.5 128.4 71.32% 312
41 LG G2 mini 4.7 540 960 66 129.6 71.19% 234
42 Acer Liquid Jade 5 720 1280 69 140.5 71.09% 294
43 Sony Xperia Z3 5.2 1080 1920 72 146 70.91% 424
44 Nokia Lumia 930 5 1080 1920 71 137 70.85% 441
45 Huawei Honor 6 5 1080 1920 69.7 139.6 70.83% 441
46 Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 4.6 720 1280 64.9 127 70.77% 319
47 HTC One max 5.9 1080 1920 82.5 164.5 70.71% 373
48 Oppo Find 5 5 1080 1920 68.8 141.8 70.64% 441
49 Asus Zenfone 6 6 720 1280 84.3 166.9 70.54% 245
50 Motorola Droid Ultra 5 720 1280 71.2 137.5 70.40% 294
51 Nokia Lumia 1320 6 720 1280 85.9 164.2 70.36% 245
52 Huawei Ascend G7 5.5 720 1280 77.3 153.5 70.28% 267
53 Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4.7 720 1280 65.5 132.4 70.22% 312
54 Huawei Ascend P6 4.7 720 1280 65.5 132.65 70.09% 312
55 Nokia Lumia 830 5 720 1280 70.7 139.4 69.93% 294
56 Sony Xperia Z 5 1080 1920 71 139 69.83% 441
57 Samsung Galaxy S5 5.1 1080 1920 72.5 142 69.65% 432
58 Acer Liquid S2 6 1080 1920 86 166 69.52% 367
59 Sony Xperia Z2 5.2 1080 1920 73.3 146.8 69.28% 424
60 Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 5.8 540 960 82.4 162.6 69.22% 190
61 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 5 1080 1920 71.3 139.7 69.19% 441
62 Motorola Moto G (2014) 5 720 1280 70.7 141.5 68.89% 294
63 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.5 720 1280 78.7 154 68.81% 267
64 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 5.5 720 1280 80.5 151 68.60% 267
65 Oppo R1 5 720 1280 70.4 142.7 68.60% 294
66 Motorola Droid Mini 4.3 720 1280 61.3 121.25 68.58% 342
67 HTC Desire 516 5 540 960 72 140 68.37% 220
68 ZTE Grand S Pro 5 720 1280 71 142 68.36% 294
69 Motorola RAZR i 4.3 540 960 60.9 122.5 68.33% 256
70 Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4 1080 1920 92.2 179.4 68.27% 344
71 Lenovo K900 5.5 1080 1920 78 157 68.10% 401
72 Blackberry Z30 5 720 1280 72 140.7 68.03% 294
73 Apple iPhone 6 Plus 5.5 1080 1920 77.7 158 67.93% 401
74 Sony Xperia C3 5.5 720 1280 78.7 156.2 67.84% 267
75 LG Optimus F7 4.7 720 1280 68.2 131.7 67.80% 312
76 HTC Butterfly S 5 1080 1920 70.5 144.5 67.65% 441
77 Blackberry Z3 5 540 960 72.8 140 67.62% 220
78 HTC Desire 816 5.5 720 1280 78.8 156.6 67.58% 267
79 Lenovo S930 6 720 1280 86.5 170 67.49% 245
80 Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 5.2 720 1280 75.3 146.8 67.44% 282
81 LG Optimus 4X HD 4.7 720 1280 68 133 67.33% 312
82 Samsung Galaxy S5 Active 5.1 1080 1920 73.4 145.3 67.23% 432
83 HTC Desire 820 5.5 720 1280 78.7 157.7 67.19% 267
84 Huawei Ascend P2 4.7 720 1280 66.7 136.2 67.03% 312
85 LG Optimus G 4.7 768 1280 69 132 66.86% 323
86 Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 4.3 540 960 61.3 124.6 66.74% 256
87 Sony Xperia T3 5.3 720 1280 77 150.7 66.73% 277
88 HTC One M8 5 1080 1920 70.6 146.4 66.68% 441
89 HTC One E8 5 1080 1920 70.7 146.4 66.59% 441
90 HTC One E8 5 1080 1920 70.7 146.4 66.59% 441
91 Sony Xperia SP 4.6 720 1280 67.1 130.6 66.57% 319
92 Huawei Ascend G700 5 720 1280 72.8 142.5 66.43% 294
93 Google nexus 4 4.7 768 1280 68.7 133.9 66.20% 323
94 Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.7 720 1280 67.94 135.5 66.15% 312
95 Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra 4.7 720 1280 68.5 134.4 66.15% 312
96 Nokia Lumia 730/735 4.7 720 1280 68.5 134.7 66.00% 312
97 LG Vu 3 5.2 960 1280 85.6 132.1 65.92% 326
98 Amazon Fire Phone 4.7 720 1280 66 140 65.91% 312
99 Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8 720 1280 70.6 136.6 65.86% 306
100 HTC Desire 700 5 540 960 72 145.5 65.79% 220
101 Oppo N1 5.8 1080 1920 82.6 170.7 65.77% 380
102 Sony Xperia C 5 540 960 74.15 141.5 65.69% 220
103 Apple iPhone 6 4.7 750 1334 67.1 138.2 65.67% 326
104 Samsung Ativ S 4.8 720 1280 70.5 137.2 65.67% 306
105 BLU Life Play S 4.7 720 1280 67.5 137.5 65.61% 312
106 Xiaomi Mi 2 4.3 720 1280 62 126 65.25% 342
107 Samsung Galaxy K zoom 4.8 720 1280 70.8 137.5 65.24% 306
108 Motorola Moto G 4.5 720 1280 65.9 129.9 65.21% 326
109 Huawei Ascend G6 4.5 540 960 65.3 131.2 65.16% 245
110 Huawei Ascend P7 mini 4.5 540 960 65.3 131.2 65.16% 245
111 Xiaomi Mi 3 5 1080 1920 73.6 144 65.03% 441
112 BLU Life Pro 5 720 1280 72.1 147 65.03% 294
113 HTC One 4.7 1080 1920 68.2 137.4 64.99% 469
114 HTC One X / X+ 4.7 720 1280 69.9 134.36 64.84% 312
115 Samsung Galaxy Core Advance 4.7 180 800 70.5 133.3 64.80% 124
116 Lenovo Vibe X 5 1080 1920 74 144 64.68% 441
117 Nokia Lumia 630 4.5 480 854 66.7 129.5 64.63% 218
118 Sony Xperia Z1 5 1080 1920 73.9 144.4 64.58% 441
119 Samsung Galaxy Express 2 4.5 540 960 65.8 132.4 64.08% 245
120 Sony Xperia M2 4.8 540 960 71.1 139.7 63.95% 229
121 Asus ZenFone 5 5 720 1280 72.8 148.2 63.88% 294
122 Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3 800 1280 83 147 63.47% 292
123 Nokia Lumia 625 4.7 480 800 72.2 133.2 63.32% 202
124 Sony Xperia ZR 4.5 720 1280 67.4 131 63.23% 326
125 Motorola Moto E 4.3 540 960 64.8 124.8 63.03% 256
126 Sony Xperia M2 Aqua 4.8 540 960 72 140 63.01% 229
127 LG Optimus L7 II 4.3 480 800 66.6 121.5 62.99% 220
128 Nokia XL 5 480 800 77.7 141.4 62.73% 190
129 Jolla Smartphone 4.5 540 960 68 131 62.67% 245
130 Lenovo S820 4.7 720 1280 69.7 139.5 62.63% 312
131 HTC One mini 2 4.5 720 1280 65 137.4 62.51% 326
132 HTC Desire 510 4.7 480 854 69.8 139.9 62.36% 208
133 Sony Xperia SL 4.3 720 1280 64 128 62.22% 342
134 HTC Desire 310 4.5 480 654 68 132.4 62.01% 190
135 Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 4.3 720 1280 64.9 127 61.84% 342
136 HTC Desire 600 4.5 540 960 67 134.8 61.81% 245
137 Samsung Galaxy S2 4.3 480 800 66.1 125.3 61.54% 220
138 Nokia X2 4.3 480 800 68.3 121.7 61.32% 220
139 Nokia Lumia 925 4.5 768 1280 70.6 129 61.30% 337
140 HTC One Mini 4.3 720 1280 63.2 132 61.10% 342
141 Apple iPhone 5/5S 4 640 1136 58.6 123.8 60.80% 326
142 Nokia X 4 480 800 63 115.5 60.62% 237
143 Nokia Lumia 920 4.5 768 1280 70.8 130.3 60.51% 337
144 HTC Desire 610 4.7 540 960 70.5 143.1 60.36% 234
145 LG Optimus L5 II 4 480 800 62.2 117.5 60.35% 237
146 Nokia Lumia 820 4.3 480 800 68.5 123.8 60.11% 220
147 Nokia Lumia 1020 4.5 768 1280 71.4 130.4 59.96% 337
148 Sony Xperia E1 4 480 800 62.4 118 59.90% 237
149 HTC Desire V 4 480 800 62.3 118.5 59.75% 237
150 HTC Desire X 4 480 800 62.3 118.5 59.75% 237
151 HTC Desire 501 4.3 480 800 66.7 128.5 59.47% 220
152 Nokia Lumia 530 4 480 854 62.3 119.7 59.15% 245
153 Nokia Lumia 720 4.3 480 800 67.5 127.9 59.04% 220
154 Sony Xperia E3 4.5 480 854 69.4 137.1 58.67% 218
155 HTC Windows Phone 8X 4.3 720 1280 66.2 132.3 58.20% 342
156 Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 4 480 800 62.7 121.2 58.04% 237
157 Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 4 480 800 62.9 121.4 57.76% 237
158 Asus Zenfone 4 4 480 800 61.4 124.4 57.75% 237
159 Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 4 480 800 63 121.5 57.62% 237
160 Nokia Lumia 520 4 480 800 64 119.9 57.48% 237
161 Nokia Lumia 525 4 480 800 64 119.9 57.48% 237
162 Sony Xperia M 4 480 854 62 124 57.37% 245
163 Blackberry Z10 4.2 768 1280 65.6 130 57.02% 361
164 Huawei Ascend W2 4.3 480 800 67 134 56.78% 220
165 Nokia Lumia 620 3.8 480 800 61.1 115.4 56.46% 249
166 Huawei Ascend W1 4 480 800 63.5 124.5 55.79% 237
167 Samsung Galaxy Young 2 3.5 320 480 59.9 109.8 51.35% 171
168 Iphone 4/4S 3.5 640 960 58.6 115.2 50.02% 343
169 Samsung Galaxy Fame 3.5 320 480 61.6 113.2 48.43% 171
170 Apple iPhone 3G/3GS 3.5 320 480 62.1 115.5 47.08% 171
171 Nokia Asha 503 3 240 320 60.6 102.6 39.90% 141
172 Blackberry Q5 3.1 720 720 66 120 33.45% 355
173 Blackberry Q10 3.1 720 720 66.8 119.6 33.16% 355

The Phablet To Rule Them All

IFA 2014 is over and saw some major phone announcements. Just as in the previous years, Samsung used the stage in Berlin to announce the updated version of the Galaxy Note, the phone/tablet to create an entirely new category, the phablet.

While the Note 4 turns out to be an evolutionary step from the Note 3 with just the right amount of changes and upgrades to keep us gadget geeks excited, Samsung surprised everyone with the Galaxy Note Edge. The verdict is still out if the Edge screen and navigation is more of a gimmick or a tool but you have to give credit to Samsung to at least trying out something new.

But some other manufacturers announced their phablets as well. Huawei released the Ascend Mate 7. Maybe it used the 7 to signify that it’s only been 7 months since the Ascend Mate 2 was released. The all metal chassis, Emotion UI 3.0 and fingerprint scanner scream premium and high-end.

Alcatel launched the OneTouch Hero 2 adding a metal back-panel and a 1080p screen. It’s predecessor is heading the screen-to-size ratio table. Let’s see how the new phablets will fare.

While not announced at IFA, Lenovo had the Vibe Z2 Pro on display that was released a couple of weeks ago. Lenovo used IFA to announce the X2 and Z2, however the Vibe Z2 Pro clearly is the top-end device of the Chinese manufacturer.

Let me know which of the phablets you think is the one to rule them all by voting for your favorite tablet launched in 2014.

I have updated the post to include the iPhone 6 Plus after it’s release.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha pre-oder pricing

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now available for pre-order on Amazon.de giving the first glimpse on it’s off contract pricing. The phone is a whopping EUR 605 dashing the hopes of those of us who would have hoped the phone is priced a bit closer to it’s mid-range specs.

The pricing seems odd since this puts the Galaxy Alpha also price-wise directly in iPhone 5 (and most likely 6) territory. Given it’s non flagship specs this seems to be hard sell.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha posting on Amazon.de

The Smartphone Manufacturer Landscape – Outlook and Analysis

So what will the future hold for the landscape and manufacturers of smartphones. Looking at the manufacturers as well as developments in the mobile OS space over the last 15 months I am predicting that there will be 3 companies that will lead the industry and many niche players in between.

The Dominant Three Apple, Samsung, Nokia
Notable Players HTC, LG, ZTE, RIM
The Rest Motorola, Sony, Huawei, and many more

Apple
Apple will continue to dominate the premium segment smartphone and tablet markets. However what the future holds after the launch of the IPhone 5 is less predictable. Up until the IPhone 5 product strategy and development is still the direct outcome of Steve Jobs. The first product of the post Steve Jobs era will only hit the markets in 2013. And Apple is clearly breaking new grounds and shifting away from Steve Jobs as we can see from Tim Cook’s recent moves to pay dividends as well as the Foxconn working condition deal.
On the negative side is Apple’s self-imposed market share limit in the smartphone market by only covering the premium segment. While this is still a strong growing market globally, other players cover the mid- and low-end segments as well and are better able to penetrate developing markets. It could be the mid-tier smartphone market that Apple will look at after the IPhone 5 in the Tim Cook era. Maybe an IPhone Mini for a $250 price tag?

Samsung
With its huge portfolio and spread of segments in the smartphone and tablet markets, Samsung will continue to dominate and strengthen its position as the largest manufacturer.
The core of Samsung’s market strength will continue to be Android, followed by Windows Phone. Bada will likely cease to exist with the launch of Tizen and build up a 4th niche ecosystem.
Samsung’s position is further strengthened by the support of Google which relies on Samsung to push Android and with it the armada of Google products and monetise smartphones and tablets as an advertising platform. The Samsung-Google symbiosis is even more important to Google than it is to Samsung due to Samsung’s coverage of all market segments (premium, mid-tier, low-end) across all continents and developing markets.
That support is at the same time the biggest weakness of Samsung since it is too reliant on Google’s development and delivery roadmap of Android. This is also why Samsung will continue to support WP7 and fasten the delivery of Tizen as a 2nd (and 3rd) leg to Android and to keep pressure on Google by demonstrating that there are viable alternatives.

Nokia
Saved at last minute from the burning platform by Windows Phone! How close Nokia was from missing the last boat from the burning platform is hard to ascertain from the outside but not many companies where in a position of cash and size to manage such a turnaround. And what a 180° it was.

Early signs are looking good. The Lumia 800 and 900 got very good reviews and Windows Phone is still one of the best kept secrets in the smartphone world. With the combination of the biggest software company and the manufacturing machine of Nokia behind it a bright future seems to be ahead for WiNokia. Furthermore Nokia managed to bring the price point of WP to Android levels and thus even gaining a competitive advantage over Apple. The Nokia 808 Pureview also demonstrates what Nokia brings to the WP ecosystem, the worlds best industrial development and manufacturing standards which only Apple manages to match.
Nokia’s 2nd leg, the feature phone segment, is pretty much owned solely by Nokia at this moment. While it is a less glamorous segment feature phones will continue to be the mass market product for developing countries and those customers that will always prefer just a phone next to a tablet rather than a smartphone.

HTC

HTC will continue to deliver devices by the numbers on Android and Windows Phone. While the sales figures will continue to grow, HTC’s market share should shrink due to not having a backing of any of the ecosystems. HTC is somewhat like the 2nd child of three. Neither getting much attention nor ever being able to be in a special position like the first or lastborn.
HTC may be in a vulnerable position since they are less diversified than Samsung, don’t have a strategic ecosystem backing like Nokia and neither have the brand, size or product development of Apple.

HTC will remain the 2nd biggest Android manufacturer for the next 2 years. Even though I consider HTC a takeover candidate.

LG

Three years ago it looked like LG will be a serious competitor to Samsung. Today LG seem to have lost track of their smartphone strategy and there is no clear vision of what segment the company wants to cover. LG  keeps dabbling around with mid and high-end Android, Windows Phone and the low-end Java based segments. In none of these are they delivering a continuous stream of devices that would make it clear what the vision is.

ZTE

ZTE is the dark horse in the smartphone race. Everything seems to be an option for a company that is already the 4th biggest manufacturer of mobile phones. ZTE has announced and ambitious roadmap of self developed devices and started delivering on it. It doesn’t seem unlikely either that ZTE might acquire market share through a takeover of another player. HTC, RIM or purchasing the mobile phone arm of LG could be an option too similar to the Lenovo/ThinkPad example.

RIM

The current position of RIM is not unlike the burning platform of Nokia. But RIM is in a much weaker position than Nokia to pull itself out of the mess and catch the last boat off the platform. Nokia was lucky that at the same time they needed a new smartphone strategy, Microsoft was struggling to get traction on Windows Phone. Timing was extremely fortunate for both companies. RIM, with it’s unique OS and enterprise server proposition won’t be able to find a partner like that and more and more enterprises move away from BB for mobility services. CEO Thorsten Heins also doesn’t appear to have the same sense of urgency or seeing the need for a drastic turnaround given early indications.

RIM will continue to lose market share and actual volumes will shrink as well. While it can still rely on popularity in established enterprise markets and as a consumer device in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, RIM will not get any foothold in new markets and lose out further in the Americas and Europe.

So what does that mean for RIM? They will either follow Palm or be taken over by ZTE or WiNokia and survive in a very different shape than what they are today.

Sony, Huawei, Motorola, Pantech, Acer, etc.

There will be a significant number of niche players covering Android, Windows Phone and whatever may become of Tizen. Though none of them will dominate an ecosystem the same way the Top 3 or Notable Players do.

Sony will be a niche  player in the premium Android market and attract mainly brand loyal Sony customers.

Motorola will function as Google’s enterprise device manufacturer and continue to develop premium product segment devices only.

So what is your opinion. I would love to hear your comments.

PP