The smartphone market has always been a bit finicky. Although many
However, that is rapidly changing. As 3G networks become widespread and device price points drop, the uptake of smartphones is likely to grow dramatically. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThere is a hot trend in low-end smartphones,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â says Tero Kuittinen, telecom analyst with Avian Securities. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSmartphones have to address different niches such as young consumers. We canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t continue to have a $500 smartphone trend and still drive sales.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Kuittinen, who has monitored the handset market for a number
of years, says that there are stark differences between the
We think affordable smartphones will be a hot trend in 2008. Here are five smartphones that we think hit the mark in terms of price, features and functionality: Click here for the Slideshow.