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iPhone, BlackBerry lead as gaming phones

updated 12:05 pm EST, Fri January 30, 2009

Leaders in gaming phones

The Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry Curve have taken the place of cheaper devices as the most popular mediums for downloading cellphone games, according to a new comScore study. The iPhone in particular is said to have accounted for 14 percent of all game downloads in November, helping to displace Motorola's RAZR -- and other low- to mid-range devices -- as a primary platform. Some 32.4 percent of iPhone users are said to have downloaded a game in the month, compared to an industry average of just 3.8 percent.

The number of phone owners downloading games is said to have grown as a whole, rising 17 percent year-over-year to 8.5 million people.

Smartphones are said to be replacing regular models in terms of gaming, having almost tripled their number of downloaders year-over-year, while conventional phones dropped 14 percent. Six out of the top 10 devices used for any kind of downloading are thought be smartphones, even when excluding phones like the Instinct and Voyager, which are only considered smartphone-like but nevertheless included in the top 10.



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  1. resuna

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    iPhone ain't a smartphone

    if the iPhone is a Smartphone then so is any phone that supports downloading applications. Smartphones are general purpose computers, if you have to hack it or go through an approval process to install software on it ... it's something else. Maybe something better, for most people, but not truly "smart".

  1. vasic

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    Got that wrong

    I think you don't understand the definition of a smartphone. Unlike a (dumb) phone which makes phone calls and does very simple things, smartphones offer significantly more processing power, ability to install applications, surf the web, access e-mail, etc. While most of these are theoretically possible on my Sony-Ericsson W580i (a tiny candybar-shaped dumb phone), the point is the difference in usability. You really can't do much with Google Maps on my Sony-Ericsson; nor with its WAP browser. As smartphones get better, so do dumb ones. Today's dumb phones have more features than smartphones of 8 years ago, but they still are considered dumb phones.

    So yes, the iPhone is truly smart, as for quite a number of people, it replaces a notebook computer, and that, for sure, is quite smart.

  1. dozx

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    absolutely a smartphone

    @ Resuna, don't know where you got that definition of what makes a phone a smartphone, but it is wrong by every word you wrote. Straight from Wikipedia!!!!

    A smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities beyond a typical mobile phone (which the iPhone does), often with PC-like functionality. There is no industry standard definition of a smartphone. For some, a smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software (which the iPhone does) providing a standardized interface and platform for application developers (which the iPhone does). For others, a smartphone is simply a phone with advanced features like e-mail and Internet capabilities, and/or a full keyboard (again the iPhone does and has all of these things). In other words, it is a miniature computer that has phone capability.

  1. dozx

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    absolutely a smartphone

    @ Resuna, don't know where you got that definition of what makes a phone a smartphone, but it is wrong by every word you wrote. Straight from Wikipedia!!!!

    A smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities beyond a typical mobile phone (which the iPhone does), often with PC-like functionality. There is no industry standard definition of a smartphone. For some, a smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software (which the iPhone does) providing a standardized interface and platform for application developers (which the iPhone does). For others, a smartphone is simply a phone with advanced features like e-mail and Internet capabilities, and/or a full keyboard (again the iPhone does and has all of these things). In other words, it is a miniature computer that has phone capability.

  1. dozx

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    in fact

    In fact I use my iPhone more as a replacement for my laptop than a phone. There are sometimes days that go by that I don't use it as a phone but use it plenty to do computer type tasks.

  1. testudo

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    Re: absolutely a

    Straight from Wikipedia!!!

    Well, if it's on Wikipedia, it must be true!

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

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    Yes, well...

    We expect more from a computer game, and that expectation generally results in higher pricing and larger file size for those game products.

    I'm not sure where they got their numbers for computer game downloads, but I don't actually have any real reason to doubt it either. (shrug)

  1. ff11

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    Re: absolutely a

    "Well, if it's on Wikipedia, it must be true!"

    It can serve as a standard, or each person can just make up their own definition each time to suit their argument.

  1. luckyday

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    Smartphone?

    I have never seen an intelligent person with an iphone...

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