For the first time in 14 years Nokia has been taken over by Samsung as the World’s leading Mobile Phone Brand! And has opened up a growing lead on Apple in the smart phone market.
Samsung’s market share is expected to be 29% of all mobile phone shipments worldwide, with Nokia slipping to 24%.
The other big gain is smartphone sales in general with IHS reporting that smart phones are expected to grow to 56% of the world wide phone market in 2013. When you consider just the smart phone market, Samsung has a 28% market share and Apple has a 20% market share.
These stats all make sense when you consider that Android handsets are now outselling Apple handsets in Australia for the first time. Retailers have been quick to sell iPhone accessories but are they stocking enough Android accessories for the fasting growing accessory market?Click Here for our range, do yourself a favour and market Android accessories alongside your iPhone accessories.
For a few months now we have been toying with the idea of changing our USB Flash Drives and Memory Cards.
Memory is a highly consumable product, be it for presentations, storing photo albums, music and video collections or even applications for smart phones, pretty much 90% of consumers need some form of flash memory or memory card.
What we have been looking for in a Memory brand is:
- Quality Build
- Quality Packaging
- Fast Speed to keep up with today's cameras
- Strong Brand Recognition
- Affordable Retail Pricing
- High Retailer Margin
The one brand that ticked all these boxes is SanDisk. SanDisk is the worlds largest supplier of Flash Memory. Their products are highly recognisable, meaning consumers will know they are buying a quality product and with our4GB Flash Drives, Micro SD and Memory Cards starting @ $9.95 RRP they are well priced for the "Route" channel.
However trending suggests there is still a lot of growth in this category. (See graph below)
Personally I love tablets, they don’t replace a laptop but I do use my iPad a lot. My local blockbuster closed down a few months back so I now download movies on iTunes and even TV shows that I may have missed due to travel or programming clashes.
I watch these programmes and read the SMH on my iPad during flights, which makes travel time much more enjoyable now. I also use it for social media, doing my online banking, playing games, making my footy tips and I have even used it to create my family tree with the ancestry.com app.
But the thing that I hate most is using my tablet to type on. When you start to type the keyboard takes up half the screen which makes long emails frustrating when you need to spell check as much as I do.
However we have a few new solution to this problem in stock. Firstly we have the Laser Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard @ $59.95 RRP, it is compatible with computers, tablets, smartphones and even PS3. It also has an integrated touchpad, multimedia shortcut keys and is portable and lightweight.
We also have the Blue Tooth Qwerty Keyboard @ $49.95 which is a waterproof, dustproof and washable Mini Bluetooth Flexible Silicone Keyboard, that is the perfect portable companion for your Smartphone, iPad or Android Tablet! Made from flexible and lightweight silicone, you can simply roll it up the mini keyboard and take it with you wherever you go!
The best value for money smart phone currently available in the Australian market would have to be theOptus Pre-Paid Huawei IDEOS X1. This handset is jam packed with the latest technology. It has a 2.8” capacitive multi-touch screen, GPS with compass, 3.2MP camera with expandable memory which comes in handy when taking videos.
This handset also allows up to 5 other devices to connect to it via its own personal Wi-Fi hotspot. This is perfect for the holidays to connect the whole family to their devices.
Also being an Android device, you can download music, apps, games and much, much more on the X1 through the Android marketplace.
For many Australian families Thursday the 1st of December marks the date that Christmas trees are erected in lounge rooms across the country. With this date being only two days away, it is getting more important to find gifts to place under these illuminated trees.
If I had to choose a Top 5 of Jenlist Distributor products for Christmas it would look like this:
Interesting read in today's copy of the "Business Day" in the SMH. Where Carolyn Cummins reports that retail landlords are experiencing sales growth above the rate of inflation. She attributes this growth to "higher-margin mobile phone stores and food courts".
Carolyn reports a 20.5 per cent growth in mobile phone sales, while department store sales dropped 8.2 per cent in the past nine months.
This growth in mobile phone sales is not confind to stand alone Mobile Phone retailers. Our valued retailers in "General Route" have also allowed Jenlist Distributors to experience close to 30% growth in handset sales in the past year.
With all this talk of "Smart phones" in the market it is interesting to note that Australia has the second highest global smartphone usage. Yet probably only 1/3rd of all phone users have a smart phone.
The major carriers are also only just starting to talk bout the 4G networks, which will bring a new wave of must have handsets to our shores. So if you aren't already selling handsets, "what are you waiting for?"