Then let's look at the 12 month trend for Blackberry:
Jan '10 43%
Apr '10 41%
Jull '10 38%
Oct '10 35%
Jan '11 30%
Thanks. You proved my point.
Statistics can state the obvious, and also the distort
the facts, especially out of context.
Since actual sales of mobile devices increased the past year, those units that maintained their volume would actually show reduced percentages, while only those who introduced new units with new volumes (or else increased sales of existing ones) would reflect an increase. ERGO those percentages being deceptive.
Equally important was the clear and definitive growth in Android-based units, which are gaining market acceptance in direct opposition to iOS-based devices (Apple) - that's their competition, not Blackberry in that space.
So everyone's numbers changed over the past year, and it has as much to do with new introductions, Android growth, and other sales anomolies....as it does anything to do with Blackberry device sales over the past year.
Statistics can say what folks want them to say, especially out of context. That's why believing purely isolated numbers or percentages never tells the full story.
As for Kool-Aid - no one drinks more than Apple people. I could care less who makes my device, as long as it is a reliable phone first and forward my e-mail second. Everything else is a distant second.
It happens to be Blackberry right now, governed by company policy (which prohibits anything Apple or Android-based). That could always change in the future. In the mean time...when RIM is selling over $5.8 Billion in product, they are clearly neither in trouble or sinking.
Obviously, they need to keep up with the Jones on the tech side, and their OS6-based devices will soon do just that...providing virtually anything found in an Android unit.