Here is an interesting titbit of information for our analyst-minded readers to mull over.
We do not have direct numbers from Verizon on how the Nokia Lumia 928 is doing there, but we do have some indirect evidence that it is doing reasonably well.
A recent tweet by Alan Mendelevich ?from AdDuplex suggests that Verizon has now in total sold more Windows Phone 8 devices than AT&T. In part this is likely due to the release of the Nokia Lumia 928 on the carrier.
Another proxy for sales however is the number of reviews left by buyers, and it is there where we can also do some interesting comparisons.
Nokia Lumia 928
22 March 2013
16 May 2013
06 June 2013
09 June 2013
It seems in 79 days on the market the Blackberry Z10 managed only 197 reviews, or about 2.5 per day.
Today was launch day in USA for Windows Phone’s biggest competition for 3rd mobile ecosystem, but of course you could be forgiven for not knowing the Blackberry Z10 has just arrived, as the device landed in AT&T stores with hardly a ripple.
Massive line forms for the Blackberry Z10 in New York.
Looks like strong demand for the Z10 in yet another country! BB10 Believe it!
After responses such as “Sweet” and “Unbelievable!!! With all the negative sentiment in the the US, I totally didn’t expect that!” it soon however turned out the queue, if there even was one, was in fact for an event put on by Blackberry in the Best Buy theatre featuring Ludacris and some other musicians (right, picture taken with a Z10).
Real interest in the Blackberry Z10 is probably best typified by this report from CNBC, which states:
UK tech magazine V3 has posted this video comparing the Nokia Lumia 920 running WP8 vs new upstart BlackBerry Z10 in a series of tasks.
While the Blackberry won some races, the device appeared buggy and often unresponsive, suggesting very clearly if you want a better user experience you should definitely pick a Windows Phone over a Blackberry.
â€œThere will be no [native] Instagram for BB10 for now,â€ one of the sources said. â€œFrankly, Iâ€™m not sure there will ever be.â€
Of course Blackberry could get the Android version to run on their emulator, which only supports Android 2.3 apps, but apps using the emulator have been described as â€œperform sluggishly andgenerally appear divorced from the rest of the operating systemâ€, which means Facebook and Instagram may still not approve the app.
Blackberry would not confirm that issues regarding the Instagram app remains, but their evasive response speaks volumes:
â€œWe have a strong partnership and are actively engaged around Instagram support for BB10,â€ said Martyn Mallick, BlackBerryâ€™s VP Global Alliances, â€œbut we do not have an availability date at this point.â€
I guess those â€œ1,000 of those top applications from around the world committed to BlackBerry 10" has some gaps after all.
Now Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley has also jumped on the bandwagon, revising their sales estimates for Blackberryâ€™s saviour from 1.75 million in Q1 2013 to a mere 300,000.
â€œOur global surveys post the recent BlackBerry Z10 launch indicated mixed initial sales with limited initial supply cited as the reason for early post-launch stock-outs at some carrier stores rather than overwhelming demand,â€ Walkley wrote in a note to investors. â€œOur follow-up checks have indicated steady but modest sales levels. With new BB10 smartphones launching in the U.S. only in mid-March or later at subsidized prices no better than competing high-end Apple/Samsung smartphones, combined with our expectations for the Galaxy S IV to launch at a similar time frame in the US market, we are lowering our BB10 sales estimates for the February quarter and all of F2014.â€
He said â€œmodest Z10 sales into the channel in the U.K. and Canadaâ€ were largely responsible for his decision to lower his Z10 sales estimates by 83% for Q2 2013 and did not expect things to improve much going forward.
There seems to be the idea amongst the Windows Phone community that a resurgent Blackberry will soon condemn Windows Phone to 4th spot at best or worse, based on the enthusiastic media reception of the Blackberry Z10 in the UK.
That great standby, Statcounter, also shows little effect from the Blackberry Z10 launch, with the OS continuing to lose market share in the UK, its strongest market in the west.
I think Windows phone users of all people should be aware of the risk of switching horses in mid-stream. While Blackberry, known for cheap messaging in the UK, is jumping to its expensive Blackberry Z10, which can cost up to Â£42 per month, away from the Blackberry 9900, which costs as little as Â£18,50, they may very well find both markets suffer.
Either way, there is little proof the Blackberry Z10 is changing Blackberryâ€™s fortunes, so Windows Phone users can continue to look forward to the next step â€“ overtaking this legacy company and its legacy products.
Blackberry is banking on their new Blackberry Z10 handset to save the company. Unfortunately as Gizmodo found, the camera fails on one important aspect â€“ the camera sucks.
The Z10 didn’t even hold the dimmest, most-pathetic light to the other cameras in our test. Look at that photo above on the left. It is an abject and miserable failure. Because this is a particularly difficult shooting setting, all of the photos have problems with noise, distortion, and detail, but we’ve haven’t seen something so crummy as the Z10 in a long time. The Z10 even has a "night" setting that was completely useless. This is some four-years-ago crap.
As can be seen in the test scene from Gizmodo below, and the collage by Crackberry above, there is one camera which consistently does very well, and that is the Nokia Lumia 920.
With Blackberryâ€™s consumer focus one would have thought they would have gotten this one detail at least slightly right. One wonders what else they messed upâ€¦