I still remember my first mobile phone like it was yesterday! It was a Nokia 1010 and it was so cool back then. I could send text messages, call my friends and even play snake on it :D. Not a lot but it was so nice to have a mobile :P!
Later on I have tested and owned quite a few mobiles and from Nokia I switched to Sony Ericsson, to HTC back to Nokia and of course iPhone. Using all these models I had the opportunity to try T9 mobiles, QWERTY phones and touch screens and each time I changed my phone I needed a short period to adapt to the keyboard, menu, functionality, ringtone and other small things that each phone has.
However I guess the biggest changes were when I switched from T9 to QWERTY and from QWERTY to touch screen, each time I felt a big improvement and finally after all these years of testing and switching back and forth I can say: my favorite mobile phones are the touchscreen ones :).
Last week, reading my RSS feeds I stumbled upon very interesting stats. According to TomiAhonen Consulting here is the percentage of all mobile phones sold in 2009 by input method:
- Touch screen input only ………………11%
- QWERTY input only …………………..13%
- Combo input Touch and keypad ………3%
- Basic T9 keypad only …………………73%
Source: TomiAhonen Consulting 2010
Pretty interesting to see how T9 mobiles still dominate the market by far! But how will these stats look in 3 years time, or even 5? Do you think they will change and if yes who is going to win and who will lose the market share?
What will be your next phone a T9, QWERTY or touch screen?
Here at Nimbuzz we like to look at mobile trends and to anticipate the future of the mobile communications as you might have read on our blog, so we are really curios to know what’s your take on this.