The Wearables and Devices sector delivers detailed analysis of the smartphone, tablet, and wearables industries with research extending from the underpinning enabling technologies implemented in future mobile devices to the demand and supply dynamics at work in the world’s markets. While these mobile devices create the largest global consumer electronics market, providing myriad opportunities, it also provides some of the toughest challenges for vendors as segments of the market mature. To counter this development, the practice provides an understanding of the next phase of growth in the mobile devices sector utilizing key segmentations, market data, and forecasts. Essential research areas to aid this understanding includes enterprise applications, mobile broadband adoption, the effects of new developing business models, demand shifts to the replacement market, the transformative impact of core enabling technologies (such as flexible displays, energy harvesting, array cameras, and smart biometrics), and new revenue opportunities in modular devices and smart accessories.
Through an elongated period comprising schizophrenic swings from sheer delight to utter frustration, I have been on an extended review period with four different devices. Some clear conclusions have come to mind, probably the most profound being that like people, they all have faults. Some more than others! I feel that all of the vested parties could benefit from learning a little from the competition. So what were the test subjects? Over the past three months or more I have had the iPhone 3G and 3Gs (OSx), HTC Hero (Android), Blackberry Bold and Palm Pre (WebOS). When looking at the devices, I broke my review into several criteria: UI and text Input, Applications, and Performance. Here’s how they stood up in these categories.