Welcome to the Smartphone Wars

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which research analyst Lyons George discusses topics around the investing world. Using recently released Nielsen data, Motley Fool analyst Lyons George dives into the numbers of the highly competitive smartphone space. And while some of the results are par for the course, one handheld manufacturer's fall from grace is creating serious uncertainty -- and, for investors, opportunity -- in this still-growing market.

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  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2012, at 4:25 PM, RipRagge wrote:

    I bought Apple in 1999 for a split-adjusted $6/share. I just sold a few shares to pay for my daughter's wedding. I still have more than half of my original purchase, and what I have left is worth many multiples of my initial investment.

    Disservice? Bah.

    Right here on the Motley Fool I was cautioned not to risk my hard-earned dollars on AAPL when I bought it. The best advice is read a lot and think a lot. Never believe anyone has the answers.

    The Smartphone wars are pretty nonexistent to Apple, I think. There isn't another SKU with the sales of the iPhone 4S. In fact the top three smartphones for unit sales are all made by Apple. Also, Apple makes upwards of 70% of all the smartphone profits.

    What war? Apple is pretty much alone at the table of the smartphone market. All the others are the peasants and their dogs fighting over the bones Apple tosses over its shoulder.

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