Comparing Smartphones in 2013

Though making a meaningful smartphone comparison used to involve pitting Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) against Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) in a duopoly, the other players in the market have become increasingly important to understanding the landscape. Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows Phones have gained traction, BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) refuses to go away, and Samsung has carved out its own niche unlike any other. Any meaningful smartphone comparison now includes multiple devices across multiple operating systems, not to mention a look at the markets in which they compete.

Confusing the matter further is the recent release of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) Home, which brings a brand-new market segment to the forefront. Where this development will lead remains to be seen. In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the most important elements of a smartphone comparison and which names to watch heading into the summer.

There's no doubt that Apple is at the center of technology's largest revolution ever, and that longtime shareholders have been handsomely rewarded with over 1,000% gains. However, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.


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  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 11:32 PM, ScottAtlanta wrote:

    Only having half your books on the shelves....doesn't look good....like ....is this guy Half smart? What happened to the other books? Did he just get downsized into a ratty office with florescent lights? Is he half-packed cuz he's about to lose his job? What's going on?!!! I dont' remember anything you said cuz it didn't explain the missing books!

  • Report this Comment On April 11, 2013, at 10:09 AM, Oril wrote:

    I see that there is no ethics left when it comes to false reporting on non American companies. No wonder your government and economy is in such disarray.

    Another opportunity today to buy blackberry at the bid courtesy of American short interest.

  • Report this Comment On April 11, 2013, at 10:18 AM, Arthur1111 wrote:

    Latest April Hoax. Montley Fools comparing smartphones for 2013?

    Another fake analysts is Detwiller Finton. See some old rumors from these so called "analysts"

    http://n4bb.com/blackberry-z10-pre-orders-expectations-claim...

  • Report this Comment On April 11, 2013, at 10:24 AM, Oril wrote:

    After two days of false mediaBS by American shortsters they are going all in this morning and selling shares they don't own at the bid again.

    Apple sure sucks these days. Blackberry longs will rule.

  • Report this Comment On April 11, 2013, at 11:51 AM, Oril wrote:

    We know that Blackberry is being shorted at the bid.

    When the bid outweighs the ask by a great margin and the stock continues to fall it is obviously short sellers at work after flooding the media with negative BS. This happens because the American stock machine operates without ethics and the SEC is no longer in control.

    Short all you want it will be fun watching the whine when you find it impossible to cover.

    Every time a short sells stocks he doesn't own he creates another long, something blackberry couldn't do without issuing more shares. Day of reckoning is coming.

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