It is now official. The days of mobile phones being used primarily as devices to make phone a call or send a text is practically behind us. The number of smartphones shipped during the first quarter of this year outnumbered those mobile phones considered feature phones. The numbers are now telling quite a story for anyone, including those who are deeply rooted in the industry. Smartphones which enable us to complete functions far beyond just ringing someone or sending a text are taking their position atop the king of the mountain. One other thing is also clear and has been for some time. Smartphones and feature phones alike are subject to some extreme outside sources which can cause quite a bit of damage. These investments in quality handsets should always be protected by reliable gadget insurance.

More than 215 million smartphones were shipped during the first quarter of 2013. According to market research firm IDC, this totaled more than 51% of total global shipments for the quarter, which then begs the question, where do feature phones go from here? The answer to that question could be found in examining car styles. Everyone who needs to get somewhere needs a car, but not everyone needs a car with superior handling and gas mileage. The feature phone could therefore be seen as a handset which will always fit into someone’s budget and needs. The fundamental similarity being the feature phone will always be able to perform the basic need that a mobile phone has been created for – to ring someone.

An analyst from IDC, Kevin Restivo, commented on the demand a smartphone now faces in the market and where it fits in, saying: “Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away.”

Samsung has made an impressive run to the front of the pack and the numbers represent that. During the quarter, the Korean behemoth shipped almost 71 million smartphones to top the list. By comparison, Apple shipped slightly more than 37 million smartphones. Several other companies also saw spikes in numbers shipped for the quarter.

Ramon Llamas, with IDC, commented on the companies other than Samsung and Apple who are in transition stages with various products. He said: “A year ago, it was common to see previous market leaders Nokia, BlackBerry, and HTC among the top five. While those companies have been in various stages of transformation since, Chinese vendors, including Huawei and ZTE as well as Coolpad and Lenovo, have made significant strides to capture new users with their respective Android smartphones.”

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