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Surprisingly, iPhone Takes Over the Weird Japanese Smartphone Market

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According to Impress, the iPhone has taken over 46.1 percent of the Japanese smartphone market. This is extremely surprising, because the Japanese are known for being impervious to alien cellphones, preferring their weird mobiles. The two top spots are Apple's:

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The iPhone 3G commands the ranking with 24.6%, while the iPhone 3GS tops at 21.5 for number two. Dropping from 28.8% to 14.6% is the Sharp Advanced W-ZERO3. According to Impress survey, the reason of this huge advance in only one year is the app store and the iPhone's ease of use. I always thought that Japanese cellphones user interfaces were designed by the devil himself, so I'm not surprised. [Impress]

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Yea, but this is a very very unfair comparison. Japan's phones get refreshed every 3 days, so rating phones by individual models will WAY skew the results to the yearly-updated iPhone. It's like comparing the iPhone to one model of Nokia smartphone. If you compare brands of phone, or lines of phone models, that would probably be a more fair comparison.