Who can keep track of all the touchscreen smartphones — and their attendant app stores — that emerged from Mobile World Congress this week to compete with Apple’s
RBC Capital’s Mike Abramsky can. Attached to a report to clients released Friday is a handy chart of “emerging competitors” that covers most of the latest mobile operating systems: Palm’s
Windows Mobile 6.5, Google’s
Symbian S60 and couple of proprietary outliers.
The chart would be more realistic if it included the two smartphones battling most fiercely for the U.S. market: the iPhone and Research in Motion’s
But it’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard, and this is a good start. The full chart is posted below the fold, with thanks to AppleInsider.
Abramsky sees the increasingly competitive landscape — and the pressure it will put on Cupertino to change the iPhone’s pricing structure when and if it ships a third-generation model this year — as further justification for the “underperform” rating he slapped on Apple in January. Abramsky’s $70 price target is the lowest in the business. (See Mike Abramsky’s bad Apple advice.)
Apple shares closed Friday at $91.2, up 0.62% for the day.
Below: Abramsky’s taxonomy.
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