Apple’s domination of the smart-phone marketplace continues as the price of the newly released BlackBerry Torch (which is partly touch but still with a keyboard) has been cut in half from $200 to $100.
The price drops may be related to sluggish Torch sales. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal, reported that analysts were disappointed with Torch sales. The newspaper said that Stifel Nicolaus and RBC analysts calculated Torch sales in its opening weekend at 150,000 units. The number pales in comparison with the 1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets Apple sold at launch. It’s also worth noting that, unlike the iPhone 4 and the Droid X at launch, the BlackBerry Torch is still widely available after its first weekend.
I’m an Apple guy, but it’s always made me a little uncomfortable. I hate going with the herd, but the fact is Apple makes the best all-around product. Steve Jobs may be an arrogant, latte-drinking, post-hippie, but for emancipating us from having to buy $20 CD’s just to get one or two good songs alone he should be sainted by the Pope.
Now the troubling part for Apple. They’re the new Microsoft, meaning the government will probably be coming after them soon. When you make the best product and the marketplace rewards you as such, look for the Justice Department to start snooping around. As Ronald Reagan said, there are certain people that think when they see a fat guy standing next to a skinny guy, the fat guy must have taken food from the skinny guy. And many of these people reside in the Justice Department.