The Mobile Indian (www.themobileindian.com) has released the findings for its first 'The Handset Hotlist', based on a survey of online preferences, last month. The goal of The Handset Hotlist research initiative is to give marketers a monthly insight into changing consumer preferences.
Nokia continues to rule the minds of consumers in India. Though the business press is full of articles about the competitive pressure the Finnish brand faces, Indian consumers still trust and love the brand, and its rivals still have a long way to go before beating it on buyer affection. According to The Handset Hotlist for July 2011, 12 of the 25 most exciting mobile handset models are from Nokia. Samsung follows next, with six models (one of which is a CDMA phone), while Micromax and Sony Ericsson figure on the list, with two models each. A model each from Dell, HTC and iPhone complete the list of 25.
Apart from Nokia and Samsung, the only other brand to feature among the top 10 is Micromax, whose models A70 and X560 figure at No. 8 and No. 10 positions, respectively. Sreekant Khandekar, director, The Mobile Indian, said, "This is a very exciting pack of information, the most comprehensive one publicly available on what the consumer wants. Ranking apart, The Handset Hotlist will also give marketers a monthly insight into changing consumer preferences."
The list is dominated by international brands, and barring Micromax, none of the popular Indian brands features among the top 25.
Throwing light on this trend, Khandekar said, "Presumably, buyers of handsets marketed by Indian players, who usually make low-cost mobile phones, tend to seek information from the dealer rather than surf for information online. BlackBerry is a notable absentee too, probably because the models are few and potential buyers of the brand know what they want. Also, many get a BlackBerry on office account, and have a lower need to check for it online."
Interestingly, consumer interest is not dictated by price. That is why handsets like the Nokia Oro (No. 9, Rs 50,000) and iPhone (No. 14, Rs 34,400) rub shoulders with Nokia X2-01, which costs a mere Rs 3,500, and sits at No. 11 this month. Seventeen of the handsets are priced below Rs 10,000.
Top 25 Handset Hotlist for July 2011
|Rank||Brand||Model||Price ( in Rs.)||3G||OS|
|4||Samsung||Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830||14700||Yes||Android|
|6||Samsung||Samsung S3850 Corby II||5600||No||Java|
|7||Samsung||Samsung R910 Galaxy Indulge||8000||Yes||Android|
|14||iPhone||iPhone 4G 16GB||34400||Yes||iOS|
|15||Sony Ericsson||Sony Ericsson Yendo||5200||No||Java|
|16||Sony Ericsson||Sony Ericsson W8||12000||Yes||Android|
|18||Samsung||Samsung E2652W Champ Duos||5000||No||Java|
|19||Dell||Dell XCD 28||7750||Yes||Android|
|20||Samsung||Samsung StarII S5263||5900||No||Java|
|The Mobile Indian July, 2011|