In the mid-market we’ve already seen some great Android smartphones from HTC, LG and Samsung. If you do a straight comparison of specs it is pretty clear that you get more for your money with an Android phone. This has surely been a large part of Android’s success and their rise to prominence.
RIM has definitely gotten more competitive in terms of their pricing, but then they desperately need to because high price tags on top of their other recent disasters will drive away the rest of their dwindling user base. BlackBerry smartphones are still premium devices, though, and they don’t offer anything that could be considered a true budget option.
Apple’s iPhone 4S release was accompanied by the news that the iPhone 4 price will drop to $99 and the iPhone 3GS will be free, but both are subsidized by carriers and require you to sign up to an expensive two year contract. They will no doubt start to pick up more mid-market consumers with these deals because of the solid reputation the iPhone has and the user-friendly eco-system, but they still aren’t very competitive in terms of pricing.
You have a huge choice of Android smartphones for free on two year contracts and their specs and features are a lot more impressive than the now dated iPhone 3GS. If you were willing to spend $99 for an iPhone 4 on a two year contract you should also be aware that you could get an Android smartphone with 4G network support for the same price.