Report: iPhone Is Recession Buster, Palm Pre Not

The second quarter of 2009 was a big one for the Apple iPhone and a disappointing one for the Palm Pre, according to a report from Gartner Research.

The study says smartphone sales grew a whopping 27 percent worldwide, despite the global recession. The iPhone was up 375 percent in market share year over year, while most other smartphones saw either small gains or small declines. Gartner says Apple is making significant gains on RIM’s BlackBerry, which still holds the No. 1 position. The news next quarter might be even better for Apple, because the new iPhone 3G S was not introduced until near the end of the last quarter.

The report has to be disappointing to Palm and its Pre, which Gartner said achieved a lot of media buzz, but only sold a little more than 200,000 units. That’s only good enough for 10th in the world. The report says Palm should be concerned about gaining traction outside the U.S., where it’s not nearly as strong.

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