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Posted by Alec Saunders

Airport lounges and airplanes just before takeoff are a great place to observe people and their electronics. Wanna know what the current hot handset is? Watch a bunch of people hanging out in an airport lounge. Are people texting more than talking? What does that tell you? Listening to music? For the last couple of years that I've been checking out my fellow passengers and their electronics, it's been a steady progression from feature phone + laptop, to smartphone. The predominant player in the smartphone arena has always been the BlackBerry, at least in Canadian airports. Hanging out yesterday at the Porter Airlines lounges in Ottawa and Toronto I spotted just one BlackBerry - a new Bold, and only the second Bold I've seen "in the wild". People had smartphones alright. They were talking, sending mail, watching video, listening to music and texting - and they were all wearing those ubiquitous white ear buds, the tell-tale sign of an iPhone user. Click here to read more of Alec's blog.

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