Handset sales dropped 8.6%, but smartphones proved a bright spot with a 12.7% increase over last...

|By:, SA News Editor

Handset sales dropped 8.6%, but smartphones proved a bright spot with a 12.7% increase over last year. Gartner's Q1 survey shows Research In Motion's (RIMM) smartphone share grew to 19.9% from 13.3%, while Apple's (AAPL) more than doubled to 10.8%. Nokia (NOK) bled market share in both regular and smartphone categories.