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Celebs & their phones: iPhone, BB, Android or Windows Phone?

Despite RIM’s fall from grace, BlackBerry still enjoys large-scale endorsement from celebrities as well as the president of the United States, something once acknowledged on video by RIM’s ex-CEO Mike Lazaridis — shortly before abruptly ending the interview. Most agree that iPhones are cool and you see plenty of celebrity Twitpic mirror shots with those, but how about Android and Windows Phone?

I couldn’t find many celebrities using Android. Android isn’t cool yet and in an industry where image is everything, endorsing Android right now could be a faux pas. I found someone called Jose Canseco an ex-MLB player who’s seemingly a big fandroid, but that’s probably of no interest to you unless you follow American sports. Someone with more cross-over appeal, Justin Timberlake, is apparently a closet Android user, but he’s also a known BlackBerry and iPhone lover. Windows Phone? I couldn’t find anyone publicly embracing the nascent OS. There’s this funny story about a Microsoft exec trying to woo Scott Adams of Dilbert fame and Blake Griffin from the LA Clippers basketball team with Windows Phones, though.

Why is this interesting? Well, why is anything celebrity related interesting? For me, it’s interesting because, for many, celebrities dictate what’s cool and therefore have somewhat of an influence on the market. Brands agree, million dollar brand endorsement deals are commonplace.

Through some office banter, consulting Forbes’s celebrity top 100 list and tapping the BBM hive mind, we agreed that it would be interesting to find out which smartphones the enclosed 13 celebrities are using. Keep in mind that some use more than one.

Justin Bieber: iPhone

Rihanna: BlackBerry

Ryan Gosling: iPhone

Katy Perry: BlackBerry

Lady Gaga: iPhone

Usher: BlackBerry

Taylor Swift: iPhone

Eminem: BlackBerry

Jessica Alba: iPhone

Justin Timberlake: BlackBerry

LeBron James: iPhone

Kim Kardashian BlackBerry

Lil Wayne: iPhone

Author | Martin Carstens

Martin Carstens
Obsessed with technology and the future, I write words for machines and people. Born in South Africa, now living in the United States. More
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  • Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    I think people expecting professional photos from a phone is unrealistic at this point, although it might not be that way forever, it is the current state of affairs. That said, the Galaxy Nexus camera was generally slammed, but I took some amazing pics with it, it’s just about getting to know how to use your camera, and I’m very excited to see what I can do with the 4’s more powerful shooter.

    There will be another review next month after I’ve used it for a month properly. I am sure there will be more pros and cons then, so keep an eye out.

    Thanks again.

  • BattlefieldFuckYeah

    Looks like you’re right Steven, my apologies. Guess its me who needs to check the facts!

  • Claudio

    The “crucial step” was that cars need to be aware of their surroundings, not that they need V2V to do it. I see where you are coming from, that sensors will be able to pick up all necessary information, however, like with the motorcycle detection, communication between vehicles can be beneficial.

  • Dude

    If the controller sucks then this sounds like a Smartphone connected via HDMI cable.

    I don’t think anyone will buy it beyond the Kickstarter people. Disappointment will kick in at what it can really do. They will not get a Halo, and even if they have Minecraft or Angry Birds then it’s not enough to have it additional to all the smartphones, consoles, handhelds etc. It sounds more like an indie platform, forever.

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