The Daily StarHassan Shaaban
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The drop in the purchasing power of the Lebanese in the past two years due to the economic slowdown has suppressed people's temptation to replace their smartphones with the latest models on the market.Darjany said that in 2006 Lebanese consumers did not minimize their demand on mobile products as it is the case this year.As for the smartphones that have witnessed a decent level of demand compared with the two best-selling iPhone and Samsung handsets in the past year, shop owners noticed a strong entry into the market by HTC products.Mobile expert Amer Tabsh said HTC was present even before iPhone and Samsung in the Lebanese market and most users who carried version 5 or 6 of the Windows Phone between 2005 and 2007 were HTC users, but when the first iPhone was released, users in Lebanon shifted dramatically from HTC to Apple.Tabsh believes that HTC was and is still present, and that its phones have design and quality standards that are even better than Samsung, but that HTC falls behind its rival when it comes to marketing.However, Tabsh strongly believes that big spenders would invest in HTC if they could because of its phones' advanced features.
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