The reports for the first quarter of this year, a mere three month period of Jan. through March, keep rolling in and showing us that phone sales are just through the roof.  You have to wonder where they keep finding enough customers to purchase all these handsets, but the manufacturers somehow keep pulling it off.  The latest report from Gartner Research saw overall cell phone sales rise by 17 percent in year-over-year sales, but smartphones in particular jumped a whopping 48.7 percent over the first quarter of 2009.

“In the first quarter of 2010, smartphone sales to end users saw their strongest year-on-year increase since 2006,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.  While the majority of the big name companies saw increases, two companies in particular — Sony Ericsson and Motorola — saw significant declines in sales.

gartner q1 2010 sales

For as much as tech bloggers such as myself always find ourselves talking about Apple, HTC, RIM and so on, there is no denying that Nokia is still the king by a large margin.  Its percentage may have slipped this year, but its volume was still up to the astronomical number of over 110 million units.  Apple who?

What is also fascinating is when you look at the breakdown by operating systems.

gartner q1 2010 os

The Symbian OS has been around forever now, and though its percentage of the market fell, it still rose in unit sales.  The only one of the top five to slip in sales was Windows Mobile, and that can be chalked up the fact that Windows Mobile 7 is on the horizon.

Things are definitely shaking in the smartphone market, and the overall cellphone market.  You have to imagine that at some point there will simply be no more people to sell to, but at the rate advances are happening in technology and programming, there will always be someone ready to fork over money for the newest and shiniest toy.

What say you?  Are you swapping up OSes or manufacturers any time soon?  Are you going to help shift these leader boards at all?