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Poll results: Which manufacturer's flagship are you looking forward to the most in 2014?

Poll results: Which manufacturer's flagship are you looking forward to the most in 2014?
On Monday, we set out with the goal to get a taste of what you, our readership, is most looking forward to in 2014 in terms of a brand name flagship. Not at all surprisingly, this led to a lively discussion, and a decent level of participation. The results are now in and locked, and we were actually rather surprised at the end result.

So which company's flagship are most of you excited about? It turns out that an upcoming super-phone built from a Nokia/Microsoft duet is a prospect that salivates some 49.67% of poll takers. Next to that, runner-up Samsung's (12%) Galaxy S5 didn't quite manage to excite our respondents, and neither did any other manufacturer, actually. Sony, at third place, captured 10.03% of the votes, followed by LG's 8.66% and Apple's 6.61%. Flailing Taiwanese HTC still has its following, but its falling behind the curve with just 4.36% of voters looking forward to its next flagship. It's also interesting to see that Google's Nexus line is held in such a low regard, with just 3.32% of votes. Motorola, with just 3.11% is also not doing much better from its ex-parent company, though this time next year may bring a markedly different result for Lenovorola. The  loss of confidence in BlackBerry is also quite telling, with just 0.98% of respondents finding reason to put their trust in the Canadian outfit. Lastly, 1.25% of voters are looking to eastward, with hopes that one of the relatively unpopular Asian manufacturers might just work up 'the next big thing'. 

What are we to make of these results? Well, for one thing, people are anxious to see what the combined might of Microsoft and Nokia can muster up together. Moreover, we have a fairly even split between the rest of the manufacturers. This is a good thing, as its an indication that, for the time being, we're mostly clear of the threat that is lack of choice. 

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Which manufacturer's flagship are you looking forward to the most in 2014?
12.35%
788 votes
(788 votes) Samsung
4.44%
283 votes
(283 votes) HTC
6.68%
426 votes
(426 votes) Apple
8.49%
542 votes
(542 votes) LG
10.34%
660 votes
(660 votes) Sony
3.09%
197 votes
(197 votes) Motorola
48.96%
3124 votes
(3124 votes) Nokia/Microsoft
3.32%
212 votes
(212 votes) Google (Nexus line)
1.05%
67 votes
(67 votes) BlackBerry
1.29%
82 votes
(82 votes) Other (Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Alcatel, Asus, Acer, Xiaomi, etc.)

6381 votes

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posted on 30 Jan 2014, 02:31 11

1. hmd74 (Posts: 216; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Guys Who voted to Nokia/Microsoft... Nokias flagship phones are great and for now it's about the new version of WinPhone and untill the WinPhone is not updated, the changes won't be something great... The flagship will be a device with 5 inch 1080p Diaplay and specs of Lumia 1520...

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:10

5. wolfsaviorzx (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Agreed but it's been awhile since an actual major change to windows phone (been basically the same for last 2 versions 7/8). Thinking Version 9 along with their Arm Tablet and Desktop X86 will merge the software and UI somewhat. Hard to live up to, but it's the most exciting thing happening right now. We already know galaxy S5 and Iphone 6 are going to be big, so nothing to be excited about.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:35

24. AppleHateBoy (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


PA Can I change my vote from Motorola to HTC??? I was voting for Googorola not Lenovorola.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:43

25. AppleHateBoy (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


I read a news a few days ago that MS had 3.6% smartphone share for the entire 2013 and only 3.2% share in the holiday season (Q4 2013), despite the Lumia 1520 which IMHO implies MS is failing to deliver on our expectations.

On the other hand, I am incredibly excited about the prospect of an HTC Phone with KitKat (a la Immersive Mode), On-Screen Buttons and Front-Facing Stereo Speakers. I just hope we get thinner bezels this time around.

Oh and I vote for Sharp too. I hope they reduce bezels in all 4 areas instead of 3 (EDGEST design) and throw in finger-rejection as well.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 02:36 8

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


In terms of device I'm really looking forward to Nok/MS. Because every time they release a flagship phone, they pack it with innovative new techs which other manufacturers lack. Also they have the best phone cams and now thanks to monster batteries they offer better battery life too.

The Nokia end is perfect. Microsoft needs to hurry up and make WP even better. With each so called 'Major' update (GDR2, GDR3) they are essentially releasing very little additions. Come on, we don't need close buttons and double tap wake titled as 'Major' updates. We need open file system, notification center and more useful additions. Otherwise people like me who were hoping big from WP will just leave the wagon.

Still my daily driver is Android and WP is far away from being my daily driver from a secondary phone.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:02 8

3. lee480 (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Ultimate example of Nokia fanboyism. Sadly fanboys dont equate to sales and profits.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:12 1

7. wolfsaviorzx (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


I own Droid/Galaxy Devices, I'm not excited about that right now (maybe Android 5.0 could change that). Windows Phone is exciting if not a trainwreck. If I could use the same apps on my Windows PC and Windows Phone I'll switch over. But yeah chances are microsoft will slip up again and sales won't increase much.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:14

10. Finalflash (Posts: 1113; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


There's no choice with the non diverse ecosystems because that's all they have. It doesn't matter through because I also want to see what Nokia release and what MS releases, the latter will largely be for research into how deep the new MS moles have been planted.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 06:31

17. amasog (Posts: 92; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


bitterness & narrow-mindedness detected!

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 08:56 3

23. SleepingOz (Posts: 2464; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Not really, nokia has always been strong in surveys carried by PA. But sadly for nokia, reality is a whole different story.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:07

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


And Android is led by Sammy again.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:17 6

11. Finalflash (Posts: 1113; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea but they have 2% on Sony and 4% on LG which shows the diverse range in the DROID crowd. Can't say that's a bad showing compared to the other single choice elements.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:30

12. wolfsaviorzx (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


I'd buy a Sony phone in a second if they release on Verizon in the states... That Z1 Compact is like pure gold esp. with improved screen.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:10

6. mottykels (Posts: 362; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Oh im not surprise nokia FTW!!

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:12 1

8. XaErO (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I guess, Nokia still wins on paper only .. but when it comes to buying a new phone .. people largely choose Samsung and second choice is Sony on Android platform. And not to forget Apple's Iphone on other than Android platform.

Nokia/Microsoft is still gaining users for their Windows Phone OS.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 11:54

30. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1926; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Sony is the second choice on Android? Do some research before you post such inane comments. Sony doesn't even rank among the top 5 Android performers. I can't say for sure, but possibly not even in the top 10. Second choice for you, maybe, clearly not for most people.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:13

9. Genersis (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I couldn't decide between Motorola or HTC.
Looking at the results, maybe I should of voted...

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 04:32

13. Amir1 (Posts: 185; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


sony should be first place in anticipation. no doubt that in a few years sony in on top 3 in market share. it's only a matter of time. they are going up with every flagship that is released.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:02

14. Vanster (Posts: 113; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


hahaha wp 8.1 on the way, and it awesome

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:15

15. jouslain (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


I vote NO because I'd prefer good low to mid-ranger than a flagship.

But, why there's no SONY logo in the icon...
Can this be considered as bias?

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 05:32

16. papss (Posts: 3375; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Well that's interesting. I agree with this... Nokia/M$ are by far my favorite mfg

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 06:55 3

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 9255; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The big A.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 21:51

32. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 132; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Android?

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 07:14 3

19. TylerGrunter (Posts: 780; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I really wonder how every poll in every site turns out in favour of Nokia/Microsoft in every place I check and then they don't sell, those voters are not in the comments, etc. Really suspicious.
I would like to suggest phonearena to recheck the results and invalidate if many of them are coming from the same IP adress/es

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 11:03

28. nasznjoka (Posts: 221; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Did you see/participate on the smarthphone champions league at gsmarena? It was full of funny poll results. and in the end two nokia devices met 1520 and 1020 but it was so funny that 520 beat the crap out of htc one, 1020 beating note3 etc etc.... seems somebody is trolling really hard these days

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 11:20

29. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


You know World is dominated by idiots few are smart majority are not. you know what i mean :P

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 21:53

33. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 132; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


They like Nokia, but hate Microsoft. So, they won't buy. That's the real reason.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 07:17

20. aksa123 (Posts: 118; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Nokia/MS. Because they are still growing, it's interesting to see how far they'll go this year.
Android is matured already, I've no idea what else they'll come up with.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 08:24

21. quakan (Posts: 1078; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I'm only interested in what Apple, Samsung, and HTC are bringing to the table.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 08:27

22. newbey123 (Posts: 308; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Interested in HTC!

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:45

26. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 590; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


I didn't even vote, but I'm also excited by Nokia/MSFT. Although I'd love for T-Mobile to get some love... I left VZW for their lack of devices and WP offerings, only for T-Mobile to shun the latest wave of high end Windows Phones.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 09:46

27. freebee269 (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Windows phone is still fighting an up hill battle. Android and ios are deeply entrenched in the smart phone market. What this survey tells me is windows phone will continue to gain market share. It seems there's still a lot of people interested in it if it can come along in features that people would like to see in it. This is a good thing for windows phone. I voted for Microsoft/Nokia because I do enjoy the os and I want too see what they both bring to the market more than any other os/manufacturer out there.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 12:00 1

31. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1926; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


C'mon, PhoneArena. This poll was clearly hacked in some way. How is the most anticipated flagship of this year from an OS that has a 4% worldwide market share? How much sense does that make? Even if you add up all the Android votes in the poll, they don't add up to that of Nokia. Unless everyone & their mama is planning on switching to WP this year, this poll is simply bogus.

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