The top selling smartphones in the U.S. during Q3 were the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPhone 3GS
0. phoneArena 14 Nov 2011, 11:50 posted on
Thanks to the deeply discounted pricing for the Apple iPhone 3GS, that model trailed only the Apple iPhone 4 as the two top selling smartphones in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2011; during the period, the older iPhone models sold more units than Android heavyweights like the Motorola DROID 3...
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34. bucky (Posts: 2601; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
doesnt really apply. Android phones are cheap one month after they are released and overtaken by a new one. Just look at the galaxy s2 ($100) and the droid bionic. the demand is still there.
144. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
For Q3:11, the aging Apple iPhone 3GS with outdated specs outsold the best Samsung phone, the best HTC phone or the best Motorola phone, respectively.
I said it before, I will say it again. If Samsung or Motorola or HTC stop making crap, i.e. a phone for every market or segment, they too can have similar success to the 3GS. Instead, Samsung or Motorola or HTC are caught in the treadmill of producing as many phone variation as possible akin to throwing wet paper against a wall and seeing which one sticks. These companies spread their talent, resources, attention too thin can't produce a phone that sells as well as the 3GS.
To add insult to injury, only one carrier offers the 3GS.
97. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Agreed,seeing as there\'s only 3 phones representing a whole os its really easily how to see they are the top selling \'phones\'. Android however is the top selling os by far but with several top popular handsets from mulitple vendors (samsung,htc,sony,lg,motorola etc) the sales over from android are spread across the wider base of handsets thus giving the impression the iphone is more popular by individual handset sale
99. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
mistypes there,meant that there\'s only 3 iphones representing a whole os so easy to see how they show up as best selling individual \'phones\'
106. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
There's lots of flaws to your theory. First handset sales do matter. Motorola, Samsung, HTC etc compete with each other. Androids market share is of no benefit to them individually. Second Apple competes with all the top handsets just like android makers do. iPhone sells more because people prefer iPhone's. Once an android maker makes a phone that's competitive it can outsell the iPhone.
No need to justify facts. iPhone is the best selling phone in the US. Period.
111. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Why would Samsung care about just US sales? It outsells iPhone worldwide. Same goes for the other manufacturers.
I wouldn't make the inference that iPhone sells more because people prefer the hardware. I bought it for iOS, even though I would have preferred a 4.3" screen and less fragile hardware.
115. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Not sure what you're getting at. The article is about US sales.
I said people prefer iPhone that could be a lot of reasons including the software. I prefer iOS mainly. I also like the build quality of the phone, but the OS is the main selling point of iPhone for me.
Only Samsung outsold Apple world wide. Apple outsold every other manufacturer in Q3. Sorry you're wrong. Apple has outsold Samsung for the year so far and with Q4 they should extend their lead.
125. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
while obviously an iphone competes with all other phones, it has less competition. When someone wants an iOS phone, they dont have much choice. when someone wants an Android phone, there are lots n lots of choices.
If you say "top end iphone".. you can only think i4S. If you say "top end android" you can say SGS2, note, razr, bionic, sensation, on and on and on and on. For that reason, unless iOS just drastically falls in market share, an iphone will more than likely be in the top spot for a long time to come.
103. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
Two outdated products on discounted rates are easily sold
145. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I wish people would also take the time to focus on the business side of things. For example, do you realize how much money, resources, and time is needed to bring a phone from the drawing board to market.
Just ask yourself, how can you stay in business if you don't generate an adequate rate of return for your efforts. Right now, the high-end Android OEMs may enjoy their day in the sun, but watch out as the second tier android OEMs flex their muscle. This is not the time for the Samsung, HTC, or Motorola to rest on their laurels. Next year, the android market will get more crowded and fragmented.
9. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i did? which thread.
no he was just temp banned.. he will be back shortly.
and no, the bet is still on. :)
117. biophone (Posts: 1962; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Well pa said he was banned they lied. Um the thread with the skyrocket.
98. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Yes sometimes we need a taco comment to keep the stereotype of apple fanboys intact
26. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i guess the better question, is why did your question get modded?
110. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
if that makes you feel better. There's no numbers I'm aware of for world sales, but pretty sure that will be iPhone as well.
6. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
BTW, this news comes from an apple fan site. while it may or may not be valid, some actual hard numbers would give it credibility. It beat out the others by how much? how did they come to this conclusion? what were the actual rankings of the top 5-10 phones with sales?
14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Try reading the article
"According to stats compiled by the NPD group"
19. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
taco, that doesnt answer any of my questions about actual sales, its just reiterating what this article was paraphrasing from the apple article that was cherry picking from that NPD article, which i read already. Hense, my questions.
22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Considering iPhone has been #1 in sales and # every quarter this year why would this be surprising?
33. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i didnt say it was, did i.
i expect a popular OS with only 2 or 3 phones for sale to outpace the other OS that is more than twice as popular but has like 50 phones for sale. Thats the nature of the beast. Marketshare though is stagnant for iOS, with or without top sales spots, while android is growing in over all share.
75. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
What does android market share have to do with the article. Please stay on topic.
101. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
im pretty sure market share has a direct correlation with sales.. cant have the former without the latter.
102. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Agreed android is outselling and out pacing ios on a daily basis but islaves have just 3 phones to choose from if they stay stuck with apple. Android on he other hand has at least 20-30 top current hansets so the purchases are spread over a much larger base of phones and over individual handset sales are less than that of the sole iphone choices. Over all though individual sales don\'t represent the over market as android is gaining further and further distance in the lead
105. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
stop calling iPhone users with offensive names.