Apple or Samsung? Which one do you think will pull ahead with smartphone sales in 2015?

Apple or Samsung? Which one do you think will pull ahead with smartphone sales in 2015?
Lo and behold, it has happened - Apple and Samsung are literally tied for the title of the world's largest smartphone maker, selling about 74.5 million clever handsets each in the quarter that passed. This would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, as Apple has always been considered a somewhat of a niche, extremely profitable manufacturer that doesn't sell many models, but prices them in the premium segment.

Well, Apple continues to charge a $687 average selling price for its iPhones, but this time around it also sold a record amount of them, widening the net profit difference between the two companies to the unbearable $13 billion, as Samsung made about $5 billion in Q4, while the gang from Cupertino hauled home the record $18 billion - the highest quarterly profit in history ever.

The profit side of things is more or less clear, though, but the incredible catching-up that Apple did in one fell swoop to almost become the world's largest smartphone vendor is truly breathtaking. Some analysts, however, believe that this trend won't be sustainable as the interest in the new iPhones subsides in the next few quarters, and peg 2015 as actually the year of Samsung, and not only because of the Galaxy S6. They cite the thorough revamp of Samsung's design concept, with metal-clad handsets on the way, but also its competitive advantage of flexible displays paired with 14nm chipsets - something that no other company will be able to replicate this year. 

This is why we wanted to ask you what do you think about this incredible turn of events - Samsung seemed invincible in terms of smartphone market share just a year or two ago, and now Apple is breathing down its neck, selling as many of the brainy handsets as Samsung did in the past quarter. Will the trend continue, and which one will come out on top this year in terms of smartphones moved? Take your side, and shout out in the comments.

Which one do you think will pull ahead with smartphone market share in 2015?




1. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Voting is just for fun. Apple will sell millions again and again...

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If the world was full of tech literates: Samsung by far. Over Apple, that is.

11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I guess if the world was full of tech literates, this poll wasn't Apple and Samsung but something like Nexus vs OnePlus.

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

In that case, maybe tablets would have never existed and people would have been using laptops to do laptop related stuff.

43. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

People still do laptop related stuff on a Laptop; not on a tablet.. Tablets are just over-blown phones and can do nothing more than the phones..

45. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Right, because tablets didn't exist before Apple invented them.

48. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Oh, but they did.

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

you must be joking? 2 phone makers who have never lead the industry?

13. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

May be, None of the above...

19. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Agree, sales and value for money are totally different things. Remeber that in some countries ( US or China as example) most people like to expend their hard earned money in overpriced fruit products rather than real smartphones.

35. vivek_ananda

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

in that case it wouldn't be samsung, some huawei,xiaomi/opo instead

26. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

but here's the thing, apple makes 2-3phones a year, samsung makes 100s, so i think samsung will pull ahead in terms of sales

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung doesn't have 100 selling models in one year.

65. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

iPhone funboys are desperate ! Samsung sold over 300millions smartphones. Apple sold over 100 millions. we are talking about overall smartphone sold.

83. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

The expectations are high for Samsung. If Samsung delivers in the areas that they haven't been to concerned with in the past, then they'll easily blow Apple out of the water with regards to sales this year. The s6 by itself won't do it, but the combination of all of Samsung smartphones will accomplish the task.

2. djk4363

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Though Apple gets the majority of the vote, it is not because they produce better phones. Technologically, I believe, through experience, that Samsung is miles ahead. Sadly, owning an iPhone has become synonymous with prestige (cannot for the life of me understand why). So Arple will win the vote while the truth walks out the door.

32. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

You are presently wrong. LOL. But let's wait for PA's conclusion.

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He's wrong because you don't agree? What he says is an absolute fact. My wife is from the Philippines. The iPhone is very expensive on all carriers. The device costs as much as 3 months of salary. That means 90% of the country can't afford an iPhone. Anyone seen with an iPhone is considered rich. This is equally true in her country of the Galaxy S and Note. But the iPhone is considered a luxury item. Everyone goes googoo gaagaa for a top selling American product. The iPhone is popular not because its great, it's because of the hype. After all, please explain how a phone with 2012 capabilities sells as good or better than top end models from OEM's that have 2014 specs. Just FYI to you, whether you agree with an absolute fact doesn't make it any less of if fact and that's a fact. The problem with iFans in general is they don't like being wrong even when absolute facts are presented to them.

59. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No he absolutely right. People buy them because they are great are mixing the prestige thing with quality and feel.

62. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's more about the hype. Most consumers are going to use their phones to make calls, send text messages, browse the web and occasionally play a game of candy crush. Any smartphone will make do for them.

79. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Some people do, but they are the minority. A poll was taken where they asked people why they bought an iPhone. The vast majority of them answer because it was the most popular device to have, other said because it was recommended by friend, family or carrier. Other said because it matched something they owned like a purse or shoes. Very few people say its because its a great device. When I say few, I don't mean a few humdred, maybe jyst a few million. However the vast majority buy based on popularity. THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE FACT. The iPhone yes is a great phone. But when millions continue to repeatly buy a phone when better ones exist theer are multiple reason, but one will be on top. Doesn't matter what you think what I said is a fact. The vast majority of iPhone buyers buy them because of its popularity and hype. There are also many who have bout apps and music. They have no choice whatsoever but to buy an Apple product if they want access to their purchase. They cant move to any other device. This is what make Windows and Android better because no matter what you buy whether it be apps or media, they can be move to another brand of device that runs the same OS. This is not true of iOS. We both know this. I too spent well over $1000 of apps and music on iTunes. The only place I can watch those is on my PC or with an iOS based device. Unless I use a hack and change he files to an open type I am stuck. Stop trying to act like the vast majority of people by an iPhone because it actually is the best phone. That is simply flse, because it isn't the best phone.

61. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

He's wrong because the vote is is/was leaning towards Samsung!

3. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

As a Note 4 user, voted for Apple. I think Apple going with bigger screens was a stroke of genius/Some fine copying they did.

38. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

How is adding a larger screen copying ? Lol! Are you serious. Android doesn't own larger screens and samsung was not the first or last to do it. If you want to see copying, look at the S6. Samsung pay, Touch ID, all metal body

49. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's copying because Apple shunned big screens, Apple fans called them ridiculous, then the market showed that period wanted then and Apple followed. If we're looking at things like Samsung Pay, you first need to look at Apple Pay and how it was copied from Google Wallet. Or Touch ID and how it was copied from the Atrix.

75. stealthd unregistered

Lol you really don't know what you're talking about. A few Apple fanboys poo-pooing big screens doesn't mean Apple shunned them. Apple had plenty of reasons to stick with the smaller screen sizes they were using, they just don't subscribe to the "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" strategy that Samsung uses. Screen size was not an invention, calling it copying is a complete joke. And have you owned an Atrix? Because I did, and the fingerprint scanner was not very good. It was also only used for unlocking the phone and nothing else. It also didn't utilize a secure enclave like Touch ID. Companies copy successful features. The Atrix and its fingerprint scanner were not successful. Calling that copying is another complete joke. And Apple Pay? Let's see, Apple made mobile payments more secure, more private, and actually got banks and merchants to support it (certainly not everyone, but way more than Google ever did). That's not copying, that's innovation. Throwing around the word copy like you do just makes you sound desperate.

57. madbmd

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

You can be afraid, apple's kickass is on the road (S6).

76. AlikMalix unregistered

I've been hearing about these Apple killers since 2007. Guess what iphone is still the best smartphone around. No doubling specs, throw every feature, build every conceivable varioation is going to beat that. It all comes down to day to day use at the end of the day - Apple just wins.

80. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off fingerprint readers existed on other device long before Apple decided to rush and try to beat everyone else but failed as Moto beat them to it. That's why they rushed to buy that company to prevent them from selling the readers to other phone OEM's. Samsung was one of the first OEM's to make a metal phone, just not the first. The S6 doesn't copy any device. There is always one original. Let me ask, are you a copy of another human being? Because I'm not. I am unique.

81. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Every product Apple has is a copy of something else. They have NEVER made one single original product. Stop being purposely ignorant, its insulting to both yourself and us too.

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