Samsung ranks as the preferred Android brand for Americans

Samsung ranks as the preferred Android brand for Americans
Various figures and sales numbers have so far shown that Android is the most popular smartphone platform in the US. 47% of smartphone users stateside have picked Google’s platform, a study by iGR now added more clarity about just how popular Android is. The platform is followed by Apple’s iOS which ended up on 24% of US smartphones.

Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker as of Q3 2011, scores unsurprisingly the highest in brand preference. Motorola, HTC and LG followed, while Chinese makers like Huawei and ZTE ranked at the bottom of the list, but that’s probably partly due to the low number of handsets they sell stateside.

Interestingly, the choice to buy an Android device rather than any other smartphone, was an informed one for a huge chunk of consumers. 45% of Android users did some research before voting with their dollar and specifically picked Android.

Google’s reputation is another factor fueling Android sales as 27% of users considered Google’s reputation when buying an Android smartphone.

Now, this recent Holiday quarter might have stirred things up a bit, and we’re looking forward to the actual sales number, but the study results are nonetheless interesting. It claims to base its findings on 2011 US smartphone sales data, and relies on profiling the Android user as well.

Which Android brand do you find as the easiest to trust and most reliable? Chime in with your opinions in the comments below.

source: iGR


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69 Comments

1. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Went from HTC to GalaxyNexus....will i go back?.....probably not

32. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

You're damn right. Nothing compares to Samsung for Android.

54. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Hell yea. going from motorola droid x to a galaxy nexus was like getting set free. I'll never settle for locked bootloader bullsh*t ever again.

2. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I prefer Motorola over all the other companies, while they don't have the most cutting edge of phones, their phones are built freaking tough. I don't trust HTC's phones too much as they all look too plastic like and Samsung which are always packed with the latest and greatest but for some reason their high profile phones tend to take a backseat to Galaxy S line...Charge anyone?!? I'm basing this off the high profile line up of phones I used on Verizon, and Motorola's are the most solidly built and they feel like it in your hand and going odd the amount of times my X has met the concrete and has very little in the way of scratches and no problems tells it's own story. Now someone get Verizon to stop adding useless crap to my phone that I have zero need of, that crap is the reason why software tends to be slightly unstable and needs updating to fix.

6. islanderbaw

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

"while (Motorola) they don't have the most cutting edge of phones" ?? I disagree . . . on this. The RAZR is one of the best smartphones available with innovative technology and style. And like you pointed out they're tough and work. Also, Motorola stands behind the devices and updates models more than any other manufacturer.

12. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Die hard Samsung fan here. Motorola is the only other maker I would think about going with. They have come a LOONG way since the OG Cliq and its blurry s**t.

19. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Couldn't agree more. They have come a long way and I like the build quality, durability, and software updates to there handsets.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the RAZR is most definitely one of the best phones right now. It most definitely is supposedly tough...er.. than normal. Moto has among the WORST track records for updates though. Dont kid your self on that one. Moto is coming back around. I hope it will be a good year for them. They obviously made some deals with samsung to get Super Amoled screens which was awesome and the Ti Chipset is second only to samsung's exynos. So basically its an "almost samsung" with Blur on it. Fine by me.

41. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

i think not. It took months longer for any of the Galaxy S devices and and most contemporary HTCs to get GB. Moto is easily the most reliable when it comes to updates. At least within the US.

52. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Motorola actually is pretty great with updates. most people seem to get this. now if only Samsung could get to "almost-Moto" in build quality i'd consider taking one harder.

59. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

moto is great with updates.. if you have a VZW droid device. outside of that they are so-so at best. NONE of the manufacturers are great at updates. There was an "update graph" on the site a few months back and it had moto in last place for over all updates. Jimstar, The SGS updates took longer because they had to go through the carriers. The world version galaxyS got its 2.2 and 2.3 updates rather quickly comparitively.. by like 6 months +

62. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

really all Moto seems to matter on now-a-days is Verizon anyway, it's a shame but it's true and besides Moto just doesn't make as many handsets as other manufacturers and they're just not as big as Samsung and HTC in other parts of the world. here in the US Moto has done a good job updating their handsets. they're usually always first with getting a major Android update on a handset after the SWV's launching handset with the exception of Froyo because Froyo didn't come out with a launch handset but Moto did launch the first handset with Froyo pre-loaded, the Droid 2.

68. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Haha yea... sure, Maybe stateside but in europe its totally diffrent, I own a Soe Arc, SG2, and a Xoom tablet. Sony is the one with the best and fastest updates, then samsung but man, Motorola lied to us euro customers about the whole GED thing. + it took us like what half a year after the americans to get 3.2. Ps. The Xoom also makes noices and flex when i press the upper right corner. Quality my Az.

27. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

You lost me at HTC=Plastic...what a pathetic statement...

33. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

HTC is ALL plastic dude. Just because they make it feel thick and heavy doesn't mean it isn't. They just make the plastic thick.

57. stealthd unregistered

You don't know what you're talking about. The Desire/Inspire, Hero S/Evo View 4G, have aluminum bodies.

63. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

not to mention the Sensation. HTC does hits and misses on build quality but they experiment and that's a good thing.

28. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Both the Droid Bionic and Droid Razr are excellent phones with good technology on them. I have owned several Motorola(Droid, Droid X,Atrix), but didn't care for Motoblur. Have had HTC(G2, Vivid), I really like the G2 but left for AT&T because of bad service. It was AOSP OS. Lastly I have the SGS2 Skyrocket and TouchWiz is nice compared to the others IMHO. My guess is that Samsung being easily rooted and rom'd since they don't like the bootloader elevates them.

46. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

While Motorola definitely has solidly built phones and lots of experience with phone technology, I prefer Samsung because they have the hardware and software experience to make better overall smartphones. They have joint ventures with Corning (Gorilla glass), their own chipset manufacturing plant, massive experience with TVs, software developers such as the CyanogenMod team, and many others that make their phones more desirable in day to day use.

65. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I know I will get slammed for this but I prefer Motorola for tablets and Sammy for phones. Galaxy S II (unlocked version for me) is a simply fantastic piece of hardware.

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Crapsung products look cheap and they all look the same.. I thought Americans werent cheap? lol

5. SleepingOz unregistered

so does the XPERIA line! Go troll elsewhere SE fanboy 'coz Samsung > SE and you seemed to know it actually, but you're in denial. That's why you felt the need to troll. Pathetic!

9. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

the funny thing Sony is not even mentioned LOL ! SE Xperia line is the worst build-quality phones! is your Arc case cracked yet?http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1144774

61. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And iphone breaks cause their made of glass. Every phone use either plastic or metal big deal. They cant make what you want.

4. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

It's because Samsung is the shti!! Won't ever use a Sense phone, LG is just trash, and Sony and Motorola won't give T-Mobile a fair shake.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think Motorola needs a big hit for T-Mobile. they used to be closer than what they are now. they even got to sell Moto's FIRST Android device.

21. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

...and Samsungs first (Galaxy/Behold II) and HTC's first (Dream/G1). Its like T-Mobile was just boot camp for the manufacturers.

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, and now they are giving us the 2nd class shyt. SGS2 with no exynos... no 3d phones.. wtf! no, i know its tmobile making those stupid plays as they have final call on what to put on the shelves. We still have the greatest over all selection of android phones on any manufacturer... and most definitely at the right price. Just wish we had a few alternate sets.. but i guess everyone feels that way about their carrier at one point or another. lol

37. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Shoooot nobody on VZW feels that way about phone selection! LOL They are like the grocery store for Androids. But yeah I think TMO may just not want to spend the money to get the wider selection of phones. Namely on the higher end. I don't care about non of that tho since I'm rocking the only phone I want for right now!

53. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

PFHAHAHAHAHAHAA! T-Mobile having the best right now! that's rich! xD

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