See who the top 14 phone makers worldwide are

See who the top 14 phone makers worldwide are
Many a battle have taken place since Apple introduced the original iPhone in 2007, a device that, regardless of where yours or our loyalties lie, has admittedly championed the modern vision of what a smartphone is and could be. But quibbling over which brand is better seems only natural, seeing as the size of the smartphone industry has been keeping handset manufacturers salivating for a good six years now. Said in simple, worldly terms, the stakes are so high, that brands as a rule haven't shied away from recruiting fans to carry the company's torch for them.

At PhoneArena we recognize that our readers differ vastly in both background and personal tastes, much the same way we do – you'll be surprised at the diversity of devices that are being chauffeured around in somebody's pocket at the office. But we also have to recognize cold, hard data, because at the end of the day, market feedback remains the most unbiased and objective way, that we know of, to gauge consumer preferences, although, we have to concede – a fair degree less telling of quality.

Cold, hard data, precisely, is what we have in store for you today. Courtesy of ABI Research, this latest report on the top worldwide handset makers paints a telling picture of where the smartphone world is going, who's leading the charge, who the losers are, and of course – light a candle on a few sneaky contenders who might have a coup in mind.

If the above has you at all interested, then you should head straight for our slideshow below. Note that the information below is based on shipments volume that has entered the retail channel, and not direct sales to customers. Moreover, the data includes both smartphone and feature phones combined, but these will be broken down into two categories.


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87 Comments

1. JMartin22

Posts: 2304; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Bring on the obligatory fanboy shouting.

2. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Here's the first!!!!!!!!!! Nokia Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Here's the second, Sony rocks! Sony always make me believe.

26. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Tell that to the Verizon customers. It's like Sony/Verizon ignores us. Got to give respect to Samsung for getting their flagship products on all major carriers around the same time. At the end of the day that's how you win more customers. Note 3 won't be some exclusive out the gate.

34. abdane

Posts: 506; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Here's the third, Samsung rocks !!!!! Apple Sucks !!!!!!!! Don't be an iDiot, be S mart ;)

54. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

dang it u r real smart buddy.......

69. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung and Apple all the way. +1

85. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Samsung and Apple all the way DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

70. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

oh!! samsung?? what is samsung?

76. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Plastic

81. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

bitternes detected.. lol!

88. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So is the iPhone 5c.

78. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

S mart is that like k mart, cous thats what samsung feels like. Go Nokia and sony!!

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Not a fanboy but Samsung really is the king at least now. No wonder why it have so many haters. and competition wil getl harder this year......

56. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

true said.........right now it's not easy to beat samsung....!!!\ Next year will be really tough........let's wait and see in 2014.

61. Sauce unregistered

Most of Samsungs chart stats come from old outdated flip/slider phones.

64. abdane

Posts: 506; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

so ? you know that Samsung have 47% of the premium market beating apple for it right ? http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10834418.htm

55. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i'm seeing huge percentage of "other" there..........they r rocking.......!!!

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Looks like Nokia is hanging on driven by its feature phones. Not a great showing for wp honestly.

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

+1 agree completely and i respect Nokia's effort on WP.

40. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

WP sales have grown quarter, after quarter, after quarter...

72. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

So have Android and iOS sales.

79. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

look closly nokia smartphone share alone is more then HTC and some other android smart phones shares

89. sgodsell

Posts: 6588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

BTW these are sales for phones in general that include both feature and smart phones. Nokia's smartphone numbers would drop them near the bottom of the list.

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2304; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I think it's long past due for a WP UI overhaul. I don't think that way sway publIc perception initially, but it would be a good starting foundation for them.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Agreed, it needs a shake up before I'd feel I wasn't "Burnt by Ballmer" using that forced ui on me.

11. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The WP UI is only 2 years old and it does look old. Sad part is that I haven't used it for more than 5 minutes because the tile interface turns me off and you just can't change it. If they allowed Android like launchers I might change my mind especially with the Nokia Bandit looking like the real deal. Tile interface = No deal Tile interface or custom launchers = A good start.

14. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Has anyone like XDA hacked it yet?

37. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Early in WP 7 life Microsoft allowed the device to be hacked but now they got those WP 8 phones locked down (I believe). I haven’t heard anything related to WP hacks/mods/unlocked bootloaders in a very long time. I don’t even think you can install unsigned code.

33. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I understand what you said even though i didn't get bored, actually the opposite happens BUT that's just me. but a custom launcher or another personalization options would be very welcomed at least an option to choose themes (remember the old Symbian like). On android i can make my phone look exactly as i wanted i can even mimic WP itself. The customization part of android is very fun. on WP its strictly restricted to just change tile color i can't even choose wallpaper its restricted to just black and white (at least give us some more color option besides Black and White). Even i cant identify my phone with my cousin because we both have white Lumia and he sets the same color for tiles as i do(red). but things may change with WP 8.1 or something near. but i am truly happy with my WP . May be customization part may be weak but there is alot reason for me to stick with WP and as i said i didn't got bore with ui at least not yet.

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