Smartphone penetration booms in 2011, iPhone the most popular device

Smartphone penetration booms in 2011, iPhone the most popular device
We all can see it - smartphones are getting more and more popular, and now it’s not just your peers having them, but even teens and the elderly. Smartphone penetration has jumped in the last two years and while in Q3 2009 it stood at a mere 18%, at the end of the same period in 2011, it’s already 44%, according to market researchers from Nielsen. 

The younger crowd is leading the smartphone push with nearly two thirds of 25 to 34 year olds and more than a half of 18 to 24 year olds having a smartphone.

Smartphone penetration booms in 2011, iPhone the most popular device


How has the phone landscape changed? In 2009, the most popular phone nationwide was the Motorola RAZR, a feature phone. This year, it’s the iPhone 4 with a large touchscreen and plenty of apps.

When it comes to the smartphone world, Android is king with the lion’s share of 44.2%, trailed by Apple and iOS with 28.6%, and finally RIM’s BlackBerry dropped to 17%. Windows in its various mobile flavors accounts for only 5.3%, further down from 6.1% in the second quarter.

Smartphone penetration booms in 2011, iPhone the most popular device


When broken by age groups, Android stilled ruled supreme in every category, but it was the youngest crowd that preferred it the most.

Smartphone penetration booms in 2011, iPhone the most popular device


Do you see the same trend in your daily lives - does everyone around you have a smartphone?

source: Nielsen Wire via BGR

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21 Comments

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

we love ANDROID

2. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

troll

3. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Android own this mother fu***

4. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

How much is Google paying you? The iPhone is my far the most popular phone. Android phones are mostly cheap junk full of crapware and viruses.

6. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

c.hack... dude... really? You are turning into the most pathetic person on this website. You should check out this site instead: www.noonegivesaf**kaboutyourdumbassopinion.com

7. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lol this is a research done by a 3rd party not PA...if you want to prove these stats wrong then go do you own research...by the way how much is apple paying you? thought i had seen the worst of the fangirls on this site guess i was wrong.

9. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

iPhone is the most popular phone, Android is the most popular OS. Read the charts better next time so you don't go making such ignorant comments.

13. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

I dont know why its a suprise or great accomplishment to anyone that android is leading in amount of phones sold. Just look at the chart there is at least 5 different companies all producing over 3 major android handsets a year... If android wasnt winning in terms of overall phones sold that would be insane.

5. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That's funny This year, it’s the iPhone 4 with a ( large ) touchscreen and plenty of apps. You call that large you must be blind jajajajajaja. I call that tinny screen

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Heh. Again? I'm flattered.

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

u shud get him banned! ahahaha

10. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

of course iphone is the most popular apple isnt like Nokia,Samsung,HTC which name devices in a whole different way example: Nokia N8,N9,N800,800,710,701,700 Samsung Galaxy:Tab,S,S2,Y.... iphone is also known to be overpriced and overrated

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ok I knew as soon as I saw the title that the fandroids will dispute without even reading the whole article... they think that because Android has biggest market share is the most popular... but is not.. PA awards for example.. Shamsung had the best phone but also had the 3 worst phones... that tells you that saturating the market is more important than getting quality products.... and they stil wondered why the iphone is the sucess for since launch day... 3 going on 4 years and they still dont get it...

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Um, having the biggest market share by definition makes Android the most popular. If you're going to argue single phone model sales, fine, the iPhone 4 will be #1, followed by the 4S and 3GS. So the iPhone line will have a plurality over any Android line, but that's not how we define overall popularity. Compare all iPhones to all Androids. This is an argument you and Taco have repeatedly tried to make, but it's gotten old.

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow ignorance at its fullest... I could give at least 3 examples on how not always the procuct with the biggest market share is the most popular... but where is the fun if I give you the answer right?... so please use your google search engine.... and find out... but please dont come to me with nonsense..

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I was wondering why Phonearena felt so empty of fail. Then I realized that I hadn't seen you in a while, Gallito.

15. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

gallito I'm sorry but when jobs left he took the Apple with him

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

fact.- you still havent seen me.. as i am incognito... lol jk. Sniggly... on the bright side.. I did miss you too... I have decided to make peace with you...

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hmm. Worth considering. Keep your nose clean and we'll be good.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

sorry I cant I have a beak... I dont have a nose..

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