The PhoneArena 2014 census: What brand phone are you using right now? (results)

With 2014 on its way out, we thought the timing was right to go for a count – which smartphone brands are most popular with our readership? While not technically correct, we nevertheless dubbed it the PhoneArena 2014 census and asked you to vote. It is now several days later, and we're ready to share the results – and judging by the interested the poll generated (over 11,000 of you took the call and voted), we're willing to bet that many of you're are curious to find out what they are.

Well, it should come as no surprise that Samsung landed first – after all, the electronics giant does sell the most handsets worldwide, so it makes sense that an impressive quarter (25.02%) of poll takers have a Samsung device in their pocket. If you thought that the results would mirror manufacturers' respective market shares, however, you're in for a surprise – the runner-up is Sony, with 13.93%, which is a far bigger piece than the company has from the total pie worldwide. LG, too, is over-represented among our readership, managing a share of 10.52% – followed closely by Apple with 10.08%.

Next up, we've got Motorola (8.69%), the still-enduring Nokia (8.54%), HTC (6.85%), and Google's Nexus line with 4.84%. Interestingly enough, OnePlus is only slightly behind Google, with a 4.25% share, so those mythical invites to buy the One perhaps aren't that uncommon. Check out the rest of the scores below.

Anyone surprised?

The PhoneArena 2014 census: What brand phone are you using right now?

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1. TechNeck

Posts: 649; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Samsung won... o3o

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow Shocking... Who knew?

4. Zero97

Posts: 37; Member since: May 15, 2014

it was obvious

8. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Sarcasm bruh. You didn't sense it :D

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thanks. I thought I was clear but hey what can you say? +1

39. John2014

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

I thought Samsung is 100%

52. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The surprise here i think is lenovo, not samsung.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Shouldn't the best win? After all they are the top selling Android OEM by nearly double.

41. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Its mainly because of marketing

53. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Seriously? They're not the best, they sell so much because retailers push the products on consumers. Whenever I go looking at phones, I always see Samsung, HTC, & LG on display while others are just in their back room inventory.

18. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

But it is very hilarious how both sony and lg users are more than iphone users (In the poll)

26. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

How is that hilarious? Have you ever read through the comment sections here, its obvious there are way more Android readers than iOS.

29. mrochester

Posts: 975; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

That's because this is AndroidArena.

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7171; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Think again. Global sales for Android were 84.4% for Q3 2014, which works out to 283 million Android smart phones sold in the previous quarter. Now Apple sold 11.7% which is almost 1/8 of Android's market. So I think it has a lot to do with what people are actually using. Needless to say Android has the lions share of the market, so it would make sense that it would have the largest group of followers as well. I don't think you need to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out. BTW Samsung has 25% of the market.

51. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

also majority of apple user aren't phones geeks

57. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

But the ones that are geeks and use Apple are super geeks.

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Sony 2nd place xd :) Z1 for me

35. sgodsell

Posts: 7171; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Z3 for me.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 948; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Sony and Oneplus. Gotta say i am quite impressed with the OPO. Still keep my Xperia Z around to see what Sony will bring with Lolipop update.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

IMO OPO just doesn't feel so good. Sure okay it's very cheap. But the display just doesn't look so nice. The design just doesn't look so nice after the first few days. And the Cyanogen software just isn't that fast.

23. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I strongly disagree with you here. The build quality is fantastic, it has a bright clear screen, battery lasted love g, software was whatever you wanted it to be because it's bootloader was unlocked. It was such a better phone than the z2 I had before it. The only things my z2 had that I missed was the glass back, being water proof.

33. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm right behind u. I have my Z1 for a hole year.

5. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Sony #2 behind Samsung? Wow not bad.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Actually that was more surprising that Sony was 2nd. I expected LG to be 2nd since everyone swears on the G3

44. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

if you see their sales for the last two quarters of the year we can assumed that most sonyfans here still using their old sony phones. they didn't buy new sony phones like of z2 or z3.or z3 compact.

45. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

most of those LG 's votes are using either LG G3 or G2.

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Not bad man AWESOME!

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sony in second? Holy damn xD

37. sgodsell

Posts: 7171; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Z3 is awesome. Plus if you have a PS4, then its great to be using remote play. Little big planet 3, COD, and others looks really good on the Xperia Z3.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

based on users who utilize and voted on phonearena. this just provides minor data as to what type of users leave comments and whether it's bias or trolling involved. as you can guess it's probably a lot of fans of other platforms which put in combination of love and hate to products, news, design, etc, etc, etc.

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