Your first smartphone - what brand was it? (poll results)

Whether your very first smartphone was a great device, a disappointing one, or just a decent piece of technology, you most probably remember the company that made it. That's why, earlier this week, we decided to publish a poll in order to know the brand of the first smartphone you've ever owned.

The poll results are now in, and we're not surprised to see that many of our readers had a Nokia as their first smartphone. The Finnish company is leading the pack when it comes to votes by a very high margin, having been voted by 1,459 users (41.56% of the total). Thanks to its army of Symbian handsets, Nokia was the world's top smartphone vendor for many, many years - until 2012, when Samsung, helped by Android, took the lead.

Speaking of Samsung, the South Korean company was behind the first smartphones of 365 (10.4%) of those who voted in the poll. After Nokia and Samsung, the top 5 includes Motorola (330 votes - 9.4%), Sony Ericsson (272 votes - 7.75%), and HTC (261 votes - 7.43%). Apple received only 89 votes (2.53%), so it's obvious that iPhones have been rarely bought as first smartphones - at least among our readers.

P.S.: Pictured above are three Symbian smartphones from Nokia's glory days: N79, E61 / E62, and N95.

Your first smartphone - what brand was it?

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1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31289; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tandy from Radio Shack, it's not even listed lol.

3. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Mine was a n95. Pretty sweet.

25. .8800.

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Mine was Sony CMD1000.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung SPH-M500 back when I had Sprint in 2005. That phone survived everything lol.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31289; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine had a big plastic pull-up antenna on it. Looked more like a walkie talkie.

47. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Mine was Samsung GT-S5230. it rocks!!

31. kingkoopa765

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Also not listed the OG sidekick by Danger hiptop in 2002, that was the joint back in the day.

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Why wasn't Audiovox listed?

4. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Because it isn't a popular brand (this is the first time i've heard of it tbh) thats why they had the "other" option.

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I'm sure most of the votes are for the first phone not smartphone.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

True. I will give them a pass if it was a feature phone.

21. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

What are you talking about? S60 handsets were smartphones. People aren't idiots. They know the difference between S40 and S60.

23. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Your argument is dumb in so many ways.

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Palm trek baby!

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I meant Palm treo lol! Stupid auto correct.

24. T-Dizzle

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Treo was boss in its day

42. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

My Palm Treo 700P was a tank. Weighed as much also. :)

12. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Mine was a Samsung Delve. Pretty tight back in the day, USB tethering for them tronz.

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That is NOT an N97, PhoneArena, that is a N79.

15. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

"The Finnish company is leading the pack when it comes to votes by a very high margin, having been voted by 1,459 users (41.56% of the total)". Surprisingly, that was the global mobile phone share that Nokia held back in 2004, with all the more esteemed players at the top of their games like Ericsson, Siemens, Motorola, LG, Samsung et all.

16. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Such a high percentage used a Nokia first shows most PA readers are probably over 25.

17. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Wasn't that long ago when Nokia was king

20. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Not yet 20 :/

18. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

When you see all these small votes then you see Nokia.

19. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

My first smart phone was a treo 600.

22. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Nokia n73 music edition FTW

26. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

nokia n70 music edition

27. santoss2013

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Nokia N95 8Gb ! I miss that phone

28. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I think a lot of people answered based on not reading the word smart before phone. From '06-'10 there were way more Curves, World Editions, Pearls, Treos, Centros, Touchs, Blackjacks..... than Nokia smartphones floating out there.

29. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

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