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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50. BabyWade

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Sony X10

48. PryvateiDz

Posts: 447; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I don't think the brand is even on there, but it was a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G. I can't believe it only had a Li-Ion 1340 mAh battery. My how times have changed, but the battery life hasn't got better. lol. Sadly...

49. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

MyTouch 3G was made by HTC.


Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

My first smarphone was nokia 3650. I liked its os but design wasnt beautiful.

44. rkoforever90

Posts: 508; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

nokia N-gage, smartphone designs where pretty innovative those days. now its all same increase camera mega pixel and screen resolution and cpu cores and boom call it next big thing.

43. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'm guessing, judging by the comments, that people were polling for their first Phone. Not their first smartphone. Motorola StarTac was not a smartphone, not an early Ericsson, Not the M500, not an Audiovox, Nokia 6600, (a lot of the Nokia's people listed weren't Symbian S60 so they weren't smartphones) although Nokia has a buttload of Symbian S60 phones floating around in the early 2000's before smartphones became the popular choice of phone over dumb/feature phones.

40. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Nokia 6670/N73/5800Xmusic/N8 and more...

39. jonathanalexander9

Posts: 61; Member since: May 04, 2015

my first phone is Sony Ericsson K300i if i'm not mistaken,after that i use Nokia N73 Music Edition(still using it until now),and than Nokia N97,damn i miss that Nokia N97,i regret selling it because i want to upgrade to Note 3 back in 2013

38. JoshuaDK

Posts: 18; Member since: May 08, 2014

My first "real" smartphone was the Orange SPV E200 (HTC Voyager) in 2002


Posts: 171; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

36. Krjal

Posts: 448; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Ugh, just realised my first phone was an Ericsson, not Sony Ericsson. Ah well. They were a great duo before the smart phone revolution. I've still got an Ericsson t28s and a Sony Ericsson t68i in a drawer somewhere :D

34. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Nokia E63

33. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Nokia 6600

32. .8800.

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Thats the nokia E61.

30. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Well, while I might not currently own a smartphone, I used a Lenovo A396- a Chinese Lagdroid Gingerbread phone with Quad core: are you serious? I used it for a week until it's out of storage: bad problem, bad phone, and I gave up. Now waiting to buy a new phone.

29. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

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.

27. santoss2013

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Nokia N95 8Gb ! I miss that phone

26. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

nokia n70 music edition

22. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Nokia n73 music edition FTW

19. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

My first smart phone was a treo 600.

18. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

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

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 :/

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.

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

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.

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.

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