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Strategy Analytics found that Apple shipped about 17.7 million phones for the fourth quarter

A new report from Strategy Analytics shows that Apple was the No. 1 phone vendor in the U.S. for Q4 2012.

According to the report, which was conducted by Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Strategies service, Apple became the No. 1 mobile phone vendor for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2012. It grabbed about 34 percent of the market in that three-month period.

Strategy Analytics found that Apple shipped about 17.7 million phones for the fourth quarter, which was a healthy increase from 12.8 million shipped and 25 percent of the market share in Q4 2011.


The report noted that Samsung, the hardware maker for many popular Android smartphones, was nipping at Apple's heels with 16.8 million mobile phone shipments in the fourth quarter, giving it 32 percent of the market share. This was a nice 5 percent jump for Samsung from Q4 2011.

LG landed in third place with about 4.7 million phone shipments and 9 percent of the market share in Q4.

Mobile phone shipments overall grew 4 percent for the quarter compared to Q4 2011, jumping from 50.2 million to 52 million in the U.S.

Source: Strategy Analytics



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RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By retrospooty on 2/2/2013 7:40:25 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, he's a different type alright. I am pretty convinced he is just posting to try and prove he is right most of the time as opposed to Tony who is posting on behalf of a company's honor (whatever that means).

"Android devs. make less money per app, and the bulk of Android phones sold are low end".

OK, what of it? Does it affect the high end? Does it affect what high end buyer buy? Does it affect anything other than Apple, Google, and app developers profits? The answer to all that is a resounding no. It's about what we get as consumers, not what the companies get. With Android, you can get the absolute best high end phone. Or a cheap phone that doesn't do too much. Not everyone needs all that. Some people just need a phone and email and rare access to the internet "just in case" they need it while out and about.

All that, and I think they see Android is absolutely exploding. Google is out innovating, out manuevering, and out selling Apple, and the pace is accelerating while Apple's development stagnates. Really IOS 6 may as well be called 2.4 and the biggest improvement to the iPhone lineup since 2007 was the larger screen and 4G. Really Apple? WOW, what innovation.


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Reclaimer77 on 2/2/2013 7:59:33 AM , Rating: 2
I have a feeling if the situation was reversed, and Apple's iOS was sold on mid-grade devices, suddenly this wouldn't be such a talking point. All of a sudden, market share would be a kick ass metric.

I hate to go there, but yeah...it's hard to not notice the bias.


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By retrospooty on 2/2/2013 10:13:35 AM , Rating: 2
You are absolutely right. There are benefits and drawbacks of any platform, but consistently, the only important benefits are the ones on Apple's platform. Larger Screens , High res screens, better DPI, Better Edge to Edge display, SD card, Removable batteries, NFC, Mini HDMI, Better Notifications, Faster Voice search, Widgets, Live wallpaper, Multi user support, Multi Window support, and on and on... None of that is important. LOL


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/13, Rating: 0
By hartleyb on 2/4/2013 9:14:48 AM , Rating: 1
Why is it that everytime there is a article on this website that is pro Apple we see all the Apple bashing. I have both an Android phone, and an Apple, and each has it's advantages, and disadvantages, but neither are by far close to being all things for all people. I could sit here and tell you the problems with each OS, but that seems to me to be very redundant. Apple will continue to have a large share of the market becuase it markets its devices to a particular segment of the market, Makers of Android devuices will do the same, but niether OS, or device, will ever meet needs of all users. So congratulations Apple this quarter your on top, next quarter it will be someone else!


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2013 1:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Side note - My biggest criticism of the Android platform is that there aren't any good 4" devices out there.


Well knowing your disdain for Android, I doubt any of these would be "good" for you. However I would say check out:

1 Droid Razr M
2 Pantech Burst
3 Samsung Galaxy Victory
4 HTC One V

I don't know if these are "high end" enough for you. But in my opinion the most underrated Android handset line are the Motorola RAZR's. Fantastic phones imo in form, function and battery life. Haven't personally tried the M though.


By Cheesew1z69 on 2/3/2013 2:01:55 PM , Rating: 2
Loved my Razr, well built, solid as hell. When I got my S3 gave it to the GF.


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By retrospooty on 2/3/2013 2:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
"We have gone over this many times, and again, I don't slot most of those things you listed as an absolute positive or negative. Every platform is about compromises, so in the end it is all about things that you need or value."

True dat.

"My only real issue is when people immediately write off an iOS device because they don't have things like replaceable batteries or SD card expansion"

If those are on your list of needs, then its written off. Ther eis only one model of iPhone, so, you're SOL.

"Other things you mention like HDMI ports are quickly being made redundant with the advent of technologies like AirPlay and Miracast."

Totally disagree. Airplay requires Apple TV. Anything else requires a wireless capable TV at the least. A Mini HDMI port can plug into Any TV, anywhere, any time without any configuration required. It's HDMI. I agree its about choices, but you tend to write off all choices but your own... Then later retract and act as if you don't.

"Side note - My biggest criticism of the Android platform is that there aren't any good 4" devices out there. There are no choices there."

What are you smoking. The Razr M is smaller than the iPhone 5 with a bigger screen thank to the iPhone giant bloated bezel.

iPhone5.
LCD: 4 inches
Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)

Razr M
LCD 4.3 inches
Height: 4.82 inches (122.5 mm)
Width: 2.40 inches (60.39 mm)
Depth: 0.33 inch (8.3 mm)

"In the end the positives of iOS outweigh the negatives for me, for me,"

Agreed. And you do always say that.... AFTER being called on your 18 previous posts NOT saying it acting as if your phone is the end all be all. But whatever. I think we agree on most points when you are in "clarification mode". ;)


By TakinYourPoints on 2/6/2013 3:00:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
acting as if your phone is the end all be all.


I've always said "for me", either explicitly or implicitly. I like fast, well made hardware with a smooth and polished OS that runs the best applications. Saying anything positive about an iOS device, even when objectively true, is a cause for jimmy rustling here but that's a strange problem that other people have. I don't see the big deal.

Again, that's the end all be all for me. I don't see the big deal when backing up my reasons with objective stats is true. I don't even get into personal anecdotes with these things, I know that gets fanboys angry. :)


By TakinYourPoints on 2/3/2013 3:33:52 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
All of a sudden, market share would be a kick ass metric.


The only importance of marketshare to me is how it affects third party support of a platform. This applies to operating systems, game consoles, ecosystems like Steam or Amazon Kindle (Steam and Kindle both have massive libraries so I use them despite their very restrictive DRM), and so on.

This is why usage matters to me. If iOS, despite having 1/5 of Android's market, makes up the majority of mobile traffic, app downloads, and mobile ad revenue, that means it will also have stronger third party support. That directly impacts the things I value in a platform. I wouldn't have a Kindle if it only had one or two publishers, you know?

Otherwise I couldn't care less about marketshare.


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2013 12:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The only importance of marketshare to me


Yes too bad that to the rest of the world, it means something else entirely.

quote:
This is why usage matters to me.


Of course. Because how millions of faceless people you don't know use their device matters to you I'm sure. It has nothing to do with the fact that it's a statistic that, in your mind, counters the market share argument.

You know maybe there are tons of people out there who want a smartphone, but you know, aren't super addicted to texting, surfing and buying apps all day every day. For arguments sake lets call this group of people "adults". Now it seems to me that Android would be the perfect solution for this group of people.

quote:
Otherwise I couldn't care less about marketshare.


Well unless it favors Apple. Then you care a lot for it.

And since I actually have a life, I'm not going to waste my time digging up 3 year old posts like you have to make an argument. But I bet money you've use marketshare in the past to make pro-Apple points. But now, hey, you couldn't care less lol. How rich.


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By retrospooty on 2/3/2013 2:23:50 PM , Rating: 2
"You know maybe there are tons of people out there who want a smartphone, but you know, aren't super addicted to texting, surfing and buying apps all day every day. For arguments sake lets call this group of people "adults" "

LOL +1

"Well unless it favors Apple. Then you care a lot for it."

Bingo


By TakinYourPoints on 2/6/2013 2:53:09 AM , Rating: 2
Funny that bragging about not using the internet or applications on a smartphone seems to be a point of pride with you now.

And you say that I twist my own personal viewpoints to suit my argument? Hilarious.


By TakinYourPoints on 2/6/2013 2:42:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Because how millions of faceless people you don't know use their device matters to you I'm sure.


Of course it does. It matters to me that Windows is a popular gaming platform, otherwise I'd play games on whatever else developers support.

This isn't rocket science.

quote:
Re: Marketshare.

Well unless it favors Apple. Then you care a lot for it.


The PC gaming market is a small fraction of the console market. I don't care, honestly, because I prefer PC games to console games. Again, raw marketshare doesn't matter, just that there is enough of an audience to support whatever ecosystem I prefer.

quote:
You know maybe there are tons of people out there who want a smartphone, but you know, aren't super addicted to texting, surfing and buying apps all day every day. For arguments sake lets call this group of people "adults". Now it seems to me that Android would be the perfect solution for this group of people.


If you aren't going to use applications or the internet on your smartphone, why not just get a flip phone instead?

It seems like you're wasting a bunch of money on an Android smartphone that never gets used the way that a portable computer should be.

Is bragging about using applications and the internet LESS an actual defense now? Wow.


By TakinYourPoints on 2/3/2013 2:57:28 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's about what we get as consumers, not what the companies get.


But those things directly affect consumers. I use desktop operating systems with lots of developers making a broad range of applications. Its the same with my phones and tablets.

As a consumer I use platforms with excellent hardware and broad third party support. They always happen to be ones that are profitable while being easy to develop for. What I as a consumer get is the direct result of what developers benefit from, and iOS continues to lead in areas of power usage and profitability by a wide margin. Their users on average use and demand more, and developers are there to fill that demand.

Remember what Ballmer said, "Developers Developers Developers!!!". Developers make or break any platform. All of those things like ease of development and distribution and usage and profitability trickle down to the end-user experience.

So of course it is important.

And if you don't use applications on tablets or phones, that's cool too. If you do less with your hardware then there are other platforms out there. Android is incredibly versatile and it covers everything from the GS3 to a crappy phone for your grandmother.

A cheap/free Android device that doesn't do much has been perfect for hundreds of millions of people. It isn't a type product I'm interested in, and it doesn't incentivize development like a higher percentage of "real" smartphones would, but I don't fault anyone for not needing much out of their devices either. Hell, there are millions who barely use their desktop computers. Not everyone is a power user and that's totally fine.

Cheers.


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2013 5:12:52 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Remember what Ballmer said, "Developers Developers Developers!!!".


LMAO yeah and what the fuck does Ballmer know about running a successful mobile platform again? All he knows about developers is that they rejected Windows Phone 7. He had to pay them to even look at Windows Phone 7.5. And they're dragging ass on Windows 8.


By TakinYourPoints on 2/6/2013 3:25:12 AM , Rating: 2
Herpty derp, again you miss the point!

Developers made Windows, just as they've made iOS. Whether or not he succeeded in getting them to WP is completely beside the point, the point is that developers totally matter.


By TakinYourPoints on 2/3/2013 3:58:45 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Ya, he's a different type alright.


Its sad that having fingers in numerous (and in fanboy terms, "opposing") platforms is "different". Really weird. :)

quote:
Really IOS 6 may as well be called 2.4 and the biggest improvement to the iPhone lineup since 2007 was the larger screen and 4G. Really Apple? WOW, what innovation.


I've been on every OS update since 1.0. The move from 2.0 to 4.0 alone was substantial. Everything since then has been mostly under-the-hood optimizations and tightening, but we'll see if they add anything new and obvious with iOS7.

OS X updates were also slow and considered, but almost always right. The alternative is the "see what sticks" method Microsoft took with Windows 8 and Office.

Judging an OS only based on the front-end UI is a little weird btw, especially when its usability and polish is still very good. The Windows 7 UI is fundamentally the same as the Windows 95 UI, but you wouldn't call it the same OS under the hood, would you? A mature UI and fundamentally sound UI design don't need rapid improvement. It isn't the same as dealing with something as broken as Android was only one year ago, an OS that desperately needed to catch up in basic areas like stability, smoothness, UI consistency, and responsiveness.

quote:
Really IOS 6 may as well be called 2.4 and the biggest improvement to the iPhone lineup since 2007 was the larger screen and 4G. Really Apple? WOW, what innovation.


I'd call the 2010 retina display a pretty good innovation. I'd also call the iPhone 5's ridiculously fast hardware and double the LTE/wifi browse time (8+ hours!) of a GS3 to be pretty good as well, all while being so much smaller.

You're better than taking lame potshots dude, you have to at least give it up for their hardware just a little. :)


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2013 4:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
ZZzzzzzzZZZzzzzz


By xype on 2/3/2013 8:27:48 AM , Rating: 2
The intellectual depth of your replies is, once again, humbling.


By BSMonitor on 2/4/2013 4:38:56 PM , Rating: 2
Good to see the neanderthal is still in his mom's basement!


RE: Tony 's happy, Mototroll weeps and cries
By retrospooty on 2/3/2013 2:36:29 PM , Rating: 2
"Its sad that having fingers in numerous (and in fanboy terms, "opposing") platforms is "different". Really weird."

It was in reference to your vigorous and un-ending need to defend the Apple platform, I specifically mentioned how I dont think its that you are a fanboy, you are just trying to prove your are right. "I am pretty convinced he is just posting to try and prove he is right most of the time as opposed to Tony who is posting on behalf of a company's honor "

"Judging an OS only based on the front-end UI is a little weird btw, especially when its usability and polish is still very good. "

That is one of many things it is missing. If it were a budget line, fine, but its missing SOOO MANY THINGS for a high end phone.

"I'd call the 2010 retina display a pretty good innovation"

Putting a higher res LCD (or faster GPU) is not an innovation, its a product design decision. I give it to you that it was a great decision, and I with more companies had brass balls like Apple to make decisions like that more often. But it's also been years since "retina" was introduced and now the competition has not only higher res models with higher DPU, but they do it in larger screens as well.


"You're better than taking lame potshots dude, you have to at least give it up for their hardware just a little. "


I do. I have said before the iPhone's size/speed/battery ratio is really impressive. And if I was in hte market for a small screen smartphone with lower res and DPI than its competiton that had many missing features and costs the same as other high end phones hte iPhone 5 would be on my list for sure... Now that wasnt a "lame potshot", that was a great potshot, with heavy sarcasm laid in for good measure.

LOL... But seriously, if Apple released this rumored iPhone math with a larger screen with higher res and at least an SD card I would seriously consider it. A next gen iPad mini with retina looks good to me too if they make it.


By TakinYourPoints on 2/6/2013 2:37:02 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
It was in reference to your vigorous and un-ending need to defend the Apple platform


Its less about defending Apple than responding to ignorant, uninformed, poorly reasoned, or flat out stupid posts. Insert blatantly stupid comment about another company and I jump in there too.


"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer














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