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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 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.


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