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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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By TakinYourPoints on 2/3/2013 3:26:57 AM , Rating: 0
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.

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, when that is a direct result of engineering constraints just like it is for similarly small devices like the Amazon Kindle or Nexus 4. Doing this while ignoring its best-in-class hardware performance, battery life, display quality, and huge third party software and hardware support, all while being even smaller than the iPhone 4S.

If those benefits aren't for you then fine, but saying that "SD card expansion" or "micro USB" should supersede all of those positives for everybody is horribly smallminded.

In my case, if I really wanted the best UI then I'd probably be on WP8, not iOS or Android, but then I'd be compromising application selection and hardware. That doesn't mean that WP8 is bad, it isn't, its actually really good. Same with Android, if you need removable components or giant screens then that's the way to go. I myself have pointed some people to devices like the Droid DNA (much easier for me to recommend than the GS3, but I don't care for its build quality and I'm very picky with displays).

I myself like very fast hardware, very long battery life, a polished OS, guaranteed OS/hardware support (even a 2009 iPhone 3GS gets iOS 6), high quality displays (not to mention apps that take advantage of them on tablets), and the best third party developer support, so iOS clearly works well for me.

Obviously it isn't perfect; the iPad needs multi-user support, being able to set default apps would be good (I use both Chrome and Safari for example), etc etc. But again, no platform is perfect.

Other things you mention like HDMI ports are quickly being made redundant with the advent of technologies like AirPlay and Miracast. Its an unnecessary slot that needlessly adds size to the device and will soon go away soon, just like optical drives have been with desktops and laptops over the last several years. Faster voice search is also incorrect as Google's Voice Search app on iOS is actually the best version right now. Giant 5"+ screens are personal preference, and they certainly aren't for me, especially when most Android displays aside from the Droid DNA and a few others are substandard in both pixel arrangement and color profile.

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. All of the best Android devices right now are massive. Samsung's Galaxy S3 Mini is a well proportioned and sized device, but it has inferior hardware, a poor camera, a bad display, and good luck with it getting updates as promptly as the flagship models will.

In the end the positives of iOS outweigh the negatives for me, for me, just as the negatives of lower app quality/selection, vendor support, carrier customization, spotty OS updates, and smoothness (up until 4.2) are things that Android users accept in exchange for big screens, SD card slots, removable batteries, etc.

I've said it many times, pros and cons. Its all about compromise, just like with any platform. Don't pretend I haven't said otherwise. :)


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. :)


"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook














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