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Samsung gets plenty of love from wireless carriers

A recent survey conducted by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has revealed some interesting trends when it comes to how Americans purchase new smartphones. First and foremost, while many of us tech geeks pride ourselves on purchasing as much of our gear online as possible, a full 64 percent of Americans actually purchase their smartphones in-store.
Only 24 percent purchase their smartphones online, with the rest we assume purchasing them over the phone through their carrier.
But what’s perhaps most interesting is what smartphones are being pushed by carriers. Kantar’s research found that 63 percent of customers that walked into a retail store to buy a new smartphone were recommended a Samsung device. What’s most interesting is that this was double the rate for Apple recommendations and nearly 10 times the rate for smartphones made by Nokia.

And it should come as no surprise that 59 percent of those who were nudged towards a Samsung device walked out with one. 35 percent left with an Android smartphone made by another manufacturer, and only 6 percent purchased an iPhone.
But Apple needs not worry about its customers straying too far from the herd. iPhone users remain incredibly loyal, with Kantar describing a “strong emotional connection with the Apple brand and its devices.”
Kantar adds that consumers purchasing Apple’s iPhone models are the ones doing the least amount of pre-purchase research in part due to the strength of the brand, the rabid fanbase, and high satisfaction rate with iPhone hardware.

Sources: Kantar World Panel [PDF], via BGR

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By Nortel on 8/8/2014 2:39:59 PM , Rating: -1
I guess you don't appreciate the automatic backing up during every sync until you lose/break/have your phone stolen.

I used to hate iTunes until I wanted to set cover art, change mp3 tags, retain song counts, star ratings, song lyrics, create playlists and in general manage my music. It was all right there in one place.

Back in PocketPC days I did the whole SD card transfer and I can't imagine going back, it just seems so antiquated.

By inighthawki on 8/8/2014 3:01:14 PM , Rating: 4
I used to hate iTunes until I wanted to set cover art, change mp3 tags, retain song counts, star ratings, song lyrics, create playlists and in general manage my music. It was all right there in one place.

Many media players, including WMP have done this for as long as I can remember as well. iTunes is nothing special.

Also Windows is able to sync any music it knows in your library to your Microsoft account and provides access to these anytime you want (streaming or download)

By retrospooty on 8/8/2014 3:16:34 PM , Rating: 4
"iTunes is nothing special"

Don't bother saying that do Nortel. He doesn't understand anything that doesn't revolve around the center of his universe, which is Apple. Apple invented all and does all best, regardless of any proof shown to the contrary... Hooks, lines, sinkers, oh my [/Busey]

By glowingghoul on 8/8/14, Rating: -1
By retrospooty on 8/8/2014 4:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
Actually if you knew Nortel, you would agree that my post accurately describes his views on the matter.

By Spuke on 8/8/2014 6:23:15 PM , Rating: 2
Retro is spot on.

By ritualm on 8/8/2014 6:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
You know, retro, I have suspicions that this "glowingghoul" poster is actually Wazza1234 - in other words, testerguy just had his THIRD DT account banned.

I can't wait for permban numbero quatre (four in French).

By retrospooty on 8/8/2014 6:26:27 PM , Rating: 2
He is definitely one of them... There are far fewer Apple trolls here than there are usernames.

By bug77 on 8/8/2014 6:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
By retrospooty on 8/8/2014 6:13:11 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, exactly... This is the guy that insists Samsung copied Apple by using 16,32,64gb storage sizes in their phones.

Sometimes there not enough rocks.

By Spuke on 8/8/2014 6:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes there not enough rocks.

By Cheesew1z69 on 8/8/2014 6:26:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, exactly... This is the guy that insists Samsung copied Apple by using 16,32,64gb storage sizes in their phones.
That still makes me laugh to this day. Such a moron he is.

By retrospooty on 8/8/2014 6:31:14 PM , Rating: 3
I know... The sad thing is that he, and others like him really perpetuate the stereotype that Apple users are often tech illiterates. Of course they aren't all like that, but vocal yahoo's like him really drive the point.

Another one is the 3rd grade copycat game they play.

- Samsung makes gold phones on a few models.
- Years later, Apple makes a gold iPhone.
- The next year, Samsung makes a gold phone.

Result: Samsung copies Apple, even though they did it years earlier.

Absolutely brain-dead (even aside from the fact that colors are totally free market and anyone can use any color)

By testbug00 on 8/9/2014 10:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how many people see Nokia Lumia phones and claim Nokia copied Apple XD

Fully agreed on colors and such.

By tonyswash on 8/8/14, Rating: -1
By inighthawki on 8/8/2014 9:39:04 PM , Rating: 4
I was clearly talking about the software and it's capabilities, not the number of users or its business model.

By Cheesew1z69 on 8/8/2014 9:43:12 PM , Rating: 3
You are "special" as well...

By testbug00 on 8/9/2014 10:35:35 PM , Rating: 2
I have an older iPhone 4, 3 WP8 devices, a Moto G, and a OnePlus One shipping. I will likely get the 4.7" iPhone WhateverTheyWillCallIt and a z10 before the year is out.

I have not delved into Android backup, but, my WP devices all backup: what applications are on the phone, some data from some apps (sadly, I cannot keep my save from chaos rings in the backup), all settings on stock apps, all accounts I have connected to the phone, my call history, my texts, my passwords to my accounts, custom words I added to dictionary, and, a few more things.

Auto-backup happens whenever I am on wifi + charging.

I imagine that iOS has something similar, never bothered looking into backing up my iP4, to be perfectly honest.
The only thing I cannot backup is music/videos, but, all I have to do is not format the SD card and I will get them all back anyways, just gotta wait the bit it takes to sync all the songs (I have a near full 128GB SD card (music, videos, and photos)

By crispbp04 on 8/10/2014 11:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you don't appreciate the automatic backing up during every function in wp8.1 even if you have your device stolen or it breaks. This includes pictures, text, music, settings, background... everything.

You should hate iTunes because it's garbage.

Your junk iTunes sync seems so antiquated compared to the advanced syncing of windows phone.

By FATCamaro on 8/11/14, Rating: 0
By retrospooty on 8/11/2014 1:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
Captain alias returns!

I thought this place smelled funny since last Friday.

By e36Jeff on 8/12/2014 4:12:33 PM , Rating: 3
I like the fact that it can do all of that. My problem is that iTunes should be a user experience that will make me thing of getting a Mac. However, it is by a huge margin the laggiest, slow, and cumbersome program I have on my PC. It takes up to 30 seconds to launch, every click seems to have a delay of a second or so before it responds, and it often feels like options I need to access are buried unnecessarily behind layers and layers of options.

This stands in stark contrast to what is probably the next closest type of program on my PC, which would be Steam. Steam is highly responsive, it launches faster, even when it needs to do an update, and the options I need are in a logical location and not buried.

iTunes makes me think that if Apple cant program something for windows that runs half-decent, why would I buy an PC and OS from them?

Actually the program I use to transfer songs from iTunes to my Android tablet is faster and more user-friendly than iTunes is about transferring music to my iPhone. When a small 3rd party programmer can out-do a multi-billion dollar company, something is pretty wrong.

By dew111 on 8/12/2014 4:52:27 PM , Rating: 2
I have friends with Mac computers, and they say iTunes is MUCH better on OS X than on Windows (they have used it on both). But you have a good point. You would think Apple would want to make the experience on Windows good so that, you know, people actually want to use it.

That being said, MS really effed up Xbox Music in WP 8.1. It's pretty worthless. They removed the recently played part of the app so any time I want to listen to an album I have to go through my music library, which is huge. So stupid. I guess now that I have Update 1 preview I could put them in a folder, but why should I have to?

WP 8.1 was a real mixed-bag for me. I love the new start screen features. But they removed facebook chat from the default messaging app. So now I have to use the "Messenger" app like an animal, instead of having one nice view of fbook chat + SMS. That was a killer feature in the original WP7 (or maybe one of the updates, I don't remember), and now it's gone. And the Messenger app is really slow to load. I hate it :(

By Gungel on 8/13/2014 2:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
What makes you think that WP doesn't offer all of these features too? I have broken and reset my WP many times and haven't lost anything. All of your data is automatically backed up to OneDrive.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs

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