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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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Good camera phone?
By croc on 8/9/2014 12:02:18 AM , Rating: 2
i'm looking for a new phone. I have a good DSLR camera, but it is rather bulky to carry around daily... So I am looking for a good phone with good camera capabilities. I am no type of OS fan, so don't care what OS it runs, but it must have at least the following specs / features...

An EXCELLENT rear-facing camera, with at least a 1" sensor, preferably larger. As many mega pixels as can be stuffed onto that large sensor, not because I love megapixels, but so that I can crop to my heart's desire and still end up with a good pic. Call it zooming, if you need a name for it. The ability to have some control over "shutter speed" and "aperture". Not too fussy about a real shutter vs. electronic, btw. (I guess I am not THAT fussy of a control freak, eh?) The ability to take a certain amount of video, probably at a down-sized image size, so I can cram in longer video at some expense of clarity. Some decent sound would also be good. More than enough internal RAM to run several newer generations of ROM, 16 / 32 GB internal memory, and a slot for some kind of extra memory card. That shouldn't be too hard an order to fill, eh.

BTW, is anyone willing to explain why we still use such nomenclatures as ROM, shutter speed or aperture for these new fangled gizmos? (OK, at least 'aperture' still has SOME reliance on physical properties.)

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