Smartphones: The iPhone Reclaims Top Spot From Samsung

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
By Don Williams

Apple Top Smartphone Vendor 2011 Q4 beats Samsung

As can be seen in IDC’s chart above, via CNet, Apple has once again retaken the number one spot for smartphones, snatching the crown from Samsung which briefly held it in the last quarter.

Of the top five global manufacturers, Apple has now some 23.5 percent of the market, according to the firm IDC, the second firm to confirm that Apple is now the largest smartphone manufacturer worldwide. Apple is up a very respectable 7 plus percent from its previously showing of 15.9%.

Regarding the iPhone, previously, the last time around, Apple had shipped only some 16.2 million compared with to its last quarter which saw a dramatic rise to over 37 million units shipped and sold, Apple’s best ever showing.

The huge pent-up demand for an iPhone 5, plus the addition of Sprint, helped Apple succeed despite the huge disappointment that many felt after the iPhone 4S came out. They decried its unchanged appearance, same 3.5 inch screen, etc, etc. Of course, its new A5 processor, enhanced camera and the addition of Siri was more-or-less over looked by its critics, all of whom ended up with egg on their faces due to the iPhone 4S’s tremendous success.

RIM has been particularly hard hit, however, with yet another major corporation switching from it to the iPhone, which many experts believe is more secure than Android or Windows Phone 7.


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