Apple become worlds 4th largest phone maker

Apple has now managed to hit another milestone, this time they have become the worlds fourth largest phone maker. In details released by the IDC today it was confirmed that they have now sold just over 14.1 million phones this year compared to 7 million at the same point last year, a doubling.

The results have Nokia still in first place with 110.4 million units shipped, Samsung in second place with 71.4 million and LG in third with 28.4 units. Nearly all of the manufactures listed had showed some gains apart from LG who showed quite a large drop in sales compared to everyone else, this is less of a surprise though due to poor reviews and a worse than expected set of handsets being released from them over the past year.

Once more everyone can thank Google's android system for the much-improved sales of smartphones in general thanks to high sales of HTC and motorola devices not just in America, but across Europe. Samsung has been one of the main advocates of the Android operating system on their mobile devices and good reviews of their Samsung Galaxy device has managed to greatly improve their overall sales this year. This is again a sign that the antennagate scandal that hit Apple earlier on in 2010 has not stopped consumers from purchasing the handset.

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Whats most amazing is that Apple has done this on only one carrier. While the rest sell phones to all carriers. Just think where they will go If they ever open up to others I am not an Apple fanboy by the way, I have an android.

social_eng_specialist said,
Whats most amazing is that Apple has done this on only one carrier. While the rest sell phones to all carriers. Just think where they will go If they ever open up to others I am not an Apple fanboy by the way, I have an android.

Not just one carrier! Only in the US.
This is about the world, not USA.
Also, some other people may have thought this was just about smartphones. Well it is not .

Navan said,
Wow, I'm surprised LG does better than Sony Ericsson lol!

Yeah so am I.. anyways, i have never liked LG phones.. I just cannot get my head, out my ass to think that company just makes good fridges and nothing else!!!

Anyways, otherside the EU and America, people like cheap ****ty phones cause its a convenience. Hence, Nokia's and LG's sell. I have hardly seen any smartphones around in this sector!

dimithrak said,

Yeah so am I.. anyways, i have never liked LG phones.. I just cannot get my head, out my ass to think that company just makes good fridges and nothing else!!!

Anyways, otherside the EU and America, people like cheap ****ty phones cause its a convenience. Hence, Nokia's and LG's sell. I have hardly seen any smartphones around in this sector!

LG make loads of things and are one of South Korea's largest companies in fact. They make TVs (some of which are pretty good), Monitors, Home Appliances, Air Cons and lots of electronic components.

I don't like their phones either - I used a LG Shine a while ago and aside from it having a cool mirror affect on the screen it was horrible to use.

RandyC said,

I don't like their phones either - I used a LG Shine a while ago and aside from it having a cool mirror affect on the screen it was horrible to use.

That seems to be the consensus about LG phones... Several friends of mine have had LG's and they had nothing bot problems...

SK[ said,]Nokia at the top still? That won't last if they keep making phones from 5 years ago.

you mean operating systems, their flagship models tend to have some serious hardware

addc182 said,

you mean operating systems, their flagship models tend to have some serious hardware

Doesn't seem anyone buys the new ones to actually find that out.

+90.5% year-over-year. I guess that's one of the numbers upcoming in Steve's next keynote. But I like how there are more companies battling in the mobile market - even if you prefer phones other than iPhone, that's good for you.

This is incredible as compared to other companies, as Apple only sells very high end and expensive phones.

FMH said,
This is incredible as compared to other companies, as Apple only sells very high end and expensive phones.

Well observed!

FMH said,
This is incredible as compared to other companies, as Apple only sells very high end and expensive phones.

Also considering that Apple doesn't do any buy one get one free promotions like has been done with BlackBerrys and Droids.

Marshall said,
I've never seen an LG phone either, and I rarely see someone with a Nokia.

Nokia is understandable (unless you're in America since they aren't really sold here). Go to places like India, China, parts of Asia etc and you'll see tons of Nokias. They're popular in Europe too.

Samsung has a whole range of popular phones, from the Galaxy S smartphone to other non-smartphones. RIM is of course going to be up there since they're hugely popular in corporations. Apple is also up there because of the iPhone.

But LG? The only LG phone that I can think of from the top of my head is the Chocolate...and I've never seen anyone with it lol.

/- Razorfold said,
But LG? The only LG phone that I can think of from the top of my head is the Chocolate...and I've never seen anyone with it lol.

I've had two LG phones in the past (a Shine and an Incite), and neither of them stayed with me for more than a couple of months. Their features and quality were pretty sub-par. The Shine's keyboard was a pain in the butt to use, even for someone like me with small hands, and the Incite's version of Windows Mobile was severely locked down (and at the time no one was cooking ROMs for it). The screen was tiny for a WinMo phone as well, and an odd aspect ratio, which made some programs look weird on the screen. They didn't even design it with an internal storage space for the stylus either, hanging it on a lanyard! And of course, with the tiny screen, a stylus was an absolute requirement. There was no way in hell you were going to be hitting buttons on it with your fingers.

As for Nokia, the only phones that you see around here made by them are the lowest of the low budget phones that prepaid carriers basically pay you to take (giving you the phone and minutes for less than what the minutes themselves cost!).

Edited by roadwarrior, Oct 29 2010, 11:56am :

/- Razorfold said,

Nokia is understandable (unless you're in America since they aren't really sold here). Go to places like India, China, parts of Asia etc and you'll see tons of Nokias. They're popular in Europe too.

Samsung has a whole range of popular phones, from the Galaxy S smartphone to other non-smartphones. RIM is of course going to be up there since they're hugely popular in corporations. Apple is also up there because of the iPhone.

But LG? The only LG phone that I can think of from the top of my head is the Chocolate...and I've never seen anyone with it lol.

The LG Dare was very popular state side for awhile.

/- Razorfold said,
LG makes more phones than HTC? I've like never seen a LG phone =/

I have an LG.. they are mostly non-smartphones..

K.John said,
Cheaper phones in developing countries. The same with Nokia.

Never seen them in India or China lol. If people want cheap phones in developing countries, 99.99% of the time it's always a Nokia. Can't beat the price and the hardware is usually excellent.

/- Razorfold said,
LG makes more phones than HTC? I've like never seen a LG phone =/
Ive got an LG. They're pretty common here in Canada.

/- Razorfold said,
LG makes more phones than HTC? I've like never seen a LG phone =/

Mostly used in Asia, I think....

/- Razorfold said,
LG makes more phones than HTC? I've like never seen a LG phone =/

Yeah, I was surprised HTC wasn't even on the list. Honestly, I have some friends that have had LG's, and none of them were happy with the devices... :-\