Fan favorite – which Android manufacturer are you rooting for?

August 21, 2013

Best Android Smartphone 2013 Roundup

By 2017, more than two billion phones will be sold every 365 days. A vast majority of those will be smartphones. With this in mind, we have the world’s biggest technology companies engaging in technological, marketing, and patent warfare. But which manufacturer deserves our acclaim, our respect, and the hard earned dollars of consumers worldwide?

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at key differentiators that characterize the biggest players in the business of mobile technology.

Sony

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Sony is a world class manufacturer. Long considered the undisputed king of consumer electronics,  their fall from grace has gone unnoticed by consumers. Historically, they’ve produced the finest displays in the world,  and remain steadfast in their commitment to their optical image sensor business where they remain as the undisputed leader. Despite losing money for several quarters, their recent foray into flagship smartphones like the Xperia Z and most recently the Xperia Z Ultra has led to a resurgence of interest in the mobile wares of the once great giant from Japan.

Strengths

  • Beautiful industrial design in their Xperia line for smartphones and tablets
  • Flagship devices typically include IP-57 certification for water resistance and dust proof operation at up to 1 meter for 30mins.
  • Usually include microSD expansion in their devices
  • Have been very good to Android in that they have supported AOSP, released binaries, and have supported the development community

Weaknesses

  • Historically have not released cutting edge technology in their smartphones and have been two quarters behind
  • Very little presence and adoption in the U.S.
  • Sometimes, they don’t ‘get’ what consumers want

See our review of Sony’s latest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra here. 

Motorola

Moto X

Motorola and Verizon spent hundreds of millions of dollars jumpstarting the Droid Does campaign, which many consider to be the beginning of people’s growing curiosity and awareness towards Android as a viable mobile computing platform.

The Motorola you thought you knew is no more, and has since been replaced by “Moto.” Google now runs the show, despite calling Motorola an independent business within Google. It’s likely Google will eventually embed their very latest products, services and technology into Motorola devices as it seeks to differentiate and insulate itself from the growing influence of Samsung and other ambitious Android manufacturers.

Strengths 

  • Substantial experience making mobile devices, in particular their radio/baseband expertise is second only to Qualcomm.
  • Will receive preferential access to Google’s technology in an incremental fashion
  • Willing to push forward in new directions, ie. Clear Pixel image sensor, X8 computing, always on computing, etc
  • Google’s leading market position, strengths and synergies will invariably transfer over to Motorola

Weaknesses

  • Very weak international presence
  • Latest offerings don’t appeal to spec savvy consumer
  • Haven’t released a successful device for over two years

See our review of the Motorola X here. 

HTC

HTC One

HTC is a fan favorite for many reasons. Of all the companies listed here, they are the only manufacturer that exclusively makes smartphones. Where once they were a leader in terms of market share and profitability, their fall from grace has been characterized by delayed releases, shortages, and the market has reacted in kind; which is to say their stock has been pummelled to record lows. Things are looking up for the Taiwanese company that could, and public sentiment towards them and their product portfolio (HTC One, One Max) has reached record levels. Their decision to opt for a truly premium feeling smartphone resulted in an explosion of demand for the HTC One, and their rumored One Max has a strong following, too.

Strengths

  • Can operate on razor thin margins
  • Willing to push the envelope and differentiate itself in ways that consumers truly appreciate (BoomSound, build quality, materials)
  • Close proximity to the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets: China & India
  • The brand is loved and revered globally in evangelist segments

Weaknesses

  • PR is a hot mess
  • Can’t compete pound for pound with industry titan Samsung
  • Just beginning to realize the power of marketing
  • No in house production; everything outsourced in terms of manufacturing to China and other partners
  • No longer considered a tier one buyer of technology, therefore will have increasingly slower access to the world’s most advanced consumer mobile tech

See our review of the much loved HTC One, here.

Samsung

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Strengths 

  • Seemingly able to push out new mobile devices at all price segments faster than any other manufacturer in the world
  • Largest technology company in the world with over 370,000 employees
  • Has almost complete monopoly on AMOLED production with over 97% of the market cornered, and at least 3/4 quarters ahead of any competitor
  • Vertically interdependent business model – they make RAM, processors, displays, plastics and much more, and as such, have a significant advantage in terms of profitability because they can produce vital components at cost.
  • Willing and able to spend billions on advertising to promote their Galaxy brand which many consumers identify as Android
  • Deep and established global distribution channels
  • Near spartan work ethic; continuously iterating and trying new things, fears complacency

Weaknesses

  • Their love of plastic
  • Samsung branded tablets are despised by savvy consumers
  • Their size has led them to become a fragmented business, no one specific focus or direction

Check out our reviews of the latest Samsung devices – yep, there’s a lot of them: 

LG

LG's latest 5.2 inch display claims to pack more than 6 million pixels into it, making it one of the most advanced displays out there.

LG has been an interesting company to watch over the past several quarters, and I remain steadfast in my commitment to them. Pound for pound, they are producing better quality devices at nearly every price point, at least relative to incumbent heavy weight Samsung. Their aspirations are justified; there are billions of dollars and millions of potentially loyal customers at stake. Observe the LG G2: technologically speaking, it is more advanced than the Galaxy S4, and even though it won’t sell as well as the Galaxy S4 or Note 3, it’s still a device that epitomizes LG’s desire to produce world class flagships, and will be the second device to hit major markets with a Snapdragon 800 Qualcomm SoC, the fastest mobile GPU/processor combination in the world.

Strengths

  • Advanced LCD display technology experience, deep investment in manufacturing world class displays and billions in R&D
  • Similar to Samsung in that they have the capability to produce many components vital to creating smartphones
  • Hunger typified by better value at every price segment relative to big brother competitor Samsung
  • Have their ear to the ground; willing to push the envelope with new technology like 24bit sound, GRAM, and more

Weaknesses

  • Substantially smaller than Samsung; less reach, less marketing dollars, less mindshare
  • Not as many brand evangelists as Samsung or HTC
  • International marketing needs work

Check out our hands on of the LG G2 and our first look, here! 

Lenovo

Watch for Lenovo in 2013 and beyond.

Watch for Lenovo in 2013 and beyond.

Lenovo is, to employ a common vernacular, killing it. They surpassed HP to become the number one seller of PC’s very recently, and their value oriented approach towards PC manufacturing has been emulated by their mobile division which has resulted in significant and appreciable market presence in the hotbed of Asia and India. If you’re on the streets in the Philippines, Thailand, China and you look around, you’ll see a lot of Lenovo devices, and it’s easy to understand why. They pack a lot of thoughtfulness into their mobile devices by offering great value at each pricing segment.

Strengths

  • Very good at understanding the sweet spot for consumers in terms of pricing, value, and technology
  • Already the world’s largest manufacturer of PC’s
  • Strong presence in rapidly growing economies of South East Asia, China and India
  • Great balance of quality manufacturing, advanced technology, durability and aggressive price points makes them a fan favorite

Weaknesses

  • Not associated with being a premium brand for smartphones
  • Tablet offerings are weak
  • Insignificant presence in EU and North America

Oppo

I was blown away by the world's first smartphone with a 1080p display - the Oppo Find 5.

I was blown away by the 1080p display [sourced from JDI] – the Oppo Find 5.

Oppo is not to be underestimated. Once a purveyor of high quality BluRay players, Oppo smashed onto the smartphone scene with their much praised Oppo Find 5. Arriving on the market at $499 toting a 1080p display, 13MP camera, and more, Oppo continues to turn quite a few heads in the industry for its excellent sourcing of best-in-class components, adherence to high build quality, and aggressive pricing strategy.

Strengths

  • Ambitious, lean and selective in their approach
  • Headquartered in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, China
  • Experience in sourcing high quality components; not willing to cut corners to save a few bucks

Weaknesses

  • Very new player to the smartphone scene
  • Little in the way of marketing budget or financial resources
  • Virtually no U.S. presence, little known outside of China

The Oppo Find 5 is still one of our favorite devices. Check out our review of the Oppo Find 5, here.

Huawei

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Huawei, like ZTE is, a young company. The largest network equipment manufacturer in the world, they’ve recently been demonized in the media for being an alleged national security risk by the US lawmakers. Consumers could care less. These bold and seemingly economic protectionist statements are based on the fact that Founder Ren Zhengfei previously served in the People’s Liberation Army of China.

While most of their offerings have typically been value oriented, Huawei has publicly stated that they aim to be a ‘top three player within five years’. In order to do this, they have realized they need to bolster public sentiment towards the relatively unknown brand, and by investing in design, too. Perhaps this is not enough, but this remains to be seen.

Check out our review of the Huawei Ascend Mate here. 

The others – Pantech, Kyocera, Xiaomi, Meizu, ZTE, et al.

Smartphone market share android 2Q13 Gartner

Pantech is relatively unknown outside of Korea, but still produces world leading technology. Through their Vega line, they have consistently beaten LG and Samsung to market with more advanced techologies like LTE-Advanced, and fingerprint reading, as exemplified in their latest device – the Pantech Vega.

Kyocera has substantial experience with advanced material process engineering, and mature distribution channels in the US, particularly towards the lower end of the pricing spectrum. If they can further refine their marketing, take advantage of quality hardware at rock bottom prices and leverage their distribution channels, then they will be really successful.

Xiaomi obliterated Apple’s market share in a mere few weeks in China by offering a device with awesome specs at an extremely aggressive $130 price point. This resulted in over 100,000 sales in 90 seconds. As Apple becomes increasingly uncool in places like China, look to companies like Xiaomi to appeal to cost conscious consumers with much better value propositions.

 ZTE is another interesting company. Technically, they rank fifth place in terms of sheer sales of smartphones. How, you may ask? By diversifying their product portfolio and by being an OEM for carriers. Most of their business is generated outside of China, and that’s simply because they are willing to produce branded devices for various carriers, and also because they have offerings at the less expensive end of the spectrum.

Collective Conscience Says

Wrap up

That's in millions, folks. Nearly 1.5 billion Android devices will be activated every 365 days by 2017.

That’s in millions, folks. Nearly 1.5 billion Android devices will be activated every 365 days by 2017.

So, which Android manufacturer deserves your dollars? Which one deserves to be the market leader?

Which Android manufacturer do you love the most?

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If you could offer advice for any one of the manufacturers discussed above, what would it be? Let us know your thoughts below, we always love to hear what you think. Without you, there is no Android Authority.

Comments

  • renz

    love the most? i don’t think i have one. any will do for me as long as they can come up with good product except Samsung maybe :P. and for the record i don’t hate samsung at all.

  • Luka Mlinar

    This year was a year of disappointments.
    Samsung i hate because they are more like Apple then Apple is these days. HTC is all over the place with their range. Sony i really like and own two phone but i’m kind of getting over their aproach to phone design; it’s all different but the same :/
    From LG i never rally expect big things but every now and again they have these moments of brilliance. Probably the most important thing is that they never disappoint you. You always know what you get from them and that’s enough.
    Motorola is an uber fail.

    • Sean Karpa

      It gets hard to reinvent the smartphone. No one really has since the introduction of the iPhone. It has simply been adding features and boosting performance ever since; the concept hasn’t changed all that much.

      • NeedName

        True. . . no different than the PC/laptop market — nothing really changes much from that initial device that hits the “sweet spot” of functionality.

        • Sean Karpa

          You are right. I think the last big jump for Apple was the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4. Then for Samsung I think it was the GS3. They all added great phones to the market (depending on needs and preferences).
          Now we are just looking at these two companies wondering what could possibly wow us to get the next phone right at the end of my 2 year deal?
          I personally want to get a HTC One rather than an iPhone this time around, just to change things up. I will probably always be an iPhone person. Unless Android really adds features I care about, the eye scrolling thing is silly to me.
          I am really interested in getting the new Samsung note 10.1 when it comes out though.

          • NeedName

            yes, you are correct “features” are being added at times in “big steps,” but nothing has really changed — they are all still slabs of glass with multi-touch operating systems. Nothing that’s truly changing the smartphone game.

            And honestly, I don’t know what will other than voice recognition being perfected but then who can use voice all the time?

            We’ll see some cool things with flexible displays however, I bet they will still be very similar form factor wise when in use.

            Thus like Windows Vs Mac Vs Linux, it all comes down to what platform you prefer — everyone will copy everyone else’s software features and hardware if possible, and they will remain rectangular slabs of glass/display.

      • Ivan Budiutama

        re-invent smartphone will be almost impossible, agree, unless, some radical ideas are indeed bear fruit in the future: The possibility of full folded screen, once open, reveal the large true HD Display. When fully folded the “Front” case has a touch E-Ink display that really power friendly, and do basic function. But the full folded screen is nowhere to see even in the next 5 years.
        However, the very important thing is the ecosystem. This will need to be improved. I feel that Android indeed has a strong ecosystem, but the big part of them (even the popular ones) are lack of “True” Optimization for Android OS, many of these Apps are “lazy port” of iOS. Not to mention some of the OS UI implementation. IMHO this is the future of Smartphone.

        Back to topic: I picked Sony for many reasons: The openness toward community and I like their different approach such as the bluetooth handset for huge XZU, or the Camera Lenses concept, or the NFC pairing wireless headset, the first smartwatch. And last but not the least, how they still actively update and support the phone officially, not only the flagships but also the mid-range phones. Kudos to them.

        • Sean Karpa

          I overall agree or can see your hypothesis being a reality. I am not that up to date on possible future phone tech.
          But it will be interesting to see who is able to come up with the next big idea. I know the smart watches are probably not going to appeal to me. I am just looking for better and more useful apps to hit the markets.

        • pritish

          Nice to read as an article, but it’s in the comment section. Please write in less words.

          • Jimbo

            Don’t read then…

    • Zhen

      To be fair, I believe HTC has done a great job evolving their products to the new ‘One’ device. Yes there are some similarities with the pre-gen One X, but the jump they made was more ‘non-conservative’ then Samsung and Apple. E.G changing material usage, implementing a high quality stereo component.

  • Bas Romer

    I think if Motorola would put a little more effort into there devices, they could blow away the competition. The X8 system seems to do exactly what it promises according to some reviews of the Moto X, but deciding on a dual-core CPU, while understandable from a power requirements POV, keeps it from being a true powerhouse on raw processing power, falling far behind a Galaxy S4 or HTC One. Internationally they could become great, but for now the focus seems to be the USA. They make good devices, they’re just hard to come by here. I love my Xperia Z, aside from the battery life without using Stamina mode, my Razr Maxx was great til the Jelly Bean update came out I don’t know what Motorola did with it but the memory management sucks and I contributed to the Ubuntu Edge project, because I see potential in it, too bad it’ll never be.

    • Luka Mlinar

      Motorola’s main problem is their product pricing. It’s like they are Apple, and by that i am also referring to Apples limited presence in the rest of the world. Sure carriers have it but an unlocked phone is 2000$ here.
      They could be so much more yet they chose not to be.

    • NeedName

      I don’t believe the dual-core decision was for battery life. The reality is, quad-cores are useless 99% of the time. Rarely do all four cores get used at this point in time. Motorola execs explained this reasoning.

      (FYI in real world tests the Moto X has bested the S4 & One in everything thrown at it, and at times by a good margin. . . it only “falls behind” in synthetic benchmarks due to the reasons above.)

      I however, believe they should have gone with the S800 if for nothing more than marketing. The 720p screen can be argued for battery life but it’s hard to argue about using the latest SoC as the cost for it is rather minimal.

      • jamesinkorea

        Motorola went with dual core to cut costs and then later gave consumers BS reasoning about quad core not being needed..

        • Needname

          Well, tests people have put out with other quad-core devices show the extra cores running less than 90% of the time, really more like <99.9%. That's just the current reality of Android and Android apps. More cores at this point in time does little for anything other than benchmark results. I wish that weren't the case but it is.

          Price of SoC is very little. Maybe $10 if they would have gone with the S800 versus their custom setup. Not sure if that was a deciding factor for them or not.

          Honestly, I think they did what they thought worked the best, at this point in time, and really didn't think about the fallout from tech enthusiasts over specs thus, they've been bitten pretty hard by techies. Now well have to see how average users take to the Moto X.

    • kevin

      The moto x is a great phone the pricing is just wrong however. A company should not be charging this years high end phone prices for last year specs. Not to say that the x phone is weak by anymeans, but its still last years tech which has price dropped at this point. They should be charging about half what they want now with no contract (300-350$). If it was that price point, itd be a steller hit because of the simplicity and refined use.

  • Jason Yuen

    It’s kinda hard to answer this question. There’s different ways of looking at it. I’ve been using Samsung galaxy S 1, 2, 3, and my next phone is probably Note 3 but I would rooting for them if I wanted the best Samsung phone. HTC has huge potential and if I wanted my next phone to have the build quality, I’d root for them. If it weren’t for the lack of removable battery and SD card, I probably would go with the HTC One Max. Finally, I would root for all the Chinese manufacturers if only to inject more competition into the industry. As we know, competition benefits us consumers with quality, choice, and price.

  • Thru Blew Cru

    A message to Sony: Become aware of what you want and how you implement things.
    E.g. Features like waterproofness are useless if not implemented consequently from the first o the very last part. Therefore remove unneccessary slots like SD-Card, USB, Headphonejack. Instead deliver waterproof devices with sufficient internal memory (>64GB), a wireless charging/docking station, bluetooth headset. Why? Because jack covers become leaky when open/closed too often.

    @HTC: Less is more! Focus on state-of-the art devices like the HTC One. Combine excellent design with the highest quality and useful features.

    @Oppo: The Find 5 is excellent work! Your openness and dedication in open source is exemplary. Continue this clear line.

    @Huawei: The Ascend P6 is a great device but it has little differentiators to other manufacturers’ flagship phones. Please dare to bring in more innovation at future flagship devices. This combined with the good build quality, elegant design and competitive price will bring you to the top.

    @Samsung: Get rid of that cheap plastic design.

    A message to all manufacturers: Take a leaf out of Fairphone’s book. http://www.fairphone.com/
    They prove that resource-gentle manufacturing if possible. You can do it too!

    • Anonymous

      No USB, headphone jack or MicroSD? You insane or what? I’d rather have those 3 than waterproofing.

      • Thru Blew Cru

        You might not have got it, but Sony doesn’t advertise phone jacks nor sdcards, waterproofness is their usp. If you don’t care it’s your choice. But if Sony promises a waterproof phone, it has to be waterproof.

  • Basel Mohamed

    I think if this poll was done last year Samsung would won it by a knock-out …
    Samsung really raised the challenge ,Although I really think that HTC’s One X was better than S3

  • DavidPetr

    Jiayu.

  • End in sight

    Wow, these are very interesting voting numbers. Sony is #1. I mean they have hardly released anything compared to the other two top contenders. Maybe people are rooting for them in a speculative way?

    And look at HTC! From this little poll, HTC is ahead of Samsung. That says to me that HTC could have great potential for a comeback because, at the very least, people on the this poll don’t dislike them. HTC could leverage this in their favor if they don’t blow it with their new marketing efforts.

    Also interesting to see that besides these three (sony, htc, samsung) the others are just…blah, whatever. Wonder what that might indicate for the future of smartphone competition.

    And thanks for doing this poll!

    • NeedName

      ~400 votes. . . too insignificant to tell us anything

      • Jimbo

        Go learn some stats…

    • Mark

      Sony is huge is most countries, it’s only the US where their sales have flagged, and that’s mostly because of a Sony hate campaign by US based competitors like Apple and Microsoft fuelling buy American campaign and hate foreign stuff. They know that Sony is a sleeping giant that will awake at any given moment and wreak destruction on their fragile business sectors.

  • GasparIPerez

    The only 3 things I hate about Samsung is:
    – They’re way too slow in releasing updates for their devices. I have a GS3 LTE (i9305), and I’m still running 4.1.2 (custom stock ofc).
    – They don’t support AOSP community at all. I’ve tried AOSP roms for my device and though all the possibilities and features, there are too many bugs, and camera quality is not good.
    – Touchwiz. It’s just horrible.

    I don’t really mind their plastic designs, because it still feels very high quality. And their displays are simply the best. I just love AMOLED displays, a real fan of dark blacks and saturated colors.

    I would like to see if Sony and HTC could make better displays and have better specs on their devices.

    The perfect device would be:
    – Samsung’s specs and display.
    – Sony’s waterproofnes and build quality.
    – HTC’s design, build quality and speakers.
    – A really good mic and camera. Samsung’s mic is awful, video recording audio is far away from high quality, specially in high-volume enviroments like concerts.
    – And of course, Stock Android and AOSP support. OEMs should get rid of their Custom Androids, specially Touchwiz and Sense.

    The next phone I’ll buy though will be a Nexus phone. They’re getting better and better.

    • Roberto Evans

      I think it’d be better if it was :
      -Samsung’s specs, removable battery & MicroSD slot
      -Sony’s waterproofness and display (Triluminos)
      -HTC’s design, build quality, display (S-LCD 3), and creativity (boomsound, ultrapixel)
      -Apple’s hype

      • frhoward

        I agree, the OEMs shouldnt and will never get rid of skins because then it would simply be phone design and spec wars. So they should release the custom skin versions as well as GE versions.

  • Nitinart Nunthong

    My first android phone was galaxy s1. Now I am using a galaxy nexus , but actually I am not a fan of Samsung. So I voted for Sony because I am a Playstation , walkman , Sony Ericson fan. and I am thinking about buying an xperia z1 (honami)or LG G2 , I hope the Z1 will have OIS and 1080p@60 like the G2.

  • acey_zero

    Not a huge fan of Sony’s current flagships like the Z (huge bezel, small sealed battery), but I love how they are supporting android and supporting devs.

    Wish they would release something more along the lines of the ZR in the US. That phone is more midrange, but it has everything: very compact size, waterproof, removable battery, sd slot, and even a physical camera button!

  • Girish Verma

    What we need is a combo of Industrial Design of SONY, ever increasing specs / features of samsung and the new OK google now of Moto X along with customization factor of Moto X and that is going to be an awesome phone.

    • frhoward

      Dont forget the front facing speakers like the HTC One, I love these speakers on a smartphone.

    • lil bit

      And why do we need the Ok Google Now? And why do we need custom boot animation and lots of redundant colors?

      The lack of flashy features is the reason i like Xperia phones. People can install whatever they want but not if it makes my phone more expensive. Like people saying “why no office editing on this phone?”. Well, go and install one then, pay it, or let your employer pay it, just dont let the crap fill up my internal storage and i dont need the honor of sharing expenses with people who want these features. Then in return i pay for what i use, you have to admit its a very fair system?

  • mjolnirxz

    I voted HTC because they deserve another chance.

  • juliusaugustus

    I am rooting for Nvidia

  • MasterMuffin

    OPPO. I’ve never even had an OPPO phone and won’t have for a long time, but still my favourite :D

  • cvgordo

    i can’t vote for htc for the simple fact that they refuse to give people what they want. of course i’m talking about a removable battery and micro sd card slot. i don’t know what it is..arrogance? sheer stupidity? their design and features (boomsound) are arguably the best in the android world but their sales suck for a reason and they’re too dumb to figure out why.

    • Sean Karpa

      I for one am not an HTC owner but believe it is by far the best hardware Android offers. IDC about the S4 being faster or whatever you want to say.
      The quality is just great. IDC about the removable battery, I’d never carry one.

  • unknown

    I’d choose HTC if they actually updated past flagship phones

  • TuckandRoll84

    I’m rooting for Moto because they are an American company.

  • Cristi13

    Although i have a xperia s, i will vote for samsung (for obvious reasons regarding xperia s).

  • soulrebelMAN

    I love htc..their phones have great built quality…sense ui is great…personally I think htc one x plus is a superb phone and still is…I dont get why ppl are bitching abt non removable battery and sd slots…juz bloody charge the phone…the only reason they are losing to samsung is marketing… samsung is very aggressive in their marketing and anyway most of the features in their phones are gimmicks which users won’t use often…

  • Grman Rodriguez

    Voted for my boy Sony! Display tech and audio quality are the only things on the way of me getting a Sony phone, I just LOVE their designs. My perfect phone would be an Xperia Z with a Super AMOLED display (and Cybershot camera and Walkman Audio but mainly S-AMOLED)

  • Jeremiah White

    There’s no Lenovo option on the poll….

  • New LG Optimus G user

    In Real World LG will Rise over other!
    marked my Words….

    LG is become more popular in every corners of the World!
    we back 2 years ago i never saw an LG phone user in my community , place, but Today? oh My God i always see them in everywhere…

    • G2forme

      i believe too. G2 is great!

    • Den

      that’s for sure im waiting for L9-II

      LG is really nice

    • lollicup04

      From my own experience, I can tell you that in Asia everyone is either using a Apple, Samsung, or Sony product. I have yet to see anyone use a LG product.

  • thartist

    You didn’t mention STOCK UI, MAXX BATTERIES nor BUILD QUALITY for Motorola?
    Those are the very main draws for considering the brand.

    The expertise point is quite bland, means pretty much nothing now.

  • Dallat2525

    Dont bother with Sony. I have xperia z which overheats, decides when it wants to boot up, camera is awful and when I went to open sd card flap the lip to open it sheared Off.

    Sony said too bad you bought it in different region :)

  • simpleas

    Lol, why is sony up there.. oh yeah PS4 BABY!!!! I feel bad for pantech lol

  • JHON

    this time, i’ll go for LG . i’ll give a try its G2.

    • Richard Lange

      >not giving the OPPO N1 a try

  • rash

    I voted for Sony… What I need in a smart phone is their, high performance, high resolution screen and camera, class finish and design. So, sorry plastic customers or fake brands followers (Apple) …. I am looking for perfection. Its SONY

  • Charles Chambers

    I don’t like that Samsung seems to be stuck on gingerbread with their buttons and interface. I do like that they really pushed the envelope with the Galaxy Note. That was one of my favorite phones of all time. I like the HTC One and it’s innovations. And it’s a “sexy” device inside and out.

  • Brenden Keene

    HTC really wowed me with the One’s build quality, design, and relevant features, but they should’ve stuck with Sense 4… nonetheless I’ll have to give this fight to them.

    I like Samsung’s ambition and designs, but the bloatware and complication is unbearable and I’m not a Touch-wiz fan.

    Motorola has the most potential (since they are now Google-owned), but I have yet to see them put something out I want.

    I don’t fully trust the other manufacturers as of yet, but as always, my eyes will be open… I’ve seen some glimmers of hope from Sony and LG lately.

    • Lee

      Sense 4 was creepy

  • http://gadgeticmusings.net/ Soul_Est

    I’m with Sony purely because of the Xperia ZR. I’ve had my Xperia Ray fall in water, left it to dry, and it was good as new the next day. The Xperia Ray had also been dropped several times and still continues to operate.

  • dannyhyu

    If only more people knew about Oppo. They have amazing phones for the price with updates that come on time and beta firmware available to those who would like to flash them. They also back the development community in terms of software, the Find 5 was used in the latest previews of the Nemesis software by Cyanogen, for example. I mean all around a solid company that provides, I’ve heard, amazing quality and looking phones.

  • brendan soliwoda

    If this poll had been a year ago, I would have said either Samsung or LG, and I most likely would have picked LG. I like to see underdogs succeed and LG especially impressed my last year with the beautiful design of the 4X HD and the combination of all the best elements that LG had to offer put inside the Optimus G. They were trying to better themselves and i definitely took notice and so did Google, a la Nexus 4. This year though, it would have to be Sony. Sony is doing this year what LG did last year, but better. They are finally starting to make smartphones with beautiful designs, innovative elements (their waterproofing and HDR camera), minimalistic, but beautiful UI, and willingness to experiment with smartphones (Z Ultra), which for me harkons back to Samsung in 2011 with the Galaxy Note. Again, they are an underdog trying to better themselves and I am extremely impressed. And it is more than likely that my next phone will either be the Z Ultra or the homani, I’m definitely feeling the honami currently. For Sony to truly grab the U.S. by storm the way Samsung did, they need to get the Honami on as many carriers as possible, at least 3, and advertise the shit out of it. I’m hoping that Sony will get the next go around for next year’s Nexus.

  • Vincentius Phang

    W550, P1i, W995, Xperia arc S. next will be the the Honami/Z1/i1
    i hope… i swore will buy Xperia Z but ends up passing it
    hope this time it will be real

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  • lakerstyle

    If Lenovo wants to be a big boy then they have to improve their customer support. As a owner of two tablets (A1 and S2109) both have suffered from lack of OS updates (my daughter uses an IPad 1 now as the A1 is just way too slow. I’ve been trying for 6+ months to get feedback from Lenovo as to whether they will release an Jellybean update for my S-series tablet. The S2109 was released last summer around the time Google release Jellybean 4.1.2. Most the of the other top manufacturers (Samsung, ACER,ASUS, Sony) have released updates for their recent product lines…not Lenovo. Both the S2109 and S2110 users have been griping with little or no feedback other than ” we have a newer product coming”..what the heck..what kinda of response is that to a customer.

  • smokebomb

    I’m rooting for LG. They were a huge name back when qwerty keyboard flip phones were the rage (2005ish) with the LG Envy, Envy 2, Envy 3, Voyager, Dare etc. I owned the predecessor to the Envy (some random number designation), the Envy, the Voyager, and the Dare. I loved all of them. I have a Nexus 4 and love it. I’m hoping LG makes the Nexus 5 (if it comes in 32GB). The only thing that turns me off of them is the lack of expandable storage. Sony will be where I go if LG doesn’t start including SD slots.

    My advice to LG would be to include an SD slot and, if not that, make the minimum storage 32GB (and clean up their skin to not hog so much storage).

  • carlisimo

    “Consumers could care less”

    Couldn’t. You have to care in order to be able to care less than you already do. Once you reach zero caring, you can’t care less.

  • RaptorOO7

    I would love to say SONY, but they don’t support Verizon so no good for me. Samsung has been my go to OEM given their support for microSD and removable batteries (yeah it matters to me) but really so long as we are not allowed to do what we want with OUR property they all suck!

  • flamencoguy

    I hope they are all successful and they blow Apple out of the water. It is a corrupt company. Take the ebook price fixing and law suits to stamp out the competition with dubious patents for example.

    • Roberto Tomás

      I like apple. I just wish they would stop developing software. An iPhone that ran android would be awesome

      • Vorastra

        Wow, you have probably come up with the best idea I have read in a long time

        Apple designs the phone, Google provides the OS.

        iPhone Google Edition.

  • Roberto Tomás

    I think it is early to vote — the phones from earlier in the year and back in 2012 still feel “first generation” to me. simply having the ability to offer a compelling computer interface was enough to qualify for top tier in 2012.
    That is changing now, with advanced photography features, various near field connectivities, and other tertiary concerns becoming compelling features going forward.
    I like all the brands really, but I see the most opportunity from brands like Sony, LG, and Samsung: They all have access to next-generation display tech and a wide variety of general technology in fields far removed from just mobile or computers.

  • jjordan

    I used to be all motorola I mean they pretty much started the android movement with the og droid. But when the note 2 came out I had to have it…so im on samsung right now plus I like that you dont have to compromise much with samsung aka sd card alot and removable battery. I am really focusing in on lg right now however, I really like the g2. The button placement was a good idea and their display’s are second to none…I just wish they would get rid of that nasty ui…I mean I use nova launcher anyways so thats not a big big deal but its still really ugly….I will buy the g2 or the note 3. Cant wait for ifa

  • Allanitomwesh

    The top of the food chain has the galaxy S4 and Xperia Z.Then there’s the occasional HTC One and iPhone 5. The mid-range is full of Samsung’s and LG’s and of course the Lumia 520/Ascend W1 are hits.The low end is all mediatek. So more of the same is my expectation.Lines at the Apple 5S,Lines at the Note 3,No lines at the G2,Lines later at the G2 when it hits carriers and has been reviewed,No lines at whatever HTC makes but the guys who get them are return customers. And god knows lots of galaxy ace 3’s everywhere.

  • Mahesh Murali

    HTC and sony are my favourites.underdogs coz they dont spend $$$ like samdung for maketing

  • sgs plus

    I used samsung ( totally dissapointed by sgs plus ) to vote for Oppo.

  • Mark Gorzka

    I have a find 5.i love it!

  • Airyl

    Go Oppo! You may not be the most popular, but you’re definitely deserving of one of the top spots. Great build, amazing design, and I can’t wait for the N1. It’s also really nice that they support and condone dev works like CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android., unlike most brands.

  • Juan Manuel Tastzian

    Go OPPO! You forgot to mention in the positive things, that OPPO is a brand that LISTENS to it’s community and encourages to do whatever you want with the device you bought to them. They update their phones quite regularly, implementing user-suggested features if possible, and I think they use the best components and build with the best quality possible.

    I have an HTC One now, but I’m waiting for the N1/Find 7 to see what they’re up to, and if it’s any good, I would steer towards OPPO in no time.

    • CGguy

      +1 to this. The Find 5 is one of the best built phones to date, and they’re really listen to their community. They even allowed near stock versions of Android to be shipped with your phone. Not to mention the great dev support. The N1 also sounds really interesting with it’s treat touch panel. It’s going to be launching in 3 more days, so I hope Oppo manage to give it their best shot. Go Oppo, you guys are the underdogs in this!

  • Bent

    I voted for OPPO, best newcomer in this market! The OPPO Find 5 is amazing and they support third party developers!!!

  • http://kintarous.com/ Kintar Panji

    find 5 is my first high end smartphone :D

  • Zhen

    Oppo hands down, very high quality product with a very active community. Not known very well in foreign countries (outside China) which makes it a strength, as I can whip out an Oppo device and have friends ask what brand it is, instead of the ‘mainstream’ Samsungs, Apples, HTCs etc. Plus it would be a surprise to them that it is actually a Chinese designed + manufactured device :D

  • MrChrisDruif

    What is this for bull? I voted Oppo yet HTC is highlighted! =@

  • Fidelacchius

    Lol Oppo sent me here. :D

  • Shresht Chooromoney

    OPPO has definitely got its chance to stand out of the crowd but really
    needs to invest in marketing (specially internationally) (a ‘penetration
    pricing’ strategy would, without any doubt, help in achieving this). as
    a matter of fact, i came to know about OPPO only 1-2 months ago. i’m really impressed by OPPO’s products (specially the ‘The Find 5′ – i guess this phone is a definite Flagship of OPPO)..

  • Chumbalaya

    What an excellent OPPOrtunity for Oppo. They use good plastic as OPPOsed to Sasmung, and they got great custom roms. If they get their marketing right and launch the N1 succesfully, they’ll be UnstOPPOble. Also, OPPO Gangnam Style!

  • Olan

    I like samsung but i like apple more Samsung sometimes lags and Stops My apple doesn’t

  • http://yash3339.wordpress.com/ yash3339

    Been a Find 5 user now for 3 months, and I’m loving the phone more than ever. The Find 5 is what they call a ‘keeper’

  • Anonymous

    There’s also one plus for Samsung that the list missed: no locked bootloader – just flash cf-root and it’s rooted; no hassle and almost no risk involved.

  • polargirl360

    “ROOTING” For? How puny.

  • jz100

    After having owned my first all metal phone, I would take plastic any day over metal. It weighs less and doesn’t get as hot in your hand.