Galaxy S3 and Note 2 beat the iPhone 5 in US customer satisfaction survey

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 1, 2013

Best smartphones samsung sony lg apple 2013

Customer satisfaction surveys have long been touted by supporters of one company or another as clear indicators of success in the market. While these surveys are clearly not the best way to decide which product is better, they do provide us an idea about how the “average consumer” regards a certain product.

With that said, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a private company that gauges consumer sentiment in the United States, published their findings for this year, revealing some interesting developments.

The two phones that American consumers are most satisfied with are, according to ACSI, the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, which both scored 84 out of 100.

Following just behind is Apple’s triad: the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S with 82, and the iPhone 4 with 81.

Other phones mentioned by the ACSI press release are the Droid Razr Maxx HD with 80, Droid Razr with 77, and the Galaxy S2 with 72.

American-Customer-Satisfaction-Index 2013

It’s interesting that the iPhone 5 actually ranked first in South Korea, Samsung’s homeland, though ACSI didn’t elaborate on the finding. Our guess is this has something to do with the iPhone being more exotic in South Korea, where Samsung has a huge market share.

Because Samsung also makes feature phones, which generally score lower in customer satisfaction, the Korean company’s overall score is still lower than Apple’s, though ACSI predicts that might change if the Galaxy S4 fares as well as its predecessor. Samsung current flagship wasn’t included in this survey because it hadn’t shipped at the time the research was conducted.

Show Press Release

Samsung Beats Apple in New Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study from ACSI

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 31, 2013) – Samsung hits a home run with its Galaxy S III and Note II, according to a smartphone brand study released today by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The new study provides 2013 customer satisfaction benchmarks for 10 of the past year’s top-selling smartphone models in the United States.

Samsung’s flagship model for 2012, the S III, receives an ACSI benchmark of 84 (on a 0 to 100 scale), beating Apple’s iPhone 5 at 82, the company’s most recent smartphone offering. Another Samsung model, Note II, shares the top of list at 84. Galaxy S4 is not included because the ACSI study was fielded just prior to its launch.

While U.S. customers give Samsung’s smartphones the top scores, Korean consumers prefer Apple. According to the National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI) in South Korea, which uses the same technology as the ACSI, the iPhone 5 has higher customer satisfaction than Galaxy S III.

The smartphone segment of the cell phone market is growing at a rapid clip, and ACSI data suggest that smartphone users are much more satisfied than are feature phone users. Overall, smartphones earn a customer satisfaction score of 76 compared to 69 for feature phones.

“While feature phones are cheaper, and therefore viewed by many customers as better value, smartphones excel in quality,” says Claes Fornell, ACSI founder and Chairman. “Smartphones receive strong marks for feature variety, design and ease of use, with battery life as their only real shortcoming.”

The iPhone 4S matches its successor-iPhone 5-with an ACSI score of 82. Apple’s iPhone 4 is just a point below at 81. On the other hand, at a score of 78, customer satisfaction with the Galaxy S II, precursor to the S III, is lower. Motorola Mobility’s Droid Razr Maxx HD comes in at 80, while the Droid Razr scores 77. The low end belongs to BlackBerry, far below competition, with 67 and 64, respectively, for its Curve and Bold smartphones.

“Not only does Samsung edge ahead of all iPhones, Apple customers themselves don’t see much difference between the iPhone 4, 4S or 5,” says ACSI Director David VanAmburg. “The latest earnings report from Apple was better than expected, but the name of the game for Apple has always been innovation. Samsung, on the other hand, shows a strong upward ACSI trend from the Galaxy S II to the Galaxy S III. If the S4 performs as well-or even better-in the eyes of customers, Samsung could threaten Apple’s dominance in overall customer satisfaction.”

The smartphone brand study complements and expands the ACSI’s coverage of the cell phone industry, updated in May 2013, gauging customer satisfaction with each company’s complete array of product offerings-smartphones and feature phones. As reported earlier, Apple’s overall ACSI score is 81, a 2% drop compared with 2012, but strong enough to retain the industry lead.

Unlike Apple, which has a smartphone-only lineup, Samsung offers both feature and smartphones. At 76, Samsung continues to lag Apple for overall customer satisfaction. Nevertheless, the company’s 7% gain in 2013 is a clear reflection of the strength of Galaxy S III.

“Like Apple, BlackBerry offers smart devices only, yet the company stays firmly entrenched at the bottom of the industry in customer satisfaction,” says Fornell. “This does not bode well for BlackBerry considering that smart typically outperforms feature when it comes to cell phones.”

  • fight


    • MasterMuffin

      NO :)

    • SeraZR™

      How about no?

    • vosg

      Its too hot.

  • Satisfaction Booster

    Most likely Samsung is using a ‘Satisfaction Booster’ function…

    • blowntoaster

      they do. that’s why their products are so great…because they satisfy the consumer with great products. Products that can handle more, do more, and perform better than the opposition.

      • MrSarcasm

        you didn’t get the joke

        • John

          He got the joke; you didn’t get the comeback.

        • joser116

          He did, he just added to that.

      • Rogeross Beraña

        products you can handle easily

      • iamchandlerbing

        I don’t care as long as it is an Asian company

      • librtee_dot_com

        I love my Galaxy, but downvote for not being in on the joke.

  • Ram

    There’s BB but no WP? :D

  • Jaun Lombard

    NO HTC One X or LGs….It says quite a lot if a BB is more satisfying to use than a HTC and LG…

  • HanumanBob

    Dear lord what bunk.

  • Frank Jaquez

    It was about time!

  • Shawn K

    I was forced to switch to note 2 from iPhon 4s. Screen and bbattery life is just not enough. I’m hoping the new iPhone in September will rock the Samsung so I can switch back. Nothing beats iPhone… I can definitely feel the cheapness of the note 2..not just the body… I can feel it in the cheap software and hardware performance.

    • richard schultz

      I have dropped my note 2 on concrete 5 or 6 time and never a scratch. My son has the iphone 5 and dropped it once and I dropped $150 on a new screen. And if you dont like the software root it and get macks rom 5.0 or cwm 10 and there you go a perfect phone.

      • Apple_Nexus

        Your family drops a lot. :?Maybe you should invest in cases or work on your grip muscles?

        • richard schultz

          We have but my son is 8 so everything changes every 2 min with him he will have it on the phone one min and the next its lost somewhere lol and I have a case (well 3 of them) but havent found one that I like that I can use ase an every day case so I have one for work one for home and one for when im doing just whatever

          • asd

            you gave your 8 year old son an iphone ??

          • richard schultz

            Yes I gave him one. It was the free one sprint offered. So when we discussed getting him a phone thats the one he said he wanted. I asked him why and he said it was because his friends had it. So sense it was free I got it for him. He hates it. He comes to me every day asking for a different phone and I have to tell him he has to wait to upgrade to android.

          • asd

            Ah i just think that an 8 year old shouldnt be getting a phone,,12 years min(Thats when i had a my first flip phone)..but i guess people are different :)

          • richard schultz

            He isnt a normal child to the point that if he is in school and needs one of us they are to let him call us right then and there. If im sleeping cuz I work 3rd shift and his mother is at work he has it to call her. If he is at a friends house ill text him saying its time to come home. If there is a shooter at the school he knows what to do does your child?

    • John Longson

      I can see how well having an iPhone 4S is impacting your typing. Your argument is entirely ridiculous, I’ve seen an old Galaxy S run circles around a year-old iPad in terms of function, and the speed looks comparable at least. You can’t just say ‘I have an’ and be right, you know.

      • Shawn K

        No dude I said I have a note 2…like I said I definitely prefer the note 2 when it comes to screen and battery life but as far as smoothness in the software, it doesn’t compare to iOS. Like rotation, speed, keyboard. I phone is faster and more fluid. Backup system sucks, with the iPhone every single gram of data gets restored back. The apple keyboard auto corrects from the factory… It’s a dream. Apple please make a 5″+ iPhone so I can fling this note 2 into orbit.

    • Todd

      Are you serious right now? The Note 2 is an all day phone and the screen is what iPhone users wet dreams are made of, if you are going to bag on the note 2 at least pick something of substance. goddamnit. The note 2 does not feel cheap

  • Micro Shaquer

    Americans likes to use big sizes mobile phones because of their big hand and ****s. In contrary, Koreans likes to use exotic small mobile phones because they have the smallest f*****g hand and d****s. That’s 101 percent satisfaction. :))):):)

  • Apple_Nexus

    Most people I know with Samsung or Apple devices are fairly happy. Personally, I couldn’t live with Samsung’s over saturated screens – can this be adjusted?

    • Fernando

      Indeed it can, most every Samsung I’ve seen will allow you to set dynamic, standard, or movie-level coloration. The S4 is recognized for its color accuracy, so I wouldn’t worry about the screen too much.

      • Apple_Nexus

        Which is the most colour accurate setting and where do you change it? I’m guessing the default is over saturated to please the masses?

  • Nick b

    Why they keep on lining up the iphone with top of the line smartphones?? I mean, the iphone is so far behind in everything. Only, cause it has a good camera, and screen dont make it so it can compete with gs3,4, htc one, note 2.
    Iphone is old news just like bb storm.

  • Ashton Jackson

    I made the switch from IPhone 4 to the Samsung SIII because Apple wanted me to buy different peripherals. I also hated being stuck inside the ITunes box.

    I have had the Samsung SIII for 6 months and I can honestly say it is the best piece of technology that I have ever owned. Amazing.