4 Android devices beat Apple iPhone 5 in U.S. customer satisfaction

by: J. Angelo RacomaFebruary 11, 2013

Smartphone top devices satisfaction

Is Apple losing its luster among American consumers? In a recent survey by mobile research firm OnDevice, American respondents gave a clear indication of how popular Android is becoming to mobile users. In terms of satisfaction, four Android models have beat out the Apple iPhone 5. What’s surprising is that the most satisfying device is not even a top-of-the-line model.

The Motorola Atrix HD and Droid Razr M, HTC Rezound 4G and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 all got higher satisfaction ratings than the iPhone 5. With the Motorola Atrix HD being offered for free (on conrtact), this aligns it with Apple’s two-year old iPhone 4 in terms of cost-of-ownership. Does this signal that consumers want cheaper devices that don’t necessarily come with bleeding-edge tech and specs?

Here are a few takeaways:

  • On an aggregate level, Apple still took the most satisfaction among mobile brands, with Google, Motorola, HTC and Nokia closely following suit.
  • Samsung was actually in the last place from among 13 brands when it came to aggregate satisfaction.
  • OnDevice believes that users are better satisfied at brands that only produce a few products. Apple only has three current smartphone models in the market. Google only has one (the LG Nexus 4). Meanwhile, Samsung offers models all the way from inexpensive entry-level smartphones to the top-billing Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
  • The presence of 4G service gives users better satisfaction, although only marginally so, with a 0.48% difference among the surveyed individuals.

The survey was done from amongst 90,000 plus Americans and about 50,000 plus smartphone users from the U.K. According to OnDevice, the level of user satisfaction may have something to do with meeting expectations, which may be  one reason users reported to be satisfied with an inexpensive Motorola device, compared with the more expensive iPhone 5. Additionally, offering services like 4G do not only add to satisfaction, but can also be a good source of additional revenue.

Which smartphone model are you using as your main Android device, and are you satisfied with the brand and model?

  • MasterMuffin

    Sgs3 overclocked to 1, 8Ghz, highly satisfied!

  • I have the HTC One X and I hate it and I wish I would have stuck to Motorola.

    • HellG

      Then please pass it to me, i will pay shipping? :P

  • Marco Mendoza

    Nexus 4

  • nomoremotorola

    i have motorola atrix hd lte enough said

  • Mark

    Where did Galaxy S3 come in?

    • Macbo

      Will be unfair to put the device in the same list. The phone is too EPIC to be on this chart sorry :(.

  • Babbeloo

    I forgot what exactly Android is…
    I remember it is something rather old fashioned and traditional…
    Anyway, I got myself a Lumia 920 to replace my Galaxy S3 :)

  • Jared Persinger

    DROID razr maxx hd, I love it… Except the camera it’s okay though

  • Tajul Akbar Ismail

    nexus 4 :-)

  • Craig Jones

    Nexus 4 from Atrix 2

  • NOte 2/…..luvng evry bit..!!!

  • Timmy

    GNote 1 (US version). Still like it most of the time. Just recently had to replace the charging port but would really like to get (the official) JB installed so it will at least feel a little like a new phone. I’m torn between getting the SGS4 or Note3 when they come out. I like the S-pen even though I don’t use it as much as when I got the phone. I’d also like to have a tactile home button. Overall, I’m happy with the phone.

  • Kharn

    What a load of ****. So Where is The S3? And whats the difference between 8.23 and 8.57.