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Barely a year ago, we told you which phones we used as our daily drivers. The results showed that Samsung was the most popular brand among Android authority employees, with Google in a relatively close second place.
We’re almost coming to a 2021 edition of this poll, but it made us wonder about the phone brands that Android authority readers are currently using. We were particularly interested in which Android phone brands readers use. We know that many of our readers have iPhones (you are all very welcome here too!), But instead of putting Android against iOS, we want to know which Android OEMs have earned a place in their pockets.
So we put out a poll. That’s how you voted!
Which Android phone brand are you using?
We published the vote on February 2, 2021, and lots of 18,915 votes were called at the time of writing. It’s obviously a manufacturer that stands out above everything else, and that’s Samsung.
About two-thirds of all Android authority readers with Android phones rock a device of the South Korean brand. Between Samsung’s healthy budget portfolio, well-rounded flagships and the promise of offering three versions of Android updates, there are many reasons to jump on board.
The second most popular choice was Google, as 18% of respondents said they pack a Pixel phone. Google gave us some great pixels this year, with Pixel 4a as the budget champion for many. Pixel 4a 5G also packed many of the additions to Pixel 5 at a significantly cheaper price.
OnePlus rounded out the podium position, with almost 16% of voters saying they have a unit of the BBK-affiliated brand. The company expanded its portfolio in 2020 and delivered cheaper phones such as OnePlus Nord, N10 and N100. It also served the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus 8T, although a couple of comments point out that older flagships are still in use.
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Motorola (6.78%), Xiaomi (6.6%) and LG (5.5%) were the only other manufacturers to earn more than 5% of the votes each. It is interesting to note that Motorola and LG are large in North America, but have declined in other markets, indicating that many respondents were from North America.
It is also worth noting that Oppo, Vivo and Realme are in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively for global market share according to Counterpoint. However, none of these marks received more than 2% of your votes, which may have indicated many American and Canadian respondents.
Of course, this poll is not exactly an indication of the Android smartphone market, but it’s still fun to see what readers use. And the comments also shed more light on specific models.
- Hassan Saam El-khatib: Google. Only brand I trust. Fast updates, long support, clean software and good camera. Pixel phones are so simple and seamless.
- Doctor: Samsung all the way. S21 Ultra. S Pen support, best cameras in an Android phone, fast updates … I like Google phones, but if I wanted to be boring, I would go to Apple.
- Alex: I currently have a Galaxy S10 +, but every year Samsung phones become more like Apple (at least in terms of hardware) and now without headphone jack, without external SD card slot, without MST, without edge screen option and no included charger, next phone will probably be another brand.
- Zoid: I keep OP6 until it dies. Anchored, good processor, headphone jack, good battery, good screen, just the right size for my hands, clean OS (before they decided to ruin it). The only thing it lacks is an SD card slot. Will never own a Samsung – hate the bloat and user interface.
- Eric Welling: Still rocking and enjoying Oppo Find X2 Pro. Coming from the Huawei P30 Pro, I can truly say that Oppo fills the gap that Huawei left behind. Between these phones, I had the Samsung S20 Plus 5G for about 2 months, but it’s a mystery to me why they are the leader in the smartphone industry. Poor battery life, delayed software and screen, terrible camera performance and Samsung’s user interface are terrible.
- actionjksn: I’ve only used the LG V series and I’m happy with them. I wish they did not get out of business. I have a V60 now, and it’s fast and looks great. I’m really not worried about the updates. I like the DAC audio connector and the SD card slot. And the price, wife and I got two V60s for BOGO for $ 800 for both.
- AnySmarterIdRunLinux: S8 +. Have wanted a new phone for over 2 years, but nothing interesting has been given. I think I’m finally at the point where I do not want to be bothered with updates I do not want or need, so I can only use this until it dies.
- Kevin Hoang: This is the North American smartphone market if you ask this in Asia, more likely Xiaomi will just dominate the chart and follow up or Samsung and vivo
- Mawuena Dogbe: Still Rocking Essential Phone Here!
- Chuck: I use the Razer Phone 2, but I wish I was not.
- Tony Talks: Use a Oneplus 6T as a secondary device. I would not, but my iPhone 11 Pro is my primary device thanks to the smaller size.
- ProLoveLife: LG G7 One, it’s a decent phone, but the One UI is a bit limited. PS Got it as a gift, I wanted the regular LG G7.
That’s it for our article on poll results! What phone are you using right now? And are you happy with that? Let us know in the comments below.