Cellphones and smartphones have quickly become their own forms of status symbolism. In our society, it seems that the type of phone we have and the brand name will give a hint to our socioeconomic status or our personality or just our taste in design.
Of course, there also is the "cool factor." But if a phone is cool because we don't have it, does it mean it is cool if most everyone around us has it? OK, we'll let you be the judge.
However, for the sake of you who think you are alone with your phone (whether it's a smart or "dumb," a k a cell, phone), check out some information about shipments by tech survey firm IDC. At the end of 2013, Samsung was the most popular brand of both cell phones and smartphones in the world, with 29 percent of the smartphone market and 23 percent of the overall cellphone market (which counts al mobile phones). Apple, which makes only smartphones, is second in the smartphone market with 18 percent, and ranks third in the overall market at a little more than 10 percent. Nokia, the No. 2 mobile brand, is still second overall at 13 percent of market share, but its share has dropped more than 25 percent over the previous year, while Apple's share grew by 7 percent.
Rounding out the top five cellphone brands are LG and Huawei, which account for about 7.5 percent of the market combined. Overall, the latest report shows that Google's Android is the world's top operating system with about 53 percent of the market, with Apple's iOS assuming about 41 percent.