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iPhone 5s, 5c Top Sellers For US Carriers

The latest smartphones from Apple and Samsung win a device popularity contest on the nation's largest wireless networks.

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SachinEE
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12/24/2013 | 3:03:55 AM
Re : iPhone 5s, 5c Top Sellers For US Carriers
@ danielcawrey, I agree with you on this. Do you feel that both smart phone giants have taken this cyclical route to avoid taking each other head-on? It seems some kind of a silent compromise by both. Regarding your second point, I don't think Samsung will be pushing it farther than 5 inches. If Apple has tablet business, Samsung has galaxy notes to defend.
SachinEE
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12/24/2013 | 3:03:50 AM
Re : iPhone 5s, 5c Top Sellers For US Carriers
I just hope I am not over stating but that is how I think. Samsung has done well to help Android establish its strong position in the smart phone market. It is not like saying that Android would have vanished without Samsung. But Samsung has taken Android to its zenith against an otherwise unrivalled iOS/Apple. Samsung's contribution could also be seen in the increasing popularity of Android tablets because of Samsung's broadening range of galaxy tabs.
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12/14/2013 | 6:08:02 PM
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These 2 will will be battling it out for a while. Samsung has a great device and Apple is, well, Apple. I had read some reports early on that the 5c wasn't taking off like they wanted it to. That seems to have changed.
danielcawrey
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12/14/2013 | 5:10:46 PM
Re: Galaxy vs. iPhone
I agree with this cyclical assessment. Samsung and Apple are fierce competitors, and the way that they release their products at different times lends to them both taking the lead at some point in time. 

I think one thing to note about Samsung vs. Apple: Screen size. It has become obvious that Samsung wants to push the limits of a screen on a smartphone. Apple does not want to be obnoxious. They also have a tablet business to silo off as well. 
Michael Endler
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12/13/2013 | 1:43:01 PM
Galaxy vs. iPhone
I think the Galaxy S5 might temporarily become the top-selling smartphone, if for no other reason than that Apple and Samsung are on different release cycles, which, as Eric points out, makes sales pattern somewhat cyclical. That said, on any kind of long-term timeline, I don't think think Galaxy sales will be close. What will be much more interesting: If Apple implements the radical design changes that are rumored (e.g. curved class, bigger screens), what effect will it have? I know some people prefer Android to iOS, but the screen-size issue means that comparing the phones isn't quite an apple-to-apples scenario.

The impact of KNOX is anothing intersting unknown. Though iPhones continue to be far and away the most popular handsets in the enterprise, it doesn't seem like businesses have been wowed by the 5S, and if Samsung shows that it's more willing than Apple to explicitly cater to IT concerns, Apple's lead with businesses could diminish.
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