Analyst: Apple iPhone 4 still bestseller ‘by far’ at AT&T and Verizon; still outsells Android in U.S.

Apple’s “iPhone 4 is still the top-selling smartphone at AT&T and Verizon by a wide margin, Canaccord Genuity said in a new research note,” Electronista reports.

“Checks showed that the Apple phone was still ‘by far’ the most popular in May and June, even after phones like the Samsung Infuse 4G and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play arrived on shelves,” Electronista reports. “While sales of Motorola’s Droid X2 were ‘steady,’ Motorla’s Atrix 4G at AT&T and Xoom tablet at Verizon were both ‘disappointing,’ research lead T. Michael Walkley and other analysts said.”

Electronista reports, “Some of the problems for Android related to overeager Android phone makers putting out HSPA+ and LTE devices before the chipsets were truly ready, Canaccord claimed. The HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge sold well at first at Verizon, but their first-generation 4G hardware led to “much higher” returns than usual after customers weren’t happy with battery life… The iPad 2 had a wide lead at AT&T and Verizon where the BlackBerry PlayBook was “weak,” and neither Motorola nor other tablet manufacturers had more than modest sales.”

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24 Comments

  1. It’s the wild west for android. The marketing landscape is brutal. Two (2) companies both trying to build momentum behind the “Droid” brand?

    Are you F$cking kidding me?
    As a marketing professional, it appalls me that these giant corporations with all the money in the world to mount a successful campaign, don’t have a clue.

    It’s like two production companies trying to come out with two live-action Snow White movies in the same summer – oh wait…

    1. If I understand correctly, “Droid” is Verizon’s brand, not a manufacturer’s brand. VZN applies Droid names to Android phones it buys for their network.

  2. Some of the problems for Android related to overeager Android phone makers putting out HSPA+ and LTE devices before the chipsets were truly ready, Canaccord claimed. The HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge sold well at first at Verizon, but their first-generation 4G hardware led to “much higher” returns than usual after customers weren’t happy with battery life

    In other words, battery life is more important than faster connectivity.

    This *should* be obvious, but in their race to have bullet point features the iPhone doesn’t have, it sounds like Android phone makers are once again shooting themselves in the foot.

    1. Remember when everyone blasted Apple for releasing the original iPhone with 2G rather than 3G. Jobs explained that it was the chipsets and battery life, but the griping continued. There were similar gripes when the iPhone 4 did not have something beyond 3G. The commercials with the cute girl keep harping on it. But it’s chipsets and battery life again…go figure.

    1. Uhmmm…tell her to buy 2…that should allow her to make it till lunchtime.

      After lunch they can be used as bra fillers, one in each cup, for when she goes out partying at night. That should get a rise out of the Android geeks…ooh, ooh, oooh, I feel an orgasm coming…

      1. no, tell her she got screwed.
        the deal was buy one get 3 free….
        the salesman didn’t giver her the other 3 phones so she could get through the day on one charge.

  3. Last week it happened:
    18months into my contract, my iPhone 3GS found a curb it didn’t like and shattered (llike none I have seen) the glass. Went to the AT&T Store.
    I asked how much to upgrade to the 4 and was quoted $499. My reply will be witheld to avoid burning sensitive ears. They did, however, offer me my choice of Android phones for FREE with a contract extension or $100 with no extension.

    Went up the street and paid $100 for a while you wait ( less than 30 min ) glass replacement.
    All is good.

    The guy who replaced the screen said he sees this on a regular basis- people paying to repair broken iPhones instead of taking the cheap or free Android. Americans are well known for being price sensitive, yet pay $ out of pocket rather than accept theftware from Google & partners.

    Think about that the next time some moron spouts off about how the Android is more popular. iPhone users pay $ rather than take the fake for free.

    I put a buy on Apple.

    1. 18 months? and they wouldn’t upgrade you?
      with AT&T’s new “plan” for early termination, after 18 months… there is no fee.
      you should have been able to get a new 2 yr contract pricing iPhone.
      I think i would have went to another AT&T store, or asked to speak (yell) at a manager… That just doesn’t seem right.

      1. That’s what I thought. I also let AT&T know that I will be getting a Verizon iPhone at the next refresh. I work a FT weekend out of town where AT&T is STILL on Edge. Verizon has 3G and will be launching 4G in my home town later this summer.

  4. But is the iPhone just selling better than individual Android phones or batter than them collectively?! All the pundits say Android is surpassing Apple in sales, and yes, it’s two for one and all that, but isn’t it disingenuous to say they’re outselling in a headline without any clarification?

    1. Android is a operating system, not a phone. Numerous manufacturers use Android for phones and tablets. IOS is also a operating system used on phones and tablets. You need to compare sales on a system by system basis.

    2. I read the article, and tried to find the actual release myself.. I want the numbers to shove in a few Fandroid losers faces at work myself. 😉

      I still can’t find it… but i found many other articles on this report all pretty much saying the same thing (fandroid site’s are NOT happy 😛 )
      but i at least found the guys name that writes for Canaccord, “Michael Walkley”
      (which i didn’t see in the article at first, now i do)

      but you want to see something funny?
      this is old news…
      http://allthingsd.com/20110510/analyst-apples-old-stuff-outsells-androids-new-stuff/

      All Things D posted the story last month.. and Electronista just now gets around to reporting on it..

  5. Now don’t get me wrong, but one of the things I liked about using the Android when I had one (I’ve since gotten some sense knocked into me and returned to the iPhone 4) was being able to use the voice command and say for example (directions to…) and have it locate the nearest whatever and bring up the google maps and have turn-by-turn directions. I have Navigon and while I do like the maps and directions better, I hate how hard it is to enter the location or find something I’m looking for without prior having the address to the darn place! Has anyone found a better way around this with iOS 4?

    1. or wait till iOS5. looks like the voice stuff that Apple got from buying Siri, will be in iOS 5 now.

      for me, it’s a meh thing. I see how it can be useful but i don’t see myself using it.
      (now watch, i’ll try it on iOS 5 and fall in love with it… and eat my words)

  6. It doesn’t matter how many they are selling… marketshare only grew 1% in the last 12 months… Android is growing at an alarming rate… food for thought!

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