Are we surprised? I’m trying to decided if I’m surprised or not. However, as can be seen in a photo taken from this coming February issue of Consumer Reports, in the 2013 Smartphone survey several Android phones are rated ahead of the iPhone 5. I don’t disagree, but if you look back at my top phones of 2012, I am surprised about some phone I’m not seeing on this list.
So, to break it down, all four major US carriers are represented in the report. Obviously, T-Mobile doesn’t currently carry the iPhone, so nothing is new there. However, comparing all the AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon smartphones, the iPhone 5 ranks at the highest 3rd place with both Sprint and AT&T. For Verizon, the iPhone 5 doesn’t even make the top three. The phones dethroning the iPhone include the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy S III taking the number 1 and 2 spots respectively for both AT&T and Sprint. For Verizon, Consumer Reports rates the Droid Razr HD series ahead of the Galaxy S III, and the iPhone is somewhere down the list.
In my opinion, I think this is a big deal for Android. the iPhone has always been considered (in my mind, and I think others) the more user friendly, anybody can use it, does everything well, has all the apps phone. I think a lot of people really trust Consumer Reports. I know I’ve trusted it when buying cars, buying new tires for my car, or buying appliances. I’ve never personally gone to Consumer Reports for mobile devices, but they’re probably not a bad resource. However, I could easily see someone like my parents, who definitely subscribe to consumer reports, really trusting this type of information. I think we’ve been feeling it for a while, but Android is really becoming to the world an operating system that is well rounded and usable, and it’s obviously competitive with iOS.
I think it would be interested to see all the phones consumer reports tested, and what their test criteria was, but I’m excited to see this kind of report for Android. What are your thoughts? Are these rankings spot on? Missing some top phones? I realize I’m writing to a mostly Android audience, but do you think this is an important turn of events for Android? Or old news? I think it’s a big deal. Let us know your thoughts…