Which Smartphone will Dominate in 2013?

smartphonesSmartphones are ubiquitous. We carry them with us everywhere and have our most personal of all information on them. I don’t own a smartphone. (Cheshire cat smile.) However, if my geeky friends have their way with me, I may have one before long. Which one should I choose?

This spring Android will likely release the new version called Key Lime Pie and iOS is rumored to have a new iPad device.

Will Google’s Android operating system operating system dominate the smartphone world?

Maybe not.  A new rumor claims Samsung Galaxy S4 will ditch Google’s Android for another operating system. Will Samsung Galaxy S4 sport an entirely different operating system called TIZEN?

As 2013 approaches the market is waiting for the new Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry 10, iPhone 5S and the new gadget from HTC – Opera UL.

Research In Motion’s continues to prepare for its make-or-break launch of BlackBerry 10, smartphones, which are slated to go on sale Jan. 30.

Mark Cuban gave Microsoft and Nokia a plug for the new Nokia Windows Phone during an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A on Reddit on Christmas Eve.

Think Mobile 2012: The Mobile (R)evolution

Mobile use isn’t the future it’s the present. There are more people who own mobile phones today than there are those who own toothbrushes.  There are 6 billion of them. Ian Carrington, Mobile Advertising Sales Director at Google, reviews the pace of mobile change and how mobile can help you win the moments that matter. video

The Android operating system was released by Google in 2008 and has become the No. 1 smartphone OS in the world. It was running on three out of every four smartphone handsets sold in the third quarter of 2012, according to IDC. (The following descriptions are based on the latest version, Android 4.2, aka Jelly Bean.)
  • Android is the most popular smartphone platform, followed by iOS. Windows Phone is fifth
  • iOS is the easiest to learn, but Android offers more flexibility and control
  • The just-released Windows Phone 8 is fun and might appeal to faithful Windows PC owners

Title: Android MBA: Android Rise to Success
Graphic: http://www.mbaonline.com/android/

22 thoughts on “Which Smartphone will Dominate in 2013?

  1. Cost is our outstanding factor. Wife got a Polaroid tablet running Android but it’s out of commission because of a faulty mini USB port (functions as the battery charger and data port). We could not successfully repair it. I suppose it figures for a very cheaply made device.

    Until there is a tablet that is made well at the 150US$ price point or below, we simply cannot afford. Smartphones per se are not an affordable option for us, either.

    1. Cost is an important factor indeed and I’m a frugal person.

  2. Hi, I have an iphone 5 and a galaxy 3. I used to like the iphone more than the galaxy, but recently the balance is getting more in favor for the galaxy 3. Mainly because better multitasking capabilities with the G3.

    1. Hi there,
      Multitasking abilities are an important factor when selecting a smartphone. Thanks for chimimng in here.

  3. Hi TT —

    I love smartphones — all of them — but I think choosing the right mobile partner is more important than selecting the OS or the phone model.

    There’s a lot of talk about having the CRTC regulate telecom providers more effectively. At a recent hearing, consumers’ most common complaints turned out to be around mandatory contracts. The good new is, we already have the ability to vote with our wallets – with or without CRTC intervention. Last December, I chose Koodo because there was no need to sign a contract and I still got a phone for free. Granted, it’s not an iPhone but it serves me well. I use it for everything from my Mon through Fri alarm clock, to scheduling meetings to syncing all 5 of my active email accounts and calendars. It even works well with Hootsuite so I can manage my social media accounts on the fly.

    Koodo will probably keep me as a long-term customer – not because they locked me into an agreement, but because they deliver the services they said they would. I don’t lock my customers into contracts with me — I hope they stay with me because of the services we deliver.

    Can’t wait to hear what you decide on!

    ps – I don’t work for Koodo in case you’re wondering :)

    1. Hi Susan,
      I had never head of Koodo so I used Google to locate their site and read the information there. You’re right. I have been focused on the selection and forgot what the CBC reported

      You convinced me that choosing the right mobile partner is more important. Thanks so much for letting us know about Koodo.

  4. Great to know that if they move from Android, they will be (probably) moving into TIZEN under Linux Foundation :D , still open .

    1. Hi there,
      Aha! a Linux fan weighs in on TIZEN.

      P.S. It’s good to hear from you. I’m sorry I didn’t reply right away. I have company this holiday season and I’m not online as much as usual.

  5. I like my Droid and I received an iPad for Christmas. It is my first Apple product so I’ll have to see how it compares!

    I am glad to see that you are blogging more often! I hope that 2013 finds you in great health!

    1. Hi Susie,
      My husband loves his iPad. :)

      P.S. As you know my 2012 was not a stellar year given I was grieving the deaths of my mother, brother and friend. I’m feeling more balanced now and less emotionally and physically exhausted. Hopefully, 2013 will be a joy-filled year for me and for everyone else too.

      1. Oh! And you had shingles. How awful. I am so sorry to hear about your losses. 2013 was my most stressful year too.

        I am ready for the new year to begin, all refreshed and recharged. I wish the very best ever for you too!

        1. http://wp.me/aaTVO-ZR Yes, I also had Shingles, fibromylagia flareups and my husband got a new position that includes traveling so I was on the front line in our business and overwhelmed with work there as well as my contracted work. Wow! Looking back I think it was remarkable that I was able to blog as frequently as I did. I’m giving me gold stars. Thank goodness 2012 is coming to an end.

          1. Sheesh!
            I think that blogging can be a great stress-reducer… :) 2013 has to be better!

  6. Just to let you know… via my notification….when I tried to open this… It said Ooops that page cannot be found. Just wanted to give you a heads up if there is a glitch somewhere…

    Great post! I can’t believe YOU don’t have a smart phone lol! I kind of enjoyed not having one. There is something nice about coming home and finding your emails waiting for you… opposed to getting them all day long.

    I would like to be you right now… not yet decided on what to get. You lucky duck! You can read all the reviews and get the latest… But my suggestion would be to get something tried and true.. not the newest thing without the reviews… but look who I am giving tech advice too. LOL.

    I have a droid the samsung3… my review would be to get an apple Iphone. My daughter has one and everyone else who has one gives raving reviews. My husband has the Razor. He had mine at first and traded it in for the Razor. My gripes about mine are the touch screen is not as efficient and the battery life sucks. I actually have to bring a power cord to work with me or charge it in the car if I am out and about. In the matter of a few hours I can have a battery warning…

    I might as well share my woes with ya… and let you reap the benefit of my experience. I thought you had to have an Apple computer to really make the Iphone worth it because both my mother in law and my daughter have Iphones and Apple computers. But my friend does not have an Apple computer and just got an Iphone about a year ago and loves it!

    Can’t wait to hear what you decide on!

    1. Hi there,
      I don’t have a clue which one I will get but eventually I’ll have to make a choice. My husband is an Apple iOS fan. My friends are all over the map when it comes to their preferences but Samsung does rate highly with most of them. Right now I’m happy with my land line and listening to my friends geek speak about which smartphone will be the cream of the 2013 crop amuses me.


      My gripes about mine are the touch screen is not as efficient and the battery life sucks.

      1. I am surprised to know that you do not have a smartphone and would be astonished if you say that you don’t have a mobile phone at all. However what we need is an Android phone with good key pad. There are just two/three models at present but key pad is not good. I hope it comes out soon. I would recommend that. Tabs are for consumption not for creation. I have typed most of my posts on Blackberry. Anyway do let us know your decision if you have made one, since this page is a month old now. All the best.

        1. @sandeep
          Be prepared for amazement. I have a land line and message machine. The combination works very well for me so far so well that I have never even owned a cell phone. :) The more people I see with them plastered to their heads no matter where they are the less inclined I am to acquire one.

          My husband has an ipad and a blackberry and he likes both. I think many would agree with you on this: “However what we need is an Android phone with good key pad.”

        2. @Timethief I had a friend like you but this year I corrupted him to buy a good multipurpose phone with browsing etc. and he is hooked. But I agree we do not need to be hooked to phone all the time. I need a smartphone to technologically avoid unnecessary calls. This reminds a major drawback with android, it has no auto on/off feature. My present phone receives calls only between 9.00 AM to 7.00PM. Any way. Keep it that way. Less possessions and less distractions makes life easier.

        3. @Sandeep
          “This reminds a major drawback with android, it has no auto on/off feature. ”
          I did not know that. Thanks so much fro cluing me in.

          ” Less possessions and less distractions makes life easier.”
          That’s so true and my hubby and I not materialists now, nor have we ever been. We are focused on living a simple life and shedding ourselves of possessions, which we seem to accumulate too many of, even when we do not intend to.

  7. Hi i have the samsung galaxy3 and like it a lot.I would suggest thne new galaxy4.android is more user friendly,than ios.ive got also an ipad

    1. Hi there,
      So you are another Samsung fan who also has an iPad. Several of my friends have both and most are saying the same thing ie. get the galaxy 4 android.

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