Samsung Overtakes Nokia as the World's Biggest Phone Manufacturer

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Samsung has just toppled Nokia's 14-year run as the world's biggest vendor of mobile phones in terms of shipments. In the first quarter of 2012 Samsung shipped 93.5 million handsets—36 per cent more than a year earlier—overtaking the Finnish phone giant who shipped a mere 82.7 million.


Bloomberg reports that it's Samsung's smartphones that have driven its sales, as it shipped a massive 44.5 million of the things in the first three months of the year. By way of comparison, Apple shipped 35.1 million units in the first quarter.

Nokia has been the world's biggest seller of mobile phone since 1998, a title which it snatched from Motorola. Remember those days, Moto? [Bloomberg]

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The sad part is that Samsung's quality is really really shitty! As a person who has pretty much owned all the high end Nokia phones prior to iPhone and now all iPhones except 3G, I can't stand Samsung phones! They are crap. If you have never owned a Nokia phone or an iPhone, you might not get what I mean. But hold a Galaxy S2 in one hand and iPhone in another, and you'll get it. Even HTC phones have better built quality than Samsung's.

I still love Nokia though, I hope they get their shit together and be ready to flood the market with mid range to high end WP8 phones.