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A surprise winner: Sony smartphone satisfies the most

It’s amazing when you ask smartphones users about their satisfaction with their phone, because often the users’ opinions don’t match the editorial best lists. Surprisingly, no smartphone from China’s four top brands lead the satisfaction statistics among Chinese users, according to AnTuTu. Instead, it’s a Sony smartphone from 2017.

The Chinese smartphone market is firmly in the hands of the four major Chinese brands. According to Statista, Huawei is the most popular smartphone brand in China in the first quarter of 2018 with a market share of 24%. Other Chinese manufacturers, OPPO and Vivo, follow in second and third place, while Xiaomi took fourth place in the first quarter of 2018. Apple, Samsung, and co. have lost a lot in China and are no longer listed individually, but are only listed under the collected term “other”.

However, the market share and the sheer mass of smartphones sold doesn’t mean that all users are satisfied with their constant companion. AnTuTu publishes satisfaction statistics of its benchmark app users every now and again. For the month of May 2018, the figures from AnTuTu reveal something very astonishing: the smartphone that users are most satisfied with wasn’t from a Chinese brand at all. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a smartphone we wouldn’t expect to have the number 1 spot, even outside of China.

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Amazing: Users in China are most satisfied with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. / © AnTuTu

It is also interesting to note the with the exception of the OnePlus 6, none of the top Android smartphones currently presented in 2018 can be found in AnTuTu’s list. The remaining 8 spots are distributed between two Xiaomi (Mi Max 2 and Mi Mix 2), Huawei (Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro) and Meizu (Pro 6 and X), all of which are 2017 and even 2016 smartphones.

Users hold on to their smartphones for longer

AnTuTu’s rankings subliminally show that a country like China, where people were obsessed with new smartphones, is now weary of short product cycles and are using smartphones over a longer period of time.

An AndroidPIT we came to a similar conclusion and our users have confirmed this through their comments. Many of our readers have felt that there’s a certain boredom in the smartphone world this year. All the devices look too similar, and the highlighted features from manufacturers are hardly unique selling points anymore. Here’s one very fitting comment from one of our community members:

There are hardly any reasons to buy a new smartphone. Have there been really great, meaningful innovations over the last two years? None at all. Most of it’s just gimmicky. In comparison to older models, you have to do without more and more things. Examples include the headphone jack or SD slot. There’s also the miserable glass black trend, which makes smartphones increasingly vulnerable to falling.

And just this year, it’s extremely noticeable that mobile phones are becoming more and more similar. Which manufacturer still has a real unique selling point?

How satisfied are you with your smartphone and the manufacturer? There is more than enough room in the comments for your opinions!

Source: AnTuTu

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  • When someone builds a new phone with a removable battery and an SD card I'll consider upgrading. Those two are not only deal breakers for me they are virtually the only important features anymore. I don't care if a phone even has a camera or not much less two or three of them. I don't care about the processor because even a budget processor works fine. I don't care about the notch, I don't care what it looks like or what it is made out of at all because it will be inside a case so no one can see it. All the versions of android are similar enough and apps run fine on them all the way back to kitkat.

    Other than those two features, the next best thing would be for manufacturers to stop adding their bloatware. I'd happily pay more for AT&T, Verison, Samsung, etc to all stop even making their junk software that does nothing but hurt user experience. Even google has more apps that I never use that they won't let me uninstall than ones that I do care about. There's a part of me that wonders if phone developers have a second secret version of their phones that they let their CEOs and other executives use that has none of the crap they force onto the rest of us or if their CEOs actually like and use their own software.


  • I'd buy the xz2 if it had the xz1 rear/back. The xz2 back is so ugly tbh


  • I've had the xz premium for a year now and to me its by far the best phone I've ever owned.


  • Mark
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    6 months ago Link to comment

    This is what I have been say for a long time new phones are way over specked for what the average user needs. My good old Note 4 still does it all. Todays power house gimmick filled phone would be good for 5 or more years except for their batteries. That is why all manufactures are going sealed batteries to make sure you will have to buy a new one in 2 years.


  • The article seems quite fitting,
    Cell phones now a days aren't compelling for a switch, though I switch from Samsung A7(2017) to mate 10 pro, which on paper claims 2ble the performance but I hardly feel a difference in day to day performance.
    Now I wonder why you have to spend double the amount for same performance and battery life.
    And glass back... Aaaah... Look classy.. But when.... Coz most of the time my cell covered with a case... To protect it...


  • Duh Something I've been saying since around the Snapdragon 801 series. Faster is just a term, given what people use smartphones for. It's just not worth the money, to have this much power, just to text, surf, play music etc.

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