As with laptops, likewise with smart phones we can choose devices from a few dozen known and reliable manufacturers and a handful of operating systems such as Android, Apple iOS, Windows OS and BlackBerry OS.
The iOS is exclusive to Apple’s “iPhone” smartphones and BlackBerry OS is exclusive to BlackBerry’s “BlackBerry” smartphones. The other manufacturers equip their devices with either Google’s Android operating system or Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile OS. The latter is a relatively new OS released by Microsoft in November 2015 exclusively for Microsoft Lumia mobiles, and is now used by some other manufacturers licensed by Microsoft, such as Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, and Alcatel. Android is by far the most widely used operating system, as it is open source software, and is incorporated in more than 85% of smartphones worldwide and by the majority of manufacturers.
The operating system is an important criterion when choosing to buy a smartphone as it is associated with several other measurable criteria such as the ease of use of the device and application availability. Other criteria are the price and specifications (e.g. processor power, memory and storage size etc.) which we naturally look for when buying any technological product and especially when buying a computer, be it a desktop or a pocket one. However, some admittedly important criteria is the reputation of the device and its manufacturer, which are associated with the quality and reliability of the product, the customer support and the provided software updates. A view of the importance of these criteria is shown in the following diagram.
Some of the leading manufacturers or some of the leading brands are Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Google (Nexus + Pixel), Nokia, LG, HTC, ASUS, Sony, Lenovo + Motorola, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, OnePlus, Meizu, ZTE, and Xiaomi. Some of them belong to the same parent company such as OnePlus, OPPO and Vivo are subsidiaries of Chinese BBK Electronics and Motorola is a subsidiary of Lenovo.
|Apple, Microsoft, Google, HP, Kodak||USA|
|HTC, Asus και Acer||Taiwan|
|Samsung, LG||South Korea|
|Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, OnePlus, Meizu, ZTE, Xiaomi, Lenovo + Motorola||China|
The world’s largest production of smart mobile phones (>% 50) comes from Asian manufacturers, mainly from China (Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, OnePlus, Meizu, ZTE, Xiaomi, Lenovo + Motorola) and South Korea (Samsung, LG), who utilize the Android operating system.
The aforementioned companies have stood out in the global market and channel their devices with exports to countries outside Asia and through major online stores. So for your next purchase, you can trust Chinese e-shops like GearBest.com, GeekBuying.com and BangGood.com which also have warehouses within the European Union, so as to avoid paying any customs.