The mobile phone business is an incredibly competitive one, in which even the most popular cell phones can change drastically over a very short period of time. One need only look to a company like BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)(formerly Research in Motion), which was the early dominant force in the smartphone industry, and now just a few years later has become an afterthought, without a single model of their devices in our top ten of the most popular cell phones.
Although there appears to be a new phone appearing virtually every day, there are models which do appear to be standing the test of time better than BlackBerry has, and have built up a loyal following that for the most part carries on with each new model of the series. And yes, we are talking about the ultra popular Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. The two rivals manage to achieve greater sales with each new version of their phone, even as the market has become nearly completely saturated and smartphone adoption in developed countries is incredibly high.
Which other phones do consumers lean towards? Today, we would like to present you with a list we have compiled of the top ten most popular cell phones in the world. If you’re into mobile phone coverage, we also suggest you take a look at our feature on the Most Expensive Mobile Phones in the Market. But for the time being, let’s focus on the most popular choices when it comes to mobile phones.
Note that only the top selling unit of each brand is considered, so one brand does not dominate the list, with the exception of the Xperia Z1 Compact, which we felt deserved its own place alongside the Xperia 2. Also, while the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have achieved great sales numbers, they have not yet been enough to earn a place on the list. They will likely surpass the iPhone 5 in time, but for now, it still rules the iPhone roost.
Does it rule the entire smartphone world as well? Read our countdown of the most popular cell phones in the world to find out!