Apple, Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry, Motorola, Kyocera, Pantech… almost too many to list. There are so many different brand names out there that we see on our phones each time we look at them, turn them on, or sometimes even have a signature ring or text tone. We’ve all probably gone through our fair share of phones that we love, and consequently phones that we loathed. Have you ever had an experience with a manufacturer that was either so bad or so good that you’d never look back?

I personally haven’t had any incidents with a phone so irritating that I would curse the name of a brand. Operating system would be a different story, but not brand name. However, working for Sprint I would have some customers that would come in on almost a daily occurrence just begging for a completely different phone, because they’d already gone through two or three of the same brand (different models) and were still having issues. The most popular one would be people trying to get out of their BlackBerry phones, but I think a lot of the time that was just because they got that little taste of what smartphones could do and wanted an upgrade to something better.

When it comes to praising a manufacturer, I’d have to go with HTC. I’ve always had good luck with their phones, and they seem to make very good hardware. The only blunder I had with them was the HTC Hero, and that was just because I was irritated that the metal on the bottom half of the phone scratched off very easily on both my original and my replacement device. But the device itself held up very nicely. I also have to praise HTC for their myTouch 3G Slide. The device was one of my favorites in the hand and the keyboard was fantastic. I will say that I was most disappointed that the HTC EVO 4G Shift had a terrible keyboard, and didn’t feel good at all. Maybe it’s just because I’m lazy and don’t like to push my keyboard out all the time, but the way the myTouch 3G Slide’s keyboard just kind of snapped out when I pushed felt solid.

I’ve never really heard anything bad said about iPhones in regards to the overall design of the device, unless you count my mother who went from an HTC EVO 4G to an iPhone 3GS (carrier switch). I can’t really say much about Androids because so many manufacturers make them, so it’s a whole different ballgame there. When it comes to Apple, they’re one company that makes one type of phone, so it’s easy to point fingers and either say exactly how you feel about them.

Apple may not be the most innovative (anymore) but they do know how to make their phones fast and do the job they’re supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it. As I’ve said before, I hardly ever experience any lag between app switching and I’ve yet to experience a force close on an app. Operating system wise it’s probably the best I’ve used both for simplicity and performance. I was happy about this as I purchased the iPhone expecting to hate it, and assuming everyone loved it simply because it was made by Apple, but as it turns out this phone was a gateway for me to buying one or two other Apple products that have also served me well, and I can safely say that Apple is a brand that I trust.

Speaking of Apple brings me to my next point. There are the people who choose their phones based on past experiences – good or bad – and then you have the people who base their phone choice on what other people think and what’s hot at the time. There’s nothing wrong with that, except for when people do that, there’s a higher chance that person will be returning to the store in a few days. My recommendation for anyone, whether you’re using a contract carrier or prepaid, to do research on a device before purchasing it so you know what to expect beforehand. Now, odds are if something is just that popular it probably works pretty well. However, just because it works well for somebody else doesn’t necessarily mean it would work well for you!

Regardless how you choose your phones, readers, I would like to know if you choose your phones based on who makes it, or is it every phone deserving of a chance regardless of your experience of a particular manufacturer’s past?  Let me know what you think!

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Nick Sciancalepore
Nick Sciancalepore Htc for phones Asus for tablets Google for operating system
BG Michael
BG Michael LG!
Rita Han
Rita Han samsung
Kc Cooper
Kc Cooper i dont care just would like a phone to work and not crapout on me
Kyle Krause
Kyle Krause Samsung for lifeeee
Leroy Langston
Leroy Langston Samsung.
Ed Seitzinger
Ed Seitzinger Loved my HTC 4G evo og , sammy gsII now
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey Samsung is #1 by far right now. I just hope they don't go the way of HTC. HTC was all the rave a few years ago, and quickly fell into irrelevancy because they kept releasing a new phone every other week with minimal updates over the one before it, to the point their product line because stale and uncompetitive.
Hunter AB Rose
Hunter AB Rose HTC
Rani Hinnawi
Rani Hinnawi Yeah, HTC, Nokia, Samsung, or Apple. My old Droid X kept me from going back to Motorola
Terry Knab
Terry Knab I only use an iPhone now. Samsung lost me years ago when they had that damn Epic I had to wait over a year to get a current OS on. No more of that crap. Apple at least has phones which work as advertised.
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie was an htc fan but the phones samsung make are far better
Eli Pew
Eli Pew I'm normally a Samsung fan....but I actually ordered the lumia 920. Want to try something new and this may just hit the spot. If not, returning and back to Samsung lol.
Sean Cresswell
Sean Cresswell Been a Sony loyalist for years [all sorts of products throughout the houshold, and cars]....but thier phones have been average for a while now. Samsung is my new big thing. Re-aligning my goods to match.
Tyler Kirchman
Tyler Kirchman No i want to try ALL of Them
Michael David Norton
Michael David Norton Samsung and Sony.
Travis Newhero
Travis Newhero I wonder how many people who think Motorola is so bad is judging off their old phones?
Elijah David Kleehammer
Elijah David Kleehammer Samsung for me! Can't wait to get my hands on a Galaxy Note II!
Anthony Means
Anthony Means Yes it used to be Motorola but now it's been Samsung for the last couple of years and what's their technology with the new S 3 and the note 2 coming out I think it'll be Samsung for several more years to come for a lot of people!!!!!
Anonymous Nokia.
Aaron Aaberg
Aaron Aaberg I own a LG.... But moto is where it's at.
Ali Kalvert
Ali Kalvert 1st selection :- Sony 2nd selection :- Samsung
David Brewer
David Brewer HTC or Apple. HTC is my favorite though. iOS gets boring quick.
Cameron Walton
Cameron Walton Motorola
Jody Warrick
Jody Warrick Recent samsung convert... apple lost me with thier refusal to enter into the 21st century.
Thomas Boehnlein
Thomas Boehnlein I don't only by from Samsung. They just happen to make what I want. Motorola made what my wife wanted so I switched her from Samsung to Moto.
Jesse Snider
Jesse Snider HTC or Samsung definitely.
Brandon Worley
Brandon Worley HTC
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte Samsung.. Motorola for their build quality then HTC but boy have they fallen
Mario Rivas
Mario Rivas Had the htc sensation 4G and upgrade to GS3. In my opinion Samsung is the better phone!
Michael Balk
Michael Balk Samsung period nobody can touch them
Gavin Poe
Gavin Poe Samsung!
Rachelnelsoncecilia Mejia
Rachelnelsoncecilia Mejia Samsung or HTC but prefer Samsung hands down.
Tariqul Iblis
Tariqul Iblis HTC and Samsung. :)
Aaron Couts
Aaron Couts Yep but given circumstances have changed that I use to get just motorola, htc, and samsung, now its samsung and htc due to botched problems with two phones I bought from them.
Adam Scherzer
Adam Scherzer Samsung, as much as I can get. Their displays are incredible, so is the GS3.
Angel M Otero
Angel M Otero HTC
Tyler Hell
Tyler Hell HTC
JerryandAudrey Smith
JerryandAudrey Smith I've tried multiple makes over the years, but for smart phones - HTC or Samsung at least until they get rid of that Motoblur crap on most of their phones! Apologies if they did already.
Jeffrey Guerrier
Jeffrey Guerrier Im ready to throw Samsung some creative ideas cuz there stuff is from another galaxy.
Dimitri Charmy Mikhael Margaronis
Dimitri Charmy Mikhael Margaronis Apple
Allen Edmonds
Allen Edmonds Samsung. All other companies are posers
Jeffrey Guerrier
Jeffrey Guerrier Samsung is going to win this baby!!! After watching that galaxy note 2 review by Aaron I'm ready to sell my HTC amaze.
Steve Johns
Steve Johns Now I do samsung
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes So far its been only Motorola, I've seen the build quality of Samsung and the others. But moto is back and heavy duty with their tough phones and their battery life. ;-)
Larry L Roe
Larry L Roe Apple
Kenneth Nacua
Kenneth Nacua HTC
Larry L Roe
Larry L Roe Apple nt compare 2 apple
Marcus NinersEmpire
Marcus NinersEmpire Not apple
George Isenhart
George Isenhart I have the Samsung Galaxy S II for my Phone and the ZTE Optik for my tablet, would love to see some ZTE Phone and Tablet reviews on Phonedog, they do have some very worthy products.
Zakk Livingood
Zakk Livingood Samsung!
Jovon Washington
Jovon Washington I will miss the great aesthetic of HTC design though. Physically they are works of art.
David Piepho
David Piepho Samsung is clearly the current leader !
Jovon Washington
Jovon Washington That use to be HTC but switching to Samsung next time round (next month).
Frank Porter
Frank Porter Used to be, I'd only buy from HTC, but now I'm all about Samsung. I'll buy from whichever manufacturer is making the best best phones (in my opinion) at the time.
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes I'll probably go Samsung when my upgrade comes around. Been on Verizon for about 8yrs, all my phones were LG. This revolution was a failure.
Javier Delgado
Javier Delgado depends of what they offer...but never buy LG or apple...right now im up to get the lumia 920...
Hhermon R. Martinez DeMontes
Hhermon R. Martinez DeMontes Nokia!!!!!
Frank Enstein
Frank Enstein Samsung these days. I've had bb & motorola, never again.
Dalen Romelien
Dalen Romelien Always samsung but after samsung is htc and after that is lg and motorola i dont even wanta talk about it i have a metro lg phone its good and durable so eh...!
Tavorous Thompson
Tavorous Thompson Samsung galaxy 3
Travis Ridenour
Travis Ridenour My only two smartphones have been from Motorola, and honestly I love them. When other OEMs make a decent physical keyboard..I'll still choose Motorola. I can't stand Samsung's screens, or HTCs looks. I might try LG though.
John Wood
John Wood I am number one, about to make a number two. ;)
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Every Motorola phone I've had has been a POS. GO APPLE!
Jesse Huertas
Jesse Huertas For years, I wasn't going anywhere without a Blackberry. Now, I cannot leave home without Samsung
Bo Abe Vorachack
Bo Abe Vorachack Who ever got the best phone at the best price.
Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown Apple!!
Jesus Salvador Delgado Martinez
Jesus Salvador Delgado Martinez motorola...!!!
Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor Samsung or HTC. Need to give Motorola a try, though.
Fonzy Paniagua
Fonzy Paniagua Samsung, I'll go back to htc as soon as they start putting 2200mah+ batteries in their phones.
Silver Diaz
Silver Diaz LG is WAY better than motosuck
Silver Diaz
Silver Diaz motorola sucks!! people who say they are awesome are obviously on crack
Robby Olko
Robby Olko Whoeve makes it the best, but HTC build quality is unbeatable. Prob only preference.
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr no I just dont buy from apple
Marvin Oubre
Marvin Oubre HTC
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon Samsung or HTC, no question.
Mohammed Kanan
Mohammed Kanan only samsung
Marcus Cadwell
Marcus Cadwell Apple. Then Samsung. Then htc.
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas Apple
Ruben Andy Colon
Ruben Andy Colon Motorola, when the rest start making waterproof or water resistant phones, I'll care about them, like Alcattel's new GB running all weather phone
Tim Miyashiro
Tim Miyashiro Not really. Brand loyalty is silly
Mathew Duhamel
Mathew Duhamel motorola
Peter Hwang
Peter Hwang Samsung!!! I'll try out LG once they catch up to the other manufacturers.
Ralph Kuhn
Ralph Kuhn LG or Samsung
Anton Beasley
Anton Beasley Yes...anyone but LG
David Slawter
David Slawter Motorola - awesome build and radio quality.
Dwayne Cook
Dwayne Cook samsung & htc, but i'll do LG and moto if they actually put out something thats worth getting for me.
Rose Voluntaryist
Rose Voluntaryist Motorola does have good speakers on their phones...but their phones are so manly
Gregory Holbird
Gregory Holbird I have had almost every manufacturer. Never again motorola or lg, i M sticking with samsung and htc. Hardware never fails and software is the most intuitive.
Mark Strong
Mark Strong HTC...
Mike Gooden
Mike Gooden HTC
Angel Hernandez
Angel Hernandez Yes, samsung and htc(:
Gary Brown
Gary Brown Only buy Motorola. Great radio.
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano Google Nexus phones <3
Adrian Ruiz
Adrian Ruiz Motorola.
John Elizondo
John Elizondo yes, but LG never again
Michael Staley
Michael Staley samsung!

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