Feb 07 AT 9:04 AM Clark Wimberly 29 Comments

Full Android Bowl results: Verizon is the top carrier, Samsung top manufacturer


The dust has finally settled after the big day and we’re finally ready to announce the results of the first annual Android Bowl. We asked you, over the course of a week, to log in and choose your preferred carrier and manufacturer.

To sweeten the pot, we paired with @NVIDIATegra to give away three Transformer Prime tablets, along with the keyboard charging docks. The winners of those tablets have been announced already, but this post is about the data. Check out the chart that follows then join me down below for some play-by-play.

While the results weren’t exactly shocking, we had fun watching you guys pick teams and stir up trouble. Almost 1,800 of you showed up to play, leaving comments and sending out tweets for your favorite Android brands.

The carrier rankings were dominated by the big four American carriers, with no other single carrier even breaking 25 players. All of the other choices from our list added up to a 5th place showing, while some of you didn’t exactly fit into our categories (we currently have US, UK, CAN, and AUS).

Manufacturers were even less diverse, with most of the votes falling into just three brands, with Samsung clearly dominating. Is it the amount of products they launch? Or something more special?

One fun stat was that the players from team ASUS had the highest average rank, something I’d attribute to the Transformer Prime currently only being in the hands of an elite group of power nerds.

We had a blast and plan to be back next year with something even bigger and better. Of course if you don’t want to wait a year, you could just stay tuned for something else, as we’ve got a bunch of other giveaways coming up soon.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    I like that Verizon helmet.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      They should buy a crappy NFL team and just be one big ad without commercials for an entire game!

  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    This was clearly a competition where only US players were important. My manufacturer vote was among the one that counted, my carrier is not in the US :) It would be great to have a “Country” list too.

  • dpleus

    I can’t say I’m entirely surprised that Samsung and Verizon came out on top. Especially if you consider that right now Verizon has the Google Nexus device, and that is probably what a lot of us a rocking right now. T-Mobile and HTC coming in second isn’t a huge surprise to me either, as were they not the Carrier and Manufacturer of the first two Nexus devices. I’d be willing to stake a large wager on Samsung being knocked off the top spot if the next Nexus device is from Motorola, given the Google now has a vested interest in Motorola. I bet we start hearing rumors soon about the next Google phone, and I’ll bet it’s the Motorola Droid Nexus.

    • skugern

      I’m not quite as convinced that the top carriers/manufacturers are just because of Nexus phones.

      Verizon is the top carrier in the US, and these are not accidents or flukes. Verizon has great coverage, won top JD Powers spots recently and they have a great marketing team.

      Samsung sells *a lot* of phones – they don’t just focus on top end Androids, either. My non-techie wife likes TouchWiz due to the ease of use. Knowing that consumers like large screens on their phones doesn’t hurt either :)

  • lancaster09

    Conclusions I derive from this are that ppl appreciate quality phones and timely updates (Verizon) and ppl appreciate affordability (TMo) . Im not surprised that Asus is the most powerful manufacturer. Those of us that have been following Android for a while know that Asus has clearly stood out with the Transformer and Transformer Prime.

    • delinear

      Yup, as far as the average user here is concerned anyway (not sure how reflective we are of Joe Public), but this is the message we need to get out. Give us quality devices and quick updates and you’ll dominate the market.

      • AsakuraZero

        true thus why i choose Asus, good products and timely updates, good support and such o well, lately i have started to see samsung with bad eyes, (after the 1234123 rehashes of the SII)

  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    “elite group of power nerds” – right here! Go Team Asus!

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      We need to form a Google+ circle…

  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    Samsung really dominated. :) Next time I would like to see a phone specific Android bowl. I’m really interested in seeing what device most AAM readers are using on a daily basis.

  • spazby

    Results did not surprise…. Go asus

  • txbluesman

    I dig those helmets!

  • frankwhite44

    Luv the helmets!

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    Love the graphs Clark! I think we should come up with something for the summer Olympics which could last a bit longer and might draw in our readers from across the globe a bit more. Gold medals for everyone (along with a few free devices of course)!

  • Billy

    That was fun! Love the helmets and stuff!! Lets do it again. Woot!

  • morris105

    Great job on the bowl… keep the polls coming

  • McLovin

    I’d be interested in what specific phone/tablets people around here are on currently?

  • greeny42

    I resent the implication that I’m a power nerd.

  • NegativeOne13

    I called it from the beginning. Two of the biggest companies in the business. Samsung makes great phones, and a lot of them too.

  • yankeesusa

    Samsung is awesome but I think reason they won is because there are so many samsung phones out there. Now that companies like sammy and htc are making smaller quantities it should be neat to see how this would turn out if its done again. verizon is good for customer service and their lte feature but their customer service took a hit last year so its good to see them rebounding. But I’ll stick to sprint and htc for now. Especially with htc announcing their new studio to help them make even better phones and of course sprint starting their lte network in the next coming months.

  • kwills88

    I swear, you guys make the best graphs around

    • leganzish

      I was just going to comment on how awesome the graphs were. I love the helmets. Nice touch!

  • aranea

    Guessed both right :) But I wasn’t expecting ATT to be the last. I’m surprised about that.

  • skugern

    While T-Mobile is my choice for a carrier, I wouldn’t be caught dead in that helmet.

    • Angie Wimberly

      Oh come on, you can’t make magenta look good? ;)

  • Nathan D.

    Lets go team T-Mobile and Asus, the highest ranked players =) I help in that as you can see.

  • Johnathan Prochaska

    I chose AT&T but not because they are my favorite carrier necessarily but for the fact that they rub me the wrong way the least of all the carriers. Verizon had a dead spot in my previous home so I hold that against them but they did allow me to get out of my contract without paying the ETF.

    I’m just kinda stuck with AT&T at the moment because it is the lesser of evils here.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I’m in the “elite group of power nerds” category? I don’t know if I should be honored or ashamed.

    I’ll go with honored. When do I get my membership card?

    But seriously, like Kwills said, sweet infographic. Surprised T-Mob is up so high, guess I thought they wouldn’t be ranked that high since they are a smaller carrier. But then again I know a lot of people love them because it’s pretty cheap and they offer fast speeds. If T-Mob really did put a “4G” tower/equipment in my area I would be interested in switching… but I’m still under contract.