Apple's iPhone continues to be the most popular smartphone on the market according to data recently released by the NPD Group. Specifically, the iPhone 4 during the Q3 of 2011 was the most popular individual device followed by the iPhone 3GS, the HTC EVO 4G, the Motorola Droid 3, and the Samsung Intensity II.
Though there are a bevy of Android smartphones out on the market, no one device by itself seems capable of taking on Apple's iPhone lineup. And while Google is undoubtedly fine with this as they're primarily concerned with overall Android sales, one can't ignore the implications of the iPhone 3GS - a phone released in June of 2009 - moving more units than some heavy hitters from Android that are newer, cheaper, and sport better specs.
Perhaps, one day, manufacturers will figure out that most consumers care more about the user experience than a giant 4.3-inch screen that drains sucks up most of your battery life by lunchtime.
It seems clear that most users seem to prefer Apple's 2-year old iPhone 3GS over the latest and greatest from Android. The Motorola Droid 3, for example, was just released this past Summer.
And I imagine the list will only get more Apple heavy in the future in light of Apple's recent price cuts on its iPhone lineup. Now, users can pick up the iPhone 3GS for free with contract and the immensely popular iPhone 4 for just $99. Coupled with the recent release of the wildly popular iPhone 4S, one can reasonably assume that Apple iPhones may comprise the top 3 most popular smartphones during the current quarter.
Admitttedly, this isn't an apples to apples comparison as Android purchases are fragmented among many many handsets. Consequently, Google may sleep well at night knowing that overall Android sales are larger than overall iPhone sales. Still, I'm sure Apple is sleeping a little bit more soundly given that the iPhone accounts for the vast majority of smartphone profits.