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We cover a lot of devices here at Android saladFrom budget gadgets to high-end flagship devices and foldable phones. But do you use the phone every day as your primary device or daily driver? Now, that’s another matter entirely for us.
We poll the team every year to find out more about the daily drivers we use, starting in 2018 and extending into 2021. It’s been over a year since our last survey, so we figured we’ve polled the team again for our 2022 edition. Android salad Daily driver article.
21 AA team members from around the world contributed to these results, citing their daily driver, likes/dislikes, and giving them a score out of 10. What phones do we use on the team? Let’s see the results!
We’ve published the results by individual phone model and brand. Check out the charts below for a look, but we’ll dive deep next.
Samsung and Samsung are everywhere
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Is it any surprise to see Samsung is the most popular brand used before Android salad Team members? The Korean manufacturer accounted for a third of all phones used by the team. Interestingly, this isn’t a change from last year’s survey, which also saw Samsung account for a third of all phones. Other than that, the Galaxy S22 Ultra was the only Samsung phone that appeared more than once (with two people using it).
It’s no surprise to see Samsung as the most popular brand among Team AA, which also reflects the global market.
Samsung owners in this survey generally praised their phone’s processing power, cameras, battery life, and/or screen. There were some complaints, too, like performance and battery life. But the most notable complaints have come from producer Ryan McLeod and Copy Editor Paula Beaton, who have been having stability issues with the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20 FE respectively.
Paula described frequent freezing, glitches, and the need to restart her phone. Meanwhile, Ryan said he’s run into “a few glitches where I have to restart the phone. Not the end of the world, but it’s not great when it freezes.”
One pixel to rule them all
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What is the second most popular brand? This will be Google’s second year in a row, accounting for 23.81% of all phones. Interestingly enough, all these pixels were the Pixel 6 Pro. This is a big change from last year, which saw the debut of the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4XL, and Pixel 5.
Pixel users on the team generally praised the camera, design, speed of system and display updates. However, signal issues, battery life, and overheating were three complaints that came up most frequently in our survey. We covered the former in particular earlier this year, as feature editor Rita El Khoury lamented the Pixel 6 Pro’s awful cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Signaling issues were echoed by Editor Ollie Cragg’s comments as well:
I have to switch Airplane mode ~10 times a day. It’s getting so bad I’m on the verge of giving up my Pixel for the first time in nearly five years. Battery life is also quite a bit and Tensor likes to have fun.
Can you say “apple salad”?
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Among the most popular brands used by Team AA, Apple ranked first (14.29% of all devices). Yes, believe it or not, three of the team members use iPhones as their primary device. This is an increase compared to last year’s survey, when two people were using iPhones.
No specific iPhone was the most popular here, with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro all featured. Team members mostly praised Apple’s ecosystem hardware and cameras. In saying that, we’ve seen complaints about battery life, heating, and Siri.
Apple’s rise in this year’s poll comes at the expense of OnePlus, which has seen a significant drop. It is also interesting to see that both of the OnePlus phones on the list this year were older devices (OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8).
There are some other options
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Apart from the above-mentioned brands, we also saw three other notable brands in the survey. These brands are LG, Vivo and Xiaomi. Starting with LG, Calvin Wankhede still rocks the LG Wing. The LG device has a square secondary screen that pops out from behind the main screen, and Calvin says that’s exactly what he loves about it:
It swivels and reveals two screens whenever you need them, all without the durability concerns of a foldable phone. It also doesn’t have a notch, which is something I can’t get over in newer phones.
Unfortunately, Calvin decried the weight (noting that it’s a bit lighter than the Z Fold 4) and the 60Hz refresh rate.
Our resident SEO specialist Luka Mlinar was the only person on the team to rock the Xiaomi device as a daily driver, choosing the Xiaomi 12. He particularly praised the small form factor, “reasonably large” battery, and fast charging capabilities.
Not everything was perfect for Luka, though:
MIUI is still a mixed bag of amazing features combined with an endless pit of frustration.
We can understand this sentiment as many team members found MIUI to be the most hit and lost in terms of refinement. Si Scott Brown and I discovered several annoying bugs on some Poco phones when reviewing them. Xiaomi launched a working group last year in order to address the lack of polishing in leather, but there is still some work to be done.
Finally, another device that stands out here is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Yes, senior writer John Callaham is the only one on the team that swings by as its daily driver. He specifically praised the size of the foldable screen but lamented the screen’s wrinkles.
- Five people said they would not recommend buying their phones. Both Rita and Ollie said they couldn’t give a nod to the Pixel 6 Pro, likely due to connectivity issues. Meanwhile, Andy Walker said he cannot recommend the 2019-era Huawei P30 Pro due to the lack of updates and the age of the device. Paula says she can’t recommend the Galaxy S20 FE, likely due to the number of vulnerabilities it has had. Finally, Curtis Joe pointed out that the OnePlus 8T is not worth watching because of the software experience.
- There is still only one Huawei device on the list, in line with last year. But this time, instead of the Mate 20 Pro being the only phone from Huawei, it’s the Andy P30 Pro. I am not counting on any Huawei devices that appear in our 2023 survey.
- All the devices that appeared on the list feature OLED screens. LCD screens seem to be behind us for now, even $250 phones like Samsung’s cheaper A-series and some Xiaomi devices are equipped with OLED panels.
- Unfortunately, it’s the end of an era as none of the phones here offer a 3.5mm port. This is the first for our survey.
- On the other hand, 13 devices in the list support UWB wireless connection. These were all Samsung, Google and Apple phones.
- The oldest phone on the list is actually the Huawei P30 Pro, which was launched in May 2019. It still runs Android 10 and was Huawei’s last major flagship phone with Google Mobile Services.
- The average battery size is 4,452mAh, which is a huge step up from last year’s average of 4,000mAh.
- Four out of the 21 phones on the list lack a high refresh rate screen. These devices are Huawei P30 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 11 Pro Max and LG Wing.
- US and Korean manufacturers account for 71% of the phones on the list, and the rest are made by Chinese brands.
Our team is looking at a variety of rumored or confirmed phones for their next upgrade, but it’s a link to the most popular brand. Seven team members said they will be upgrading to a Samsung device, specifically referring to the Galaxy S23 foldable series.
Meanwhile, seven colleagues said they are considering buying a Pixel device. Five colleagues said they were looking at the Pixel 7 Pro, one said they were looking at the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, while one colleague was considering the foldable Pixel.
14 members are looking to either a Samsung or Google device to be their next phone.
There were also quite a few outside selections in this regard. Executive Editor Kris Carlon has been using the Huawei Mate XS 2 for a few weeks now, and says he’ll switch to it as a daily driver if it supports Google. Oppo also previewed the 2021 X foldable phone last year, and John Callaham hopes this device will get a commercial version.
Foldable phones also made up seven devices in this category, up from two in last year’s survey. This indicates that folds have already solved most of the kinks and become attractive propositions for more people.
Two team members said they weren’t looking forward to the promotion, and who can blame them? People are keeping phones longer and longer, and our writers are no exception.
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