IDC’s figures for smartphone shipments in 2012 have some interesting and surprising facts. Here are the top dogs for the year just ended:

1) Samsung – 215.8m
2) Apple -136.8m
3) Nokia – 35.1m
4) HTC – 32.6m
5) RIM – 32.5m

I find it surprising that with all the noise of about how terrible things are with Nokia and RIM in particular, they both still manage to comfortably stay in the top five list. That is no mean feat, especially when you consider that outside of the top five, the rest of the smartphone makers – ZTE, Sony, Huawei, Lenovo, Motorola, LG and the others – shipped only a combined 92.4m devices. That is less than what Nokia, HTC and RIM shipped together.

Here is the table from IDC:
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Of course, there is no doubt that Nokia’s shipments have fallen drastically. I just find the 2012 results interesting. Here’s hoping that both Nokia and RIM can turn things around this year and continue to give us compelling options in the smartphone market.


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