Mobile phones used by Tech Journalists

By on May 18, 2011
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What devices do tech journalists use?

AMD held a global press event in Abu Dhabi yesterday where some of the finest tech journalists from all over the world were invited.  In this company of approximately fifty journalists, I thought it might be a good idea to find out which mobile phones these uber geeks use on a daily basis.

I didn’t get a chance to talk to all of them, but the following table lists everyone I asked- and me. Following the table, there is a brief commentary on the results. The data is grouped by the country. Other than that, it was simply in the order of the business cards in front of me.

Name of Journalist Publication/Website Country Preferred Smartphone(s)
John Gillooly PC & Tech Authority Australia HTC Magic (Android)
Luis Felipe Castillo CHW Chile Nokia N95
Christo van Gemert Connect South Africa iPhone 4
Don Woligroski Tom’s Hardware Germany HTC Touch Diamond, iPhone 4
Florian Mussig c’t Germany iPhone 4
Arnt Kugler Chip Online Germany HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy S II
Paolo Cosini Hardware Upgrade Italy iPhone 4
Juan Carlos PC Actual Spain iPhone 4
Dan Grabham Tech Radar UK iPhone 4
Dmitry Laptev iXBT Russia Nokia E52
Ecevit Bıktım Shift delete Turkey iPhone 3GS
Recep Balfas Chip Magazine Turkey LG GT540 (Android)
Scott Wasson The Tech Report USA iPhone 4
Charlie Demerjian SemiAccurate USA HTC G1
Ryan Shrout PC Perspective USA HTC Evo
Nathan Kirsch Legit Reviews USA Motorola Atrix 4G
Anand Lal Shimpi AnandTech USA iPhone 4, Motorola Atrix
John Burek Computer Shopper USA BlackBerry Bold 9700
Abbas Jaffar Ali (me!) tbreak media UAE BlackBerry Torch 9800, iPhone 4
Cheon SangGu K-Bench Korea iPhone 3GS
Nebojsa Novakovic The Inquirer Singapore ASUS Garmin
Jimmy Tang Hardware Magazine Singapore iPhone 3GS
Minjie Sun PCPOP China iPhone 4
Li Wang CBSi ZOL China Nokia 6515
Zhuangzhi Zhou PCHome China Nokia 5230
Hou Ergang SequeMedia China iPhone 4

So there you have it. Out of the 26 tech journalists on that list, half of them have an iPhone with the iPhone 4 being the most popular device amongst uber geeks from China to USA. No surprises there. HTC came in second as a vendor with five journalists carrying one of their products, right above Nokia with four devices (which was a bit surprising.) Other than that, there were two BlackBerry devices and two Motorola devices and one of each from LG, ASUS and Samsung.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Yasmin MK

    Dude Nokia is an awesome brand their multimedia options are brilliant! ESPECIALLY THE N95! I LOVE THE N95 ! sniff why did they discontinue it :’( boohoohoo

  • Christo van Gemert

     I was wondering why you came around asking – now I know.

    Apple’s dominance in the hands of people who play with all the tech speaks volumes for its offering. If a better phone came along I’d use it (I tried with the Torch, which I recently got rid of), but at the moment it’s the best user experience, though not without its flaws.

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