We have a winner! After battling for more than a decade, Samsung has emerged as the world's largest smartphone vendor, having shipped 1.38 billion smartphones in the past five years — a healthy 30% more than Apple. Headquartered in California and South Korea, both brands have the highest-quality devices on the market and count their users in the billions. For the most part, users and experts concur that Samsung phones have better hardware, cameras and battery life for the price than the iPhone offers. But despite such advantages, a Samsung phone may depreciate in value faster than an iPhone.