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February 5, 2011

The Smartphone Wars Could Soon Look Radically Different…if you destroy the pies!

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@furtado tweeted today about an article from Business Insider. The very first line says “The smartphone wars could look a lot different soon…” They then go on to publish these horrific pie charts:

The smartphone wars can indeed look radically different…by obliterating the pie charts and replacing them with bar chart:

With the bar charts, you can much more easily see the variances in the rankings, the sort order is clear and you can quickly see that it goes from six manufacturers to four. I had to count around the pie in their chart, which is much more time consuming.

I’m begging people, please, please, please stop publishing pie charts! You’re taking years off my life.

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