What is more appropriate wording?

Is HTC or Apple a:

  • phone manufacturer
  • phone producer
  • phone maker

I personally would go with manufacturer, but I also see the other ones used. Does it depend on the situation being used or could you generally pick one to be more favorable?


I have a section for my website where I list all phones from particular company. What would be an appropriate headline for example.

I checked some sites that already list all phones and found the different wordings, so not sure what is most appropriate. A matter of taste?

  • Curiously the three definitions appear to be quite recent according to books.google.com/ngrams/…. I'd not define Apple or HTC as manufacturers, they do much more, mainly design, software, etc.
    – user66974
    Nov 4, 2015 at 18:46
  • Thanks for your comments! I edited where I want to use the wording. Nov 4, 2015 at 18:47
  • f.ex. in German I would know which one to go with, even if I could use multiple different words for the same thing Nov 4, 2015 at 18:48
  • 1
    They are phone brands. For the most part they do not directly manufacture, produce, or make anything (other than money).
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 4, 2015 at 18:56
  • 1
    Thank you @Josh61 for all your comments. I posted an answer based on your comments. :) Nov 4, 2015 at 20:27

1 Answer 1



As @Josh61 suggested I had a look how frequently the words are used.

So it seems to me that people are using phone maker more often in recent times, but as @Josh61 points out as well the companies themselves refer to themselves as manufacturer (amongst other thing).

So by this I can safely assume "manufacturer" is the technical term I was looking for here :)

by books until 2008

Google Books usage for "phone manufacturer", "phone maker" and "phone producer"

by recent searches

Google Trends for "phone manufacturer", "phone maker" and "phone producer"

  • 2
    That is correct. In tech journalism, those are typically referred to as OEMs, which stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.
    – Vogie
    Nov 4, 2015 at 21:28

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.