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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?


Edit

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?

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  • 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
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    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
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    Thank you @Josh61 for all your comments. I posted an answer based on your comments. :) Nov 4, 2015 at 20:27

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Usage

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"

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    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

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