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Which Smartphones Do Celebrities Use?

What smartphones do celebrities use? Celebrities use iPhones. There, we said it.

But why do we see so few celebrities using Android smartphones? After all, the Galaxy S series from Samsung is every bit as good, if not better than its equivalent iPhone. Apple has, for years, been dressing up average hardware specs in a new suit and selling it at a premium. Take Retina displays, for example. What exactly is “retina”? Well, it’s a non-standard for smartphone displays, touted by Apple as something special. Though, they just made it up to sell phones. And yet, despite this and other limitations, you will rarely see a celebrity without an iPhone in their hand.

Celebrities and iPhone

Celebrity holding iphone taking photo of scene

When you see a star in public with a phone in their hand, it will usually be an iPhone. The paradox is that, in almost every example of on screen use up until the last 2 or 3 years, it will have been something else. House of Cards had Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and the rest using Nokia (later Microsoft) Lumia phones through the first 3 seasons at least. For many shows and movies, the dominant manufacturer of the time would be most likely to make an appearance. This might, at one time or another, been Motorola, Nokia, Samsung or something else. But it wouldn’t have been an iPhone.

Product placement is an art in itself, and an expensive one at that. For any product, producers will demand a hefty fee. For some products it’s worth it to gain the exposure, for others, it’s simply a waste of time and money. James Bond, in the shape of Daniel Craig, used a Sony Xperia Z5, Iron Man used an LG with a swiveling display on top. The problem is that these are simply paid advertisements by any other name.

Celebrities still use iPhones.

The Luxury of iPhones

iPhone X held in hand
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An iPhone, or at least with the most recent models, is expensive. But is it actually a luxury item? Well it depends how you define “luxury”. Really, a better word than luxury would be iconic. There’s no denying, even by the most ardent Apple hater, that the brand is truly iconic. Luxury implies exclusive and expensive. Although Apple products certainly qualify as expensive, exclusive? hardly. If they were exclusive, they would still be a niche brand, not a global electronics leader.

This brings us back to why many celebrities choose to use an iPhone in their personal life. People in any industry that requires them to have a separate personality for work will often have an ego to match. Apple also has an ego, both as a company and as individual products. In reality, an iPhone is really the only brand for those who believe themselves to be icons, rightly or wrongly.

Android devices, in stark contrast to Apple products, are available for a wide range of prices. When you can buy an Android phone for $100, it doesn’t carry the same cachet or prestige as one costing $1000. You can argue about relative values, but that’s how the human brain works. If we see something “expensive”, we broadly assume it to be “better”. Because Android devices can be inexpensive, they are often seen as cheap. This is in spite of the high end flagship models costing $800.

And celebrities still use iPhones.

Celebrities and Android

Celebrity sunset android Samsung phone upright

Well, okay, it isn’t. In fact, Android has around 82% of the mobile operating system marketplace. iOS has around 17%, with the remaining bits still shared between Windows, Blackberry and one or two proprietary systems. And yet, the iPhone is still THE smartphone to end all smartphones. So why is that? Well, on pure sales, iPhones usually outsell equivalent Android devices individually. Samsung sell a ton more overall, but they are producers of a lot of devices so that’s to be expected.

And yet, still, it’s all about the iPhone. Remember the iCloud hack, where personal images and videos of hundreds of public figures were subject to a massive leak? Most people involved didn’t skip a beat. They simply went on posting selfies and saving them to iCloud like nothing had happened. If any other service had such a leak, it may well have been the end for them. For Apple, it was just another day. A day where any embarrassment lasted about a half hour.

And celebrities carried on using iPhones.

Celebrity Phone-Type Directory

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Smartphones of Singers and Rappers

Take a look at our list of singers, tiktokers, actors, YouTubers, etc, and see what cellphones they have!

Singer or RapperType of PhoneProof
Jason Derulo touring the Raffles Palm In Dubai using iPhone 13 Pro Max. The popular singer is enjoying the beautiful hotel amenitites. Check out the beautiful scenery! The first part of the video shows a big decorated Christmas tree.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXubWLyJt7f/
Doja Cat taking a photo with iPhone 13 Pro in a blue dress. The look is very beautiful and super artistic. Doja cat is known for being a silly personality on Instagram. And this Instagram caption is no different!iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CK991bzjMzj/
Justin Bieber is in the recording studio with an iPhone 13 Pro Max. He can be seen playing the drums. Maybe there is a new album on the horizon for him. Check out his puffer phone case!iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CWbZ96hPoeY/
Trixie Mattel is backstage at Queen of the Universe set taking a selfie with iPhone 13 Pro Max. Trixie Mattel is a world-famous drag queen and recording artist. She is best know for being on season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the winner RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars season 3. Trixie can be seen posing at her make-up desk in this post.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXpznYoLfce/
Lady Gaga taking a selfie with her iPhone 12 Pro Max. She’s showcasing her Haus Lab makeup on her vanity desk. Her vanity is filled to the brim with make-up brushes, lipsticks, pallets, and more! Her post is calling for people to be kind to themselves during the holiday season.iPhone 12 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CIpHp17szV2/
Ariana Grande with takes a selfie with her dog Toulouse iPhone 13 Pro Max. She is wearing a simple black dress and her phone case is simply white. The second picture on this post gives us a good look at her chunky black heels! They match her dress perfectly and give her a bit of height as well.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXcJJSsPsuR/
Camila Cabello in the Wynwood Walls museum taking a selfie with her iPhone 13 Pro Max. She is thanking the museum for its support of local artists. If you flip through this post, you can see all the wonderful pieces of art. A personal favorite is the colorful monkey sculpture.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CW4xRAduWT3/
Jay Z holds iPhone 13 Pro Max in a photo with his wife Beyoncé. They are enjoying their time on a luxurious yacht. In the second photo of this post Beyonce posing on the stairs. She is wearing a head-to-toe light green outfit!iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CT0Xy1Uvepk/
Karol G is dancing in a mirror for a TikTok with iPhone 13 Pro Max. She is adding the lyrics to match the song playing in the background. She is seen posting for a video selfie and then displaying her vibrate blue hair. Karol G is a new artist who is taking over the Latin music industry by storm.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXuARg2LXEZ/
Cardi B poses for a photo holding iPhone 13 Pro Max. Wearing a custom Chrome Hearts outfit. The second to last photo in the post gives us an up-close look at her nails! They are long red nails fully decorated with colorful heart-shaped jewels. Her wrists are adorned with multiple diamond bracelets to finish off her look.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CS7JLT6M2za/
Saweetie showcases her jewelry in an up-close mirror selfie with iPhone 13 Pro Max. She poses for multiple photos in an elevator. She is sporting a blue Burberry bucket hat and a white Louis Vuitton handbag. The very last photo is where we can fully see her outfit.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CRLPH9EMsqs/
Dixie D’Amelio shows off her outfit in multiple mirror selfies using iPhone 13 Pro Max. Her nails are long coffin-shaped and match her dark hair. Her blue jeans are adorned with a green jewel chain to add a pop of color. Dixie D’Amelio is rose to fame with her little sister Charlie and now she is a singer.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXxeBvVrQh5/
Grace VanderWaal takes a photo of herself on a computer monitor with a Samsung A12. She seems to be taking multiple videos in PhotoBooth. Grace is known for being a contestant on America’s Got Talent season 11. She went on to win the entire show and now is a singer songwriter.Samsung A12https://www.instagram.com/p/CXKEsh6PI7k/
Billie Eilish takes a selfie with a black turtle neck using iPhone 13 Pro Max. Her phone is in a black wallet phone case. Billie Eilish quickly became famous with her hit single “Ocean Eyes”. Now she is one of the biggest singers of the 2020s.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CVGt_JOBqMd/
Lil Nas X takes a mirror selfie with iPhone 13 Pro Max wearing a Gucci outfit. His blue Gucci bucket hat matches his Gucci duffle bag. His orange Gucci crew neck sweater is the perfect contrast to all the blue. The second to last photo shows that his song “Montero” is number 1 in 5 different countries!iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CNq_CCHF_J9/

Smartphones of TikTokers

TikTokersType of PhoneProof
Pierre Boo was seen using an iPhone 13 Pro. In a Google ad to showcase how their search engine works. He uses the app to search for a nearby donut shop. The search results are for Shawn’s donuts in Los Angeles, California.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.facebook.com/Google/videos/1059556194584799/
Charlie D’Amelio takes a close-up selfie with iPhone 13 Pro. She is sporting her nicely curled hair. Charlie became famous off of the popular app TikTok. She gain a large follow by recording herself preforming the most popular trends on the app.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXuiqF4p7UP/
Caleb Finn uses iPhone 13 Pro as a prop in a TikTok. He is recording this funny video with his girlfriend. The TikTok is meant to seem super intense and ends up being light-hearted. It’s a cool way to explain the definition of what a mortise is.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CW-LKqnst37/
Alicia McCarvell takes a selfie with her husband Scott on vacation with iPhone 13 Pro. She details how she spent day one of her vacation in the caption. The flew over from Canada to spend sometime in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were staying at the wonderful Ceasars Palace.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CW1gEoSJ7fw/
Khaby Lame was seen using iPhone 13 Pro Max in his TikTok video. He is demonstrating how to not get your phone wet while washing your hands. Khaby is super popular on TikTok for showing how certain “life hacks” are more work than anything.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CRUBeVqI277/

Smartphones of Athletes

Pro AthletesType of PhoneProof
Tom Brady uses iPhone 13 Pro Max in blue light glasses advert. He can be seen testing out the glasses while using a computer. This is showcasing the collaboration Brady has with the danish eyewear brand, Christopher Cloos. In the video, he can be seen working on the computer late at night.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CTM4OUIAfN4/
Rob Gronkowski holds Frenchie puppy while using iPhone 13 Pro Max. He is explaining how the Fetch app works. The app allows you to scan any receipt and receive points for every purchase. Then those points can be redeemed for in-app prizes.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CMkIeNFBfe_/
Alex Rodriguez has iPhone 13 Pro sitting on his office desk. He can be seen working on his computer while holding a cup of coffee sporting his logo. He quoted the post with “Do your job” to symbolize the computer work he’s busy with. A-Rod is best known for playing baseball for the New York Yankees.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CUC1sQ4FgcC/
Simone Biles takes a mirror selfie with iPhone 13 Pro Max. She is in a bathroom that is decorated in all black and white. The second photo shows were wearing a red blazer with a floral print blouse. Her caption is “business but make it casual”, we think she hit the nail on the head!iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CTS8YT2MYcg/

Smartphones of Actors

ActorsType of PhoneProof
Snooki takes a few mirror selfies wearing Christmas merch with iPhone 13 Pro Max. Each picture is of all the different t-shirts she has created for the holiday season. The different shirts are famous quotes/moments from the reality TV show Jersey Shore. The very last shirt is sporting her signature look of “the poof”.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXPukCCOEPH/
Millie Bobby Brown shows us her new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 for a sponsorship! There is a dancing alien that is wearing all pink to match the phone. You can watch her unbox the Flip3 and model the phone. She explains how the pink color of the phone reminds her of the city in Spain she was born in.Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3https://www.instagram.com/p/CViYjhLJKai/
Jennifer Aniston reacting with Reese Witherspoon to an award win. Jennifer can be seen in this video holding a gold iPhone X. They won a Golden Globe for their show “The Morning Show”. This drama series is currently streaming on Apple TV+.iPhone Xhttps://www.instagram.com/p/B53GbO-Bufv/
Reese Witherspoon was seen talking on iPhone 13 Pro Max with Ken Jeong about Stand Up To Cancer Event. She is calling all her celebrity friends for the telecast. The goal of Stand Up to Cancer’s is goal is to make every cancer patient a long-term survivor. 100% of all donations support their cancer research programs.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CSzN7efnTtP/
Sofia Vergara takes a beautiful mirror picture with her friend. Her iPhone 13 Pro is dressed in a square cheetah print phone case. All these photos were taken on Thanksgiving! Sofia’s Instagram caption is multiple turkey emojis.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CWulfTIsCMT/
Zendaya is using her iPhone 13 Pro to take a selfie in character as Marie. She wishes everyone a happy Valentine’s day and promotes her new movie. The movie is an intense romance drama called Malcolm & Marie currently streaming on Netflix. This Instagram post shows the cast and crew hanging out and wrapping up shooting.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CLS6GXmrIve/
Julianne Moore, on Christmas Eve, sitting on the couch scrolling on her iPhone 13 Pro Max. Her adorable black dog is taking up all the spotlight. You can see a large Christmas tree in the background. Julianne is spending the day with her family!iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CX470L0DI3H/
Ruth Negga posts a black and white photo holding her iPhone 13 Pro Max. She tags the fashion brand Celine in her Instagram caption. Playful she tells them “I stole your coat!”. Ruth has recently starred in the movie Passing, she was won multiple supporting actress awards for her role.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CVoHi4crPJv/
Tessa Thompson posts a bathroom selfie with her iPhone 12 Pro. She’s wearing a fuzzy Chanel fanny pack. Tessa is in New Orleans for Mardi Gras! You can flip through the post to see a festive float.iPhone 12 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/B8wX1FCBXLJ/
Halle Berry posts a close-up mirror selfie of herself in workout gear. There is a clear close-up of her iPhone XS Max. She is known for being a well-accomplished actor. Halle’s recent movie is called Bruised where she plays an MMA fighter.iPhone XS Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CVlnNuUrrmu/
Jamie Foxx can be seen posting with his iPhone 13 Pro. This black and white photo showcases a striped Dior shirt. In one of the photos, you can see him holding a glass and bottle of Brown Sugar Bourbon is next to him. He is posing on the front doorstep of his home.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXlKQ5erIZw/

Smartphones of Influencers

Influencers Type of PhoneProof
Kim Kardashian uses an iPhone 13 Pro Max. She posted a few pictures of herself taking a selfie on Instagram recently. The back of her phone can be seen in the reflection.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://swirlster.ndtv.com/style/kim-kardashians-stunning-mirror-selfie-makes-us-do-a-double-take-2348411
Kendall Jenner takes a video of a cosmetic product with iPhone 11 Pro Max. She’s wearing an all-black robe that matches her phone!iPhone 11 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CRMlH07jpXy/
Kylie Jenner shows off date night outfit in Instagram video with iPhone 13 Pro Max. She is wearing head to toe black leather.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CV1xpg0Mdwf/
lilmiquela asks her audience to vote on her outfits with iPhone 13 mirror selfie. She describes how she is the mood to STUNT.iPhone 13https://www.instagram.com/p/CXJq1gFPvLK/
Steelo Brim poses for a professional photo with an iPhone 13 Pro Max. The other pictures are showing off all the details of his outfit.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CRUBeVqI277/

Smartphones of Youtubers

Youtubers Type of PhoneProof
Brittany Broski uses iPhone 13 Pro to take many selfies with her best friend Taylor. She describes that they are ready for fashion week.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CTxTAb3P5dd/
Bailey Sarian takes mirror selfies with iPhone 13 Pro Max to thank her fans for supporting her merch drop! She is using a small vanity mirror with lights decorating the edges.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CWhZtBuFG3a/
Bretman Rock poses for a fashionable mirror selfie with his iPhone 13 Pro Max. His phone case is a creamy brown leather case that is very chic.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CTkdlMClcMO/
Logan Paul seen pumping gas while using his iPhone 13 Pro Max. He is making sure his G Wagon is topped off and ready to go.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CRWsq5rpE1P/

Phones of Models

ModelsType of PhoneProof
Chrissy Teigen shows how advanced photo editing apps are in mirror selfies with iPhone 13 Pro Max. She describes how her app-edited version of herself is effortlessly cool.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CW9XsyHvYSf/
Gisele Bündchen posts a mirror selfie with her iPhone 13 Pro Max with a sticky note that calls for the uniting of people. She asks her followers to donate to Luz Alliance Fund to help families in Brazil.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CNsPoSplM3j/
Cindy Crawford poses for a mirror selfie taken on her iPhone 13 Pro. She’s showing off her new haircut and color from hairdresser Myles Shaddad.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CWMmn8ELTEb/
Heidi Klum posts a video with her iPhone 13 Pro Max. She’s showing off her super fashionable pink pants suit.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CXsGiqhK7he/
Gigi Hadid posts a photo on iPhone 13 Pro Max while shooting promos for Ralph Lauren Fragrances.iPhone 13 Prohttps://www.instagram.com/p/CQybbhsH90i/
Natalia Vodianova is walking with her Samsung S21 in Kremlin Moscow. She seems to be texting!Samsung S21https://www.instagram.com/p/CTq7WHrL-HQ/
Kate Upton poses in front of a mirror and her dog can be seen in the background! She’s using her iPhone 13 Pro Max that has a yellow phone case.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CLuqrhtjALB/
Bella Hadid is on set taking a photo with her iPhone 13 Pro Max. Bella is wearing a robe as she gets her hair done.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CVO7zLIFJIF/
Joan Smalls poses with her friends in an elevator mirror. Her iPhone 13 Pro Max has a purple puffer case just like Justin Bieber.iPhone 13 Pro Maxhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CRKUlJFFeBs/

Who Uses What?

Which smartphones do celebrities use? Its iPhone, definitely iPhone. All jokes aside, now that we’ve established that the iPhone is just about the only game in (tinsel) town who, exactly, uses what device?

Most world leaders, as it happens, have long used Blackberrys or adapted iPhones and Samsungs. One issue with Android and iOS – despite what Apple will say – is the potential for hacking the OS. Blackberrys have encryption from end to end, which makes them ideal for sensitive information. Now though, with Blackberry circling the drain, security services have had to look elsewhere. Bespoke security software on other smartphones is now the order of the day.

Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9

With celebrities, it’s a little different. For iPhones, you can look at Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Samuel L Jackson and more. Singer John Legend is even reported to record demos on his iPhone.

Perhaps a little surprisingly, despite being a little thinner on the ground, Samsung smartphones have gotten their phones into the hands of some of the cooler celebrities on the block. Jay Z, LeBron and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling all use Galaxys of one kind or another. Curious to see why these celebs use Samsung, you can purchase one from Mr Aberthon, just follow the link!

Kim Jong Un uses an HTC phone, and Vladimir Putin has a custom-made smartphone, despite regularly claiming that he doesn’t own a phone at all. What we see in terms of smartphone ownership does seem to follow a geographic trend. Almost all pop and rock stars in Korea, for example, use Samsung. So could this be why iPhones do so well with US stars?

Let’s face it, that “Designed in California” stamp they used to put on may have had an effect. California, for all it’s often odd political decisions, is still seen as the home of hippies and cool. And, of course, there’s little quite so hip nor cool as an iPhone.

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