For the second year in a row, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has topped the American Customer Satisfaction Index for cell phones, although its score of 81 declined modestly from last year. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Motorola subsidiary earned the No. 2 spot with a score of 77.

Chief rival Samsung scored 76, which was the biggest sequential improvement of any company, gaining 7%. That put the South Korean company's satisfactions core on par with companies like Nokia (NYSE:NOK), who also scored 76 after a modest gain. Other OEMs like HTC, LG, and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) scored lower in the benchmarks.

Earlier this year, Apple also earned the J.D. Power and Associates award for highest consumer smartphone satisfaction for the ninth consecutive year.

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