Apple's iPhone beat out HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and RIM in a consumer survey on smartphones for the sixth time in a row.

Apple leads U.S. smartphone manufacturers in customer satisfaction, according to a new survey by J.D. Power and Associates.

It's the sixth time in a row the Cupertino, Calif., giant has topped this survey. Apple scored 838 points with great marks in all areas, particularly ease of operation and features.

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HTC came in second, followed by Samsung, Motorola and RIM. With only 721 points, Nokia's performance was particularly poor, even finishing behind the now-defunct Palm.

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