Samsung Galaxy S III continues to see off Apple challenge

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Samsung Galaxy S III continues to see off Apple challenge

The iPhone 5 has failed to make a dent in the success Samsung's Galaxy S III, with the Android handset leading sales and web searches for the seventh month running.

According to uSwitch.com's Mobile Tracker chart for November, the iPhone 4S has overtaken the iPhone 5 to be the second most popular handset behind Samsung's flagship smartphone. Google's Nexus 4, which is made by LG, has burst into fifth place, with uSwitch saying its attractive pricing if bought directly from Google is swaying consumers.

Samsung continues to dominate the top ten, accounting for five slots. Its Samsung S II is still performing strongly, despite falling two slots to fourth place. As well as the Nexus 4, another new entry is HTC's One X+, a Jelly Bean-enabled version of its flagship One X handset.

Ernest Doku from uSwitch said: 'The affordable price point has kept the Samsung Galaxy S III at the top of the tree, but whether it will be at the top of the Christmas tree remains to be seen, as price drops for both the 4S and 5 have seen the iPhone quickly gaining ground.

'And while the popularity of the Sony Xperia range might seem on the wane, the combination of the Xperia T’s Bond-related campaign and affordable Xperia U have seen them have greater longevity over HTC’s frequent, yet brief, appearances in the chart with One Series devices.

'As for the Christmas number one, the Apple brand could well reign supreme and see the iPhone 4S take over in the final straight as the gift of choice for consumers, especially at these reduced price points. Eight months may well be just that month too long for the S III to wear the mobile crown.'

The top 10 handsets for November

1 Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB Blue (Android, no change)

2 Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black (iOS, up two places)

3 Apple iPhone 5 16GB Black (iOS, no change)

4 Samsung Galaxy S II (Android, down two)

5 LG Nexus 4 (Android, new entry)

6 Samsung Galaxy Ace (Android, up one)

7 Samsung Galaxy Note II (Android, down one)

8 Sony Xperia U (Android, down three)

9 HTC One X+ (Android, new entry)

10 Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 (Android, up two)

Editor: Graeme Neill

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