Apple's iPhone 5 has become the UK's most popular smartphone, as Android fans await this month's launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 4.
According to uSwitch.com's Mobile Tracker, which is based on web searches and sales, March saw the Samsung Galaxy SIII fall to number three, after 10 months in the top slot. Despite the fall of the SIII, Samsung's Galaxy range is still proving popular, accounting for four devices in the top 10. HTC's One flagship was the highest new entry at number five, even though the device was delayed due to component shortages.
Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, said: 'It’s not just early adopters that are holding out for the Samsung Galaxy S4 to hit the shelves. Since the Korean manufacturer’s new flagship device was announced in mid-March, the SIII’s popularity has already faded enough for not one but two iPhones to get ahead. That’s a big deal for the smartphone that has managed to spend 10 long months at the top of the smartphone table.
'Although it’s still Apple versus Samsung at the top of the chart, there is plenty of mid-table contention between flagship efforts of other manufacturers, including Sony, HTC and LG. It’ll be a blow to Nokia that the Lumia 920 isn’t leading the charge for Windows Phone this month, but there should be plenty of movement in the chart coming up, particularly with BlackBerry trying to lure back the faithful with their keyboard-toting Q10, not to mention Samsung making a concerted effort to upset the Apple cart with the heavily hyped Galaxy S4. Unlike the British spring, things are certainly hotting up in the smartphone market.'
The top 10, for March 2013
1. Apple iPhone 5 16GB, (Up two)
2. Apple iPhone 4S 16GB (Up five)
3. Samsung Galaxy SIII 16GB (Down two)
4. Sony Xperia Z (Down two)
5. HTC One (New entry)
6. Apple iPhone 4 8GB (Re-entry)
7. Samsung Galaxy SII (Up two)
8. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (Up two)
9. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (Re-entry)
10. LG Nexus 4 (Down two)
Author: Graeme Neill