Samsung's Galaxy S3 Retains Top Spot in UK Handset Charts
Samsung's flagship handset, the Galaxy S3, continues to rank as the UK's most popular handset based on live searches and sales, according to the latest uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker. But the real action has been in the competition for second place -- between the older Galaxy S2 and Apple's iPhone 4S. Throughout August, they were neck and neck, with the 4S pipping the S2 to the post on the last day of the month.
While Apple may have won the battle for second place, Samsung has had the last laugh with its Galaxy family taking half of the top ten spots.
The only new entry for August was the BlackBerry Curve 9320, showing there is still a strong appetite for affordable handsets. Compared to the higher spec iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3, which are priced from £26 per month, the Curve 9320 is now available from only £10.50 per month. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is another handset that has captured the imagination of summer bargain hunters, thanks to affordable deals from £15.50 per month.
Number one handset -- Samsung's Galaxy S3 remains Britain's most popular mobile for the third month running since launching in May 2012.
Re-entries -- although not its first appearance in the top ten, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 rose an impressive eight places in August and now ranks as the sixth most popular handset. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 rose seven places, now ranking at number eight.
Biggest losers -- the HTC One S is now dangerously close to the relegation zone as the tenth most popular smartphone after dropping three places. The One X from the HTC family has also dropped one position, as has the Samsung Galaxy Note
Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, says: "There is excitement in the air for smartphone fans as the summer draws an end. Autumn will see the emergence of dozens of new handsets as mobile manufacturers bid to be Christmas number one. The smartphone market in August has been in limbo as consumers wait to hear what will be on offer in the next couple of months."
Top Ten Handsets for August
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Samsung Galaxy Ace
- Sony Xperia U
- BlackBerry Curve 9320
- HTC One X
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
- Samsung Galaxy Note
- HTC One S