Samsung Galaxy S III maintains spot as UK’s most popular mobile


Manufacturer’s flagship device top of Mobile Tracker for seventh consecutive month, but faces pressure from Apple at Christmas due to price drops for the iPhone

The Samsung Galaxy S III was the most popular phone in the UK in November according to the latest uSwtich Mobile Tracker, marking its seventh consecutive month at the top of the rankings.

The tracker, which is based on live searches, pre-orders and contract sales, shows the 16GB model in blue (pictured) supported by four other Galaxy handsets in the top 10 – S II, Ace, Note II and Ace 2.

The Apple iPhone 4S 16GB in black has risen two places and overtaken the most recent model from the technology giant – the iPhone 5 16GB in black – to take second spot. uSwitch said this was due to the 4S’s cheaper price on contract at £26 a month, as opposed to the iPhone 5 for £36 a month.

The iPhone 5 maintained third position, whilst the Samsung Galaxy S II fell two places from October to fourth. The LG Nexus 4 from Google is a new entrant at fifth, as is the HTC One X+ at eight.

The biggest faller was the Sony Xperia U – the manufacturer’s only offering in the top 10 – dropping three places to eighth. telecoms expert Ernest Doku said: “The affordable price point has kept the Samsung Galaxy S3 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 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.”