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

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Smartphones from manufacturer take top three spots in December uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker, as two most recent Apple iPhones fall three place in top 10 list

The Samsung Galaxy S III was the most popular mobile in the UK last month, making it the eighth successive month the smartphone has held the top spot.

That is according to the latest uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker, which is based on live searches, pre-orders and contract mobile phone sales.

The Samsung Galaxy S II was second with the Galaxy Ace third, up two and three places respectively. The LG Nexus 4 took fourth spot, up one place from November. The Galaxy S II was in the top five every month last year, and was number one throughout Q1 2012.

However, the Apple iPhone 4S 16GB and iPhone 5 16GB in black both fell three places to fifth and sixth respectively.

The iPhone 4S appeared in the chart every month last year having taken top spot last April. The iPhone 5 hasn’t made number one yet, but has been in the top end of the chart every month since its launch in September.

The Nokia Lumia 800 and Samsung Galaxy S III entered the top 10 list. The Lumia 800 was up four place to seventh, with the Galaxy S III Mini rising seven positions to ninth. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 fell a place to eight, with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 a new entrant at 10.

uSwitch.com telecoms expert Ernest Doku said: “Top of the tree were three Samsung Galaxy phones, more than matching the iPhone with a range of incredibly affordable devices. The enduring presence of the Ace and Galaxy S2 – both released back in 2011 – prove that a bargain price point and strong software support can keep classic handsets battling with the heavyweights.

“2012 certainly saw the rise of the ‘phablet’, with Samsung again leading the way. Both the Note and newbie Note 2 were consistently in the top ten bestsellers thanks to their colossal touchscreen displays and S-Pen stylus.

“2013 looks set to introduce yet more exciting phones. January sees the make-or-break return of BlackBerry with a brand new operating system and refreshed range of devices. Rumour has it that a wave of turbo-charged Android devices are set to follow suit, while new Windows Phone 8 phones will also be looking to make an impact.

“What can be certain is that current favourites Samsung and Apple had better watch out – competition is certainly going to be hotting up in the New Year.”

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