iPhone 5s reclaims position as UK’s most popular handset


iPhone 5c displaced from top spot after just one month by manufacturer’s premium smartphone, which had previously been to of the rankings for nine months

The Apple iPhone has reclaimed its position as the UK’s most popular handset, replacing the iPhone 5c after just one month.

This is according to the uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker for August, which is based on live searches, pre-orders and sales.

Statistics are derived from mobile phone deal comparison website Omio’s partners, which include uSwitch.com. This totals more than 10 million monthly page views, with the data a result of an aggregation of all clicks and sales from these partner sites.

In July, the iPhone 5s lost its position as the UK’s most popular handset following nine months at the top, and was replaced by the iPhone 5c.

uSwitch.com said the iPhone’s monopoly of the two top selling handsets bodes well for the launch of the iPhone 6, which is expected to be unveiled by Apple at an event taking place on September 9.

According to traffic, pre-orders and sales across uSwitch.com and its partner sites, interest in Android devices has increased 40 per cent to account for 42 per cent in total, while interest in iOS devices rose by just three per cent to account for 50 per cent in total.

In the popularity standings, the Samsung Galaxy S5 held onto third place. The HTC One (M8) moved up two positions to fourth, which resulted in the iPhone 4s and Galaxy S4 both slipping one place to fifth and sixth respectively.

Following its launch at the end of June, the LG G3 has retained seventh, with the Sony Xperia Z2 holding onto eighth spot. The Galaxy Note 3 moved up one to ninth, replacing the Galaxy S4 Mini, which slipped a place to tenth.