Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is still the most popular phone in the UK, Nexus 4 is the surprising number five

by: AdrianDecember 3, 2012

Having no serious competition in the Android universe ever since its launch, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was bound to suffer a drop in popularity after the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 5. And while we can’t go as far as say the S3 is still selling as it did three or six months back, it’s definitely not fallen as some expected.

In UK, for instance, the S3 is still the most sought after phone – for the seventh consecutive month. Based on a report compiled by uSwitch, live searches, pre-orders and pay monthly sales brought the crown to the 4.8-incher again, but that’s not the only bad news for Apple.

The number two handheld in the chart is the dated iPhone 4S and not the brand new iPhone 5, which is considered a bit on the expensive side by British tech lovers. We don’t know if the new iPhone stands any chance to turn the tables around by Christmas, but, according to Ernest Doku, a telecoms expert at uSwitch, the 4S remains the biggest threat for the Galaxy S3. Now that’s a big oops for Apple!

What could be even more troubling for Cupertino is what’s behind the two iPhones. At number four and five we have two other big Android guns that very nicely blend the past and the future. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is right behind the podium, despite being more than a year and a half old, while the surprising number five is Google and LG’s Nexus 4.


Nexus 4’s presence in the top is not shocking in the sense that we weren’t expecting the phone to be popular, but it’s definitely unexpected considering that it has only been up for grabs in the UK for… half an hour. Now think about how the Nexus 4 could advance in the top if Google were to clean up the whole demand and supply mess.

As for the GS2, we know very well that’s a very solid phone despite its age, so with the right holiday incentives and special offers, we reckon its popularity could grow even more.

Moving on towards the bottom of the top ten, we have three other Samsung phones there, the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Ace 2 in sixth, seven and tenth respectively. The Sony Xperia U is the number eight, while HTC’s One X takes the number nine spot.

We don’t see anyone of these moving on much higher soon, so the battle for the top stop in December is going to be between Samsung, Apple and Google/LG. Who do you think will prevail?

  • Ayman Kouzayha

    S3 FTW, still the N4 is a very tempting deal of Price/Specs

  • ThEGr33k

    If LG/Google sort their lives out then the Nexus 4 will be a big threat, though that seems as though it wont happen till January as it stands. I’m a bit disappointed as I was so looking forward to the N4!

    • nexuser

      google needs better marketing, most people dont even know what what a nexus device is

  • Soon as I heard Nexus 4 was going to be an LG phone I knew nothing good was going to come of it.

    • ha

      It’s an amazing phone. Do you really think google would partner up with a company if they thought the product would be “nothing good”? Best and fastest phone I’ve had yet and I had the GNEX and Nexus S previously. It’s also smoother and quite a bit faster than the S3 :)

    • Ray

      This device will be a make it or break it for LG. If they fail to deliver, then Google will drop them and move on(so will the consumers). So, give them a chance to prove themselves to consumers.

    • Maff Mace

      I thought the same, I swore I would never go back to LG after I had the Optimus 3D, but seeing as Google are doing the software updates I knew I’d be OK

  • satsmine2k4

    Am sure if google could meet the demand N4 could have made the top 3 it’s an amazing phone to say the least…

  • Reality Bites

    Surprising number 5? It hasn’t been available to buy since release day!

  • Ray

    The Nexus 4 just got in the game. Give it some time, and it will rise up like a prophet.

  • People who got iPhones as a token of their bosses respect will carry them into retirement twenty years from now. They are kind of like Phi Beta Kappa watch fobs on gold chains worn across your belly.

  • whoa i never thought that Xperia U would made it to the top ten spot (8th). It sure deserve a Jelly Beans update. C’mon Sony don’t make your fans dissapointed. It’s currently your most popular phone !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Maff Mace

      My wife has the U, I used SUS on the PC and it said jellybean was available a few weeks ago so we installed it, give it a try, nothing came up on the phone saying an update was available

      • Maybe you mistaken it for the recently anounced ICS update.