With most smartphone manufacturers reluctant to release exact sales figures broken down by devices, there isn’t much we can use to find out what are the most popular and successful gadgets around. We could look at blog reviews, but these sometimes reflect the opinions of people with a very vast technical expertise, which, let’s be honest, is not the case of most regular users.

What about some weekly ranking charts where normal people and “experts” can express their opinions separately? Does it sound relevant and trustworthy enough? We think it does, which is why we are looking today at the results of the “People’s Choice Chart” and “Mobile Tech Expert’s Chart” in PhoneDog Media’s Official Smartphone Rankings.

Both those charts have the exact same leader right now, which is… drumrolls, please… Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Surprised? Probably not, as we’ve been saying for a while: Sammy’s super-phone is the best ever mobile device.

What could surprise you however is the distance between the S3 and the secondly ranked phone in the “People’s choice” chart. Samsung’s flagship has been voted by 339 people in the last week, while HTC’s One X, the current number two in the smartphone galaxy (no pun intended), has only won 95 votes. That is rough, ladies and gents, but it perfectly illustrates the huge popularity the S3 enjoys right now, and the gap between itself and the so-called competition.

In the “Expert’s choice” chart, the Galaxy S3 doesn’t hold such a comfortable lead however, having gained 30 points during the last week, with only two “lengths” ahead of the HTC One X. Three “experts” chose the S3 as the best phone around, while another three saw it as the second best gadget. Interestingly enough, Samsung’s flagship seems like a love or hate device, with seven experts ranking it in their top three, but with nobody giving it the number one or two position. The One X, on the other hand, was voted in their “top five” by ten experts, with two of them placing it as number one.

The Galaxy S3 has been ranked number one by both regular tech users and experts for seven weeks now, proving once again that it’ll be very tough for anyone to steal the spotlight from this uber-phone anytime soon.

As for the rest of the rankings, the people have voted the “global” Galaxy Nexus as the third best phone, with Apple’s iPhone 4S following in fourth and the Nokia Lumia 900 wrapping up the top five. Experts see the iPhone 4S as the third best phone around, with the global S3 in fourth position and the global Nexus in fifth.

Other ranked Android gadgets in both charts include the likes of the Galaxy Note (6 and 13), the Droid Razr Maxx (7 and 7), HTC EVO 4G LTE (8 and 6), HTC One S (9 and 8) and even the Atrix HD (11 and 9).

The race for the best phone around will surely be heating up real soon, with LG and HTC expected to release some real contenders at Galaxy S3’s reign. The Galaxy Note 2 might itself get involved in the race, even though it isn’t technically a phone, while the iPhone 5, as much as it pains us to say it, will also be a device to watch for.

Before anything though, we would love to hear from you guys on the subject of the best smartphone on today’s market. Is the S3 your favorite too? And is everyone else so far behind Samsung’s “beast”?

  • Yes, my S3 is at the top of antutu’s rankings right now. The iphone 5 would have to have a bigger screen, better battery, removable battery, widgets, expandable memory to stand the slightest chance of even getting close to it…

    • Rex

      iPhone = swear word.

      • Ray

        Be careful when you use swear words like i*****, you might get flagged.

    • ArCol

      My One X stole your s3’s place after recent 4.0.4 update.

      • Ray

        One X? Is that some weight loss pill?

        So you made a bad decision and bought the One X. Get over it. Lesson learned.

  • I have the S3 and it’s really that good!! :-) :-) :-)

  • sammy richard

    Well.. There may be a truth with expert reviews… But User reviews may not be completely true…. I mean, how many of them really know that there is a phonedog site and how many are so free to go and vote it….. :)

  • No Surprise here really, might change when the Iphone 5 comes out though . . . .

    • Ray

      The only difference between the iPhone 4/4S and the iPhone5 will be the possible quad-core upgrade, higher resolution, larger screen size, and maybe another Android feature that was “borrowed” and altered to work with iOS. Just like the sliding notification bar which Android has been using since day one.
      I’m not bad mouthing Apple, I’m just sharing my opinion. Or does Apple have a patent on “Opinions” as well? lol

      • kkin

        notification hasn’t been used in android since day one.. you don’t know android that well.. and yeah u never know apple might sue you for opinions! lol

        • Ray

          YOU ARE AN IDIOT! Android 1.0 had the drop down notification bar on the T-Mobile G1.

          And the person that +1 your comment is twice the idiot for agreeing with you.

          Next time include a source, such as the one I have included below to prove that you are an IDIOT.


  • steve australia

    Apple software what a nightmare, will not matter what features iphone 5 gets it will be glitchy & impossible to get sorted outside the USA. Thanks for good quality android devices, so i dont have to deal with apple.

  • naseefpv

    I love my s3 ……ma best friend..

  • Ray

    In today’s fast-paced world, having a good smartphone is like having a good assistant. Always there when you need it, ready to complete any task on command. Especially, if you’re a busy bee like me. Samsung Galaxy S3, The future of innovation!

    • bill

      what about the size. i would going from the mytouch 4g to the galaxy s3. thats quite an upgrade size wise in my pocket..so to speak. how do you see it?

      • Ray

        Bill, I used to own a Samsung Galaxy Note, which would stick it’s head out of my pocket all the time. With the Samsung Galaxy S3, I have not had any issues with the device sticking it’s head out or getting in the way of my active life. I am average size and weight (6′ 190). I do not dress in clothes that can fit two people. I wear normal-sized khakis and jeans mostly, so I think if you fit the description, you should not come across any issues. Good Luck!

        (fyi, I’ve owned every smartphone that you can imagine, I have not seen any device that can compare to the S3.)

  • trebor

    Love my s3♥!