Samsung Galaxy S III Reportedly Tops iPhone 4S as Best-Selling U.S. Smartphone

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Business Insider reports on a new research note from Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley claiming that Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III has surpassed Apple's iPhone 4S to become the top-selling smartphone in the United States. Walkley's data shows the iPhone 4S continuing to lead at AT&T during August but falling to second at Sprint behind the Galaxy S III and third at Verizon behind the Galaxy S III and the Motorola RAXR MAXX. The Galaxy S III is also on top at T-Mobile, which does not officially offer the iPhone.


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    The shift is due to a combination of factors, partly strong performance by Samsung with its new flagship smartphone launched in June and partly weakness on the part of the iPhone as consumers begin to hold off in anticipation of the iPhone 5 set for later this month following an introduction next week.

    Article Link: Samsung Galaxy S III Reportedly Tops iPhone 4S as Best-Selling U.S. Smartphone
  2. macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
  3. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    The SGS3 is a very nice phone. I'm very impressed with it but I have to think that is the closest to the iPhone one can get without actually owning an iPhone; for very obvious reasons. (beat dead horse) It's a bit large for my pocket though.
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    The iPhone reign wouldn't last forever. We'll see how things play out after the new iPhone is released.
  5. macrumors regular


    May 18, 2011

    Somehow I don't see Apple shaking. This will all change after the 21st (or whatever the actual launch date is). This roller coaster reporting is so stupid. Nobody is going to hold the top spot indefinitely, nor does it mean the products are good or the buyers are happy. Oh well. Hope the new iPhone doesn't suck, because I really want one.
  6. macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    London, United Kingdom
    So Samsung's new phone beat Apple's year old phone in the month before the new iPhone is released?

    No wai!!
  7. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009
    so what....

    this will change once the iPhone 5 comes out, and have you seen the S III? It's freaking HUGE! Who want's that mini tablet of a phone in your pocket! Not me!
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2010
    Thats obvious! Got damned no body is going to buy an iPhone 4S right now!!!
  9. macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    The S3 is 8 months newer than the 4S and a new iPhone is out this month. Stupid analysis.
  10. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I love the defensiveness in the comments.
    I love my iPhone and won't be moving away from it again any time soon but really, you have to admit that there are some nice phones on the market.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Fantastic news.

    This is what happens when you can't innovate and have to littigate folks!

    The iPhone 4s, wow, real innovation over the 4. :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    Apparently millions of other people do...
  13. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Have you seem the iPhone screen?? 3.5 inches, so tiny, size hasn't changed since 07, Jesus Christ!!
  14. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    The iPhone 4S is an older device it only makes sense that the brand new SIII is selling so well. I'm sure the iPhone 5 will fix that.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2011
    Why is it so hard for a few people to realize that the gs3 is a genuinely a good phone, there's nothing wrong with an android device that is selling as well as an iPhone in its first few months, I'm saying this as a Samsung touchwiz hater
  16. macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    It overtook the iPhone months ago in most places. In the UK alone it overtook the iPhone within 1 week.

    As others have said the leading vendor will change from month to month.

    I know i'll never own an iPhone now, having used one once, it felt cheap nasty and made by the lowest bidder. Quality was not important. I'll say the same about Samsung as well, the Mrs has one, absolutely horrible. Cheap and nasty, just like the iPhone.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    useless information

    These kind of monthly analyses are useless as the lifecycle of some products are coming to an end and being compared to the sales spike of brand new products.

    As for the gigantic phones being sold to people now... lol. Remember when the race was to thinner/smaller? I personally don't want one of those monsters but we are becoming increasingly connected, especially on-the-go so people may tolerate the awkwardness of a huge design but I see it more as a fad, for now.

    Apple probably needs to reexamine their once-a-year product cycle. Otherwise they will see more and more of these peaks and valleys with the sale of iPhones. I'm personally tired of having to wait for a month to get my hands on a new one because 30 million other people are suddenly trying to buy it at the same time.
  18. macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Source? Seems odd considering that the iPhone more than tripled GS3 sales for the quarter worldwide. Obviously, that is with one fewer month, but that's still a big difference.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2010
    er, are you sure youre commenting on the right companies? it was Apple that innovated the hell out of the cell business, causing massive disruption and shifting fortunes -- please see near bankruptcies of Nokia and RIM. then came the clones like Samsung.

    as for the 4S over the do realize apple practices an incremental strategy, yes? even w/ that they doubled the CPU, multiplied the GPU, doubled the storage and (i think) the ram, redesigned the antenna and doubled the thru put. what more could you want?

    oh yeah, a new case design. rolleyes...


    and the problem is...? did your eyes get smaller during this time? mine havent. and the resolution on the device has doubled yielding a screen thats even easier to read now than when it came out.


    the iphone feels cheap and poorly made? riiiight.

    geeze...the mental hoops people will jump thru to feel good about themselves is absurd. its a phone, man. not your self-esteem. i hope.
  20. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2010
    And in unrelated news, mobile phone sales staff kick-back bonuses reportedly increased from $50 to $75 for every Android phone sold to a customer who initially came in to buy an iPhone.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    New Jersey
    So, a well-built, spec'd-out, brand-new phone topped the iPhone, which has the entire tech world crazily talking about the release of its next generation, which is in less than a month.

    In other news, the sky is blue.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2012
    You have to love this kind of quote from someone trying to protect Samsung. They have never innovated anything. Look at the TV sets, they stole their technology from Sony! Keep supporting the South Korean knock-off artist.
  23. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Your confusing updating with innovating.

    Samsung is where the innovations at.

    I can see you are upset about the iPhone being talked of in a negative fashion but please know that since the iPhone is no longer the most popular phone my opinion is backed by the majority.
  24. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    As much as I like my iPhone 4S, I must admit I like my Galaxy S III even better.

    There's a lot to be said for all of the features, how easily one can tailor it to their liking, and the speed that one experiences.

    Competition is good for everyone, and if this is what Apple needs to wake them up, then it's all worth it.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    Wait- so now that the S3 is the most popular phone is it now cool to hate Samsung? Is apple the underdog again? I'm very confused, someone please tell me which phone will increase my social status.

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