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Apple iPhone 5 and 4S are the Q4 bestsellers, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S III

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Apple iPhone 5 and 4S are the Q4 bestsellers, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S III

Research firm Strategy Analytics finished its fourth quarter global smartphone sales calculations, and, as usual in the last quarter of recent years, Apple's iPhone took the lead.

It was reported before that the handset has been the most popular in terms of sales in the US, but the current report looks at the worldwide market, reaching the same conclusion.

Apple moved more than 27 million iPhone 5 units in the October-December period last year, as you can see in the tablet above, and even the iPhone 4S sold 17+ million, which made it go to second place. Third was Samsung's finest Galaxy S III with more than 15 million pieces sold. Of course, we are a few weeks away from the Galaxy S IV announcement, which might very well mean the tide will turn in the second and third quarter as they did last year. 

"Wash, rinse, repeat" might not be the case in 2013, however, as almost every manufacturer is coming with very strong contenders - the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One come to mind from the flagships announced so far, and MWC is sure to bring more heavyweights in the ring to challenge the Apple-Samsung duopoly, which we can all only benefit from.

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posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:41 7

1. lee480 (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


It's Sony's turn soon. Lol To HTC fanboys.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/860398_343318719117827_140365419_o.jpg

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:57 3

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


so now Sony has a patent for Aluminuim unibodoes ?

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:21

16. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


HTC, you should've placed the beats audio right at the bottom, then... PERFECT! LOL! I'm sorry this is all about iphone right? LOL

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:22

17. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Oh edit. how about the beats logo same as the sony green logo is placed then htc at the bottome?? ROFL!

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 03:05

48. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Since the iPhone 5 was almost outselling the S3 by a 2 to 1 ratio for the latest quarter, it doesn't look good for Sony or HTC.

Keep in mind, the carriers were discounting the S3 meaning the iPhone 5 is doing great.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:47 1

2. hateftotti (Posts: 134; Member since: 03 May 2011)


WoW O.o
18+15.4 SIII = 6+27.4 Iphone 5 = 33.4 million for both of them
So with these numbers S4 will definitely out sell iphone5s/6

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:13 5

7. edgabimbam (unregistered)


Emmm iphone5 was released later than s3, so your calculation isnt right, because s3 had more time in Q3 for selling than iphone5

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:02 1

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


And how will that benefit u? How much will your check be from Samsung? Answer: it wont and 0

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 08:24 5

27. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I know I love it when fanboys of companies like apple or samsung( am sure other fanboys would if "there" company sold as much) go on about sales or how well x company is doing etc etc as if its going to make them rich or something...I have the s3 and sure am glad its doing well cause to me it means I made good decision and plenty agree with me.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 08:42 1

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Cracks me up

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 11:19

32. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


You should just be happy with your purchase. Others buying the same phone as me has never made me feel more validated that I made a good purchase.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 11:31 1

33. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


True but as humans sometimes we want validation... I was happy with my s2 s3 even before they sold 10s of millions...for me when I see sales it's more knowing the device is good rather than validation.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 16:14

40. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


That still sounds like you're looking for validation. YOU decide whether a device is good or not, not how many are sold.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 16:33 1

42. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Like I said we as humans like validation when we buy a new TV we asked people do you like it or if you buy a jacket and ask if its nice that's all asking for validation whether your choice or taste is good

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:50 2

3. MrJerry (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Where is L920 which is the best smartphone of 2012?

I only guess the article says "others" because the best one of them are not even close to GS3??? lol

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:00 3

5. sun0066 (Posts: 73; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


it is not about the best phone but about the most sold, phone is not about build quality anymore it is about lot of things quality, battery, display , specs , memory and ecosystem ( apps ) etc

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:02

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


yea..its like saying how many cars are sold ...majority goes to toyota..while the best ones like BMW ,Mercs are few

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:20 4

9. MrJerry (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


lol

You are right
But bmw n benz cars are f**king expensive whereas nokia is the price of s**t compared to them lol

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:26 4

10. MrJerry (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


So you meant people keep buying toyota even if they can afford to buy bmw n benz cars with same price..

Then world seems to crazy to u huh? :)

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 18:41

46. SleepingOz (unregistered)


For much cheaper I would say!
But +1 for this wonderful comment! hahah..

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:45 2

13. MrJerry (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Yep
All you said is right

But as long as i know people are always smarter than i thought
So i consider most sold = best product
If the gap between most sold and others is mere amount, i should consider others as well. But if it is like 100mils vs 5mils, i dont waste of my time

Am i too realistic or not a dumb? or Nokia cults just cant accept the truth?

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:16 6

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Was there any doubt?

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:45

12. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


no, why should there be any?

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:01 1

14. MrJerry (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


There is one thing i realized why many people started hating apple: ifan

So you should know that what you are all doing here actually disgraces your beloved apple

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 06:37 3

11. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Fool the consumer once - shame on Apple.

Fool the consumer twice - shame on them.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:40 3

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


C'mon secret apple fan. U know you're rejoicing lol

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 08:17

25. Commentator (Posts: 2295; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, why else would he have a lower-case "i" in his name?!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 09:12

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:23 1

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


And yet Google has way more market share and their stocks are currently almost twice as valuable as apple's. But I get it...apple needs all the help it can get these days to stay relevant so any press is good press for them.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:39 3

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


C'mon Lyndon don't b the typical android fan dude. If it was the other way around you'd b all smiles, just give a little credit bro. After all these are just phones. Unless u work for google apple, or Samsung how does it really benefit you as far as who sold the most?

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 11:16

31. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


What do you mean dark? I'm legitimately concerned for apple...they need help and I'm just trying to raise awareness for the cause.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 11:35 1

34. ilia1986 (unregistered)


What they need is bankruptcy.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 12:02

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Really?

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 13:21 1

37. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Absolutely. There's no other company in the world that I want to see get ahead.

I'm starting a collection plate as we speak.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 14:55 1

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lmao the #1 or 2 most valuable company in the world needs a collection plate. That's funny

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 16:18 1

41. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I don't think you need to be concerned for Apple since they seem to be doing more than an adequate job without it. The companies you need to be concerned about are those with tanking profits who desperately need to turn things around to attract customers and profits. I'm thinking of Nokia, HTC, Blackberry etc.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:17 1

44. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 18:14

45. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Sarcasm...familiar with the term?

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 08:22 5

26. Commentator (Posts: 2295; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


And yet Apple's market cap is 431.96B compared to Google's at 265.99B, valuing Apple at around $165,970,000,000 more than Google. Single stock prices are irrelevant in total company valuation.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 09:13 2

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


True words my man. True words.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 08:39

49. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Apple has been around longer than Google, and Apple has 400 stores around the world. Of course their market cap is higher. It's not like Apple and Google opened up shop at the same time. Apple was the hype for the longest time. They developed a cult following, but now the hype is dying.

Someone always comes along, steals the crown, and dethrowns the king.........................because the current king sucks and change is needed. Google is the new King.

Btw, Commentator, look at the volume.

Apple:
Volume:
1,222,388
Avg Vol (3m):
20,652,600
Market Cap:
421.50B

Google:
Volume:
354,492
Avg Vol (3m):
2,341,190
Market Cap:
261.24B

Do the math and factor in time of existence.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 09:35

50. Commentator (Posts: 2295; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm not saying Google isn't in a favorable position right now, and I do believe that they will close the gap on Apple fairly quickly over the next year or so. I was pointing out that Lyndon's original analysis held little water. But you're right, Google is rising and Apple has been stagnant of late.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:34

19. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Who cares?

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:35 1

20. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


iCare :)

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:40

22. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Then buy a Toyota as well.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 07:50

24. loveralone2004 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


I guess the real test to all these phones is in USA... Because all prime phones are sold at the same price tag with 2 yr contract which is 199.99...so at this point price point factor is taken out and consumer primarily focuses on the product features, ecosystem of apps, reliability and of course speed....and we have seen exactly how US market is trending towards iOS devices which answers the questions

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 12:50 1

36. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


this result doesn't surprise me as the owners of the ip5 I know are very satisfied with their phone.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 14:47

38. eshwarnag (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


shows the number of fools still alive!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 16:38

43. akki20892 (Posts: 3261; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Sony will get first android place in 2013 IF everyone understand to switching from samsung galaxy to sony xperia........!!! i know sony make brilliant product then samsung......!!!

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 22:17

47. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


This entire article was Photoshopped. Fake, I say!

lol jk

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