Analyst: Apple iPhone 4S remains top smartphone in U.S.
Besides Apple, Walkley's analysis shows that Samsung also had a red hot March. He estimates that the Korean based manufacturer's strength across all smartphone price tiers will lead to a 15% global gain in shipments sequentially in what is usually a weak March quarter. This Apple-Samsung battle can be seen by looking at the top smartphones at the top four major U.S. carriers. Those mobile operators that offer the Apple iPhone 4S are being led by that model. At Sprint and AT&T, the runner-up is the Samsung Galaxy S II which also leads the way at T-Mobile. The latter, of course, doesn't offer Apple's smartphone. Other strong selling Samsung models include the Samsung GALAXY Note for AT&T and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus at Verizon.
At Verizon, the analyst said that last month Android sales may have topped 50% of all of the carrier's smartphones sales for the first time since the launch of the Apple iPhone 4S. The analyst says this could be due to a large number of Verizon's Apple iPhone 4 users still locked into their 2-year contract and unable to upgrade to a subsidized iPhone 4S. Still, the Apple iPhone 4S was the number one individual model at Big Red with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX in second place.
source: Barron's via AllThingsD