Lots of British users are upgrading to Samsung's Galaxy S5 from an iPhone, says report

According to The Telegraph, a well-known trade-in website in the UK called CompareMyMobile reported the following: almost 38% of British users upgrading to Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 online through trade in programs are former iPhone owners.

Reportedly, CompareMyMobile “witnessed a 210 per cent rise in customers trading in their iPhone 4S” for the Galaxy S5. Other popular smartphones that are being traded in for the S5 by a significant number of users include Samsung’s own Galaxy S III, and the iPhone 5S.

Unfortunately, exact numbers (i.e. how many users have actually traded in their iPhones for an S5) aren’t provided. Still, this report shows that Samsung can steal some customers away from Apple. However, similar things are likely to happen when Apple releases its new iPhone 6 later this year - but then we should see Galaxy handsets traded in for iPhones.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available in about 125 countries around the world since April 11. It is Samsung’s flagship smartphone for this year, and obviously offers improvements over the Galaxy S4, including a new Snapdragon 801 processor, a 16MP rear camera, fingerprint scanner, and a heart rate monitor. For more, you can check out our Samsung Galaxy S5 review. You could also check out our Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S comparison. 

source: CompareMyMobileThe Telegraph via GSM Arena

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



62. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

When I had my 4s I loved it ,but now apple seems to be , ooh boy , im now using a s5 and a note 3.

61. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Apparently, the S5 has the ability to fix bad teeth.

58. tokuzumi

Posts: 2031; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

the 4S? In this day and age, still holding on to the 4S shows incredible dedicated to a single phone. Later this year, I'll look for the report as to the number of people trading in galaxy devices for the next iPhone.

54. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

It seems like the "Wall Huggers" in Britain, are tired of hugging walls =D

50. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The iPhone has jumped the shark. Apple made too many iPhones that were basically the same as the one before and people are fatigued by the monotony. And trying to do anything fun peering a tiny screen and trying to get all your apps to run well with a chopped down 1GB of memory (same as Nokia 525) is painful. Apple build quality and support are still really great. And the audio output and camera on the 5S are all around very good. But iOS is stale and dead. IMO, iOS 7 was just putting some makeup on a corpse.

49. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I am not fan of either of them, but am glad to see Apple going down, because their pride is so high.

43. Cyberchum

Posts: 1149; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If I were them, I'd be careful because the experience may hurt.... Oh well, it's a flagship so the lag will definitely be minimal. Few people buy flagships here because unlike in the US, we don't get phone subsidies or contracts you instead must buy it for the full retail price which unless you have a fat cheque book will set you about NGN100000 back so the android UX in the country is whack. Had it not been for the pirated games and apps they get linked up with via Google, few people will have a reason to stick with android. IMO, android should be limited to high ends and never be installed in any thing different.

42. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Take a way the apps and iPhone 5s is just another boring expensive phone, apple really need to step up their game with the iphone 6, I mean if you have a galaxy s5 or even 4 you can do so much things with the device out of the box without downloading a single app.

41. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

tired and sick of tiny little screen, big ugly bezel, horrible battery life and non-customize UI. Asians are doing this since the era of iP4, woke up from all the nonsense lies created by Apple to fool consumer into thinking that they're buying the greatest smartphone on Earth.

39. droid_does_more

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2010

Tried out the S5. Its an amazing device. I can see why people would upgrade from an iPhone to the S5. Still, I'm waiting for the G3 myself before making any decisions. Until then, ill sit comfortably with my G2 & S3 as my secondary device.

25. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

5s is simply an amazing phone and the secondary market prices for the 5s have not gone down at all. I see nothing to be excited about the S5. I might trade for an HTC One M8 though. And the iPhone 6's will probably be something I'd trade for.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll do my yearly thing, sell my current iPhone and note, and get the new ones.

24. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Not with indonseia, most apple user or even sony user hate samsung and mock it all the time

56. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

yeah exactly :) But still, Samsung is one of the best smartphone vendors in Indonesia with great aftersales service and quality control much rather than Sony which has disappointed much of their customers with its aftersales service and defect rate. In Indonesia, iOs devices are really overpriced.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm British, and I didn't upgrade lol ;)

22. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Are you really British?

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

no, he is not - he just says stuff like - 'I have an iphone and a Note 3' to make himself look important and knowledgeable - probably not even a pic of him on his profile...but, oh well - as long as he likes what he does, right?

32. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

hahahahah you nailed it network.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

brilliant comment :D I also felt same...

53. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL, fun stuff but you don't have to be born British to live there. I'm from Vancouver and I've been studying here for about 4 years in the UK. There are a lot of Apple users here in London but in birmingham and Manchester there were just a handful at best. We'll see how well the S5 does in changing that though.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No Ted, American. Born and bred in Las Vegas Nevada. Oh, and network! If my profile pic was a big fat guy, you wouldn't have said that wasn't me. Since it's a muscular handsome hunk, you say it's not me. That proves your jealousy. Ted, I was kidding about the British thing, hence the smiling winking emoticon. Dood you're a weak a$$ hater yo, get lost.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, I noticed the wink after. Duh for me. And I figured you weren't. You've never used any British colloquialisms (that I've seen) here.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, total Vegas boy. Cool city, try it out. The pawn shop from the hangover 3, I pass that place everyday at work.

46. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I know a bunch of them from an ex worker.. But they can probably get you banned...haha

45. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Lol..what a faker...

47. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This is the internet.. You can be anyone you want to be..judging by the term you use ...Hater....it can be deduced that you are simply a media tool...

57. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude you're so jealous it's hurting you. Stop worrying about me, stop coming to PA to be a bother to others dude. It's a weak thing to do. Wow man SMDH.

13. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Same here in Vietnam, Iphone is not a luxury one that people want to show off anymore :))

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Rocking this S5 and it's a beast. A little change is always good.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

I dont know why I cannot believe you baught S5 that too from note 3 .. between recently I went and buy Note 3 Instead of S5

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