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" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

A lot of people in sweden is doing the same thing :p. Tbh nobody has even spoken anything good about the iphone 5 or 5s where i'm from. 4s was awesome if i ask them but not 5 or 5s :p

2. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

We'll wait to see what September brings along. My understanding is people hop on the gravy train then end up returning to iOS (though of course, some do stay).

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Never really heard of that, since 2009 at least. After the S2 and especially S3 came out, I haven't a single friend or associate who has went back to Apple from Android or WP. I know Apple has so .... so many compelling hardware and software advantages but it wasn't enough.

8. geordie8t1 unregistered

that is generally way off the mark, the mojority of people who switch from one OS to the other generally stick, most people who move to android go because of the flexibility the os offers, the customization, the functionality, the compatibility, the more advanced features etc. people who move to IOS generally do not need the aformentioned features which is fine, generally they like a lot simpler easier device to use that does not need all the stuff android offers, it is generally only a few who return to their old IOS

55. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

My taughts.

16. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Haha go back to icrap from Galaxy lol...not a chance...the S5 has the best screen out there plus bigger screen I might add, along with superior connectivity features. The iphone is just a glorified ipod!!

21. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I would have said the same thing but even with a large screen iPhone you still have iOS and it's limitations. The lack of customization and rules will drive seasoned Android vets crazy. I was in that boat last year with the 5s. It was not the small screen but the gotchas that made me switch back.

63. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That does happen a lot but it usually has nothing to do with the phone or OS. We are creatures of habit and like familiarity. So whatever you use first is always going to have the greater effect on you. I used Android before IOS and when I jumped to IOS I began missing the gmail app, notification light, closing all apps at once, the back button etc. Throw in a bit of nostalgia and bang. Back to your first OS. Relationships sometimes work this way too. Lol


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

maybe apple blind fans got confused with 5S & S5 ..? (no hard feelings,just being sarcastic :p)

65. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Hahahahaha. Really nice explanation.

44. express77 unregistered

It had best specs till 4s. After that it was always years behind the competition. But my problem has always been the restrictions.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They needed to do it, desperately.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I'm surprised they lasted so many years waiting with the false promise of "maybe next year".

59. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I LOVE it! That should be Apple's new slogan: "Maybe next year..." since people who actually "Think Different" don't buy sh1tty iPhones to begin with. Lol

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

As long as they are happy who cares there choice. I love my note line and will stick with it till the end.

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


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

I wish I had enough money to upgrade 6 month cycle... S4 > note 3 > S5 > note 4 and go on.. :)

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

One handed use is much better and Ultra Power Saving Mode is simply amazing.

40. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Kinda agree. But ones used to bigger display is pain to go back. And S-pen..... But if they make Note 4 even bigger because of water-dust-proof, it will be mistake. I love that Note 3 is the smallest Note so far. This is really the size border for me.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

How's the UI coming from the Note 3? And does it perform just as well despite the 1 GB of RAM difference?


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

-UI in the note 3 is slightly old we feel while comparing with S5 but its not bad as long as it funtions excellently. - Snapdragon 800 and 801 doesn't make any difference but S5 performing well thanks to optimised touchwiz . other than the slighlty new touchwiz I dont see anyone should upgrade from note 3 . I have baught last month despite S5 released and I have no regret in it :)

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think the upgrade is worth it. If you use the extra gig of RAM as a reason to stay with the Note 3, I'll let you know right now that 2GB is fine. The only time I used more than 2GB was when I was downloading a file from the internet, streaming Pandora, and getting directions using Google Maps on top of loading a video on Facebook. S5 is great and definitely worth the upgrade from any phone.

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The only major difference going from the Snapdragon 800 to the 801 is the image processing speed.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I love the better UI. I find myself looking at it more than I did before. As far as RAM, there's literally NO difference from what I used on my Note 3. It handles everything well with literally no lag whatsoever. Given, the UI on my Note 3 (still have it) was heavier, but the new UI is a lot lighter and just better to use. Can't wait for the Note 4.

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's nice to know. It seems that KitKat and the new lighter Touchwiz negated the lack of extra RAM. At least Samsung mostly fixed the software, and made it more visually appealing. I just don't like the looks of the heartbeat sensor on the back. It looks out of place and kind of looks like something broke off of the back. The thing isn't worth the design flaw, especially considering a heartbeat app that uses the camera was just as accurate as the sensor on the GS5. When all the flagship phones coming out now are virtually identical in terms of specs and performance, the consumer's decision will come down to design (software and hardware), brand recognition, and features. Samsung has great recognition and tons of features (for better or worse), but their design could use some work. I don't mind the dimpled pattern on the back, but the out of place heartbeat sensor and faux metal on the sides has to go. If they made a phone with seamless plastic around the back and sides like the One X and the iPhone 5C (but not glossy), that would be a HUGE step forward.

60. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Great post, I completely agree. I have a Note 3 and don't really have any complaints. However as much as I hate to admit it, the design and build quality doesn't seem very sexy. I have a Blackbery Bold touch for work and even it feels more solid in the hand and premium with a simple addition of the metal ring around the outside. I don't know why Samsung is so damn cheap and won't spend the extra $0.35 to put REAL metal rather than plastic to give the phone a more rigid feel. They claim to listen to their customers but that is the main gripe people have had with their Galaxy phones for almost every generation and they haven't listened. It's really annoying! It doesn't even have to be metal... the Lumia phones are all plastic but somehow they feel rock solid in the hand, so what's the deal Samsung? Maybe the polycarbonate they use is a sh1tty, softer variant or something I don't know?

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smurf, do you like the s5 more than the note 3?

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Honestly, I do. I miss my S-Pen but I'll survive.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I haven't had the pleasure it yet, will be at At&t this Saturday to test it out. I won't buy one though, cuz the note 4 will pull me. I love the S-Pen too yo.

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