Samsung's Galaxy S3 is now Britain's most popular mobile phone handset, just two days after launch.
The Android handset outpaced Apple's iPhone 4S after just one month, according to figures from mobile site uSwitch.
For the previous 11 months, Samsung's Galaxy S2 had held onto the number-one position, measured by a combination of sales and web searches.
'The iPhone 4S had waited six long months to steal the crown from long-standing favourite, the Samsung Galaxy S II, which had been at number one for 11 consecutive months. But Apple’s star phone only had one month of glory thanks to the hype surrounding Samsung’s launch of the S III in May,' said the site.
Reviewers have praised the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the best phone on the market, outclassing its competitors - and even beating the iPhone at its own game.
TechRadar said 'if you're picking up an iPhone 4S: forget it' and Trusted Reviews concluded 'the S3 is light years ahead of Apple's profitable darling'.
And Stuff Magazine said the S3 has succeeded in 'toppling Apple's ageing starlet'.
Stuff magazine said: 'The most hyped phone since the iPhone 4S has lived up to the hoopla, toppling not only Apple’s ageing starlet but all of its Android rivals.
'The Galaxy S3 offers the slickest Android Ice Cream Sandwich experience we’ve seen thanks to a 1.4Ghz quad-core Exynos processor, which eats 1080p movies for breakfast and can even play them in a pop-up window while you browse the web.
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'Extras like the microSD slot and larger battery give it the edge over HTC’s One X, and the 4.8in Super AMOLED screen is sharp and vibrant.
'We can’t wait to see how the iPhone responds.'
There was barely time for Apple to take the balloons down before it was toppled from the number one mobile phone spot, according to the latest uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker.The iPhone 4S was swiftly replaced by new favourite the Samsung Galaxy S III, which now ranks as the UK’s most popular handset based on live searches and sales.
The iPhone 4S had waited six long months to steal the crown from long-standing favourite, the Samsung Galaxy S II, which had been at number one for 11 consecutive months. But Apple’s star phone only had one month of glory thanks to the hype surrounding Samsung’s launch of the S III in May.
Hotly anticipated to take on Apple, the Samsung Galaxy S III has turned out to be an “iPhone killer”. As well as combining the largest Super AMOLED HD Android screen on the market with a super-fast quad core processor, it boasts an array of features – including S Voice and unique eye-tracking technology that ensures the screen never dims while you are looking at it – that have proved a hit with users.
The HTC One Series handsets continue to capture the imagination of smartphone fans, with the compact One V a new entry at number nine, alongside the One X and One S in 4th and 8th positions respectively. With deals starting from as little as £7 per month, the One V is powered by the latest version of Android, complete with support for all the usual social networking, games, and music applications expected from a smartphone, only at a much lower price.
Sony’s first ever own-brand phone, the Xperia S, is still in the chart, but it’s had a bad month, falling three places in the top ten. But the iPhone 4 holds its own, rising one place to a comfortable 7th, proving that price is still king for many mobile customers who simply aren’t fussed about having the latest model.
Meanwhile, the popularity of Samsung’s Galaxy range is still clear to see, with the affordable Galaxy Ace and phone-tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note in 5th and 6th places respectively.
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