galaxys3 Samsung Galaxy smartphones win top spots for Christmas and all of 2012

Samsung has secured the top three slots for Christmas smartphone sales and the top spot for the entire year of 2012 thanks to its popular Galaxy range, beating Apple's once dominating iPhone, according to the latest Mobile Tracker report by uSwitch.

Samsung has secured the top three slots for Christmas smartphone sales and the top spot for the entire year of 2012 thanks to its popular Galaxy range, beating Apple's once dominating iPhone, according to the latest Mobile Tracker report by uSwitch.

 
The first spot for Christmas handsets was the Galaxy S III, which also held the overall crown for last year. It has been the most popular smartphone in the UK for eight consecutive months, with the iPhone 5 failing to knock it out of place.
 
Samsung's older model, the Galaxy S II, held the number one slot for the first quarter of 2012, while managing to stay in the top five all year around. The Galaxy S II also managed to take the number two slot for Christmas, followed by the Galaxy Ace.
 
Apple's iPhone 4S was always in the top ten, but only managed to become the number one smartphone for the month of April. The company's newer model, the iPhone 5, failed to reach number one at all, suggesting a major shift in the brand's popularity. For December, the most lucrative month of the year, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 were in fifth and sixth place, both down three spots on the previous month.
 
galaxys3 Samsung Galaxy smartphones win top spots for Christmas and all of 2012
 
That leaves the LG Nexus 4, the latest Google device, in fourth place, ensuring dominion of the Android platform. Windows Phone 8 saw a rally in support, with the Nokia Lumia 800 rising four spots to number seven.
 
Samsung is the overall victor, however, ruling not only the top three slots, but taking six of the top ten positions overall. The Galaxy Note II was in eight place, down one position, the Galaxy S III Mini climbed seven spots to ninth place, and the Galaxy Ace II was a new entry at number 10.
 
With figures like this it is not surprising to find Apple in a continuing heated battle with the Korean electronics giant. Another report from Experian suggested that Apple devices were the most unwanted gifts for Christmas, thanks to confusion among family and friends over exactly which iDevice their loved ones wanted.
 
2013 may see further shifts in the smartphone arena, however, as RIM gets ready to release a new wave of BlackBerry devices.