According to Telegraph Consumer Technology Editor Matt Warman, the latest figures from uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker had the Galaxy S3 claiming the top spot in its first appearance on the charts. It replaces the iPhone 4S, which just one month ago had bumped the Samsung phone’s predecessor, the Galaxy S2, out of the top spot, according to the British newspaper.
The iPhone 4S was in the No. 2 position, followed by the Galaxy S2 and the HTC One X. Two other Samsung devices, the Galaxy Ace and the Galaxy Note, were in the fifth and sixth positions, respectively. Rounding out the top 10, in order, were the iPhone 4, the HTC One S, the HTC One V, and the Sony Xperia S
“As far as early adopters are concerned, the S3 is living up to expectations,” uSwitch.com technology expert Ernest Doku told Warman. “But what is interesting this month is the arrival of the HTC One series as a major player in the smartphone market alongside Apple and Samsung.”
The Galaxy S3 appears to be considerably popular in the US as well, where it will release later this month. As Johnny Wills of Mobile & Apps reported on Sunday, the preorders for the smartphone, which will be available on the Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint networks, has surpassed the 10 million mark.
That, Wills says, “is a record for any known gadget released so far.”
Not everyone is buying into the hype surrounding Samsung’s most recent handset, though.
“As Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S3, goes on sale it appears to have a clear run in the marketplace with little competition. Will it manage to establish the S3 as the leading smartphone of 2012?,” Forbes Contributor Ewan Spence wrote Saturday.
“Looking around at the current competition it has the opportunity to become the de facto standard. But I get the feeling that Apple are waiting for Samsung to play all their cards before they trump the South Korean company with the next iPhone,” he added. “Apple and their market standing have nothing to fear from the S3.”