The iPhone 4S Was Outsold By The Samsung Galaxy S3 In August [Analyst]


When the iPhone 4S was released in October of 2011, the phone was thereafter ranked the best selling smartphone month-after-month. Ten months later, Apple’s phone may have been outsold by Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone. In the month of August, the Galaxy S3 ranked higher than the iPhone in two-of-three U.S. based carriers.

American carriers, Verizon and Sprint sold more of these Samsung devices than the raved iPhone. As a reminder, with August, many were well aware that Apple would soon refresh the iPhone. Apple even started sending out invitations for the September 12th event today.

With that said, Apple shouldn’t be worried, that is unless they see similar results in October. Here is what the analyst had to say:

We believe this is the first month since the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 that it was not the top selling smartphone in the U.S. market.

However, our checks indicated strong consumer interest and likely demand for the iPhone 5, and we believe Apple will return to strong number one smartphone share in the U.S. post the iPhone 5 launch.

The statistics aren’t particularly fair for Apple either. The Galaxy S3 was just refreshed in July of 2012, while the iPhone 4S is at the end of its cycle.

Even know this is based off of U.S. carriers, I still found the statistic very interesting. We will have to wait and see if Canadian carriers had similar results.

[via Business Insider]


  • kennymatic

    I will definitely be a more interesting race this year with Jelly Bean being right around the corner for the S3, Siri losing footing compared to Google Now, an iPhone 5 with a very minor redesign (on the surface), and no major ‘one more thing’ feature expected for iOS6.

  • RyanStOnge

    Yeah, iOS sure is getting old, and even the new Siri is boring (when I’ve tested it on iOS 6).

  • xxJDxx

    What are people doing with android that is so “fresh”? I constantly ask android users what it is that they do with their phone that is so special that they can’t do in ios besides decorating their home screens?

  • Coluch

    Expect it. Since we know this was the final device Steve Jobs had a direct hand on producing, and it is likely a major redesign (based on rumours). I think it would be unlikely for most companies to offer a killer feature YET AGAIN, but it would be uncharacteristic for Apple NOT TO given Steve’s drive, Apple’s history, and the longest development cycle yet since the first iPhone. We don’t know what it will be, but I have a feeling it will be something juicy.

  • kennymatic

    When I had an Android phone, these were just a *few* of the things I could do that my iPhone can’t:
    – change the default browser
    – show me matching contacts as I punch in a phone number in the phone app
    – arrange apps in folders alphabetically (automatically)
    – attach a photo to an email AFTER I started writing it
    – assign more than 12 apps into a folder
    – use a really kick ass vector based version of Google Maps
    – see info for my apps of choice at a glance through their widgets
    – customize my lock screen
    – customize my alert tones in all of my apps
    – choose a different keyboard layout

  • draz

    Of course it sold more. Who would buy an iPhone 4S when many people know the 5 is coming in a month or two? I myself have told a number of people I told not to purchase an iPhone until they hear the announcement next week and decide for themselves if it is worth it.

  • xxJDxx

    Most of those things are either in iOS6 or available through jailbreaking. A lot of minor customizations, but hardly anything ‘revolutionary’ or crucial for most people.