Strategy Analytics: iPhone 5/4S are world’s two most popular smartphones

By , Feb 20, 2013

iPhone 4S and Galaxy S III in hand

Just as investors are (again) punishing the Apple stock on talk of Foxconn freezing recruitment in China amid weakening iPhone 5 demand (or perhaps because the iPhone 5S is entering production in March?) comes a new survey of the smartphone market by research firm Strategy Analytics. And the numbers look good: the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S each outsold Samsung’s Galaxy S III during the all-important 2012 holiday quarter.

This makes the iPhone 5 the world’s bestselling smartphone, but what’s really eyebrow-raising is that the 16-month old (and now discounted) iPhone 4S also overtook Samsung’s flagship device…

According to Strategy Analytics data, Apple sold 27.4 million iPhone 5 units and 17.4 million iPhone 4S units during the fourth quarter of 2012. By comparison, Samsung sold 15.4 Galaxy S III units.

Note that the Samsung Galaxy S3 total does not include the S3 Mini, S2, S or any other related models.

Strategy Analytics (smartphones Q42012)
Global smartphone shipments and market share by model in Q4 2012.
Source: Strategy Analytics Handset Country Share Tracker.

Strategy Analytics notes:

The iPhone 5 captured an impressive 13 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever.

Researches attribute the achievement to the iPhone 5′s “rich touchscreen design”, but also to extensive distribution across more than a hundred countries and “generous operator subsidies”.

Combined, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S accounted for one in five of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q4 2012. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was the world’s third best-selling smartphone model based on shipments of 15.4 million units globally.

In all likelihood, both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 appears to have peaked. Samsung unveiled its device in May 2012 and Apple’s smartphone was last refreshed in September 2012. The South Korean chaebol is said to be launching a successor to the S III as early as March 14 and Apple is widely expected to update the iPhone around summer.

As observed by Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt, “for the first time, Apple has the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 world’s bestselling smartphones.”

Financial Times spooked investors this morning with claims that Foxconn recruiters stopped hiring for the iPhone and iPad production lines in Shenzhen and at Zhengzhou, China.

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  • http://twitter.com/BUSfromRUS Alexander Bus

    Breaking news everybody!

  • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

    Samsung is doomed :D
    And thanks to evasi0n for jailbreak that made iphone more than ever popular

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      It was already there without the JB.

    • GalaxyNoteFTW96

      son, the iphone is popular due to the ignorance of people all around the world. The jailbreak didnt make it popular at all because a small percentage of people even do it, or least to say, know what that is. The recently unveiled HTC One, literally smashed EVERY phone released before it (even my Galaxy Note 2) into pieces. Apple is way behind and you probably already know that. Why buy the same crappy phone every year with the same POS operating system? I still dont understand whats so good about the iPhone. You Apple folks make no sense whatsoever :P And I’m sorry to say, but with the Galaxy S4 around the corner, one will be embarrassed to even utter the name “Apple.” :)

      • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

        Than there will be iphone 5S/6 to take over s4 ;)

      • Hyr3m

        The S2 still pwns the cryphone5 so I don’t think the 5S or 6 would pwn even the S3… let alone the S4…

      • Hotrod

        You are confused, POS operating system..? Son YOU are really confused

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        Piece of shit sonny, I presume u are the confused one… :)

      • Hotrod

        No sir not the least bit confused when I say IOS is much better then the droid operating system, this is a well known fact, these arguments remind me of the Chevy/Ford arguments my dad & uncle would always engage in…pointless son

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        Yea the droid platform is an innovative and extremely advanced mobile OS, but the app drawer of iOS is MUCH better. Especially what makes it better is that there is no customization WHATSOEVER. :) yea u TOTALLY made your point :P

      • iHamzaDev

        Please don’t make yourself look more foolish and leave. CrapDroid trolls.

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        SO mature :) I take it you are crying on Tim Cook’s shoulder?

      • IllestName

        Yea, what is this piece of crap doing on an apple website? No fucking life if you ask me sucking androids cock saying it’s better GTFO.

      • Hyr3m

        Sorry mate but “crapdroid” just doesn’t cut it… “crapple” is a pretty good one but yours has no originality whatsoever… Couldn’t come up with anything better? How ’bout something like “Scroogle” (miserable) or “Androigyne” (gay)?

      • macboy74

        I got a question for you. Why are you an obvious fan of android doing on a Apple/IOS/OSX website?

      • Kurt

        Which phone do you have? I’ve had idevices since 2007 and have been making them slow and sluggish with jailbreaks since its inception and now I’m drooling over the note 2 and all androids awesome features. I’ll go for the note 3

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        Kurt, its me Stanley (the guy who used to have a GS3 and now has a Note 2), i made a new account cuz the other one got banned because it was reported by crapple followers for owning them in a Apple vs Android debate.

      • Kurt

        I knew it! I noticed it was gone yesterday. Delete your comment so it doesn’t happen again.

      • JAG

        Well, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig. Just sayin’. But honestly, I could care less what you have or what you use.

      • JAG

        Relax DroidFan. Why all the disgust? I could care less what you buy or why. If you even think for millisecond that I would buy any phone based on your comments, you are wasting your time. If you think your comment would make me feel “embarrassed” to have an iPhone…uh, well, no. Stick to your droid, if that makes you happy and proud. Wave it around if that makes you feel better. Me, well, I’ll just stick to what I like. No need for hostility or wrinkled eyebrows. Just chillax.

      • macboy74

        Lol funny that Android was based off that so called pos os you speak of. That’s right I’m going there. The galaxy s4 will be the same as the 5S. A few spec bumps and a few changes. Sorry but no one is doing any true innovating anymore. Truth is there really isn’t to much more to do on smartphone at this time. Just make improvements and enhancements here and there. And btw I love you morons that choose on side or the other you are all entertaining. Myself I will continue to use both platforms.

      • Hyr3m

        You Sir live in a bubble isolating you from both truth and facts… I will add that you’re also very short-sighted. Jeez sometimes I feel bad about myself but when I see people I you I realize my “grass” is actually much “greener” than the majority of other people’s…

      • macboy74

        Blah blah blah. Dude I’m rich as fu*k so I can have anything and everything I want. Be it Android, Apple or my $8,000 cartier watch on my wrist. Enjoy your closed minded bs.

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        Rich as fuxk and yet u cant formulate good points… money cant buy knowledge :) and this is why u spend money, like the idiot u are, on apple products because u believe it makes u elite in some way. Hate to break it u, no one could give a fuck less :)

      • Hyr3m

        You’re so poor all you have is money. I too am fairly rich, I’m still pretty young and I’m quite educated myself… but that’s not the point; like my good friend here mentioned, you can’t formulate good points based on facts rather than baseless statements on belief or feelings.

        “There really isn’t to much more to do on smartphone at this time.” -> Besides the high level of English in that sentence, it really is ignorant, short-sighted, close-minded and utterly stupid.

        I’d rather not know where you got all that supposed money from… and I also don’t want to try to guess how long (or short) you’ll be able to keep it with a brain your size.

        I’m the close-minded one yet you’re the one living in a bubble… Come back down to earth and deflate your head a bit.

      • Ernie Marin

        That POS OS that you are talking about has been for around 7 years, and sold millions with the same design, yet your food market os, which i supposed by the time the S IV comes out will be the Android Chicken and Waffles, had changed 4 times in the same amount of time and is still the same piece of crap, even the phones are so bad every company has to make a different one because just one isn’t good enough, as opposed to Apple that is up to it’s 6 phone design (yes i’m counting the 3gs and 4s as 2 different phones), and It still sells better than the 50 different Android phones that are around. Oh and BTW I had an Android, AND IT WAS A POS.

      • sdhn97

        “and It still sells better than the 50 different Android phones that are around”

        Try 3,997 different Android devices!!

      • Hyr3m

        Wait… do you honestly think iOS is still in its 1.0 version? Are you seriously suggesting Android has had more version changes than iOS? You’ve had an Android back when it was at version 2 and you have no idea that Android has actually evolved more in its last 2 major versions than iOS in its last 5 major versions. Any phone that has Android ≥2.3.X is superior to any current or coming iPhone.

      • http://twitter.com/Konahamarue ElementalXTC

        hyr3m, why are you here on a site dedicated to iOS/devices spouting android superiority?? Could you truly be that desperate? This article simply states iPhone was the top seller last quarter and you’ve been trolling based on analytical numbers.
        For the record, go with what fits you… there are a number of android blogs where u could go and be android proud… let the apple lovers love apple. Gssh, assholes never rest.

      • Hyr3m

        So basically I should “Go awaaay” because apple lovers don’t want to hear the truth? Sorry but I’m feeling charitable lately and when I pity people I try to lend a hand and open a few eyes :P

        For the record, I do have recent and less recent iDevices (despite not having bought a single one nor paid a dime for any of them). Also, in my field of work it’s very beneficial to pwn important people’s iPhones. It’s too bad they got them in the first place but now that they have them I can take advantage of this by giving them a hand with their iDevices…

        So… No thanks! I’ll stay right here despite some Apple-lovers’ oblivious close-mindedness (and Christian’s utterly biased “articles” and polls).

      • 1337lolzorz

        Your phone takes up so much ram just to run the crap android software on it. The specs are very deceiving. The camera is garbage. Yes you heard me. Don’t dare compare your HTC or note2 camera’s to that of the iPhone 5. And keep telling yourself that you have a real quad core processor if it makes you feel better. You probably still believe in the tooth fairy don’t you?

      • Hyr3m

        You’re right, we shouldn’t compare the iPhone 5′s camera with that of other phones (let’s say… Lumia 920 for example). One is really awesome and superior to every other cell-phone camera in the market and the other is a stupid iPhone camera with a 3 years old sensor.

        I wonder how with 100% of the evidence pointing to the contrary, retarded hipsters still find a way to pretend the iPhone 5 is superior to every other phone in the market… that’s simply… fucking… pathetic… Just because it has the price of a high-end phone doesn’t make it a high-end phone… and you can call it “flagship” if you want because it’s the only one… but it’s still not high-end!

      • Kurt

        Whoa. Good point. It’s priced as a high end phone their profits show it’s not a high end phone

      • Hyr3m

        Exactly ! If people wanna call it “high-end” they should say “high-end-of-apple-products” which says a lot about how crappy it actually is ^^

      • Kurt

        Be careful. These ppl may want to put you in a FEMA camp if you don’t submit to Apple being number 1

      • Hyr3m

        Good thing I’m a Canadian living in Europe then ^^

      • JAG

        You must be sooo proud of your tech devices. Sooo proud that it makes you angry that everyone doesn’t have whatever phone you have. I’m sooo happy for you, or maybe I should be sad for you because your self esteem seems so connected to a product brand or perhaps the OS of your tech devices. Oh nevermind…

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        I am sorry to break it to you, but that comment is not a valid argument. Its more of a surrender if u ask me. :P

      • JAG

        Surrender to what? You’ve made no argument that persuaded me to defend anything. You’ve not persuaded anyone to change their mind about anything. I just simply pointed out your efforts to argue for something, whatever it is, is just lost on everyone here. Just a waste of your time. Come to think of it, it’s also a waste of my time to write this message.

      • 1337lolzorz

        Enjoy your snapdragon SHIT android processor. What do you have to say about that? iPhones are top notch on the market when they come out. Better processor, more efficient use of ram (right out of box), WAY better camera, and better build quality (don’t talk shit, u wish your android was built as nice)

      • Hyr3m

        I’m just sick of seeing morons pretend they’re tech geek when all they have is apple products and they know nothing about this industry yet they pretend the crap they use is the “best thing evaah”.

        I’m all for having whatever fits your needs. I’ve actually recommended iPhones to a few people asking my advice because they wanted a touch screen and I knew they would “never do anything” with it anyways… As soon as you need to connect to your computer and put media files on there, don’t use Apple. I’m happy with my S3 because I want to have a microSD but I’ve recommended both the Ativ S and the Lumia 620 to some people because I knew they would fit their needs better than my S3. Every company and every OS has its pros and cons… I just can’t stand morons thinking iOS is the best out there when 100% of the evidence says the contrary.

        For example that moron I answered to that was saying “don’t date compare” implying the iPhone5 camera was widely superior to that of the note 2 or HTC One. That’s just (one of) the most stupid things I’ve read all week.

      • JAG

        Wow…my feelings are sooo hurt that you don’t approve of my ownership of an Apple product! Tech geeks rejoice! Just move on, will ya’. Wait, why am I still wasting my time responding. That’s it. I’m out. (Kaboom – Tech geek ego explodes into outer space.)

      • Hyr3m

        To keep it short : I never said I don’t approve of your ownership of whatever you own or don’t. I honestly don’t give a rat’s ass about what you own… I was just stating how I can’t stand your stupidity.

      • 1337lolzorz

        Wtf why are you talking about the Lumia??? You were just comparing android now it jumping to windows phones? The only good thing about the Lumia is the camera which beats both android and iPhones. How does that address my point about androids having inferior processor power?? I called your phone out now defend it. Snap dragon is a SHIT processor! Nothing you can say because its true.

      • Hyr3m

        Look at the comments; I wasn’t answering to you but to JAG.

        You’re clearly mistaken if you think I have any fucks left to give about your foolish comments and misled opinion.

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        hahaha. I don’t use an iphone because it looks cool or lets me rearrange my icons in any order.

        I use an iphone because it lets me handle a plethora of activities all on one device, seamlessly without crashing/lagging/etc. So many people are caught up in how their phone looks, or how it’s boring because you can’t have folders in folders…..

        I just want to get stuff done – email, text, web, phone, photography, editing, video chat, budgeting, directions, reading, music, the list goes on. with nary a hiccup.

      • Raj

        Can you find some android
        Websites
        and comment???
        Please leave from here.

      • http://twitter.com/roktheworld27 Kyle

        You know what is disgusting about Android lovers? Apple has done so much with the iPhone to try to shift the power back to the consumer. Eliminating carrier branding from the iPhone, or any carrier intrusion into your phone, (AKA: NOT BEING SPAMMED BY CRAPWARE LIKE ‘VZW VCAST’ or ‘VZW Navigator), yet, people, the same people who complain about carrier overreach, preach about how superior of an OS Android is. Meh.

        Anyway, going to go play with my iPhone, I totally wished it had a verizon logo on the home button (a la Galaxy Note).

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        Lemme just point out the crap you just said:
        1)If you call an app drawer that allows nothing but swiping between screens of apps shifting power to the consumer, you are retarded…
        2) The consumer should have a choice, ergo he or she has the choice to choose between what phone suits them best. In Apple’s little garden (which I presume you reside in :) ), there is only one new phone per year, and if for some reason you dont like it, sucks to be you cuz your only other option is to get last years crappy model.
        3) Obviously you never had an android device because you can root it and delete ANYTHING you dont wont. (Please dont say jailbreaking an iphone lets you do anything because it still doesnt stack up to the customization of android)
        4)I put cases on my phone, so the fact that there is a carrier logo is not a problem because it is covered by the case.
        5) I couldn’t give a shit less about the appearance of the phone, my reason is the same as for number 4.
        6) You really need to open your eyes and see that Apple has already been long surpassed by companies such as HTC and Samsung who have long since surpassed Crapple in innovation and other features that I dont feel are necessary at the moment for me to go into.

        I hope you opened your eyes a bit after reading this :)

      • JAG

        Wow. I’m impressed…well, not so much. I see you enjoy having the choice to buy several different phones, you value deleting apps that droid includes on your phone, you really don’t like the look or design of the actual phone that you hide it in case so know one knows what you have, and you believe your device is much more innovative. Well, no one really cares what you like. If I have an iPhone and I like it, why should you care? Do you really think your comments claiming all iPhone users are stupid will enlighten anyone? Your constant rambling in this forum is apparently much more for your own ego than for the value of anything you have to add here.

      • http://twitter.com/roktheworld27 Kyle

        Okay, so I guess Apple should make 500 different phones for me to have the freedom of choice, right? I’d rather have 3 models of iPhones, that I know will be maintained and updated on time, and that work reliably then have to pick from 18 different models of ‘WhoCares 4G LTE with Beats Audio Razr Maxx’ that are completely neglected by the company/carrier.

        I have to modify my device and void the warranty to get it to work as it should? That’s fucking hilarious, having to modify an already unstable OS to get it to work as it should, FanDroids always humor me. I find it hilarious you say that Apple is surpassed by HTC, where most HTC phones I’ve ever seen are worthless pieces of shit. (a la HTC Incredible 4G). All the HTC owners I’ve ever met plan to *never* purchase another device from them. How does a company that basically started the smartphone revolution get surpassed by garbage? Seriously, FanDroids are fucking idiots, you’ve opened my eyes as to why garbage products exist, for people just like you. Anyway, gonna go flash a custom ROM onto my Android phone to get the latest version of software, it *is* superior after all.

      • Kurt

        Those are two great things about the iPhone. No carrier logos and no bloat ware. No one disagrees with that. And we all want more of these things just as we SHOULD all want more features. I know an 82 year who things iOS is too basic and needs features

      • Damani Brown

        Yeah, that’s why you’re on a site for Apple users ;) everyone knows iPhone’s are better than all Android phones. All Android phones is same crap different shell :D Jailbroken iPhone 5 > all other phones. Now go cry home to mommy and beg her to get you an iPhone :D. Galaxy S4. People said the same crap about the Galaxy S3 and what happened? ;) LOLOLOLOLOL outsold that crap phone. Even the iPhone 4S beat the crap out of the Galaxy S3. Face it. No one wants a buggy android piece of crap :) We don’t like viruses on our phones LOLOLOLOL Enjoy your brick. :)

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        You just proved the ignorance of crapple users by making that comment :) obviously youve never even seen an android phone, let alone used one. LOLOLOLOL

      • Hyr3m

        That was one oblivious mofo I’ll grant you that! xD

      • Damani Brown

        Had a HTC Evo and galaxy S2. A lot of crap I’ve had. Android = PURE crap. That’s no operating system.. It’s a piece of crap. :) Go buy an iPhone, Android isn’t cool. :) iPhone 5 > all ANDROIDS easily! ;) Sucker. You’re mad because your mom wont buy you one ;) You have to go to radio shack and get a free Galaxy S3 LOLOOLOLOLOL Skid.

      • http://twitter.com/DReyOne1 D Rey

        You sir are a tool. And a very opinionated one at that.

      • Hyr3m

        Right on the money! Except for the HTC One; no microSD = retarded piece of shit. Thankfully every iPhone and iPad falls into that category too.

      • Kurt

        huh? iPhone doesn’t have a microSD card?? well thats ok, because the iphone has awesome REAL multitasking that android doesn’t! and iphone has split screen! pop up videos that can be played on top of other apps and moved around. Try that with your Android Fail Devices!

      • Hyr3m

        You’ve just described exactly what my S3 does! xD

      • http://www.facebook.com/cameronrc Cameron Chao

        Galaxy S4 WOW, and then the next iPhone outsells it.

      • DumbassJoe

        you’re a dumb samsung sheep. have you ever used an iphone vs galaxy? you would notice there is a noticable performance improvement with the apple.

        Baddie.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashton.wilson.5454 Ashton Wilson

      as much as i hate to say it, apple is doomed….its like the lakers, high and mighty until the new,reinvented android (A.K.A. the clippers) smack them on the ass and take over…everyone will still know that the lakers have 16 championships just like apple has always been the best smartphone….but evolution occurs.The lakers and apple are so alike. Steve Jobs = jerry buss, iphone 5 = dwight howard, jim buss = tim cook. there so similar its funny. So unless apple wants to be the lakers, (which they already are) they need to come out strong and make the best phone ever…peace

      • LilGreenGuy

        i’ve never understood apple vs android. apple vs google makes sense. apple vs samsung/htc/etc make sense. ios vs android makes sense.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ashton.wilson.5454 Ashton Wilson

        because when people say apple, the first thought that comes to mind would be their best selling product, the iphone, so when i say apple vs android i really mean iphone vs any phone that is capable of running android.

      • Hyr3m

        Sorry bro, he’s right. When I hear “Apple” I think of the old crappy macintosh “computers” from the 90s, I think “overprice”, I think “supposedly fancy yet dull and empty shell”, I think “doom of the computing industry”. The cry-phone is the last thing to cross my mind when you say crApple…

      • Kaptivator

        Put the pipe down!!

      • JAG

        HAHAHAHAHA! Funny!

      • http://www.facebook.com/cameronrc Cameron Chao

        Funny, until i realized that they are the most valuable company in the world and you’ve probably bought and liked an Apple product in some stage of your life.

      • Hyr3m

        They’re not really the “most valuable company in the world” unless you specify what you mean exactly by “most valuable”.

        Funny thing is : I have never spent a single cent on any Apple product in my entire life. I’ve gotten a good dozen iPods of all kinds, 6 or 7 iPod touches and an iPhone all for free and I would never have spent a dime for them. Also, I never really liked any of those products I’ve played with, quite the contrary; the more I used them the more I realized what Apple had done and how and the more I started to hate Apple. As a matter of fact I always thought Apple was stupid (ever since I was little) and it’s only after using their products a bit that I saw how evil and retarded they are. The more I interacted with Apple products, the more I became a strong advocate against them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/cameronrc Cameron Chao

        You’re suffering from a hipster stigma. You must have liked the Apple product you were given, especially since the iPod is bar none the best mp3 player.

      • Hyr3m

        I am the antithesis of a hipster… Also, I did not really like the only one I really spent some time using : iPod touch 4G (almost a year and a half ago). I liked some of the games I played on there but I have them on my S3 now so Apple has nothing to do with this. I actually got very frustrated by the closedness of the system (even jailbroken… you still have to battle with it to make it do what you want) and even more frustrated by the shitty sound quality. I have very good sound systems and headphones and the quality of all existing iPods, iPhones and iPads is actually worse than my S3′s… and the S3 has a pretty poor sound quality too so that’s saying something.

        If you’re going to make a music player, at fucking least put a decent sound chip in there!

        So… yeah… no. The more I have been in contact with iDevices the more I’ve hated Apple, their methods and what they represent; hipster crap that’s unethical to the bone and that’s bringing about major setbacks for the industry (let’s hope it wont actually bring about the downfall of the industry).

  • CollegiateLad

    ;)

  • Hyr3m

    Forgot to mention the Note 2 and its marketshare… and the other new flagship phones from other companies… Samsung is not as stupid as apple to only make 1 phone per year. It goes both ways… it’s ridiculous to compare a low/mid-end single-occurrence-per-year phone and a high-end phone lost among countless other ones…

    • Kurt

      +1
      I agree with that last sentence. Don’t think stupid iFanboys (they love that i+crap) will pick up on it

      • Ernie Marin

        and yet that single low end blah blah blah sells, works, and it’s just better that all the others. And i’m not a fanboy because i love Apple, the only thing I have is the iphone because my PC is Windows, i love the iphone because i had a windows phone, and an android, and I know the difference and I’d rather stay with my iphone, which is better than having to browse the same phone in 5 different companies.

      • Kurt

        +1 For not being a fanboy of any company ;)

        Yes it out sells all other phones. That is true. But to day it is better makes you look like a fool since many phones are much better. Lumia 920, GS3, Note 2, HTC One, Sony Z….go on youtube, and see

        “Note 2 vs iPhone 5″

      • Hyr3m

        The HTC One X, GS2, Note 1 and countless others are also still eons ahead of the iPhone5 (and all its worthless predecessors). Basically almost any phone that’s in the same category as the iPhone or above (≥mid-end) and that is less than 3 years old with a newer (windows phone) or more open OS (android) beats any existing or upcoming iPhone (for at least a year or two, still, unless Apple makes a phablet with a better operating system but we shouldn’t hold our breath for that).

      • Kurt

        When you are right. You are right. I just can’t wait to sell my 4S to some sucker and buy a note 3. I highly doubt there will be anything special in iOS 7. Especially with Jony leading iOS development. He loves things to be exactly the same each year. So there will probably be even less innovation than we saw in iOS 6 which was next to none. unless you consider more and more bugs than anyone can stomach innovation. That guy is just a disaster for apple. but for some reason these little boys on this site want to marry him.

      • Hyr3m

        If that guy is a disaster for Apple then let him do his job and run Apple through the ground (let’s just hope the seeds wont sprout :P).

      • http://twitter.com/PhilBeez86 U Kn0w What 1t 1s

        Kurt, you r a homosexual… literally. You look like u just left boy band practice in your photo. Go stick a jellybean up your honeycomb and eat an ice cream sandwich. Some Android phones and their custom features are cool, but the app icons look like shit (unlike our finely polished retina icons) the os sucks, and they are not stable. If u own an android u know what I’m talking about, u have to “reformat” ur phone every few months so it “runs like it should”. If you want the best phone and want to customize, use evasi0n on an iPhone 5. Until then Get off our site and go play with the other children on an android forum somewhere, nobody here cares about your comments.

      • Kurt

        Zzzz

      • Patrick

        so what are you doing in APPLE blog ?

      • Kurt

        -1

        My phone is an iPhone so I come here. My tablet is an iPad so I come here.

  • http://twitter.com/iHacker99 SuperDev

    Well duh!

  • CollegiateLad

    What’s interesting to me is the success of the 2011 released iPhone 4S. How is it second only to the iPhone 5?

    • Ernie Marin

      The 5 is barely 6 months old, and I think it’s taking into account the thousands that had bought an iphone 4 within the 30 days before the 4s came out, and then Apple gave them the chance to trade up to a 4s.

  • Ben

    That’s surprising -_-

  • http://www.facebook.com/Akshaydoiphode05 Akshay Waitforit Doiphode

    To be honest all good about iPhone is that it gets updates the quickest , like even my iPhone 4 has iOS 6.1.2 along with my 4S and i5 , other than that i feel my droids are good , i mean galaxy s3 is far more superior than any future iPhone i can safely say , and s4 will the change the story again , i am unbiased i assure you , but to my experience i feel droid has the upper edge :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashton.wilson.5454 Ashton Wilson

      same here. but untill apple lets users have a little more freedom, and better hardware. ill be waiting for the s4 to come out

  • http://twitter.com/El_Barto_01 El Barto

    Like cook said…”you want a cheaper iPhone? Get last year’s model” seems to be working for them and the 4s still brings some serious cash back to apple

  • http://iosmalaysia.tumblr.com/ Kestler Quek

    If Samsung quit making their phones with cheap plastic (look at Galaxy Note 2 and S3), it might have an upper hand. Build quality is one of the main consideration for phone. I have quite a liking on the new HTC One though, with premium build quality.

    • Kurt

      Plastic reduces the shock to the phone. Note 2 has been dropped and dropped and dropped in well, drop tests no less, and the verdict is, note 2 can handle a beating. Some tests with 6 drops on concrete up to 5’6″ high show no damage to the screen. just minor scratches. iPhone with its metal/glass gets damaged easily as it doesn’t flex and the shock is far more severe. Sometimes damaging the gps receiver.

  • Vitor

    I have an iphone 5 but I know that S3 is also good

    You just have to think what you want.

    If you want a smart phone buy the iPhone 5

    If you want a tablet buy a S3

  • http://www.facebook.com/chieeangga.scoathident Chiee Angga Bhalaw Scoathident

    hmmmmmm