Samsung’s Galaxy S3 beats Apple’s iPhone 4S in shipments, but will it last?

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Move over, iPhone. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone beat Apple’s iPhone 4S in third-quarter shipments, according to Strategy Analytics. The question is, will the S3 stay on top?

Samsung shipped an estimated 18 million Galaxy S3s during the July-to-September period, while iPhone shipped about 16.2 million of its 4S models, according to Strategy Analytics. Neither Samsung nor Apple have verified the numbers. Apple’s iPhone brand had been No. 1 for two years.

Wall Street analyst Neil Mawston think’s Samsung’s No. 1 position will be short-lived. “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia,” Mawston told The Wall Street Journal, but he added that Apple will probably be back on top in the current fourth quarter, especially as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear.

The Journal also points out several caveats with the Strategy Analytics’ report. First, the 4S was introduced toward the end of the third quarter. Secondly, Apple also shipped 6 million of its iPhone 5 model, so the total number of iPhones shipped is more than 20 million. Also, “shipped” doesn’t exactly mean “sold.”

Which phone are you putting in someone’s – or your own – stocking?

17 comments Add your comment


November 8th, 2012
2:11 pm

Eh. Why not take into account iPhone 5? Wasn’t that released in September?


November 8th, 2012
2:20 pm

@ 05girl perhaps if you finished reading the write-up you would have saw that Chris mentioned the i5.


November 8th, 2012
2:23 pm

What kind of skewed article is this? They need to add the 4S AND 5 numbers together.

Donnie Butt

November 8th, 2012
2:29 pm

If “shipped” doesn’t mean “sold” then what is the point of this article? Should the headline read: Samsung produces more Galaxy S3s than Apple produced iPhone 4S phones. But not more that the 4S and 5 combined.

Great article. Dummy


November 8th, 2012
2:32 pm

Doesn’t Samsung sell more than one phone too? They didn’t add those either. Guess they got us though, we clicked on the article. Another win for the ad boys!


November 8th, 2012
2:34 pm


So you want two phones against one? Isheep!!!


November 8th, 2012
3:18 pm

I don’t care — I ♥ ♥ ♥ my Galaxy S3! I’ll never be an Apple fan(girl)!


November 8th, 2012
3:54 pm

It would be more appropriate to compare Galaxy S2 with iPhone 4/4S… and Galaxy S3 with iPhone 5. Comparing a brand new model with a model that is about to be “old” is dumb. Samsung blows anyway

just me

November 8th, 2012
4:09 pm

Yep… count me in on the 4th quarter iphone5 shipment… just waiting to see if sprint will give a bit of a better deal during xmas.


November 8th, 2012
4:26 pm

pretty sure Samsung has to sell all those phones to pay the fines to Apple for patent infringement.


November 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

i bought the iphone 5 – not my first iphone but if they don’t make a bigger length is a good start but i want width in my screen – or it may be my last iphone


November 8th, 2012
4:48 pm

LOL. Just because they ship more, doesn’t mean anything. Since they are giving them away for free, no wonder people are getting them.

JF McNamara

November 8th, 2012
5:12 pm


The Galaxy S3 is not free. It cost $199, same as the iPhone. A lot of unbiased people just like it better. They are shipping better and selling better. Android is 52% of the U.S. sales and 75% of sales in the Rest of the World. Its simply a better phone.


November 8th, 2012
7:12 pm

I’m in shipping and logistics… if they shipped, they sold. Companies are too smart to import goods that will sit in inventory more than a week (more like days for high-tech, but giving some leeway). Writing this from my Galaxy Nexus, much superior to “pretty” Apple products that appeal to the sheep of the world. At least I can customize!

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November 10th, 2012
2:16 am

Who care; none of them made in usa anyway.


November 13th, 2012
6:43 am

Go with the Iphone 5—much better. Plus, they will probably come out with a Iphone 6 in 2013 and you can upgrade!