Eh, slightly confused that we’re looking at Q1 2014 here, but presumably ABI Research took a few months to make sure its figures were put together with nothing short of pinpoint accuracy.
And the headline figure says the iPhone 5s was, unsurprisingly, the best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014, with a few older smartphones nipping at its heels.
Samsung fanboys are quick to point out that their beloved South Korean manufacturer is King of the Smartphone Makers on the whole, but it’s worth remembering that it sells roughly 892,612 different models. Per week.
Meanwhile, Apple has a significantly more streamlined portfolio, comprised of just three models (currently the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S).
And what do we have here? The Apple iPhone 5s is – according to this ABI Research report, at least – the best-selling individual smartphone for the first quarter of space year 2014AD.
Interestingly, it’s the 16GB iPhone 5s in particular that’s listed at the top, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 is split into standard and LTE. I wonder how things would look if all variants were lumped in together…
Anyway! The full table looks like this:
- 1. Apple iPhone 5s (16GB)
- 2. Samsung Galaxy S4 (16GB)
- 3. Samsung Galaxy S3 (16GB)
- 4. Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE
- 5. iPhone 4s (8GB)
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was approaching its second birthday in Q1 2014, and the iPhone 4S was/is older still. Nice work, old boys.
“The presence of the Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB and iPhone 4s 8GB in the top five is testament to the enduring appeal of these models and the vendors strong brand, enabling a long and profitable lifecycle, that other vendors can only dream of,” screamed Nick Spencer, senior practice director, ABI Research.
Now let’s spend the rest of the day arguing about which is better: Apple or Samsung. I'll start: ApPle ROOlz SamSUNG SamSUCKz.