UK chart sees iPhone 5 topple Galaxy S3 for first time

Apple's iPhone 5 outcharted the Samsung Galaxy S3 after the launch of the S4. Credit: ABACA

The iPhone 5 became Britain's most popular smartphone in March, six months after it went on sale in September, an online comparison website said today.

Apple's success comes as the Samsung Galaxy S3 dropped to third place while fans of the South Korean company wait for the latest model to hit the shelves, according to

The S3 had been the UK's number one handset for 10 months but lost its top spot after the S4 handset was unveiled on March 14.

But the popular Galaxy range still dominates the chart, with four places in the top 10, according to the Mobile Tracker, which is based on searches, pre-orders and sales through the website.