Tuesday 3 January 2012 7:36 pm

Samsung edges Apple to top spot

Samsung’s Galaxy S II handset fought off competition from Apple’s iPhone 4S to maintain its top spot in the mobile phone war over Christmas. The phone has now led tables for eight consecutive months, according to uSwitch.com’s tracker, which is based on internet searches as well as sales. The race appears to have been close-run, with other calculations placing the 4S at the head of the pack by mid-December. Apple does not confirm sales figures until its quarterly results, although it is understood the 4S has been a hit with consumers despite a mixed critical reaction. Korean manufacturer Samsung’s Galaxy Ace handset ranked third, followed by HTC’s Wildfire S. Overall Samsung has five handsets in the top 10, including the recently released Galaxy Nexus collaboration with Google. The only other manufacturer to make the top 10 was Sony Ericsson. The biggest loser appears to be BlackBerry, which failed to rank a single phone in the list following a disastrous year in which its network collapsed for almost three days. Nokia, whose flagship Lumia handset was released in time for Christmas, also failed to make the top 10.