Apple iPhone 5S tops Christmas charts

Apple’s iPhone 5S was this Christmas’ most popular smartphone after it beat out competition from Samsung’s devices for the third month running.

The Gold 16GB version of the company’s top of the range smartphone came out in first place on uSwitch.com’s Mobile Tracker for January 2014 that is based on pre-orders, sales and lives searches.

“The iPhone 5S deserved to be the Christmas number one. As well as giving gleeful members of the cult of Apple hours of fun with its Touch ID feature, which can read more than just fingerprints, it also made gold the new black," said Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, told the Daily Telegraph.

“But it was by no means an easy steal. There was plenty of movement in the run up to Christmas, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 being a surprise climber throughout December. It goes to show that a smartphone with robust specs can outsell newer gadgetry if the price is right."

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 16GB smartphone could only manage second place with Apple having two other entries in the top five in the form of the iPhone 4S 8GB Black that rose one place to third and the iPhone 5C 16GB White, which was a new entry in the top ten in fourth place.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 rounded off the top five devices with a rise of one place and the biggest loser was Samsung’s Galaxy S3 16GB Blue that dropped three places to end the year in sixth place.

The first non Samsung or Apple smartphone in the top ten was the Sony Xperia Z1 that rose two places to seventh and HTC’s One did enough to become a new entry in eighth place.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini was up one place into ninth and the final position in the top ten went to the Google Nexus 5, which was up two places compared to the month before.