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iPhone 4 Bites Back for Apple But Android Marches On

After falling out of favour with Android loving mobile phone fans, Apple’s iPhone 4 has bounced back in March to take third place in the UK’s poll of most popular mobile phones…. but Google Android looms large.

The March Mobile Tracker from switching service uSwitch.com has revealed that for the second month in a row HTC’s Desire and HTC Desire HD are the two most popular mobile phones in the UK.

Apple may well have crept back into the top 3 – fuelled no doubt by the monster publicity the brand has received from the launch of the iPad 2 – but 50% of all mobile phones in the top 10 now operate on Google Android.

While HTC phones continue to remain popular other new phones from the likes of Nokia and Motorola, such as the Nokia 1800 and Motorola FLIPOUT may well see the mobile phone manufacturer’s standing in the charts challenged in the months ahead.

The Blackberry Curve 8520 has fallen two places since February and the Blackberry Torch has also dropped a place. The HTC Wildfire has dropped out of the Top 3 and is now fifth.

Ernest Doku, technology expert at uSwitch.com believes that maintaining Android’s dominance in the top ten is a clear statement that Google won’t be loosening its vice-like grip on the mobile market anytime soon.

“For the second month in a row Android has taken another big chunk out of Apple, which will be sure to leave a sweet taste in Google’s mouth,” he said.

“The exciting iPhone deals currently on offer mean that consumers can finally lay their hands on the object of their desire without breaking the bank. Three offers an almost unbeatable 2,000 cross-network minutes plus 5,000 minutes to Three networks, 5,000 texts, all-you-can-eat data and even a free cover for just £30 a month plus £69 upfront.”

Apple iPhone 4

The uSwitch report suggests that retailers are keen to shift the Apple iPhone 4 ahead of a possible summer announcement of a new version of the phone and have enticed many a would-be new mobile phone owner with a flurry of attractive deals for consumers keen to bag a bargain.

The iPhone 4 has had a number of problems since its launch. Notable issues surfaced when it launched surrounding the antennae and mobile reception, and recent issues surrounding automated time updates when the clocks go forward or back have also led to criticism of the phone by some users.

Although a  bigger problem in the Autumn, last weekend’s clock change – when we (finally) embraced British Summer Time (BST) – did, reportedly, once again play havoc with some iPhone 4 user’s alarms.

Top 10 Handsets

1. HTC Desire (Android)
2. HTC Desire HD  (Android)
3. Apple iPhone 4 (16GB) (Apple)
4. Samsung Galaxy S (Android)
5. HTC Wildfire (Android)
6. Blackberry Curve 8520 (RIM)
7. Nokia 1800 (Symbian)
8. Motorola FLIPOUT (Android)
9. Blackberry Torch 9800 (RIM)
10. Nokia N8 (Symbian)

Read more about February’s Best Selling Mobile Phones


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