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Despite their courtroom stumbles, Samsung is scoring some major sales achievements

What's the most popular smartphone in all the land? Given that we're mere days away from the introduction of the iPhone 5, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's Apple's flagship iPhone 4S that takes top honors. But for the first time ever, the iPhone 4S has been knocked off its perch by rival Samsung.

Though Apple may have beaten Samsung in court, it appears that Samsung is beating Apple in the marketplace. According to an August marketing survey, customers at Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint all prefer the Samsung Galaxy S III to the iPhone 4S. Apple's smartphone still has some cachet with AT&T customers, but its not enough to knock the Galaxy S III out of the number one position nationwide.

Why is the Samsung Galaxy S III making waves on the top smartphone charts? Well, simply put, it's a great phone — Tecca recently rated the Samsung Galaxy S III a 4 out of 5. But more to the point, the Galaxy S III is a newer phone, released earlier this summer, and capable of taking advantage of 4G networks. By comparison, the iPhone 4S has been out nearly a year and is only able to attain 3G speeds — it's slow enough that reps at Verizon are actively steering customers away from it. Once the new 4G iPhone 5 comes out later this month, you can expect to see it topping the sales charts all across the board.

This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Tecca

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