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Apple’s nine-month old iPhone 5S kept Samsung’s Galaxy S5 off the smartphone chart’s top spot for a third consecutive month, marking eight consecutive months at position one for Apple’s flagship phone.

The Cupertino company’s iPhone 5S and 5C occupied positions one and two in uSwitch Tech’s Mobile Tracker, which tracks clicks and sales on the site and its suite of partner websites, in May.

That left the Galaxy S5, aka the ‘back-to-basics’ handset that’s intended to win back fans alienated by the ‘novelty features’ of the Galaxy S4, trailing in third place, despite landing on shop shelves just three months ago.

But it wasn’t all bad news for Samsung. Tempering disappointment for the South Korean phone-maker is that with five phones in the top ten, it’s well ahead of Apple when it comes to visibility in the top ten and sheer volume of sales.

Alongside its standard bearer, Samsung occupied positions four, seven, nine and ten in this month's Tracker with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 Mini respectively.

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The only other Apple handset to make the rundown was the iPhone 4S, giving the Cupertino company three handsets in the top ten.

Outside the smartphone world’s so-called big two, HTC made an appearance at number six with the One M8. And at number eight was Sony’s well reviewed Xperia Z2, which would surely have performed better if delays hadn’t hamstrung its route to market.

Rob Kerr, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said: “It seems the iPhone 5S is untouchable as it holds the top spot for the eight consecutive month, despite the Samsung S5 storming into the chart in third place.

“The launch of LG’s new smartphone, the G3, may give the chart a bit of a shake up in coming months as it trumps the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and the Sony Z2 in both size and definition.

“Huawei’s Ascend P7 has yet to make it into the chart, but could, when it hits stores in early summer, while the Google Nexus 5, which shot in at number nine last month, failed to hold onto a place in the charts by dropping off the radar in May. Both handsets, aimed at the budget shopper, prove that when it comes to phones, the British public are happy to fork out for trusted brands.

“You pay a considerable premium for a top-of-the-range handset and deals go down in price very quickly. If you’re not desperate to own the latest gadget then

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