Samsung (SSNLF) has been on tear this year with record-setting profits. In Q3, its mobile phone sales were up 40.5% over the previous year, with sales numbers topping the next four manufacturers — including Apple (AAPL) — combined. A big part of that success has been the company’s flagship Android smartphone: the Samsung Galaxy S4.
During its first month on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S4 sold 10 million units. After six months the total had surpassed 40 million. Samsung spun off variations on the Galaxy S4 as well, including a Galaxy S4 Zoom (sporting a 16MP, 10x optical zoom lens), the Galaxy S4 Mini (a smaller sized version that’s still larger than an Apple iPhone 5s), a Google (GOOG) Play Edition Galaxy S4 (an unlocked version that runs pure Android, free of Samsung’s Touchwiz UI) and a collection of different colors.
Anyone in the market for a new Android smartphone should have Samsung’s flagship on their shortlist (it’s tough to find a Samsung Galaxy S4 review that’s negative). And if you’re looking for a first smartphone, this one just might be a better choice than the Apple’s iPhone 5s.