The graph outlines the sales of iPhones and Galaxy devices over the course of 2 years.
There is a huge rivalry between Samsung and Apple, so great even that the two companies constantly go to court to defend their products. But enough about only the companies… how well do their products stack up to one another in terms of consumer demand? Consumers are the single best way to measure a product's success.
Definitely one of the major things consumers consider when they look at both the Apple iPhone, or a Samsung Galaxy device, is whether or not the phone will fit their needs. The Galaxy devices come with the Android operating system, while the iPhone comes with the iOS operating system.
According to some stats via BGR, the iPhone is not struggling at all in comparison to Samsung’s Galaxy devices in today's smartphone market. In fact, the iPhone continues to out-sell Samsung’s Galaxy devices – it has done so with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and now with the iPhone 5. From the graph above, we can actually see that the iPhone 5 has out-sold the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and it has achieved a much steeper rate of adoption than both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.
Since the iPhone 5 was actually released months after the Samsung Galaxy SIII, it’s interesting to see how the iPhone 5’s sales have out-shined the Samsung Galaxy SIII in such a short amount of time given that the Samsung Galaxy SIII has had some time to nest itself into the smartphone market. This is especially interesting considering many people appeared to be disappointed with the iPhone 5 for many reasons:
- The iPhone 5 display became taller, but not wider, not completely filling people's demands
- iOS 6's Maps application received a ton of bad press and the iPhone 5 came with iOS 6 from the factory
- The iPhone 5's camera had a bad case of the purple glare when shined toward light sources
- The iPhone 5 had anodized aluminum scuffing problems right out of the box
- The lack of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 or the iPhone 5
Although the iPhone 5 has out-sold the Samsung Galaxy SIII, that’s not to say that Samsung’s Galaxy devices are failing. Samsung’s Galaxy devices are holding solid ground in the smartphone market. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is currently neck and neck with the iPhone 5, both meeting just after the 40 million mark on the graph, although if the Samsung Galaxy SIII follows the same trend as other Samsung Galaxy devices and the iPhone 5 follows the same trend as other iPhones, then the iPhone 5 could out-sell the Samsung Galaxy SIII by a tremendous amount in the future.
One thing that is certainly obvious from the data is that the Samsung Galaxy SIII is the most quickly adopted Samsung Galaxy device of them all, as its line on the graph is the steepest out of all of the Samsung Galaxy devices. With that being said, the Samsung Galaxy SIII appears to be starting its own trend on the graph that doesn’t agree with the rest of the Samsung Galaxy devices and this leaves a lot of wiggle room for interpretation.
While the consumer market appears to be slowly answering all of our questions, the only thing that can truly give us a solid answer is time. Do you think the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy SIII will be more successful in the future of the smartphone market?
Sources: Raymond James Research via BGR
Thanks for the tip Simon!