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02-01-2011, 05:45 PM #1
Samsung Inflates Galaxy Tab Sales, Gets Busted
After claiming to have sold two million Galaxy Tabs, Samsung has been forced to admit that the number was exaggerated. A financial analyst pressed a Samsung executive on the numbers during an earnings call, finally eliciting the acknowledgement that the number represented how many supposed "iPad-killers" were sold to carriers and other resellers, not to actual users. The exec declined to provide hard numbers, but insisted that sales to real people were "quite OK." Meanwhile, a study has shown that many of the people who did buy Galaxy Tabs aren't happy with them: they are apparently being returned at a rate eight times higher than the iPad's.
In early December, Samsung announced it had sold a million Galaxy Tabs, and bragged that sales were going "faster than expected." Then, in early January, Samsung announced sales had reached two million. This set off a predictable round of crowing from journalists and observers who all but declared the iPad dead. One analyst predicted that Apple will "have less than 50 percent of the global tablet market" two years from now. "I think that's a certainty," said Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics. His firm published a report that gave Android tablets a quarter of the market in the fourth quarter of 2010, based on the reported Galaxy Tab sales.
Then came Samsung's quarterly earnings call on Friday, and Android fanbois sensed a great disturbance in the force... as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
Samsung executive Lee Young-hee said the 2 million represented what she called "sell-in:" sales to distributors and wireless carriers, which she said "was quite aggressive." The "sell-out" - distributors' sales to consumers - she said, "wasn't as fast as we expected" because "it was required to have consumers invest in the device." (wow, really?) Nevertheless, Ms. Lee insisted that "we also believe [the "sell-out] was quite smooth," but refused to give any specific totals, saying that "the tablet is relatively new and we need to see how the market develops before we give any firm numbers."
It seems obvious that those numbers are not that impressive, or one would think that Samsung would rush to publicize them as loudly as they had the original misleading report. The problem may actually be worse than that, though: ITG Investment Research says people are returning their Galaxy Tabs at an abnormally high rate. Crunching numbers from nearly 6,000 wireless stores in the US, ITG found that as many as 16% of all Galaxy Tabs sold from when the device first went on sale in November through January 15th were returned. The Wall Street Journal notes that he return rate for the iPad at Verizon since its debut on the carrier is just 2 percent.
02-01-2011, 05:53 PM #2
Wow. You know not many people even new what a tablet was until iPad came out...I like apple stuff.
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02-01-2011, 05:53 PM #3
Thet just need to accept that Apple isn't beaten that easily.
02-01-2011, 06:18 PM #4
I KNEW IT ALL ALONE,,, Lol come on' it's a sumsung ,
02-01-2011, 06:18 PM #5
Lots of people accuse apple of being "a shepherd" company, and that their customers are mostly (if not all) just mindless zombies and fanboys, yet, somehow someway "solid" companies like Samsung "exaggerate" their sell reports...
Who's worse? The one that do not disagree that it milks money, or the one that lies straight in to the eye?
From my point of view, apple is a win-win combo.PRAETORIANNI NONNUMQUAM IN PROELIO NUMQUAM IN BELLO SUPERANTUR
02-01-2011, 06:38 PM #6Really?
02-01-2011, 06:39 PM #7
None of my friends or co-workers have one.
02-01-2011, 06:43 PM #8
Yep it's a samsung and I'm sorry to say that they are "begging it" and I dnt touch them anymore! My mate who works in I.T told me in late 2010 I was silly getting iPad as he had inside knowledge that the samsung tab is better and he's waiting for it.... Last week he asked me to get him an iPad for the price I got mine looooooool
02-01-2011, 06:50 PM #9fanbois sensed a great disturbance in the force... as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.If I helped you out please hit Thanks!
02-01-2011, 07:23 PM #10
02-01-2011, 07:31 PM #11
Bad SamsungGod Bless
02-01-2011, 07:33 PM #12
fanboi this, fanboi that...It's not necessary. The Galaxy Tab was a poor product, that is all. It's not a "death knell for Android" or a sign that "Apple are the best" or any such exaggerated nonsense. It's just some cold hard sales figures, from which people infer silly and overblown things.
I do wish the internet didn't turn everything into a fanboi slanging match. 2011 will still see Apple facing stiff competition on all sides - but this is only good news for consumers who will have greater choice and better value for money.
02-01-2011, 07:52 PM #13
Oh this is sad, sad, sad. Really Sad Samsung.
Another round for Apple!!!!!!
02-01-2011, 07:52 PM #14
Watering their stock are they? That's a no no.
02-01-2011, 08:27 PM #15
Love apple and
The iPad, like I upgraded to the iPhone 4, and look at that hd pic I took today.Nothing in life is easy.
02-01-2011, 08:42 PM #16
TBH, the tablets on the market right now are a total waste of money. If I bought a tablet, I would expect it to be a fully fledged computer running a full operating system. Heck, Macbooks are really pretty thin, and if they could bump the specs up more and fuse the screen into the keyboard making a tablet capable of being hooked up as a desktop, I would buy it. As of now, I am disappointed in tablets that are out since they're really only stripped down laptops. I want the power of a home computer on a tablet, not some piece of junk that sucks at games and photoshop but can be put it my backpack and used in class for note taking. </rant>
02-01-2011, 08:53 PM #17
The iPad is still too expensive (for me) for the limitations it has. It's too heavy, not enough storage space, no file browser, can't use it OOB without setting the damn thing up via computer. The list goes on. If it were around 200 I'd snap one up, but with a 16gb (only!) version without n wifi coming in at 500 bucks that way too rich for me. There isn't a reason to own one for me since I have a 17 inch MPB unibody and an iPhone 4. At that price there's nothing it does better than either one.HK-Z™ on Game Center
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02-01-2011, 09:01 PM #18
02-01-2011, 09:10 PM #19
The only setup that's required is an initial plug-in for activation that takes literally 10 seconds and that can be done at the Apple store upon purchase.
File Browser? It's not Windows, why would you need one?
Sorry but $200 won't get you much of a tablet and yes, all models have wirelss-N.
On your 32GB iPhone, how much free space do you have? How much of it's used space is music? Will you really be using the iPad as another music player when your iPhone fits in your pocket?
Last edited by jmillermcp; 02-01-2011 at 09:43 PM.
02-01-2011, 09:59 PM #20
Galaxy, iPad is your daddy, don't lie to your daddy!