Samsung confirmed it has sold more than 1 million Apple iPad rival Galaxy Tab tablet computers worldwide, up from 600,000 just two weeks ago. The holiday rush helped sales.
Samsung has sold more than 1 million Apple iPad rival Galaxy Tab tablet
computers worldwide, a significant jump for a product that notched 600,000
units sold two weeks ago
before the Thanksgiving holiday rush.
Samsung spokesperson Kim Titus confirmed the milestone to eWEEK Dec. 3, but
declined more details about where sales of the Android 2.2-based machines
proved the highest.
carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile began offering the Tab at
various price points-some with contracts, some without-since mid-November. A
Black Friday sales rush for holiday shoppers in the United
States Nov. 26 likely spurred Tab sales in
Normally, 1 million units shipped of a newfangled, unproven computer that
launched only two months ago outside the United
States would be great reason to celebrate.
But Apple started this market in April and has a comfortable head start.
Apple shipped 1 million iPads
in less than one month from April to
May, and 4.19 million units
in the company's fourth quarter, ending Oct.
Still, coupled with the fact that Samsung has sold more than 5 million
Samsung Galaxy S phones worldwide (3 million in the United
States), the Tab news shows the Android
model is working for the consumer electronics maker.
eWEEK tested the Tab
from Verizon Wireless, which sells for $599
without contract, and found the experience to be an enjoyable one, albeit
different from the iPad.
The Tab sports a 7-inch screen
, too small for some people, but just
right for others. The Tab's video cameras were also subpar, though the iPad has
As a portable machine for Web browsing, typing e-mails and using Web
applications, the Tab excels. Consumers will likely pick up more Tabs as
The outlook for iPads and Android tablets is great in 2011.
While the iPad has cornered 90 percent or so of the market to date, IMS
Android tablets will make up 15 percent of the worldwide
market in 2011, nibbling at Apple's iPad share similar to the way Android
smartphones gained on Apple's popular iPhone.