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Galaxy Tab Rises to the iPad Challenge With 1 Million Sold

Though some have derided the Galaxy Tab as a big phone with an OS that still needs some maturing, it hasn’t stopped Samsung from selling 1 million in its first two months. Samsung said it hit the 1 million mark just 12 days after it first reported selling 600,000 units of the Android-based (s goog) tablet. The South Korean manufacturer has now increased its estimates for 2010 sales to 1.5 million, up from 1 million previously.

It’s unclear if this is 1 million in sales to end users or into retail channels. Besides 100,000 units sold in South Korea, there’s no indication of where the rest of the sales are happening. But the Tab, which is being sold by all four carriers in the U.S., is finding an audience. It’s a good sign of the interest in tablets overall, not just the iPad (s aapl), which has sold 7.2 million units since launching in April. Though the iPad commanded 95 percent of the tablet market a month ago, the Tab is proving that Apple will have plenty of competition in this space. James had a good first impression of the Tab and found a lot to like.

This success is with an operating system that even Google admits isn’t ready for prime time on tablets. As I’ve written before, the real battle begins next year when Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), which will be built to support tablets, becomes available. A number of manufacturers such as Lenovo, LG and Acer are timing their tablet launches to that release to ensure they’re ready to compete. Research in Motion (s rimm), HP (s hpq) and others are also expected to bring tablets next year. The latest Samsung numbers underscore the threat that tablets are mounting to traditional computers. Gartner earlier this week cut its estimates for PC sales this year and next year because of rising interest in tablets.

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20 Responses to “Galaxy Tab Rises to the iPad Challenge With 1 Million Sold”

  1. I was taught when I was very young that if it looks like bullshit and smells like bullshit, then it’s bullshit. These numbers are simply that. It’s like really crappy movies have all the 4 out of 4 stars from some unknown idiot reviews. The more comments and quotes they need from reviewers to promote a movie tells me what I learned when I was young. It is bullshit. These things are a total and complete flop. Only a wanker would spend that kind of money on a Samsung product. Apple at least has a high end niche and that is at least expected and understood. This story is a joke.

  2. The Galaxy Tab has more features than the iPad, so I don’t understand why people expect it to be cheaper than an iPad.
    The Galaxy Tab has twice the system RAM, a microSD slot for external storage and front/rear-facing cameras. Not to mention support for Flash websites. The Kindle-sized Galaxy Tab looks like a winner.

    • See, the thing is, the features you mention are fractional costs – not big ticket items. Three years ago, the original EeePC came out – a 7″ screen, USB ports, SD card reader, web cam, ethernet, an open OS (with the capability of a switch to Windows) and a plethora of built-in useful and fun software – all for $399. While the Tab has a marginally faster processor and, at 16 GB, more storage, it doesn’t add up to the hundreds of dollars difference they are charging for the hardware and OS – especially given the cost of the stuff is actually going down. I stick with my original feeling on prices.

      • It doesn’t really make sense for Samsung to discount their tablet on Day 1. When competition increases or sales slow, they’ll cut price. Until Acer, Asus or other Chinese company releases a cheap, quality tablet; prices will remain high. By the way, making an inexpensive, quality tablet is not as easy as you think!

    • First of all, of course there’s an app that provides Flash for the iPad with probably more apps to come. And the Tango app will allow faceTime over 3G networks for the coming iPad with front facing camera.
      Next, if I can already watch tiny movies on my phone, do I really want to pay such a large amount of money for such a small screen?
      It’s amazing how the same people that claimed the iPad was merely a giant iPhone are clamoring over this mini-miracle gadget.
      Hmmnn, should I purchase a small first generation Galaxy for the price of a robust second generation iPad, or wait a couple of months for the latter?…

      Not a tough decision.

  3. you know its funny. i am seeing quite a few people with these. i think a lot of it has to do with them being avialable in cell phone stores. so far the people i know bought them on impluse not as a planned out purchase. they went into a store to buy a new cell phone and left with a galaxy tab instead.

    the people i know with ipad on the other hand spent time planning out there purchase and many ordered them in advance.

  4. g00ber PyLe

    Android 3.0 ???
    Are you sure about this, maybe you mean Android 2.3

    I have never heard or seen a 3.0, I think you are just making this up or spreading some typical fake internet stuff that so often happen when not properly vetting stories for facts.

  5. At least here in Canada, the Tab is still desperately too expensive on a Plan – while the no-Plan price is only marginally better than the Apple-taxed iPad with similar features and storage.

    From a Provider point-of-view (based on the discounts applied to Plan phones – which, I remind you, is a feature has been neutered in the North American Tab), the device should be under $200 on a Plan – not $CDN550.
    From a manufacturer POV, this device, with this screen size, ‘open’ OS and limited capabilities, should be significantly less expensive in the first place – say, $400 for wi-fi / data enabled; $350 for wi-fi only (which aren’t available in North America).

    Frankly, I blame Steve Jobs. He’s trained too many to accept the “Wow” factor rather than the “What?” – all at a premium price that others then emulate. And we good sheep consumers buy into it…

    • Really? I would have thought that the iPad pricing would leave a big space for Android tablet makers to come in and offer a cheaper option with nearly-equivalent features and grab a chunk of market share. Unless the iPad is actually competitively priced for what it is and what it does, which I suppose would be Jobs’ “fault,” but which hardly seems blameworthy.