Samsung... no, Apple... no, Samsung tops Q1 smartphone sales chart
Bean counters come up with different totals
Here's a classic case of why you shouldn't rely entirely on market watchers: two of them yesterday claimed different phone makers top the world smartphone charts.
In the blue corner, we have Strategy Analytics, lifting Samsung's arm up high and emailing us to say the South Korean giant's 44.5m estimated smartphone shipments during Q1.
Apple, by contrast, shipped 35.06m iPhones, putting it in second place.
On the other side of the ring, however, IHS iSuppli is slapping Apple on the back, saying the iPhone maker shipped more smartphones than Samsung: 35.06m and 32m, respectively.
Apple's figures are clear cut: the number is the one the company filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Market watchers take this as accurate because, were Apple fibbing, it would be up on a securities fraud charge PDQ.
The trouble is, Samsung hasn't provided an equivalently verifiable number yet. Both companies derived their numbers from hints provided by Samsung during an earnings conference call yesterday.
iSuppli told Barrons' blogger Tiernan Ray that it calculated the figure from Samsung's statement that phone sales were down ten per cent quarter on quarter, but that smartphones' share of overall sales was the same or slightly higher.
SA says there were a greater proportion of smartphones in the sales mix than iSuppli accounts for, hence its larger number.
Who is correct? Impossible to say, though other research firms and brokers have chipped in to say Samsung top dog. The balance of probabilities is, then, that Apple was number two during Q1 2012. Both companies together account for 55 per cent of the world smartphone market, SA said.
Both concur, however, that Nokia came third, followed by RIM. ®
Long story short: Choose the phone that has the features and software that fits your needs, and just tune out the fanbois/fandroids and the duff market figures.
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Nokia? 3rd? For smartphones? Eh?
It's all codswallop and much of muchness!
Stop being a mindless gimp and listening to the utter tosh spouted by these supposed know-it-all market watchers and pundits, buy what you really want to buy and be happy you've technology in the palm of your hand that is so advanced that we could not even have imagined it only as far back as the mid 1990's!
Re: Excuse me?
It's smartphone business is a disaster...
Re: Anyone still not developing for Android?
Android already has a 45% marketshare in the tablet arena according to IDC, and that's before the wave of mid-range ICS based tablets like the new Galaxy 7in, the Asus and the Google-own tablets arrive, the Kindle Fire only has a US release too.
Even realists can see that 45% this year, will be 55% next year and 75% the year after that for Android tablets.