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Half of surveyed iPhone users in China express interest in switching to the Galaxy S4

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Half of surveyed iPhone users in China express interest in switching to the Galaxy S4
Avanti, the Taiwanese research arm of TrendForce, took to the streets in China to survey a representative sample of 3000 smartphone users, and it turned out that more than half expressed interest to own Samsung's newest Galaxy S4 flagship.

As for a reason, the participants answered different things, but the Full HD Super AMOLED display was a common theme, as well as the camera and processor features.

The somewhat bad news for Apple here is that more than half of those surveyed who own an iPhone were willing to switch camps and try out Samsung's latest and greatest. Naturally, this is all a part of the aptly-named "Samsung Galaxy S4 China Market Report," plus intent to buy is not the same as actually doling out the cash, but it will still be interesting to follow the Galaxy S4 journey in China once it hits shelves.

source: TrendForce via TheRegister


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posted on 16 Apr 2013, 02:53 5

1. shuaibhere (Posts: 1558; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Good news for sammy!!! But about xz in china???? It's doing well...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 02:55 4

2. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


No thank you!!

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:27 8

3. sam_tek (Posts: 89; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)


It's about time!
It really shouldn't have taken this long in my opinion.

I loved the original iphone, but it stopped w/ the original iphone. There are such good alternatives for one phone (that costs more) to have such a huge share.

btw, don't bash me. it's an opinion. if you have any thing fruitful to share, please do.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:44 7

4. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Sales volumes have never been an issue with apple. Their margins on each device is so high that even if they sell only to their dedicated fanboys, they will continue to rake in huge profits.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:52 14

5. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


of course, if you compare iPhone with SGS4 its like go out of a cave to a super modern hi-tech house :)

icons vs. choose your default app for anything (no dictatorship)
icons vs. copy file
icons vs. open any file
icons vs. multi-user api
icons vs. photosphere
icons vs. nfc
icons vs. connect any keyboard or mouse
etc etc etc :)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:16 4

6. Leo_MC (Posts: 551; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Lag vs smoothness.
Oversaturation vs natural colors.
Good camera vs great camera.
Uncomfortableness vs high usability.
Instant updates vs being at Samsung+operators mercy.
Manga ui vs Pixar ui.
Plastic vs high build quality.

Yeah, that's a good deal...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:21 2

7. superstar (Posts: 30; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


True, you forgot cheapo crappy plastic vs high end uni body aluminium and glass!

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:25 7

9. you_troll (banned) (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


>this would have been true pre-ics..
>busted on this one.. has natural colors already + deep blacks
>SGS4 is #1 in the camera department
>depends on how puny your hand is, and if you are able to use two hands, I might agree
>Samsung rarely needs update since almost everything is optimized, so is iP
>wut?
>debatable, would rather have a polycarbonate chassis than easy to nick ones

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:42 3

12. Leo_MC (Posts: 551; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Lag have been reported in JB Nexus devices so it will be no surprise if Samsungs gets it too.
No, amoled has oversaturated colors (Phonearena had a comparison, loock for it)
No, iphone has the best camera (Phonearena had a comparison, loock for it)
For note screen, one needs 12 cm thumbs (the average length is 7-8 cm) that means 240-260 cm length; if I found it ok to use 2 hands, I would choose a laptop, not a stupid 5" screen on a phone, not evene a 7" screen on a tablet.
Every device needs updates; with Samsung you have 1-1 1/2 years worth of updates; good luck with future security issues.
Samsung uses a bad polycarbonate; you use that cr*p.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:52 11

13. you_troll (banned) (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


>Lag has also been reported in iP5, lag is everywhere. your point?
>it's not oversaturated now, still not natural, but it's getting there..
>no, SGS4 has the best camera (look it up on PA)
>that's you, that's why I have no qualms if you want smaller phones
>the s2 starting from 2.3 to 4.2.2, (need I say more?)
>yes, and the aluminum and glass of the iPhone can never be damaged.. (sarcasm)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 06:16 3

18. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1019; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Guess the millions of people and the dozens of manufacturers are all stupid than eh, making big 5" screen. Who would want that, only stupid people with immense thumbs....
Any source for that comment on bad polycarbonate or did phonearena tell you that one as well...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:37 9

11. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1019; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I don't know what stone you crawled underneath, but the S4 doesnt lag, has a better camera (the S3 already was as good as the iphone one), updates for top models are pretty quick, high usability is rather objective. Plastic doesnt equal low build quality, just less premium feel. So when you give arguments, better make sure they stick.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 05:39 1

15. Leo_MC (Posts: 551; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


S3 didn't lag either; now it does.
Phonearena said iphone camera is the best; pick a fight with them, not whith me.
iphone (or WP) have instant updates; Samsung has them after 6 months (median time for 2012; also a thing that Phonearena said; again, pick a fight with them if you don't believe it).
Usability in a phone is given by the fact that it can be used with one hand; S-paddles can't.
Bad plastic in Samsungs eguals low build quality (for the plastic in Nokias you're right).

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 06:12 3

17. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1019; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Don't know what S3 you are using, but most of S3 phones don't lag. And ofcourse the iphone 5 has a better camera, it's newer. I have an iphone 4s as well and believe me, there are no instant updates.
If you only look at being able to use it with one hand, yes than it's more usable. Thank god most people define usability a bit more realistic.
Bad plastic in Samsungs? Still no argument there, the plastic is very strong (just look at will it blend between an S3 and an iphone 5 ;)) Just looks cheap.
But I already can tell there is no argueing with you. So you can have the last word

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 06:23 3

19. you_troll (banned) (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


>S3 does not lag, if it does, it's broken or it's running a not so optimized app.. same with iP5, it does not lag, but when it does, something's wrong with that or the app running
>Phonearena said s4 is the best, pick a fight with them not with me
>nope, iP has patch updates, WP has the worse update track record
>you have a little hand and you prefer iP, therefore iP suits you, but not all agrees
>not true, I have dropped my s3 lots of times, and not scuffs and scratches.. now, try dropping your iP5

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:55 7

14. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


youre just nicely brainwashed :)
everything you have written is just a lie :)

just try to select text and process it in any app (translate) = you see how the iConboards are inferior? :)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 12:53

24. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


But, don't you think these people thought about the points you raised and still decided to dump iphone?

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 14:02

26. Leo_MC (Posts: 551; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Good point except that not iphone users want to switch to S4 but smartphone users.
If you ignore the bad title phonearena gave this article and you look at the results, you get to realise your question is valid both ways: if S4 is so good why 52% would want a half year old, presumably worse, more expensive device?

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:26

21. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


android fans VS ikrapfan

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:21 1

8. Trex95 (Posts: 553; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


I do prefer iphone but i still want a big screen.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:30 3

10. martinlosha (unregistered)


Here you have it android fanboys......the prove.

Chinese people liked the s4 because of the big amoled screen, the camera and the process power of the phone.

Nobody mentioned Android...

So stop acting like Google is doing a favour to Samsung. Is the opposite I would say.
Samsung is doing a favour to google.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 06:09 2

16. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


To the people who live in China, there are a lot of smartphone to choose!

Samsung Galaxy S4
HTC One
Sony Xperia Z
BlackBerry Z10
LG Optimus G Pro

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 07:09 1

20. ibap (Posts: 701; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


While I'm not an iPhone fan, I have the feeling this survey should be evaluated by the "follow the money" criterion.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:56 1

22. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


It means they are "only" interested. The option to buy is another story. Because as what xperiaDROID said.

(To the people who live in China, there are a lot of smartphone to choose!

Samsung Galaxy S4
HTC One
Sony Xperia Z
BlackBerry Z10
LG Optimus G Pro)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:56 1

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple fan after paying so much for an over price phone want the world to acknowledge they have made the best decision.

The fool and their money will soon depart.

Androids, windows users have choices, they can choose to spend little for a budget phone or a lot for a high end model. Apple fan has only one choice to pay high end price for a low end model.

Still keep on ranting on Android that they will never get to experience what true high end phone feel like. Hey! Take a hint why so many bought s3, note 2 want to buy s4 and note 3. Yeah we are fans for now. But if there a better choice out there we will move as well. iOS is struck in year 2009 and had never advance since then.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 12:54

25. donfem (Posts: 550; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


True talk. Nice post

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