Analyst: Apple iPhone has sold 88 million more units than Samsung Galaxy S and Note models

Analyst: Apple iPhone has sold 88 million more units than Samsung Galaxy S and Note models
The total includes sales of the popular Samsung GALAXY Note II

The total includes sales of the popular Samsung GALAXY Note II

Analyst Tavis McCourt, who works for Raymond James, decided that with all of the negative talk that has surrounded Apple lately, he would compare sales of the Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4S and the Apple iPhone 5 against sales of the Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung GALAXY Note series. The result? Apple outsold Samsung by 88 million units over the last 2 and a half years. The final tally was 219 million Apple iPhone handsets sold versus 131 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S series and the larger-screened Samsung GALAXY Note models that were sold by the Korean manufacturer.

While the Samsung Galaxy S II needed some time to become the superstar handset it became, sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III built on the sensational response to its predecessor and peaked after the launch of the Apple iPhone 5. That is according to Kevin Packingham, chief product officer for Samsung's U.S. mobile division, who says the Samsung Galaxy S III remains a top seller at all carriers.

The analyst noted that despite the perceived loss of momentum at Apple, the Apple iPhone grew its lead over the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung GALAXY Note over the course of the last year.

source: CNET via BGR

Charts show Apple's lead has increased over the last year
Charts show Apple's lead has increased over the last year

Charts show Apple's lead has increased over the last year


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113 Comments

1. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No surprise here. The fact that Samsung managed to shape up a product that is actually getting comparable with iPhone in terms of the market and cultural impact is the biggest deal actually. The S4 should be neck-to -neck with the iPhone 6 in terms of sales

60. metalpoet unregistered

What they should compare is each version of each product when they came out so for example:gs 1 vs. iphone, gs2 vs. iphone 3g, gs3 vs iphone 3gs, and so on and so forth. Samsung has made 5 different legit models for the galaxy line: galaxy, gs2, gs3, note, and note 2. compared to iphone making 6 different iphones.

67. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Actually, your comparison chart is slightly off since the Galaxy S3 is a better phone than the iPhone 5; iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 would make a better and more accurate comparison against the Galaxy S3. The upcoming Galaxy S4 won't have an Apple iPhone counterpart or competitor so, any attempted comparison by analysts or tech blogs will be null and void upon delivery. As far as previous models, the following statements are true (as they would relate for comparison): iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S vs Galaxy S II iPhone 3GS vs Galaxy S iPhone 3G vs Samsung Omnia II

99. Jusrertiner

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

This whole comparison is stupid to me. So the article is telling me that every smartphone Apple ever sold, sold more than a section of Samsung smartphones. That's pretty obvious to begin with. You could say that apple only sold 6 different smartphones compared to samsung's hundreds but if you have less of a selection more people will pick the same thing. I see so many people with metro pcs Samsung smartphones so this is just stupid in my opinion.

109. Mindmeld

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

True enough. If you want to compare high-end phones, all of Samsung's high-end devices (Android, WP8, other??) should be included instead of just the GS series. Plus, you have to keep in mind that Samsung is not only competing against iPhone but devices from other OEMs. If you are in the market for an iOS phone, you have but one choice. Apple is a monopoly. Not so when it comes to Android phones. There are other great alternatives to GS. With all that being considered, I think Samsung is holding its own against Apple.

112. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Galaxy SVI will suck the blood of iCrap 6. Next samsung boy will be a predator!

89. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

samsung announced 100 million galaxy s phones sold 3 days ago, and the latest was the GS3, thats 3 phones, when apple announced 100 million it was when the iPhone 4 was the latest, thats 4 phones, and the iPhone back then was the "thing" ! so samsung outsold apple comparing first by first, not latest by latest and that's how it should be compared ^_^

2. iGREGG

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

#TeamiPhone baby!!

66. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Go away!

69. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The whole report is flawed. This compares one company (Apple) pushing one type of operating system (iOS), where as Samsung is one company pushing Android which is pushed by several companies all in competition for Android sales.. The only way this comparison could be fair, is if Samsung was the only handset manufacturer offering Android. You simply cant compare the two due to Apple's exclusivity on iOS... Therefore, before Analyst Tavis McCourt sticks his iphone up his a55 and set to vibrate, how about making it a comparison of iOS devices vs Android devices and then see who wins in that battlefield....

71. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Also, if we want to be picky, there are lots more "GALAXY" phones than what is covered in this report. Check this out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy Yet another flaw in the report. Amazing stuff really

3. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

well that's a bit obvious considering the only ios phones you can get is iPhone where as Samsung It's not the only android maker.. its not really a 1 to 1 comparison is it...i think the main point here is how well Samsung have done to create a brand that is almost comparable to apples iPhone in a android market that has hundreds of phones released each year..

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

past performance is not an indicator of future success. Apple fanatic researchers just need to get with the program. They might have USED to sell more, but that wave is crashing.

5. juanyunis

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

This answer is amazing, simple but powerful, you are absolutely right about this, Samsung started with the huge success since Galaxy S2, and that was mid 2011.

12. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Yep Big laugh @ 2 n a half years

6. kombinatonz

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I can't believe people are still falling for Apple Iphone. How sad is that!???

9. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Really so very sad, when will they ever realise.....

7. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Give it another year, north or south east or west Samsung is the best! Samsung maintains it leadership position in the worldwide, with it's growth filed in large part by it's bord deep, and refreshed Android portofolio.

8. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

My gosh these apple followers and their massive defense of said products is sooo disturbing. Go apple Go! :/ 8th wonder of the world, why anyone cares that much about the few same ol same ol products this stale company produces at premium prices for less than premium technology.

10. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

As far as i can tell, iP1 had 3 years of incremental upgrades and iP4, 3 years of incremental upgrades as well. iOS is stale and boring but hey the new iP5 is weirdly taller, has this fabulous new port that forces millions of purchased adapters or all new accessories, and iP5S's more of the same in flashy new colors and maybe a second screen size. Apple's magic is gone, they had a 5 or so year run that took them from nothing to something but history will repeat itself and apple in less than 5 years will be no were near the top of the technology world, sorry apple fans, the writing is on the wall. Even apple fans are sick of the apple shtick, just ins't compelling any longer...

31. thelegend6657 unregistered

I like the iPhone 5 over the 4s is because of the 16:9 wide screen ratio . I don't see you complain when Samsung went wide screen with the galaxy s3 ?

72. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Ironically, in Jobs stage release of the original iPhone, he proudly stood forth and said that iOS was 5 years ahead of every other phone OS out there (even without MMS and 3G :p). Yet here we are 5+ years and nothing has changed... Sounds like RIM all over again.. Go figure.

11. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I think one reason why samsung is even compare to iphone is because its available at literally every carrier in the world.

15. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

and iPhone really only does great in America, where apple has some clout (but it's fading fast as their sctick does stink and everybody knows it now). In amerioca, where roughly 40% of techies think that technology is seen through the narrow vision of Apple's eye :( iSad.

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Graph show Sept to Dec IP5 sales at 40 million + (from the graph). Other analyst claims 35 million for IP5 during same period --http://www.phonearena.com/news/Analyst-52-million-Apple-iPhones-shipped-last-quarter_id38804 A difference of 5 million between 2 analysts or this is some kind of a joke or logical question would be who got paid m ore for doing the analysis :)

52. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

exactly if these people go to the sources to find out how much of what is sold,then either someones lying casue 5 million difference seems a lot.

74. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

ah, give or take 5,000,000 iphones, thats close enough LOL.... said no one ever!

14. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

That's had to bunch up sales for Apple from 2 1/2 yrs to come up with better numbers then Samsung? What a joke. They merged the 4 , 4S and 5 all together. Samsung only started being big one and half yrs ago. The first galaxy S was outsold by HTC models. They should of went Android vs Apple. Stop trying to come up with ways to make it look like Apple is still #1 when its not. Still laughing at 2 1/2 yrs back. Lol.

16. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I thought that the battle was Apple vs Android. Even though I have a Note 2 I want HTC, Motorola, Sony and LG to release killer devices. I don't want all my Android eggs in one basket. I don't want Samsung to have 90% of the market. I want each Android OEM trying to one up another. Only way we can have competition within Android. Apple may have won a battle with this article but Android is clearly winning the war for the last 2 years. 2013 is all Android yet again.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30879; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stop hating on Apple, Samsung has built a great brand but the iphone is two iterations ahead. Give sammy the time it needs and it'll b neck n neck. Next year is pivotal for apple, if they make the copycat 5S its over...they need a game changer like the note 2 or something.

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