How those 9 million iPhones sold during the launch weekend compare to the competition

Earlier today, Apple said that for the three day launch weekend, it sold 9 million units together of the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c; but how do those numbers stand up against competing handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and the Nokia Lumia line of Windows Phone flavored handsets?...
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94. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Like I said using software to declare something as high end is encroaching religious philosophical type of bulls**t. The only thing that is absolute is hardware and by those standards, the iPhone is midrange period. 342 - 468ppi is >>>> than 323 PERIOD. 1O80 is >>>>> than less than 720p PERIOD. Quadcore is better than dualcore if each core is equal. The ONLY REASON the iPhone 5 dual core outperforms some quads is the GPU and IOS. Like I said. Slap IOS on any high end android and it would crush the s**t out of the 5s. 3000 mah >>>>>>> 1570 may PERIOD. To argue otherwise is like arguing 1 is greater than 10. That is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard though. Again, it goes to software and IOS being not battery hungry but again, slap IOS 7 on the G2 and it would be 2x the 5s in battery life. In fact, it might already be 2x running Android. Imagine the G2 running on IOS 7. 3-4 times more battery life isn't out if the question. Like I said, 10 > 1 period. It doesn't matter if one chump spends 10 dollars in half a second while another turns his 1 dollar into 100 in a second. 10 is still greater than one and the iPhone 5s is still mid range no matter how light IOS 7 and how well optimized it is. It is basically a well optimized phone like the Moto X. If no one has a problem calling the moto x mid range even though it performs well, then why are we having so much trouble calling the iphone 5s mid range? I can use a black and white screen that is 320p and a dual core running an operating system that is just uses simple stick figures graphics and make it run faster than an iPhone 5. Does that make that phone high end because it runs my stick figure graphics faster than the iPhone runs IOS 7? The answer is no. So anyone with a half a brain should know that mid range hardware is mid range hardware regardless of how well the software runs. Midrange phones can perform exceptionally well too you know.....just saying. I'll give you another analogy. A motorcycle can smoke most high end sports cars but that doesn't make the hardware in a motorbike high end. The engines in the sports car is still way more high end. So no matter how much you want to spin it, the iPhone 5s is mid range. PERIOD.

101. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Looks like someone fell for the BIGGER number is better trap.

102. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Bigger numbers is better if all other things are equal. That is fact. Like I already explained two or three times to the other itard. But hey, if you want to pay a company high end prices for mid range hardware, be my guess. Even if you don't notice the hardware, it still doesn't change the fact that its more powerful on its own and costs more to make and is more cutting edge.

104. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Very well said and wisely ™

22. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

According to a few sources the 5s tripled the sales of the 5c so that would put it at about 6.75 million units.

11. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Excellent work by Apple, they've managed to get another record breaking sales weekend, I honestly didn't think they'd sell so many, I was expecting roughly 4-6million. Would be great to know how many iPhone5S they sold though, as I think the 5C helped bump that number to 9million.

27. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

If memory serves, every year they break their previous years record. Everything peaks eventually but it's still a good accomplishment for them.

12. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Excellent work by Apple, they've managed to get another record breaking sales weekend, I honestly didn't think they'd sell so many, I was expecting roughly 4-6million. Would be great to know how many iPhone5S they sold though, as I think the 5C helped bump that number to 9million.

20. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Well, as doubler86 pointed out earier, Samsung did 9 Million GS3s with pre orders alone. So although impressive, it appears it had been done before, and with just one phone.

33. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

This should answer your S3 question. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Galaxy+s3+10m

51. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No... It actually doesn't and there was no question. The GS3 sold 9 Million in pre orders, so yeah.

52. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Samsung is lying again??? Their PR said that it took them 50 days to reach 10M sales on the S3. We believe you though Whateverman. We really do. "The GALAXY S4 sets a new record for Samsung, generating sales quicker than any of its predecessors. Sales of the GALAXY S III reached the 10-million mark 50 days after its launch in 2012, while the GALAXY S II took five months and the GALAXY S seven months to reach the same milestone." http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/news/newsIrRead.do?news_ctgry=irnewsrelease&news_seq=20887

54. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

So what I'm seeing here is that most people pre ordered their GS3's, than those who went to a store. Either way, it's been done. It's okay, you can still like it, even if it took two versions of a three year old phone to catch Samsung. It's still shiny, right?

56. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Still in denial. All good though :) My proof is in the pudding. It took Samsung 50 days to sell 10M S3s. You can spin and twist it however you want.

62. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

The article is about 9 Million... Nine... Nueva... the number that comes after 8 and before 10. Why are you talking about 10? And again, that's for two versions of the same 3 yeast old phone. Samsung did it with one model. That's not spin, it's fact. Why is it so painful for you to acknowledge how great of an achievement Samsung, htc, Motorola, Android, or anything Google has made?

63. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Got it. 9M sold during opening and then they only sold 1M till 50days since release. Are we clear? It's because you're making a false statement. I know it's hard to swallow the truth.

70. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I guess it is... I don't know how much they sold, and it really doesn't matter to me. But it's a source of extreme pride for you for some reason. Are you Tim Cook? Well, whatever. All I know if kneeling at the Apple alter is making many of the fanboys look really nutty. No matter what either of these companies sold or didn't sell, it's not worth the blood vessel you're about to burst so, let's just agree to disagree.

78. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I think that 9 million is how many the carriers and customers had preordered up front and the sale was probably counted once the customer actually had the device. Samsung usually gives information on shipments which includes "to the carrier" and Apple usually only reports "the actual sale". Either way, both have sold way more than the competition so kudos to both for putting out a nice product.

86. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

And there you have it! +1

25. jellmoo

Posts: 2578; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why do we have to be like this? Apple had a hugely successful weekend. Good on them, and good on everyone happy with their new iPhone. What other companies should be doing is seeing how they can get a slice of that success, putting out better devices, better innovation and better user experiences. The success of the iPhone over the weekend does nothing but push other companies, to our benefit. Even if you don't like the iPhone, there is no need to look for ways to turn this around and rag on Apple. Look at it as a driver for us to expect even better in the future.

30. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Well said. +1

65. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 2012

It's funny to me that we all have to dig in! Very much like sports. Your team could be the worse in the league...and you defend it to the end. Year after year of crappy management----a we still drink to kool-aide. I have an upgrade on March 1---I will see what's on the market.

28. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

People just love the iphone. Just think how many it would sell if apple come out with a bigger screen.

32. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

No doubt 9million is big sale but that includes 5s and 5c.Reports are saying goodbye apple sold about 6-7 million 5s that should be the number compared to the sale of a single s4 or single HTC One. Yes the number is still higher when it's just the 5s but it's still not fair to compare the sale of 2 new models vs 1 model.

35. melcruz66

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

whatever you Fandroids say, you cant beat this record by Apple . 9 million in only 3 days. Thats unbeatable.

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

9 million between two devices. iPhone 5S sold about 6 million, which is still pretty good.

41. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Great number by Apple. Not sure what every one expecting. Apple has a following like no other company I have seen. They literally can do no wrong in their eyes.

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 31022; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great phones, great sales, great job apple. My family loves ours.

58. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I hope you are not on your honeymoon posting on PA. lol. Congrats man. I hope for many happy years for you and your wife.

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 31022; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanks Sakeem, I'm managing to chime in here and there. Definitely no full time PA'ing though

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