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Samsung Galaxy S5 sales said to fall behind iPhone 5s and last year’s S4

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Jul 2014, 05:25

The Galaxy S5, the flagship staple of Samsung’s smartphone strategy, is underperforming with sales of just 5 million units in May, less than the 7 million Apple iPhone 5s…

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posted on 16 Jul 2014, 05:30 17

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

It's sad how Apple's sales seem to never go down. People just buy and buy their products without even knowing what they put their money in.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 05:44 14

3. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

items are always sold on their percieved value not on real value... iphone has high perceived value while galaxy is the name on every device (low,medium,high whatever). Galaxy this, galaxy that... I am never able to identify the defference in midrange and low range galaxies until I dont go through full specs... common man doesnt have that much time or dont bother that much to read/research full specs, everyone is not a phonearena user

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 07:00 1

22. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

What I can not understand is why the Galaxy S5 still don't have RADIO FM ????? This is complete bullsht and why I will NEVER get an high end Samsung device.

Samsung must know that a lot of people are waiting for a phone with plenty of FEATURES and that people are buying the GALAXY S5 because it is the DIRECT OPOSITE of Apple's politic, to have a COMPLETE, CUSTOMIZABLE, ALL OPTIONS smartphone.

I know that this is only Radio FM, but one SIMPLE thing is making me throw away all hopes I had on Samsung (and don't forget the Full HD all old chip from GS4). Seriously, come back to what that made what you are and you will have far better results than now, it is to say put the LATEST and COMPLETE hardware in your phones and stop realeasing the cold old food.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:08 1

68. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

"Our studies show a trend shift of interest to digital broadcasting - namely, the focus on listening to music content on social networks or on YouTube. The flagship model of our devices is targeted at customers who use digital content, modern formats and channels of information consumption."

source :http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-explains-why-theres-no-FM-radio-in-the-Galaxy-S4_id42002

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:26

75. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

"while Apple keeps its iPhone brand reputation high by only selling premium devices"

...forget about the 5C?

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 20:31

121. Gasteasoro (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)

"...forget about the 5C?"

+1 to that

5C was a major flop. Guess Apple did realize this "watering down" in time so as to not push the iPhone 5Cheap further.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 02:29

123. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Well the 5C is still much better than most of Samsung's low- and mid-range smartphones...

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:54

126. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

I wouldn't disagree with that fzacek. Samsung makes some terrible low end phones that do ruin their rep a little. But I just had a problem with the statement about Apple only selling premium devices when the 5C was clearly a non-premium plastic version of the iPhone created soley to increase profit margins.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 13:26

127. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

I agree. They shouldn't say that Apple ONLY sells premium phones...

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 06:23 16

10. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

As an owner of both a Note 3 and iPhone 5, i can say you are incorrect on "People Putting there money in". One thing I have always experience and most all people I talk to is a relaible phone and OS with Apple. I am still on my original iPHone 5. Meanwhile I have had my Note 3 replaced 3 times because of defective USB Port, Micros SD slot and also Sim Card. I had a S4 for 3 months and dump it after the 4th replacement.

Most people want a device that works and not quirks that come with it. I use Android because of features with emailing multiple attachments because I am on the road all the time. I like my iPhone because personal it blows Android Devices out of the water on sound. In all my Android Devices they always have a lower sound and some interference when using the Headphone jack with a AUX port on a Stereo. Any of my iPhones, IPods or iPads never have this.

At the end of the day its preference. Just because I see it this ways doesn't make it right.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 06:41 5

13. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

probably you said opposite... I had iphone 4 and 4s but I ditched iphone forever bcoz android phones were blowing it out of the water... less customizations, irritating email experience when it comes to attachments, irritating experience when want to share data with other devices, home button was crappy and I got it fixed both on 4 & 4s, have lower voice than many android flagships... slow down as hell if you make your 32gb near to full... apps start getting closed automatically with 32gb near to full... battery capacity is very small, infact the whole phone is so small that it feel like a kids toy after playing with other OEM's flagships... infact it was not iphone's fault, it was other OEMs fault that they made their phones bigger which ultimately made me felt iphone a kids toy

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 06:43 6

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

That's Samsung for ya ;)

Ok. That's your experience. But I also know many many people with iPhones who have had to replace their phones because for example the speaker broke or the battery started depleting super fast.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 07:20

28. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

agreed... I upgraded my iphone 4 to 4s bcoz the top reason was battery started depleting very fast

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 06:54 4

20. UglyFrank (Posts: 1940; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Your story doesn't sound believable, my s4 is still perfect after the 15th month

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 07:23 4

31. iampayne (Posts: 322; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

Whats your point exactly my iP5 is still perfect after 17 months.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 07:27

34. Awalker (Posts: 1696; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

It seems made up. I've had the S4 for 14 months and the only problem I have with it is the atrocity called Touchwiz.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 07:56 3

46. Cicero (Posts: 924; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

How offen do you use touchwiz on a daily routine? Do you stay all day long on settings?

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:11 2

69. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

I don't think you realize what touchwiz is. When you place a call you are using a touchwiz app, when you start the camera, you are using touchwiz, when you go to the app drawer you are using touchwiz, when you navigate the home screen, you are using touchwiz. When you launch an app you are using touchwiz (animations mainly). Yes, you can change default apps to something not touchwiz, but the framework is still running in the background consuming resources.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:37

76. Awalker (Posts: 1696; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

I very rarely use it because I have a Nexus 5. It's not just the look of Touchwiz that I hate it's the overall feel. It seems sluggish compared to other devices.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 07:04 4

23. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Apple devices have problems to. I had to swap my 5s for a spongy right upper corner and I had to replace a 13 month old battery in a iphone 5; something that Apple charges $80 for. The worst issue was seeing people swap iPhone 5s models left and right for the "level" issue during the first month of release. Eventually Apple released a software update to fix the issue but some people were already on their 4th replacement.
I would say Apple users find more issues because they want the perfect device.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 08:28

61. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Here in tech, i exchange far less iphones compared to the Galaxy line of phones probably on the order of 3:1

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:22

74. jove39 (Posts: 1978; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Agree with you on sound quality of android based phones...but android OS doesn't have much to do with audio quality...It's largely OEM implementation...for example...audio/music playback is quite on Nexus5 than my 2 year old HTC OneX...Audio quality of HTC One(M8) is way better than any iOS device...for that matter, even $349 phone OPO have much better audio quality than iPhone5(s). I have compared my self.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:40

77. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Samsung 7.7, 2011 device, Kicked by a football from ~7 feet, flying and fell to the concrete, still works as it should right now. Meanwhile, one of my friends iPhone 4S lags extremely badly after the iOS 7 update and had software related issues that I would not imagine to endure. Your claims on software/hardware reliability does not reflect all of us.

If you want android with good sound quality, try HTC.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 06:26 6

12. sip1995 (Posts: 1696; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

Go ask a Samsung user at the street, what OS his phone has ? You'll be surprised by the results.....

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 07:38

38. superfans (Posts: 155; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

I'm samsung user , i know what os my phone is rocking but i only have 1 question that is when will i get android L ??

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 08:08 4

53. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

He pointed specifically to an average guy with little to no interest in their smartphone tech.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 18:23

116. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)

Sometime next year.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 06:51 7

16. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

After Galaxy S2, Samsung have lost the wow factor. No long does the advertise about their specs, like they did on their S1 and S2. Exynos Cpu and Amloed and how fast their Cpu was, comparing it to others.

Cheap junk dustbin plastic with no weight or feel and touch to its device, comparing it to the Z2, it feels classier and prestige, with all Dragontrail Glass and the extra heavy weight along with metal sides.

Look at the Nokia 8800 Arte, it has a 2.5 inch screen with carbon fibre, titanium, stainless steel, Sapphire glass, and metal, weighing at 160grams, for a small phone like that. That's pure prestigious.

When I hold my Note3 and hold the Z2, you can easily tell that Sony put great thoughts about how the phone looks and feels, along with the heavy weight. It feels really nice holding the Z2.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 07:09 2

25. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

It is exactly what I said witouth even reading your comment (at least agree on the begining).

Samsung is no more putting their advertisment on the hardware as they did before, since the S4 they just put old hardware and they abandon one after the other very important features like FM Radio.

The ONLY reason I started to take Samsung as a serious alternative to Nokia N-series was that they had the same politics as Nokia at the time, and now what they do ?

Old processor, old screen, forgeting of options, slow phone versus competition, bad speakers. They don't innovate anymore on basic hardware.

I can remmember every new N-series was top hardware wise.

SAMSUNG PUT BACK YOUR HANDS ON THE TABLE and come back as before !

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 08:26 2

60. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

I must be dying i agree with you.

When i hold my note 3 next to the Sony Z1s i play with on a daily basis along with the M8, the feel of 'premium' is not there.

They have watered down the Galaxy brand so much, that no body knows what Galaxy really means anymore, to the average consumer, it is just a phone they bought.

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