Windows Phone 7 sales estimated at 1.6 million in Q1 2011

Windows Phone 7 sales estimated at 1.6 million in Q1 2011
Windows Phone 7 sales have been as elusive as a shadow, but now finally statistics firm Gartner took on the task of estimating how many handset running Microsoft’s new operating systems were actually sold. The end result shows that - in line with earlier rumors - sales haven’t exactly flourished at 1.6 million total for the first quarter of the year. Consumers preferred Android, Gartner notes, but at the same time the huge deal between Microsoft and Nokia is to boost Redmond’s platform momentum in the long term perspective.

To put the 1.6 million number in context, Gartner gave a total of 3.658 million handsets sold under the Windows platform, meaning that older Windows Mobile outsold WP7 by some 400,000. A couple of weeks ago Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin theorized that sales of WP7 were catastrophic at nearly half that number, or 674,000 handsets. But even twice as much is very far from optimistic given the overall growth of the market and Android’s 400,000 daily activations.

At the same time, Gartner’s quarterly sales estimate gives many other numbers noting that smartphones accounted for 23.6% of total phone sales, growing by 85% on the year. The devastating tsunami in Japan seems to have had a small impact on the industry in the first quarter. The world’s leading phone maker Nokia has reached a bottom in terms of its market share since 1997 with a 5.5% on the year decline. Gartner stresses the fact that the Finns will actively reduce prices in an attempt to support volume of sales. But it’s the Windows Phone 7 numbers that are truly puzzling. What’s your opinion about the reasons for slow sales of the platform? Feel free to add your comment below!

source: Gartner via WMPowerUser



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Um, maybe customers aren't buying because WP7 isn't as mature as Android or iOS?

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its not on every carrier.. it doesnt have a huge advertising base.. and its still new. android may be doing 400k activations daily now, but how did it do in its first full quarter? If i remember, it took nearly a year for the G1 to sell a million, not a quarter. Quit being all doom and gloom. 1.6 million acts for a brand new OS in light of the competition it faces is pretty good.

4. Ryan HTCFAN unregistered

WP7 cannot be truly appreciated in my opinion until the user fully delves into how innovative the new OS is. Even though immature, the features of the NoDo update have taken a large step forward. The update to Mango will address my main concerns which happen to be primarily presence of Flash, HTML5 and Silverlight support. Turn by turn Nav should be a great addition and visually stunning along with 3rd Party multi-tasking. Windows has a stigmata from a consumers point of view of being a complicated OS and now when you pick up the handset it appears too simple or not enough. I had an activated DROID Incredible on Verizon I kept active for the first month I had my HD7 sort of ween off so to speak. Now Android seems primitive, WP7 isn't behind by any means. Rather, the team behind is taking leaps and bounds ahead in a short period of time by knowing what consumers want. Get the phones in the hands of the public and they will appreciate it

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I played around with several W7 devices, and it is a very smooth running, appealing OS. I do agree with most postings it just hasn't had the ad campaign or options to truly compete with iOS, Droid, or maybe even Blackberry yet. It is a year old, going gangbusters to get Apps and user options onboard, and of course has this little handset maker Nokia willing to go to war with it. HTC seems committed to solid W7 devices as well. Great upside to it. HP and WebOS (my personal fav OS), Samsung with Bada, and LG if it truly takes a shot with MEEGO, will really up the stakes in the OS and UI wars. All three of these have the resources to challenge W7 and RIM for #3 and #4 OS's. It will be interesting to see how things shake down in the next 2 years, won't it?

6. JO unregistered

So far my Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7 is the best phone I have owned out of all the Iphone, Android , and Blacknerry phones I've purchased. I think it is only a matter of time until everyone finds this out as well. I almost went with another Android because the rep at T-Mobile specifically told me NOT to get a Windows Phone 7 when I walked in and asked him about it. When I asked him why? he said he just didn't like them, lol, why not let the buyer make a decision? I did and I am very happy.

7. TryllZ unregistered

I feel WP7 sales are down because: 1.Microsoft isn't pushing the media in the right direction enough for WP7. 2.That i read the WP7 isn't available in all the countries yet, so figures are much likely available only from the countries that have WP7.

8. jnbgator unregistered

I just bought a W7 Samsung Focus yesterday. I was close to buying an Android but changed my mind after doing some research. One of the reasons I think sales have been slow is that existing Windows phone users are slow to switch (like me). They are waiting for at least 6 months run time. I have to say I am very impressed with the OS and my wife, who has an iPhone, says it is better. They definitely did a nice job revamping it. One more thing, everyone has a stigma about having a cool iPhone or Android. How can you be cool buying a Microsoft phone? That is sooo yesterday. Wait until the businesses start buying these in droves with the Office 365 coming out soon....not to mention the cool phones Nokia will put together. I'll probably buy a new phone in a year if something better comes out. The Samsung Focus is an amazing machine.

9. pxlmvr unregistered

It probably has bad sales because of the Windows name. Many people have had a bad experience with Windows, be it viruses and malware or the Vista debacle. They would have been better served using a more unique name...

10. tb unregistered

Love my phone except, I need to be able to attach files like pdfs to my emails & it can't be done with wp7 phone. I have read that mango WON'T FIX this issue or the flash issue either. Running a small biz & not be able to send the various file formats that a wp7 phone won't attach may be a deal breaker to others like me & my staff who often have to send files that are not photos or Microsoft files.

11. Brian72 unregistered

I don't like the look and feel of the Win7 OS. There is an incredible amount of wasted space on the front with the top and right side margins. And there's that tiny clock and a lack of statuses. And the tiles are simply too big and noncustomizable. Do I need this giant 2-block pictures icon? There's like only 6-7 icons on the screen at once. Can I shrink them? Can I change the look? And Win7's advertisements keep displaying these ugly single colored tiles. Big displays showing this big blocks eating room. Only when I actually touched a Win7 phone in a store did I even know there was another menu behind this stuff. The MetroUI is a HUGE turnoff for me and I can't take the wasted space seriously. The UI is everything because it's what the user will have to use every time they touch the phone.

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