Samsung Galaxy Tab

It has been widely reported over the past couple days that Samsung Galaxy Tab sales have been "quite small," quoting Samsung exec Lee Young-hee during an earnings call. However, Young-hee didn't say "quite small," but rather "quite smooth." Bit of a difference there.

Here is what is being quoted:

“Well, your question was on sell-in and sell-out. As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million. Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite small. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn’t as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK.”

This is a case of one misinterpretation that spread like wildfire. We have included the audio snippet that has been quoted as well as a link to the entire call so you make you're own judgement. [Earnings call via Samsung Tomorrow]

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Galaxy Tab sales are 'quite smooth' not 'quite small'


VERY interesting. So that means the reports that Android is already eating deeply into iPad sales is most likely valid and thats on a tablet that Google didn't even want out there. Now what happens when Honeycomb drops?

VERY Doubtful. Just read an article that the return rate on the tab is very high....about 16%! Compared to iPad's 2% return rate. Seems like we will never know how many tabs are out there...

I have a tab and an iPad. Can't live without my iPad...Haven't picked up my tab in weeks!

'nuff said!

I don't care if they're selling it smoothly or lying of selling this Tabs smoothly. If they can't make this affordable to a lot of people, they sure will have a lot of lost sales.

yep even w/ the leak of the tab 2 and other tabs coming out it is still up in the 400-500 dollar range off contract. On contract it is 249.00 at t-mobile which isn't bad, but really i just want to use it as wifi only device.

The samsung Tab sucks everything that Samsung makes sucks and remains stagnant I read an article that states that 15 percent of Galaxy tabs purchased were returned and that is only in the U.S.

For what it's worth, since Costco and Verizon lowered the price of the Galaxy Tab to $399 with a month-to-month contract, there are NONE in the entire Los Angeles area at any Costco. I'm thoroughly convinced I bought the last one Sunday for my wife's birthday present.

I'd say selling out in L.A. is a pretty good indicator. Fortunately, it's also available online for the same price and same contract at

Even though Verizon's plan blows T-Mobile and Sprint out of the water ($20/mo for 1gb; $35/mo for 3gb), once you get your $35 activation rebate, you can drop the month-to-month and use it strictly for wi-fi.

I was going to get the iPad, but since using my wife's Tab, I'm ordering one for myself.

If folks would only get their mitts on one and see how smooth and elegant it really is, if other carriers followed Costco/Verizon's pricing, and if Samsung's marketing was a tad savvier, they'd give the iPad a real run for its money.

Even if it should have been "smooth" not "small," I can't imagine Steve Jobs or any Apple rep even using the terms "quite smooth" or "quite okay" when referring to sales of one of their products.