Five million Samsung Galaxy Notes sold in five months

Five million Samsung Galaxy Notes sold in five monthsThe Samsung Galaxy Note: to be honest, I rather like it. Or I did when I first heard about it, anyway. Since then, a good few whispered assurances that it's actually quite rubbish have cooled my enthusiasm.

Well it turns out maybe I was listening to the wrong people, as the original “phablet” has now hit the sales milestone of five million units sold in five months. So it can't be that bad, really.

Either that, of course, or there are now five million upset people feeling like they've been “Samsunged” in a whole new way. But probably not.

Now we know that Apple takes about six minutes to sell that many iPhones, but if you consider that Samsung has taken quite a considerable punt on releasing a phone with a 5.3in screen and a stylus, that's indeed "not bad" as Jan put it a little while ago. Plus, let's not forget that it only went on sale in the US last month.

So well done Samsung – we raise our S-Pens and salute you. Well, not me personally, cos I never ended up getting one, but everyone else. Now how about doing something really useful and finishing work on that Android Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, hmmm?

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Pondlife  Mar. 28, 2012 at 19:49

Or 5m shipped as discussed in other Note thread of the day.
Should do better when available everywhere.

blizzard7  Mar. 28, 2012 at 19:49


Should do better when available everywhere.


Not happening. Too much of a niche at the moment :3

socialjeebus  Mar. 29, 2012 at 03:27

I got given one to use for a few weeks, got to say whilst the bigger screen is good watching movies, reading, etc couldn't get away from the fact that it felt uncomfortable sticking it in my pockets.

Good phone, just wasn't for me.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 09:40

I got given one to use for a few weeks, got to say whilst the bigger screen is good watching movies, reading, etc couldn't get away from the fact that it felt uncomfortable sticking it in my pockets.

Good phone, just wasn't for me.


Yes, same here - used one for 2 weeks. Great phone, and it was definitely faster than my SGS2 (on stock ROM, anyways)... But for everyday phone use? Nah....

Opheliac  Mar. 29, 2012 at 10:46

Brilliant phone. Everyone who I've shown it to since December has been amazed at it. It's fast as hell, slimmer than other phones and a battery that last 3 days. Oh yeah, texting, going online, reading emails, playing games, doing anything media related is just jaw dropping. I could never go back to a small screen phone. Fit's in every single pocket I own too. EVERY single pocket, be it coat, jeans, shorts, work trousers etc etc.

Look forward to the Galaxy Note 2, whenever that will be.

I laugh when Apple fanbois come up with **** excuses that the Iphone is better. There isn't one thing on the Iphone which is better. Spec for spec the Gnote outshines Apple. The only difference is if you like Apple OS or not. And if you do prefer it I've discovered that you simply don't like change.

Having a discussion with someone with the 4S the other day, the only thing they could come up with that they think is better is that the movement on the home screen is smoother an looks nicer on their 4S than it does on my Gnote. What a joke! Firstly A) that's your personal opinion, I actually think mine looks better. B) You can customize the Gnote homescreen as much as you like with different UI downloads. While mine was swooshing from screen to screen like a windmill, like a deck of cards, like a 3d cube, his ...err... erm... err... couldn't.

So in a nutshell. Anything the Iphone can do, Android phones and ofcourse the Galaxy Note can also do but in 10 different ways.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 10:51

Brilliant phone. Everyone who I've shown it to since December has been amazed at it. It's fast as hell, slimmer than other phones and a battery that last 3 days. Oh yeah, texting, going online, reading emails, playing games, doing anything media related is just jaw dropping. I could never go back to a small screen phone. Fit's in every single pocket I own too. EVERY single pocket, be it coat, jeans, shorts, work trousers etc etc.

Look forward to the Galaxy Note 2, whenever that will be.

I laugh when Apple fanbois come up with **** excuses that the Iphone is better. There isn't one thing on the Iphone which is better. Spec for spec the Gnote outshines Apple. The only difference is if you like Apple OS or not. And if you do prefer it I've discovered that you simply don't like change.

Having a discussion with someone with the 4S the other day, the only thing they could come up with that they think is better is that the movement on the home screen is smoother an looks nicer on their 4S than it does on my Gnote. What a joke! Firstly A) that's your personal opinion, I actually think mine looks better. B) You can customize the Gnote homescreen as much as you like with different UI downloads. While mine was swooshing from screen to scree like a windmill, like a deck of cards, like a 3d cube, his ...err... couldn't.

So in a nutshell. Anything the Iphone can do, Android phones and ofcourse the Galaxy Note can also do but in 10 different ways.


I agree that the Note is (size aside) an excellent device.

I do, however, not at all understand what the iPhone has got to do with it? Why do you bring it up?
And yes - there are things the iPhone 4S does better - camera for one. 2nd: make a quick call or write a quick sms at a supermarket check-out? Whip out that monster Note, hey...
Or try and compose music a la Garageband on the Note or any Android device? Or edit an organise photos?

It is irrelevant. Why not list every inferior phone?
Can you only enjoy a phone that, dude, like totally wipes the iPhone? Honestly, I don't 'get' that...
Seems to me you are not really enjoying yourself if your self is defined by outdoing the iBoys in your circle ;)

Opheliac  Mar. 29, 2012 at 11:22


I agree that the Note is (size aside) an excellent device.

I do, however, not at all understand what the iPhone has got to do with it? Why do you bring it up?
And yes - there are things the iPhone 4S does better - camera for one. 2nd: make a quick call or write a quick sms at a supermarket check-out? Whip out that monster Note, hey...
Or try and compose music a la Garageband on the Note or any Android device? Or edit an organise photos?

It is irrelevant. Why not list every inferior phone?
Can you only enjoy a phone that, dude, like totally wipes the iPhone? Honestly, I don't 'get' that...
Seems to me you are not really enjoying yourself if your self is defined by outdoing the iBoys in your circle ;)


Quite obvious dear fellow why I compare to the Iphone since the nutters like the ones from above who try the Gnote for a few weeks and get a refund probably went and bought an Iphone instead. And all the other Gnote haters are Iphone lovers. Majority of smartphone buyers go for the Iphone because of their lack of knowledge or just to follow a trend. Simple enough.

Ridiculous statements you make sir. Stating the camera is better, making a call, a quick sms. Is again nothing android phones can't do. That is your opinion that they are better and I disagree with you 100%. All these things are just as fast on Galaxy Note, and hey as I originally said, the Galaxy note can do those things and in so many ways and so many fashions, i.e a boatload of alternatives.

As I said a ridiculous statement. We all have our own opinions. **Your reasoning for choosing Iphone is like me arguing until I'm blue in the face that BLACK is the best colour. It's ridiculous and holds no weight. But with the Gnote it is fact, spec for spec that it is a better phone. Do you really want me to start listing every single thing which is factually better? Well I'm not going to cause I don't have ALL day... Not to forget there are so many basic inbuilt things which the Iphone can't do, like add a widget to the desktop to turn off 3g internet data.

Again you argue that there is a piece of software on the Apple OS that isn't on Android OS. Garageband might not be available but there are a LOT of alternatives available. You might say it's the best software but that is YOUR OPINION [**See arguing which colour is the best comment above]
Most crucial thing is that there are a load of alternatives on Android, and GalaxyNote is a better spec, better battery, better screen size. Better in so many ways.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 11:39

Opheliac - And yet, despite all those evil "nutters" you are the only one who gets rude and offensive. Odd, almost...

I am one of "those nutters above" who returned the Note. Not for an iPhone; not for anything actually.
Quite a few people who are not iBoys agree that the Note, good as it is, is just too uncomfortable as a full-time ONLY device.

If you disagree with them, that is quite alright.
If you feel the urge to offend them on no other ground than that you suspect they are iTrolls,
air your rudeness elsewhere, please.

Opheliac  Mar. 29, 2012 at 12:11

Opheliac - And yet, despite all those evil "nutters" you are the only one who gets rude and offensive. Odd, almost...

I am one of "those nutters above" who returned the Note. Not for an iPhone; not for anything actually.
Quite a few people who are not iBoys agree that the Note, good as it is, is just too uncomfortable as a full-time ONLY device.

If you disagree with them, that is quite alright.
If you feel the urge to offend them on no other ground than that you suspect they are iTrolls,
air your rudeness elsewhere, please.


No problem.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 12:20

Opheliac - And yet, despite all those evil "nutters" you are the only one who gets rude and offensive. Odd, almost...

I am one of "those nutters above" who returned the Note. Not for an iPhone; not for anything actually.
Quite a few people who are not iBoys agree that the Note, good as it is, is just too uncomfortable as a full-time ONLY device.

If you disagree with them, that is quite alright.
If you feel the urge to offend them on no other ground than that you suspect they are iTrolls,
air your rudeness elsewhere, please.



No problem.


Thanks :)

Nothing wrong with some teasing and mild p*ss-taking as long as it's in good humour and/or constructive (right, Treab ;) )

lazyfatboy  Mar. 29, 2012 at 15:06

I have a Note as my full-time and sole device, I got it in December and it hasn't left my side since. It is a fabulous mobile, but then I'm 6'6" and 20 stone so have hands and pockets big enough to use/store it. I have to disagree with Opheliac above who says they get 3 days battery life from it, I only get a day if I don't have long Angry Birds sessions.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 15:09

I have a Note as my full-time and sole device, I got it in December and it hasn't left my side since. It is a fabulous mobile, but then I'm 6'6" and 20 stone so have hands and pockets big enough to use/store it. I have to disagree with Opheliac above who says they get 3 days battery life from it, I only get a day if I don't have long Angry Birds sessions.

Yes, I was positively surprised by the Note's battery performance. Very good, indeed.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 22:43

There isn't one thing on the Iphone which is better. Spec for spec the Gnote outshines Apple.
Erm...I hate to break it to you, but the GPU in the iPhone 4S is far more powerful than any other phone currently on the market, including the Note. Mali 400 vs SGX543MP2...no contest, SGX wins every time. Also, the main camera on the 4S is far, far better than the one on the Note/S2 (they have the same camera module), it produces all round better looking images, there's no doubt about that.

One last thing, before you get all shouty and call me an Apple fanboy, I have an S2 (as Jan will confirm) and I'm an Android lover (as Jan will also confirm). I just have a sense of reality to go with my love of Android.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 22:45

I think the moral of my story is; don't generalise/make seeping statements, it makes you look a fool most of the time.

Opheliac  Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:26

There isn't one thing on the Iphone which is better. Spec for spec the Gnote outshines Apple.
Erm...I hate to break it to you, but the GPU in the iPhone 4S is far more powerful than any other phone currently on the market, including the Note. Mali 400 vs SGX543MP2...no contest, SGX wins every time. Also, the main camera on the 4S is far, far better than the one on the Note/S2 (they have the same camera module), it produces all round better looking images, there's no doubt about that.

One last thing, before you get all shouty and call me an Apple fanboy, I have an S2 (as Jan will confirm) and I'm an Android lover (as Jan will also confirm). I just have a sense of reality to go with my love of Android.


I suppose you can send some good links to prove sufficient testing was done on the GPU's to back up your claims. Ya know, a good range of solid up-to-date results from various sources yeah?

Same goes for results in comparing the cameras, in different light/speed situations. Look forward to those too, Instead of a load of weightless statements.

Pondlife  Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:53

OK we get it you really like your phone

Opheliac  Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:58

I have a Note as my full-time and sole device, I got it in December and it hasn't left my side since. It is a fabulous mobile, but then I'm 6'6" and 20 stone so have hands and pockets big enough to use/store it. I have to disagree with Opheliac above who says they get 3 days battery life from it, I only get a day if I don't have long Angry Birds sessions.

I am 6'4"+ but that doesn't mean I have giant sized pockets, nor does it mean they are necessary to store the Galaxy Note. You must use your Note like a multimedia hub to run down 2,500mAh in a day, good on you I say, no other phone would be able to cope.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:58

I'll find those sources for you after work. I'll make a note (no pun intended) so I don't forget.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:58

OK we get it you really like your phone

;)

Opheliac  Mar. 30, 2012 at 12:03

OK we get it you really like your phone

I do like my phone. But I am not biased towards it. If a better phone was released this year I'd be voting for that instead. What I really 'don't' like is subjective opinions on objective matters, which is generally the basis of most smartphone wars.

Pondlife  Mar. 30, 2012 at 12:08

Yeah subjective nonsense like There isn't one thing on the Iphone which is better.

Opheliac  Mar. 30, 2012 at 12:10

I'll find those sources for you after work. I'll make a note (no pun intended) so I don't forget.

I look forward to seeing them and loved to be proved wrong. Even if you are correct and I settle on the fact that SGX543MP2 is a faster gpu, it will still be bottlenecked due to the slow components surrounding it.

Opheliac  Mar. 30, 2012 at 12:15

Yeah subjective nonsense like There isn't one thing on the Iphone which is better.

That is not my default opinion. That statement is in response to the original opinions of Iphone fans.

Pondlife  Mar. 30, 2012 at 12:22

So if you can't beat them join them in empty words

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2012 at 12:22

I'll find those sources for you after work. I'll make a note (no pun intended) so I don't forget.

I look forward to seeing them and loved to be proved wrong. Even if you are correct and I settle on the fact that SGX543MP2 is a faster gpu, it will still be bottlenecked due to the slow components surrounding it.

The slowest component around in this context is our bodies. That includes our hands. There is no arguing away of the FACT that for most people it is imposible to use the gigantic Note with the same ease and speed as, say, an iPhone 4S or even a 4.3 incher. So, whatever splitsecond diferences we are talking about is null and void in real life.

I'm sure you would subscribe to this argument that our bodies are an important ingredient when judging a phone, the moment somebody brings up the iPhone's higher pixel density, no? Suddenly you'd say, well most eyes can't tell the diference.

When you play tennis, do you take down the net everytime you serve, to then quickly reerect it when it's your opponent's turn?

Sorry, mate, but you come across as a flip-flopper... saying one thing, then blaming others who allegedly made you say it because they are fanatics ;)

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