Apple vs Samsung: Who Will Sell More?

August 1, 2011
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The entire Android vs iOS and Google vs Apple argument has been around for a while, and with the recent lawsuits of Apple going after OEM's like Samsung things are really starting to heat up. Samsung has been selling a lot of handsets and recent reports suggest they soon will top Apple in sales. What do you guys think?

We recently ran this post over on SlashGear and the amount of engagement from Google+ was just awesome. It's interesting reading all the replies and comments and we love hearing what you all have to say. I know Google+ might have a few more Android and Google fans than other areas but the replies were still worth noting. Here is a quick picture of how things went.

https://plus.google.com/103911183408644149411/posts/Gsf5eeX9yWy

Obviously Samsung is extremely popular and aren't slowing down anytime soon. With the Galaxy S II headed to the U.S. market soon, and also the iPhone 4S or 5 (or whatever they call it) who do you think will be king? Will Android and Samsung's highly powerful and popular phone push them over the top, or will the next iPhone give Apple that push they have been waiting for since launching the iPhone 4?

Then you get immediate responses from people saying they dislike apple, or others calling people out as "fanboys" and the discussion usually slows down at that point. I felt like sparking it back up today with the recent reports that Samsung is barely behind Apple both in the U.S. and globally in terms of sales.

The discussion of everything being proprietary on the Apple side is a clear part of the discussion as +Giovanni Gopaulsingh tried to say but was quickly shut down. Does that play a role in your purchase decisions knowing that everything just works? Or do you want the latest and greatest and buy what is hot?

We thought the responses were quite interesting and felt like sharing them with everyone, as well as saying thank you to who responded over on Google+ and actively participates in comments and sharing of news.

So here is my question to end things. Will Apple and the iPhone 5 put them back in a solid lead for the rest of the next year? Or will popular more often and consistent released products like the Samsung Galaxy S II and future 3D phone releases continue Android and Samsung's climb to the top?

Who will Prevail? Apple or Samsung?


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  • Anonymous

    Samsung ftw!

  • Andrew Evans

    As much as I love Android, it is extremely likely that the iPhone 5 is going to outsell the Galaxy S2.  I personally think Android is the superior platform due to its customization options and utility, but for the “average consumer” the iPhone is a status symbol and droves of people are going to buy it just so they can say they “have the new iPhone”.   This is primarily the reason why the iPad is selling so well and Honeycomb tablets are not.  Saying you have a Galaxy Tab doesn’t get the same “oohs and ahhs” as saying you have an iPad. Even if it is lacking features like Flash, widgets, live wallpaper, and so forth, it has the perception of being “better”.

    Apple does so well because of its marketing machine, and has been successful at planting the perception in the public eye that having an Apple product makes you superior to someone rocking an LG, or a Motorola, or a Samsung.  You can’t deny the fact that, rightly or wrongly, it has a “luxury” status that the Galaxy S II simply doesn’t have.   I’m not saying that it’s correct thinking, it most certainly isn’t (IMHO), but that’s simply the way it is.  Android has certainly increased its profile as a good platform and is not lacking in sales, but there’s no way it can compete with Apple on that level.The Galaxy S II will sell a lot.   I just think the iPhone 5 will sell more.  Tech blogs and Apple fansites will tout this as the death of Android but it won’t be, I think eventually the market will settle between iOS, Android, and WP7 (once Nokia gets back into the game) each with a 3rd of the market and will probably bounce back and forth between the 3.  And it should be this way, because greater competition will cause more innovation (assuming they stop trying to sue eachother into oblivion) and we’ll all get better devices out of it.
    For what its worth, I have owned the Motorola Droid, the Samsung Moment, the LG Optimus S on the lower end, and the Samsung Epic, EVO 4G, and the EVO 3D (current device) on the high end.   On the tablet side, I have a Motorola Xoom and an Acer Iconia A500.  The Galaxy S II is a beautiful, powerful device and will likely be my next phone.  I can see iOS for the strengths that it has and why people are drawn to it, but I can also see its weaknesses and restrictions and it simply isn’t for me.  I am also so tied into Google’s services (all of which make my life easier) that it wouldn’t make sense for me to switch.   The market is large enough for both platforms (and even for WP7 or WebOS to get a slice of the pie) and each platform has its strengths and its drawbacks.  I wish that people can just let others enjoy their phone of choice without bashing their platform or other users.   People should get what works for them and respect other platforms for the strengths they have.

    • Datsvij

      Well said.. Actually people who are madly behind any of the apple device doesn even use 30% of its features. The brand value is what matters and also as u said the luxury icon. status symbol. 

  • Andrew Evans

    As much as I love Android, it is extremely likely that the iPhone 5 is going to outsell the Galaxy S2.  I personally think Android is the superior platform due to its customization options and utility, but for the “average consumer” the iPhone is a status symbol and droves of people are going to buy it just so they can say they “have the new iPhone”.   This is primarily the reason why the iPad is selling so well and Honeycomb tablets are not.  Saying you have a Galaxy Tab doesn’t get the same “oohs and ahhs” as saying you have an iPad. Even if it is lacking features like Flash, widgets, live wallpaper, and so forth, it has the perception of being “better”.

    Apple does so well because of its marketing machine, and has been successful at planting the perception in the public eye that having an Apple product makes you superior to someone rocking an LG, or a Motorola, or a Samsung.  You can’t deny the fact that, rightly or wrongly, it has a “luxury” status that the Galaxy S II simply doesn’t have.   I’m not saying that it’s correct thinking, it most certainly isn’t (IMHO), but that’s simply the way it is.  Android has certainly increased its profile as a good platform and is not lacking in sales, but there’s no way it can compete with Apple on that level.The Galaxy S II will sell a lot.   I just think the iPhone 5 will sell more.  Tech blogs and Apple fansites will tout this as the death of Android but it won’t be, I think eventually the market will settle between iOS, Android, and WP7 (once Nokia gets back into the game) each with a 3rd of the market and will probably bounce back and forth between the 3.  And it should be this way, because greater competition will cause more innovation (assuming they stop trying to sue eachother into oblivion) and we’ll all get better devices out of it.
    For what its worth, I have owned the Motorola Droid, the Samsung Moment, the LG Optimus S on the lower end, and the Samsung Epic, EVO 4G, and the EVO 3D (current device) on the high end.   On the tablet side, I have a Motorola Xoom and an Acer Iconia A500.  The Galaxy S II is a beautiful, powerful device and will likely be my next phone.  I can see iOS for the strengths that it has and why people are drawn to it, but I can also see its weaknesses and restrictions and it simply isn’t for me.  I am also so tied into Google’s services (all of which make my life easier) that it wouldn’t make sense for me to switch.   The market is large enough for both platforms (and even for WP7 or WebOS to get a slice of the pie) and each platform has its strengths and its drawbacks.  I wish that people can just let others enjoy their phone of choice without bashing their platform or other users.   People should get what works for them and respect other platforms for the strengths they have.

  • Andrew Evans

    As much as I love Android, it is extremely likely that the iPhone 5 is going to outsell the Galaxy S2.  I personally think Android is the superior platform due to its customization options and utility, but for the “average consumer” the iPhone is a status symbol and droves of people are going to buy it just so they can say they “have the new iPhone”.   This is primarily the reason why the iPad is selling so well and Honeycomb tablets are not.  Saying you have a Galaxy Tab doesn’t get the same “oohs and ahhs” as saying you have an iPad. Even if it is lacking features like Flash, widgets, live wallpaper, and so forth, it has the perception of being “better”.

    Apple does so well because of its marketing machine, and has been successful at planting the perception in the public eye that having an Apple product makes you superior to someone rocking an LG, or a Motorola, or a Samsung.  You can’t deny the fact that, rightly or wrongly, it has a “luxury” status that the Galaxy S II simply doesn’t have.   I’m not saying that it’s correct thinking, it most certainly isn’t (IMHO), but that’s simply the way it is.  Android has certainly increased its profile as a good platform and is not lacking in sales, but there’s no way it can compete with Apple on that level.The Galaxy S II will sell a lot.   I just think the iPhone 5 will sell more.  Tech blogs and Apple fansites will tout this as the death of Android but it won’t be, I think eventually the market will settle between iOS, Android, and WP7 (once Nokia gets back into the game) each with a 3rd of the market and will probably bounce back and forth between the 3.  And it should be this way, because greater competition will cause more innovation (assuming they stop trying to sue eachother into oblivion) and we’ll all get better devices out of it.
    For what its worth, I have owned the Motorola Droid, the Samsung Moment, the LG Optimus S on the lower end, and the Samsung Epic, EVO 4G, and the EVO 3D (current device) on the high end.   On the tablet side, I have a Motorola Xoom and an Acer Iconia A500.  The Galaxy S II is a beautiful, powerful device and will likely be my next phone.  I can see iOS for the strengths that it has and why people are drawn to it, but I can also see its weaknesses and restrictions and it simply isn’t for me.  I am also so tied into Google’s services (all of which make my life easier) that it wouldn’t make sense for me to switch.   The market is large enough for both platforms (and even for WP7 or WebOS to get a slice of the pie) and each platform has its strengths and its drawbacks.  I wish that people can just let others enjoy their phone of choice without bashing their platform or other users.   People should get what works for them and respect other platforms for the strengths they have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yourwrist Robert Norris Hills

    By the time the iphone 5 is released the s3 may well be on its way. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/yourwrist Robert Norris Hills

    By the time the iphone 5 is released the s3 may well be on its way. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/yourwrist Robert Norris Hills

    By the time the iphone 5 is released the s3 may well be on its way. 

  • Anonymous

    If Samsung does get GALAXY S II to the shores of U.S then yes they do have a fighting chance against all i-idiots buying anything phone with an apple logo on.

  • Anonymous

    If Samsung does get GALAXY S II to the shores of U.S then yes they do have a fighting chance against all i-idiots buying anything phone with an apple logo on.

  • Anonymous

    If Samsung does get GALAXY S II to the shores of U.S then yes they do have a fighting chance against all i-idiots buying anything phone with an apple logo on.

  • Ulvaeus

    So, when is Samsung releasing the Galaxy Tab 8.9 then ?