Galaxy Tab sales soar past 1 million mark, Samsung says(Read article summary)
Samsung Galaxy Tab continues to pick up sales momentum.
In late November, Samsung said it had sold 600,000 Galaxy Tab units worldwide. This week, the company announced it had sold upwards of a million Galaxy Tabs – and again predicted that it would hit the 1.5 million-unit-sold mark by the beginning of next year.
The device has earned solid marks from reviewers, despite its 7-inch screen, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs once publicly derided as too small for most users. In a positive review of the Galaxy Tab in the New York Times, David Pogue noted that "Samsung sweated the details on this thing. The screen is gorgeous. The touch response is immediate and reliable. The whole thing is superfast and a pleasure to use."
Four carriers in the US offer the Galaxy Tab, including Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AT&T was the most recent carrier to begin selling the Galaxy Tab; the AT&T edition comes unlocked, and users do not have to sign a service contract. AT&T also offers the cheapest monthly data plan, at $15 for 250MB. By comparison, T-Mobile charges $25 for 200MB of data per month, but sells the Tab for the subsidized price of $400, providing you enter into a contract.
So is a million units sold a big deal for the Galaxy Tab? Absolutely. But Samsung still lags far behind Apple, which has reportedly sold upwards of 7 million iPads since the launch of that device in April. Meanwhile, rumors continue to percolate that Apple is preparing an iPad 2 – complete with a pair of cameras and a USB port – which would do a whole lot to steal the thunder from Samsung and its Galaxy Tab.