Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2012 10:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In case you were still doubting whether or not Apple's lawsuits against Samsung were a case of 'if you can't compete, litigate', Samsung's financial results should seal the deal. The company shipped round and about 50 million smartphones, twice as many smartphones as Apple shipped. So, not only is Android doing better on smartphones than iOS, there's now also a single manufacturer outselling Apple. Oh, the next avenue for de-emphasizing this achievement has already reared its head: Samsung has a wider portfolio, and as such, the comparison isn't fair. Nonsense, of course - Volkswagen sells lots more models than, say, Mazda, but that doesn't mean you can't compare them. Maybe, just maybe, having a wide portfolio of devices to meet the various different needs of the market is simply a very good strategy. It'll be interesting to see just how much Apple can take back with the next iPhone, especially since the full potential of the Galaxy SIII hasn't been realised yet and will be accounted for in Samsung's next quarter as well. Fun, such a fight between titans. Just too bad one of the two titans plays dirty by opting for the courtroom.
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RE[2]: Apple isn't Mazda.
by sergio on Sat 28th Jul 2012 23:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Apple isn't Mazda. "
sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

Design and high prices are a common denominator between Mini and Apple. I agree with you and that's why We can't compare Mini sales with VW sales.

Samsung has only two or three high quality Apple-like smartphones, the rest of their product line are poor man's $50 dollars phones that not play in the same league as iPhone at all.

If you really want to know Samsung/Apple performance, you have to compare total revenue and not the number of phones sold.

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RE[3]: Apple isn't Mazda.
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2012 23:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Apple isn't Mazda. "
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So, when comparing total revenue the differing portfolios magically no longer matter, but when comparing phones sold, it does matter?

Arbitrariness ftw. Apple wins on profits, Samsung on number of devices sold, and arguing you can compare the companies on one metric but not the other is ridiculous, and you know it. Now that 70% (or so) of Apple's revenue comes from iOS, it's clear Samsung is a massive threat. Hence the lawsuits.

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RE[4]: Apple isn't Mazda.
by sergio on Sun 29th Jul 2012 00:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Apple isn't Mazda. "
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeap, because you're comparing dollars with dollars and not iPhones with tomatoes.

Nokia sells more units than Apple too (83 millons vs. 26 millons)... is Nokia doing it better than Apple? C'mon...

Revenue and profits are better indicators to measure the performance of a company than units sold. Business 101.

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RE[4]: Apple isn't Mazda.
by henderson101 on Sun 29th Jul 2012 18:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Apple isn't Mazda. "
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I have 5 bananas, you have 20. You sell all of your bananas for a total of €20. I sell mine for €5 each. One of us shifts a lot of bananas. One of us makes the most profit. You do the Maths.

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RE[3]: Apple isn't Mazda.
by gilboa on Sun 29th Jul 2012 13:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Apple isn't Mazda. "
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

If you really want to know Samsung/Apple performance, you have to compare total revenue and not the number of phones sold.


I agree.
Though, keep in mind that given the direction the economy is sliding, high-end mass product manufacturers with limited product portfolio are *far* more vulnerable.
If I was sitting at Apple HQ, I would be *very* worried.

- Gilboa

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