Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Nov 2013 15:47 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday its Galaxy Gear has become the world's most popular smartwatch with sales reaching 800,000 since its debut two months ago, defying some market concerns the accessory would fail due to a lack of compelling features.

The South Korean firm said Gear sales have been better than its own expectations and it would expand sales promotions for the wearable device for the crucial year-end holiday sales.

Impressive for a poorly reviewed device. I guess this is what marketing and bundling can do - then again, without bundling, flagship smartphone sales would crumble like three week old bread too.

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shinkou
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2011-03-24

I'm sure I'm not the only one who found this device not compelling at all. But, anyway, there are 2 things that the original article does not justify and makes me very dubious about its credibility.

First, where did they archive the 800,000 sales? I would be amazed if most of the sales were made here in the North America. I believe that the figure is mainly achieved by the local sales in S. Korea, where people just get crazy about whatever made by S. Korean brands. Why do I believe so? Because people around me don't even have a word about this device. It's that simple!

Second, there are reports pointing out the return rate of the product is somewhere near 30% of the number of sales. The article seems to have avoided mentioning it entirely on purpose. If we apply that rate to the reported sales number, the actual sales will become 560,000, which is a big difference from what is being reported in the article.

If we add these two up, we could easily draw out the possibility that this device is not even being praised in the place it was born.

Recently, S. Korean firms have a tendency to deceive the general public for market shares. [http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/samsung-fined-...] Maybe I'm a little hysteric, but I try to think more critically these days when I'm presented with articles like this.

Edited 2013-11-19 17:17 UTC

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kjhank Member since:
2013-11-19

According to SamMobile, they've sold about 50000 in South Korea.

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terra Member since:
2012-11-01

In truth, Samsung company gives out huge discount on Samsung products to Samsung employees to drive market share considerably. Go figure ;)

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