This week saw the launch of the underwhelming Samsung Continuum.along with a piece of news slightly more interesting than a smartphone with an AMOLED ticker. Reuters reports that Samsung has broken three million sales with the Galaxy S in the United States.
The Gal S launched back in July. Worldwide it has now sold over seven million units, a significant bump from the 5 million sales announced back in early October. This means that, in the last month, Samsung has sold roughly two million units.
That sounds more impressive when you don't compare it to the iPhone 4, which got nearly that number (1.7 million) in three days. In its first three weeks, the iPhone 4 managed to break three million sales. By the one month mark, the Gal S was just up to one million sales. And that's with devices launching on multiple carriers in the US, an advantage the iPhone did not have this year.
So it is clearly unfair to compare the Galaxy S and the iPhone 4 directly. Instead, let's compare the Gal S to its immediate predecessor, the first popular Android smartphone...Motorola's Droid. It sold 1.05 million units in its first 74 days. That's roughly twice as long as it took the Gal S to break a million.
Both the Droid and the Galaxy S lag pretty far behind the popular iPhones of their day, but the difference between two generations of high-end Android awesome is telling. The Galaxy S is selling way more than twice as fast as the Droid, and the gap between the iPhone 4 and the Gal S is lower than the gap between the 3GS and the Droid.