Apple sells more tablets in Korea than Samsung

By , Feb 12, 2012

Samsung and Apple have had sort of a war over the past couple of years. The war hasn’t been only about patents, but the two companies have also competed very closely in smartphone and tablet sales.

Korea Herald now reports that the iPad is outselling Samsung tablets on the Korean company’s home turf…

Apple is estimated to have sold more than 1 million iPad tablet computers in the Korean market, outpacing its local rival Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Tab by a wide margin. 

Apple’s iPad debuted here on Nov. 30, 2010 and its sequel iPad 2 was introduced on April 29 last year. About 700,000 units were sold last year alone, dominating the nascent tablet computer market here.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is what you’d think is the most sold tablet in Korea since that’s where Samsung is based, but Korea Times says otherwise. The report says there are over 700,000 iPad’s in Korea, 2/3’s of which are the Wi-Fi version.

Samsung and Apple have been battling all across the globe over patents, which have lead to numerous lawsuits. Just yesterday, Apple sued Samsung over an autocorrect patent.

Korea has become a huge market for smartphones and tablets, which Apple seems to be leading.

Is Samsung’s marketing keeping them from selling more tablets?

[The Next Web]

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  • Lupius

    This is a huge deal because South Koreans are the last people on earth to ditch their domestic products.

  • http://twitter.com/AlamarMarine Spencer B

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab is too small for a great tablet experience. I recently used one for a couple of says and was dissapointed by the battery life on 3G. To top it off I found Android very unintuative and much harder to use than IOS.

    Perhaps the Koreans have had a similar experience??

    • Anonymous

      It is not harder to use, iOS is just to simple. It depends on what suits you best: if you like simplicity and the basic stuff, get an iPhone/iPad; if you’re a power user and know what you’re doing, get an Android.

      • Anonymous

        I like major complexity and confusion myself, like most consumers, guess I’ll get a Samsung galaxian Nubian 8.93726 when released, stoked!

  • Anonymous

    Who is this writer, JS?

  • Anonymous

    Who is this writer, JS?

  • Guest

    The following comment below comes from a Korean. Also to note if you watch Drama’s the more recent ones often feature iPhones etc:

    South Korea had first official launch of iPhone on November 29, 2009 with iPhone 3GS. This launch of 4S on 11th is expected to absorb hoards of 3GS users (several hundreds of thousands) that are now at the end of 2-year contract.

    It’s also worth noting that Samsung was countering 3GS with WM6-based Omnia 2 at the time, and actual sales of this device almost rivaled that of 3GS, which was the top-selling smartphone in Korea at the time. But many Omnia users soon became frustrated because they were being left in the dust – Microsoft cut off support for WM6 (to prepare for WP7), and Samsung started pushing Android-based Galaxy series and neglected all previous models – all in the meanwhile 3GS receives regular iOS updates to this very day. This left a lot of disgruntled users that vowed to move to iPhones once their contract was up.

    All in all, iPhone 4S is highly anticipated in Korea. Can’t come soon enough

  • Anonymous

    The following comment below comes from a Korean. Also to note if you watch Korean Drama’s the more recent ones often feature iPhones etc:

    South Korea had first official launch of iPhone on November 29, 2009 with iPhone 3GS. This launch of 4S on 11th is expected to absorb hoards of 3GS users (several hundreds of thousands) that are now at the end of 2-year contract.

    It’s also worth noting that Samsung was countering 3GS with WM6-based Omnia 2 at the time, and actual sales of this device almost rivaled that of 3GS, which was the top-selling smartphone in Korea at the time. But many Omnia users soon became frustrated because they were being left in the dust – Microsoft cut off support for WM6 (to prepare for WP7), and Samsung started pushing Android-based Galaxy series and neglected all previous models – all in the meanwhile 3GS receives regular iOS updates to this very day. This left a lot of disgruntled users that vowed to move to iPhones once their contract was up.

    All in all, iPhone 4S is highly anticipated in Korea. Can’t come soon enough