Galaxy S passes iPhone in Japan, gets Wi-Fi Direct certified

By Emil · 29 replies
Nov 4, 2010
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  1. Samsung's Galaxy S was the best selling phone in Japan last week, knocking the 32GB iPhone out of the top spot for the first time in 18 weeks, according to The Chosunilbo. The data comes from Japanese market researcher BCN.

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  2. customcarvin

    customcarvin TS Enthusiast Posts: 103   +8

    This news just makes me happy knowing i went with a Galaxy S (Fascinate) over the DroidX.... I just wish Verizon would release the freaking 2.2 update already!
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    Haha! Apple finally has some serious competition :) Although I have a funny feeling the next iPhone will be radically different in order to compete.
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Having signal to make and recieve calls would be a radically positive direction to take....
  5. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

  6. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    How do the Japanese feel about GPS issues, because as far as I know, those are still very apparent in these phones.
  7. customcarvin

    customcarvin TS Enthusiast Posts: 103   +8

    All variants of the Galaxy S have had the GPS issue patched except for the facsinate (huge surprise there) which I have, one of the big reasons I'm anticipating the 2.2 update. God I hate Verizon sometimes. some people claim they have no issue at all, so I'm not sure what to think about that, all I know is my wife and I have issues with it...
  8. Good work, more power to the Android platform :D
  9. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Thing is, apparently even after patches, apparently there are still issues with GPS. I believe the WinPhone7 Samsung phone had GPS issues as well. At this point I think it all leads to hardware. As for people saying they don't have issue with it, one guy told me "Mine seems fine. I get GPS signal within 1-2 minutes". Come on. 1-2 minutes? Maybe on a cloudy, rain stormy day under your garage but not normally. So I don't trust what people think.
  10. kazarm

    kazarm TS Rookie Posts: 29

    This is god news since android is more open than iPhone.

    When that is said I find both the Galaxy S and the iPhone too big to be comfortable.
    A mobile phone should fit easily into your pocket. If it is bigger I would go for a 7 or 10" tablet.
  11. jankovicgood

    jankovicgood TS Rookie

    I loved the Japan-only phones, they were so tech advanced in their time, seems they are now just buying phones that the rest of us use.
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i would go with the droid x over the samsung s series thats just my opinion though since i have used the Moto droid i love it and my buddy has the at&t samsung phone which looks amazing but i still like the Droid X over the samsung models. I love the fact that now apple my have something to think about since before they were probably just counting money and not paying attention Go android.
  13. Actually, in weekly sales during its own *launch week*, the Samsung still failed to top the iPhone 4 (32gb + 16gb versions combined) a phone that has been available for almost 5 months in Japan.

    The Samsung has an SD card slot for storage expansion so it is still classed as the one phone model even if sold with different amounts of storage unlike the iPhone which is split up into the two models by Japanese market researcher BCN from whom these figures origniate.

    This does not sound like a phone that is dominating despite the attempt at spin by those reporting these figures.

    In the most recent quarter in Japan, MM Research Institute reports that the iPhone captured an astounding 60% of the smartphone market, but an even more astonishing 7% of the general cell phone market. This compares with the Worldwide picture, where the iPhone has captured a still amazing 4.3% of the general cell phone market according to Gartner, double the 2% that Apple managed last year.

    Year on year in Japan, iPhone sales doubled so the story is certainly not over and Samsung has a long way to go yet.

  14. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    My friend says the GPS issues were fixed for him after he updated to Froyo.
  15. speeedy6

    speeedy6 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    It's so hard to buy a new phone because I know a few weeks later a better one will show up for the same price. Grrr.... I'll just have to suck it up and do it eventually.
  16. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I dont use the GPS that often on my SGS so its not a deal breaker or even a concern
  17. dlen

    dlen TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Great phone. I probably will buy this phone before Xmas.
  18. bam13

    bam13 TS Rookie Posts: 42

    finally there´s a decent competitor to iPhone...keep on good work Samsung!
  19. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I don't like or dislike the OS it is being sold with, but the phone itself is brilliant; now that the GPS issue has been fixed; I think it probably is a better option than iphone.
  20. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    Again... good finally competition.... means better phones at good prices to come.!
  21. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    I don't own a smart phone - but I have played with both the Galaxy S and several iPhones and I have to say I prefer the Galaxy S. I love the screen on that phone :D.
  22. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Arr sorry for double post.
  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I didn't planned this when I started the day, but I ended up having to buy a replacement for my i900, as I screwed up its screen ...... anyway, so from all the options (mins WP7 as no phone with it is available atm) I ended up choosing GT-i9000 :rolleyes:
  24. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 554   +9

    The phone does look very nice and the reviews have been very good. Good to see people have finally stopped buying the overpriced child laboured Iphone.
  25. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    Not very surprisin I dont think that the japanese like Syeve Jobs that much,,,,,or any major "Western" producer thats wy the DS and PS do so well there and the xbox isnt so much

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