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Samsung surprises experts by shipping 5 million Galaxy Notes

Mikael Ricknäs | March 29, 2012
Samsung Electronics has shipped 5 million units of its "smart notepad", the Galaxy Note, surpassing most expectations, according to analysts.

Also, the Streak wasn't helped by Dell's lack of brand awareness in the mobile space and a bad user experience, according to Mawston. Android simply wasn't ready to be used on a device with a bigger screen, Saadi said.

But just because Samsung has blazed the trail doesn't mean similar products, including LG Electronics' Optimus Vu, will become a success.

"I think that competitors will struggle to reach the kind of volumes Samsung has witnessed," said Blaber.

Even if Samsung has managed to turn the Galaxy Note into a success, the company can't rest on its laurels.

The Note was supposed to get Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, during the first three months of 2012, but the upgrade has slipped to the second quarter. Also, the digital pen needs to be improved, according to Cozza. There are some glitches, and it isn't as responsive as it could be, she said.


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