Ryan Thomason

Samsung Gives Apple the Finger with Galaxy Tablet Sales

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Samsung’s 7-inch tablet isn’t was Steve Jobs called “dead on arrival” after all. Currently, Samsung has sold over a million of them in less than two months.

Released in mid-October, the Galaxy Tab is the first serious contender to Apple’s iPad and it’s commanding lead in market share for the tablet. It has a 7-inch touchscreen and runs a modified version of Google’s Android operating system.

“I can confirm 1M Galaxy Tabs sold globally,” a Samsung spokeswoman said in an e-mail statement.

That’s not too far away from the iPad, which sold 1 million units in just 28 days. And it’s a number that should have Steve Jobs eating his hat after he ruthlessly derided 7-inch tablets during a recent earnings call.

“7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad,” Jobs said. “These are among the reasons that the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival.”

Suck on that Jobs.

The Galaxy Tab’s hot sales show that the tablet category has plenty of room for competition and growth. 2010 was truly the year the tablet became mainstream after several flops in the past, thanks to the success of the iPad. So, if you were only wanting to get an iPad because you know it would stay around, you might want to take a look at Samsung’s Galaxy too.

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