Samsung has sold one million Galaxy Tab devices worldwide two months after its launch, showing healthy demand despite its premium price.
The manufacturer stated that it wanted to reach the sales milestone by the end of the year, and has done so with nearly a month to spare.
However, sales of the Galaxy Tab are not that impressive when compared to the iPad, which sold two million in 60 days, Tim Coulling, an analyst at Canalys, told V3.co.uk.
"Samsung has done well in coming to market, but the Tab had more of a worldwide launch than the iPad. Apple's device was only on sale in the US for one month and then released in other countries," he said.
"Apple's device had a restricted route to market, and it is only recently that the manufacturer has decided to allow operators to sell the device directly."
While Galaxy Tab sales don't quite topple the iPad's record, one million is still an impressive result and gives the company a foundation on which to build, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager for European mobile devices at IDC.
"Apple has a stronger brand and had the advantage of being first to market. These sales are a good indicator for Samsung as it shows that interest in the device is high," he said.
"Samsung is investing heavily in promoting the device. As it is now available in all major European countries through a number of partners and operators, it will be interesting to see how it performs over the Christmas period."
Both analysts agreed that the tablets cater to different markets, and that the iPad better suited to fixed home/office use, whereas the Tab caters to those on the move.
The analysts also stated that the next version of Android will be more suited to tablets, and that 2011 will be a competitive year as more manufacturers release devices.
Coulling added that as future editions of Android deliver a better user exper ience on tablets, Google's interface could take the majority market share as early as 2012 as it will be on multiple devices.
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