If you listed to some of the recent sales figured Samsung as thrown out you might think the Galaxy Tab is one of the best selling Android tablet ever. Most industry people agree that the Galaxy Tab is one of the best true competitors to the Apple iPad and can be considered the flag bearer of the Android OS in the tablet segment.
Unfortunately, numbers paint a vastly different picture and things aren’t exactly as rosy as it might seem. Like in the words of Samsung’s Lee Young who has gone on record stating sales of the Galaxy Tab has been ‘quite smooth’ and not ‘quite small,’ what also can’t be ignored is the number of Galaxy Tabs that is making their way back to Samsung which too is a quite significant 16 percent. What is even more disturbing for the South Korean company is that the return rate has in fact gone up from the 13 percent recorded in December to 16 percent in January. So the ‘quite smooth’ bit applies to the return rate as well, which might seem even more alarming considering only about 2 percent of the iPad plough their way back.
As for reason, well, it seems the version of Android – 2.2 Froyo that the tablet comes installed with is the prime suspect. Not surprising though for the particular version has been designed to render service in a smartphone and not on a tablet. And it might be having a hard time coping up in a tablet environment in spite of the best efforts on part of Samsung.
Fortunately for Samsung, its woes might not be long drawn as the first tablet oriented version of Android, Honeycomb is just round the corner though Samsung still has to find a way for the seamless integration of Honeycomb into the Galaxy Tab hardware.