The new Samsung Galaxy S5 has been selling in the U.S. for the past couple of days, only online, except at Verizon, where you could walk-in to a brick and mortar store and pick one up. The device was met with 'mixed reviews.' I guess I clarify that by saying that most reviewers liked the device, but like most people, were left wanting more. It is funny, because the new HTC One M8 was also released about the same time, and while it too was nothing more than an evolution of its predecessor, there was not the 'disappointment' voiced over it like there was toward the Galaxy S5 – either it is an indication of more people's dissatisfaction toward Samsung, or that people expected more from Samsung than they do HTC.
I have heard of no shortages in the U.S. whatsoever, although our sources are saying that there were lines, like the one below in France, and other parts of the world. On Friday, April 11, the Galaxy S5 was released for sale in 125 countries and soon to be increased to 150. So far, sales have been 30-percent to 100-percent higher than they were for last year's release of the Galaxy S4, even with all of the negativity thrown toward the device in the U.S. For example, one store in Paris, France, opened at 8:00 and 200 units were sold in one hour – and quickly sold out of their 800 devices. A T-Mobile store in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, over 700 had gathered and it was like that all over Europe. In some areas, sales of the Galaxy S5 were double that of the Galaxy S4, and spokespeople have said that the market is not nearly saturated yet and Samsung is worried if there will be enough devices to handle all of the initial sales.
Last year the Galaxy S4 sold 10 million devices in less than a month before sales started to slow down – although Samsung still sold over 40 million Galaxy S4s to be their most successful device. The Galaxy S3 took 50 days to accomplish that goal and the S2 needed five months to hit the 10 million mark. It will be interesting to see if we can get a straight answer over the next few weeks from Samsung about the Galaxy S5's true success.
The Galaxy S5 has several improvements over its predecessor – certainly the Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz is a huge improvement over the Galaxy S4. The screen technology is better (and larger), there is the IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, and a fingerprint scanner was added for better security, a Heart Rate Monitor is installed, and the camera with Samsung's new ISOCELL technology is an improvement over the Galaxy S4.
Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you took the plunge and picked up a new Galaxy S5, if you had any trouble getting one, and how you like your new device…as always, we would love to hear from you.