For those who think there's no market for phone-tablet hybrids like the Galaxy Note, Samsung would like to offer 5 million counter-arguments.
[Updated at 2:20 p.m. 3/28 to reflect 5 million sales of Galaxy Note handsets.]
That's how many Samsung Galaxy Note handsets have sold over the last five months, the company announced. Earlier this month, Samsung said it had moved 2 million Galaxy Notes, but since then it has shipped another 3 million units.
The phone must be selling well if Samsung sent out millions more units this month. In the United States, AT&T currently sells the Galaxy Note for $300 with a contract.
The Galaxy Note's standout feature is its 5.3-inch AMOLED display, which makes other large phones look puny in comparison. Having tested the Note, I think its display is a glory to behold, but its size has drawbacks: It's nearly impossible to operate with one hand because your thumb can't stretch the full span of the screen, and it looks a bit silly when making phone calls.
But for a niche of users who want a tablet-like device that makes phone calls and fits in a pants pocket---yes, it does fit if you're not wearing tight clothes--the Galaxy Note makes sense. For those users, the Note's sales milestone is good news, increasing the odds that Samsung and other companies will keep experimenting with phone-tablet hybrids in the future.
As for garish Super Bowl ads, I have a feeling this year's will be the last.