Depending on the Android fan site you read, you’d likely get the impression that the Galaxy S III from Samsung is already a smashing success, just from the pre-order numbers. Unfortunately, a few of those sites have failed to read the press release from Samsung correctly. You see, some sites are reporting that Samsung has already received in excess of 9 million pre-orders, that’s a lot, no doubt, but they are failing to inform you the whole truth, that those pre-orders are from over 100 carrier/retail outlets all over the world.
Samsung Electronics Co has received some 9 million pre-orders for its third-generation Galaxy S smartphone from more than 100 global carriers, the Korea Economic Daily reported on Friday.
As Jim Dalrymple of the Loop so elegantly put it, don’t believe the “bullshit.” The Galaxy S III will mostly likely sell very well, several million in fact, but sometimes sites like to take the numbers and exaggerate them a tad. It wouldn’t be so bad if companies like Samsung reported actual pre-orders from customers, instead of retailers. For instance, if one retailer pre-ordered 250,000 devices, but only received 25,000 pre-orders from customers, that’s big difference overall. When Apple announces the pre-order totals of a new device , they report the numbers from actual consumers, not retailers or partners.
So while the Galaxy S III has a lot of interest from carriers, who are expecting it to sell like the Galaxy S II, we have no hard proof how “real” customers feel. Again, depending on what you read, the overall consumer reaction to the Galaxy S III has been far less positive than that of the Galaxy S II.