Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S II handset has been flying off the shelves while LG’s Optimus 3D is struggling just days after launch, according to retail staff.
The claims come just days after Samsung revealed that it had sold over three million units of its Galaxy S II smartphone, surpassing the record set by its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S.
According to recent figures, Samsung has continued to lead UK smartphone sales, taking almost a quarter of market volume sales (24%) in week 26. Meanwhile, LG handset sales have slumped to around 4.5% of the market.
Store staff reported a huge demand for the Galaxy S II, which was earmarked to be the best-selling Android handset of 2011 when it launched in May this year.
A Phones 4u staffer said: ‘Sales of the Samsung Galaxy S II have been strong. We have had lots of enquires about the handset. Its greatest strengths have to be the internet speed and the fact that it’s really user-friendly.’
A T-Mobile staffer added: ‘The Galaxy S II sells out every time we get an order in. The dual-core processor is the main reason everyone wants one but it helps that
it isn’t bad looking either.’
Meanwhile, staff told Mobile that the world’s first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D, was not selling as well as expected following its launch earlier this month.
A Carphone Warehouse staffer said: ‘We have only sold four LG Optimus 3D handsets since it launched, compared to 17 Galaxy S II’s in the same time – there is certainly a notable difference in popularity.’
An Orange staffer said: ‘The LG Optimus 3D hasn’t been selling as well as we expected. At present, the LG brand doesn’t have the same reputation among customers as Samsung or Apple.’
Phones 4u staffer: ‘We have only sold one LG Optimus 3D since it arrived in store but it is too early to say whether it is going to be a success or not. There haven’t even been any customers coming in and enquiring about it.
‘As soon as people hear the name LG they instantly become apprehensive, as the company is not really known for making good mobile phones.’
Carphone Warehouse staffer: ‘The Samsung Galaxy S II is the daddy at the moment. It is just flying off the shelves. The first version was really popular so the Galaxy name is out there now. The Galaxy brand is becoming quite big.’
T-Mobile staffer: ‘We haven’t had any stock of the LG Optimus 3D yet but we should be getting some next week. We haven’t had any customers come in and ask about it either.
‘At the end of the day, it’s an LG phone, so it doesn’t really scream out to customers like it used to. They no longer make good phones. The ones that they do make tend to look cheap.’