|Daniel Eran Dilger Strikes Again ... |
<< That chart only reflects US sales (which were admittedly abysmal). Samsung's comments were always about global sales. >>
That was very certainly clear in the exhibit he posted in his article about Samsung tablet sales. This is from a guy who has publicly accused TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington of conducting an anti-Apple smear campaign and dispensing anti-Apple FUD. He has often referred to Gartner as a 'shill' for Microsoft in an attempt to disparage their quarterly estimates of global PC sell through by OS and by manufacturer, and when Google and OHA members were 1st starting to crank up Android sales he wrote that "Gartner and TechCrunch are lobotomized by their own hatred [of Apple]." He has likewise publicly castigated the NY Times for a 2009 article by supposed shill Randall Stross that he claimed attacked the iPhone in violation of the Times' own anti-shill policy. Other authors, journalists, bloggers or blogalysts, and analysts that Dilger has applied the shill label to include Roger Entner, Brett Arends of The Street, Dan Lyons, and Paul Thurrott. Before their was a CDMA2000 iPhone he also criticized Verizon Wireless for using 1xEV-DO rather than the speedier and more robust HSPA/HSPA+ access technologies.
Daniel himself may or may not be not be a shill for Apple (i,e. on their pad) but he is an avid and rabid Apple promoter and cheerleader who makes his living writing about and promoting Apple's products and services. His technical writing on Apple products, the Mac OS, and iOS, is often very good and his articles for his ad supported 'RoughlyDrafted' website are often quite informative. He would be well advised, IMO, to stick to that knitting where he has real competency and credibility.
As for Samsung Electronics, and as I've noted several times before, for over a year they (unlike Apple or Nokia e.g.) have not reported unit sales or ASPs of mobile devices, smartphones, and or tablets. They only report total revenue sales for Samsung "Handsets" as part of the DMC IM (IT and Mobile segment) Mobile and handsets include entry level phones, feature phones, smartphones, phablets (like the Galaxy Note) and tablets. When they refer generally to smartphones they include phablets and tablets in that category. Evidently the spectre of real or potential IP litigation has prompted this lack of transparency. Both RIM and HTC no longer supply unit volumes of mobile devices in their earnings reports.
- Eric -