1. KiwiCoalBattery's Avatar
    why isn't Note 5 as popular as iPhone 6s Plus in South Korea where Samsung is from?

    according to Bloomberg report that I just saw on TV, the new iPhone 6s Plus became available for pre-order in South Korea and managed to sell out within one day, with over 95,000 units. They compared that number to the Note 5, which didn't reach that number until 17 days after pre-order started.

    Since Samsung is a Korean and the Koreans are know for being very loyal to products from their own country, I find this very amusing. Do the Koreans know something we don't? (as the owner of four Galaxy Note 5 phones, I'd really love to know!)
    10-20-2015 12:22 PM
  2. ShelJW's Avatar
    If you like iPhones, and you want a large screen, there's basically two choices. The iPhone 6 plus, and the iPhone 6 6s Plus.

    If you are into Androids, there are numerous choices...Nexus, HTC, Motorola, LG.... the note 5 is competing against all of those! No way one Android device will match an I Phone device in head to head sales!

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    10-20-2015 03:57 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I'd guess that it's a combination of Apple's wildly successful marketing machine (the Apple "mystique"), the iPhone's built-in audience, and of course, the general quality of the phone.
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    10-20-2015 04:14 PM
  4. Troneas's Avatar
    Because it doesn't have an eaten apple logo on the back.

    Not to dismiss the iPhone but it's a scientific fact that many people buy apple just because it's apple.

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    10-20-2015 07:23 PM
  5. bassplayrguy's Avatar
    If you like iPhones, and you want a large screen, there's basically two choices. The iPhone 6 plus, and the iPhone 6 6s Plus.

    If you are into Androids, there are numerous choices...Nexus, HTC, Motorola, LG.... the note 5 is competing against all of those! No way one Android device will match an I Phone device in head to head sales!

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    THIS
    10-21-2015 07:24 AM
  6. StevenJ_AK's Avatar
    What? Lol I just have to laugh at that. Don't believe them. The hype isn't real. Those 95,000 pre orders were most likely for Re-sellers on eBay and Amazon. The electronics hustle is REAL here. I live right the electronics market in seoul. I will say 95% of phones you see here are android. Mainly either LG or Samsung. I've seen more S6 edge and edge + then regular s6 or note 5. The aren't stating the fact that the population in seoul is 28 million people. 950k phones isn't that much. Also phones aren't a very big deal here like they are in the US. you can't just walk into a store, plop down the 1,100,000 won and walk out with a phone. It doesn't work that way in korea. You HAVE to buy on contract with a plan. There is no option to pay full price. There's no upgrades, if you want a new phone you have to buy out the contract and get a new one. People here are weird. Something else that's non existent is decent phone cases. You will not find a decent case in korea. Only 5-10 dollar cheap cases that fit like junk and no one cares! Everyone just buys 1 dollar glass screen protectors and crappy wallet cases and is happy. No Spigen, no Otterbox, no one at all buys the manufacturer cases so there for they barely ever have them at the stores. There's samsung stores here like Apple stores in the US but they still don't have fast charge wireless pads or packs because no one here will buy them. They'll buy a 5 dollar battery pack and 5 dollar qi pad that sucks. I've lived in seoul for a little over a year and I've had so far phone wise a Samsung Galaxy S5 prime (QHD display) galaxy Note 4 916 (810 snapdragon), iPhone 6 and 6 plus (daughters) LG G4, and now my forever phone the note 5 (until the 6 comes out of course)

    Korean electronics culture is really odd. Same goes for Tvs as well. Stores sell them, but a name brand like LG or Samsung is at least 3 times the price then the states and no one will pay that here so everyone just buys non name brand knock off Tvs from Gmarket or coupang (online sellers here) and its still more then any normal decent TV in the US! I hate it. As a true geek and electronics freak I really really miss the nerdism that is the United States.
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    10-21-2015 08:09 PM
  7. StevenJ_AK's Avatar
    I could go on forever about Korean culture sorry! Especially the electronics here since we are dubbed as one of the most advanced countries in the world. As well as the manners here, driving pet culture the list goes on.
    10-21-2015 08:25 PM
  8. mari dub's Avatar
    Because it doesn't have an eaten apple logo on the back.

    Not to dismiss the iPhone but it's a scientific fact that many people buy apple just because it's apple.

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    Best statement I have seen in quite some time!

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    10-21-2015 09:08 PM
  9. Mark Valentine's Avatar
    Its not that the note 5 isn't popular, you have to realize that Samsung makes a vast amount of phones. The S series, note series, and all of the other galaxy series type phones that are released international. While Apple only focuses on the iPhone and the iPhone only. So of course the sales figures would be much larger when comparing one series of a device to multiple series of devices.

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    10-21-2015 10:12 PM
  10. KiwiCoalBattery's Avatar
    I could go on forever about Korean culture sorry! Especially the electronics here since we are dubbed as one of the most advanced countries in the world. As well as the manners here, driving pet culture the list goes on.
    I ended up asking my female Korean friend. (not sure how accurate her opinions are, because she's been here 20+ years, moved here when she was only 15)

    She said Koreans love foreign stuff... but only buy Korean cars & electronics to prove to their friends that they are patriotic.
    10-21-2015 11:14 PM
  11. StevenJ_AK's Avatar
    I ended up asking my female Korean friend. (not sure how accurate her opinions are, because she's been here 20+ years, moved here when she was only 15)

    She said Koreans love foreign stuff... but only buy Korean cars & electronics to prove to their friends that they are patriotic.
    Oh yes very very true. I would say 80% of cars on the road are hyundai or Kia. You see a LOT of hyundai equuos here, which why someone would choose that over a 7 series BMW I don't know. Not saying you don't see foreign cars here just the majority is hyundai and Kia. There's some really wealthy people in this city who drive really nice cars. Funny thing is cars almost always are either black, white, or silver. No one buys a red or yellow car. I've already seen people carrying the LG V10 around, and these are usually like 55 year old Korean ladies. Just happened to need a new phone so got that one because it was the latest to drop and expensive. It's so weird.
    10-22-2015 03:15 AM
  12. cajunaggie87's Avatar
    From what I was told, you are not allowed to own a foreign car if you work for the Korean government. That means teachers too.

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    10-22-2015 03:36 AM
  13. 200730905's Avatar
    Apple still has his benefits
    The Android machine, just get our hands on the use of very smooth, but an upgraded version of the new system will Caton appear, will now oh.
    10-22-2015 03:58 AM
  14. StevenJ_AK's Avatar
    From what I was told, you are not allowed to own a foreign car if you work for the Korean government. That means teachers too.

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    That's not true at all. Most govt workers have their fare share of Ferrari, audi, Maybach and the likes. Also teachers can drive whatever they want. Just so happens most beaters are 1990's hyundai haha. I drive a 1994 hyundai sonata 2.
    10-22-2015 04:10 AM
  15. ak47ftw's Avatar
    This can be answered in 1 word: Branding.

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    10-22-2015 07:05 AM
  16. KiwiCoalBattery's Avatar
    That's not true at all. Most govt workers have their fare share of Ferrari, audi, Maybach and the likes. Also teachers can drive whatever they want. Just so happens most beaters are 1990's hyundai haha. I drive a 1994 hyundai sonata 2.
    what alternate universe Korea do you live in where government workers can afford a Ferrari, Audi or Maybach?

    but if true, I'm learning Korean in order to get a job there!
    10-22-2015 09:19 AM
  17. r56mcs's Avatar
    It is more expensive and we Asians have smaller hands.
    10-22-2015 11:24 AM
  18. veritas_vincit's Avatar
    Is it marketing? Maybe.
    Is it lack of loyalty? Is not that simple. Cost is not the issue as both devices cost +/- the same, so it could be the fact that iPhone is an Apple product.

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    10-22-2015 11:36 AM
  19. bassplayrguy's Avatar
    I could go on forever about Korean culture sorry! Especially the electronics here since we are dubbed as one of the most advanced countries in the world. As well as the manners here, driving pet culture the list goes on.
    It is really fascinating! Most of us would expect the opposite. I love hearing about other cultures.
    10-22-2015 11:56 AM
  20. BarryH_GEG's Avatar
    The Note 5 seems to be doing fine...

    LG's new V10 super-flagship packs many promising and unique features, but those don't appear to be helping the handset strike the right chord with consumers. The V10 is apparently off to a slow start in its home country of South Korea and analysts are not confident about the phone's future prospects.

    According to data from market research firm ATLAS Research & Consulting, the LG V10 failed to break into the top 10 list of domestic smartphone sales during its first week of release, which is used as an indicator of consumer interest in a handset. The V10 only placed 15th between October 8th and 14th, while it was Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 that claimed the top spot. Other Samsung handsets, including the Galaxy S6, Grand Max and the mid-range Galaxy A5 also took places within the top 10.
    10-23-2015 09:08 AM
  21. kj11's Avatar
    well I'm not an expert on south Korean economics and consumer purchasing patterns, but...

    Actually, nope, that's all I've got.
    10-23-2015 08:09 PM
  22. Phillip Pugh's Avatar
    The note 5 and most samsung phone make up almost all of the top 10 phones in Korea with the n5 and gs6 being one two not sure where you got the idea that the iPhone sold more phones

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    10-26-2015 01:11 AM
  23. drone3's Avatar
    I think LG is also South Korean.

    dreaming of electric sheep
    10-26-2015 01:16 AM
  24. StevenJ_AK's Avatar
    I think LG is also South Korean.

    dreaming of electric sheep
    It is. Samsung and LG own a lot of stuff here in Korea! Samsung is so much more then just electronics here and LG even has their own cell provider (LG U+)
    10-26-2015 01:47 AM
  25. Almeuit's Avatar
    I think we are done here since some want to go down a discriminatory path. We do not take discrimination lightly here on the forums. I would highly suggest those posting in this way review the Forum Rules.

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    10-26-2015 12:12 PM

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