Bolaji, there may be a difference of opinion. I proposed that they are not direct competitors based on the assumption that Apple consumers most often buy only iPhones (at least from what I have seen). So, the market share that Apple has is constant if not growing with every iPhone release.
However, broadly speaking in the mobile market both of them are direct competitors like you said based on the features and price range.
@syed, as a consumer i personally do not care which platform i am using in smartphones as long as it can meet my basic requirements: money, compatibility with other hardware, apps, some of my friends should use same OS, features etc. And due to lack of enough choices in high end smartphones the only competitor to iPhone at this stage is Galaxy S series.
Syed, Sorry but I believe the Samsung Galaxy S III is a direct competitor to the iPhone as the iPhone is a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S III. Everytime a consumer selects one device in place of another, the ignored device losses out. Samsung is the leading smartphone vendor in part because of the Galaxy series.
tirlapur: I don't think that Samsung S III will be a competitor to the iPhone because both of them respresent two distinct market segments based on the mobile OS platform. One represents Android and the other the iOS. Since, in my view the consumers are segregated on basis of the platform and there will not be many who will be willing to switch platforms. I think SIII will not impact the sales of the iPhone or vice versa.
Maybe that will even help the SIII... "sorry, we ran out! it sold out in a day" That would leave the potential buyers wanting it even more. Although I wouldn't expect Samsung to have this sort of issues, they're too big, too much experience.
Samsung failed to anticipate the roaring demand it has now recorded for the Galaxy S III and was unable to ship as many as 2 million units
@Bolaji, looking at the pace at which Samsung sold its Galaxy S III mobile do you think Galaxy S III is true competitor to iPhone ? Do you expect iPhone 5 release will impact the sales of Galaxy S III ?
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