It's disingenuous because you are making a fallacious comparison for the purpose of disparaging the device. It's no different than people years ago calling the iPhone a niche product by comparing it's specific sales figures for the entire handset market. The Note is a success! Whether the 5.x" phone or phone-tablet hybrid will be successful or remain a niche market that is owned by only the Galaxy Note remains to be seen, but on a product-to-product comparison the Note is successful.
I said Samsung shipped 2 million tablets last year!
It is only disparaging to Samsung tablets which are not a part of the discussion. No matter how you want to slice it, Samsung shipped 40 million more phones that were less than 5 inches.
Apple sold 37 million iPhones in the first quarter. That is, between two companies, close to 80 million more phones shipped or sold that we're smaller than 5 inches.
I never effing said that the Note is NOT a success! But it is NOT a household name! There is no average guy, on the street buzz about it! There are no reports about not being in stock. Nobody is lining up for it! It is NOT a phenomenon! It is a nice Independent Film that is successful, but it is not The Avengers.
The point is, 7 million people wanted a 5 inch phone and 80 million people didn't. There is a distinction between success and market share.
If the trend demonstrated that people wanted more 5 inch phones more manufacturers would be announcing them.
People, by contrast, purchased 3 million new iPads in the first 4 days. That is real cash that is unsubsidized by telecom carriers.
So however you want to cut it, the Note is not a blockbuster but it is a success. It is unlikely that even Samsung believes it to be their number one phone. A high priority phone? Sure, but not their everyday industry and brand defining phone.
If you friggin say that I have not called it a success again you are simply tone deaf.
It is the worlds number one selling 5 inch phone. There, feel better now?