Gartner numbers show 500,000 Nokia N97 units sold since June

Gartner numbers show 500,000 Nokia N97 units sold since JuneGartner posted their 2nd quarter 2009 data that shows continued increases in smartphone sales. Nokia continues to be the clear leader with 45% of the worldwide smartphone market, yet a majority of that share is for the lower end model and not necessarily the Nseries or Eseries devices. Apple also showed a HUGE increase of 10.5% up to the current 13.3%. RIM is in second behind Nokia at 18.7%, but Nokia still can’t rest at its 45% share.

A rather disappointing part of the report states:

Nokia maintained its leadership position, but its portfolio remained heavily skewed toward low-end devices. Its flagship high-end N97 smartphone met little enthusiasm at its launch in the second quarter of 2009 and has sold just 500,000 units in the channel since it started to ship in June, compared to Apple’s iPhone 3G S, which sold 1 million units in its first weekend.

I expect that Nokia hoped for more sales than this over the worldwide market and think the long period between announcement and release did not help. I know that Nokia has bright people and can innovate, as they have shown in the past, and I hope to see some great things from them in the future too.

I still have my Nokia N97 and am planning to continue using it off and on with the hope that Nokia rolls out updates that improve the device experience since it can be frustrating at times.


23 Comments to Gartner numbers show 500,000 Nokia N97 units sold since June

August 12, 2009

True, but it’s comparing a subsidized handset against a full price (and expensive) one. If every 3GS cost $600, the numbers would be a lot different.

August 12, 2009

Exactly what Joe said. iPhones come at providers with contract offers, with (quite heavy) SIM locks, and there ain’t really SIM-free versions officially. I’d hazard a guess that most of the N97s sold are SIM-free units, at full price, so…the comparison is skewed too.

August 12, 2009

IMO Symbian will be pushed on the lower end more and more, so nokia smartphone share is going to increase (and nokia marketing will be happy), at the same time nokia will attack the higher end with maemo.
This situation will last at least until symbian^4 (the one QT-based which will break binary compatibility with older releases and will introduce a completely new UI) goes out, with means end of 2010.

August 12, 2009

To each his own, but for me I think Nokia dropped the ball big time with the N97. I mean you know things have gone bad in your design process when a low end smartphone like the Nokia 6790 Surge ends up with a better keyboard than your flagship phone.

Then the interface just felt dated and maybe its just me, but the facebook stuff just seemed out of place on something like the N97(I admit I’m not into facebook, so what do I know).

I think HTC did a much better job with the Touch Pro 2….and that’s saying something since it’s running Windows Mobile.

The N97 isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but there are just better phones out there, both in the same price range and even a little below.

August 13, 2009

Well I think you should compare apples to apples. IPhone 3GS is the ONLY phone in Apple’s portfolio, while N97 is the FLAGSHIP of a range that has dozens. Plus, as someone pointed out, Iphone is subsidized, while N97 is selling at full price which is THRICE the price of the Iphone.

N97 is a VERY GOOD (not perfect) device that suffered unfairly biased reviews. Reviews are mostly based on first impressions of a device, and Apple is a master of first impressions. The reviews I read also neatly ignored what the Iphone did not have, and just focused on the positives. The exact opposite happened with N97. The reviews focused on perceived shortcomings of Symbian, without taking into account the fact that Nokia and Apple are targeting totally different market segments.

500k sales of a $600 device in these recessionary times is still by no means shabby in my opinion.

Dave Cozens
August 14, 2009

I can’t imagine the issues with lens scratching and gps reliability are helping much, and the firmware is full of bugs – an area where Apple spend a lot of effort methinks…

I suspect they rushed it to market to get it out the same day as the iPhone…

There are many many complaints on various forums worldwide and now an online petition regarding Nokias silence on these issues…

That’ll be affecting the bottom line too I’d imagine. Right now, the N97s reputation is not good.

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August 23, 2009

Comparing iphone to N97 in terms of sales is ludicrous. Apple’s only offering is an iphone! Yes, they come in different packages, but those are just the memory. They all count as sales. Imagine if Nokia combined S60 platform sales into one figure. That would still not be a good comparison though as they have a huge portfolio of mobiles. American market is a different reality. Its obvious in the reviews, commentaries, and news articles. By the way, Apple fudged their first iphone sales figures by counting all the jailbreak phones exported to other countries during release. As they refused many regions from sales, but they didn’t refuse the numbers to prove their success in the American market as those jailbreak phones were counted as local sales. So bean counting isn’t always a full proof way to judge success of a phone. However, Steve Job’s marketing in the America has been a huge success despite one’s opinion of the phone. It was so popular in America it even brought about parodies on TV. The N97 is only the second touch phone released after the 5800 music phone.

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