Why are so many more Galaxy S 4 owners ditching their phones?

One of the recurring themes we’ve heard in discussions of Samsung’s plans for the Galaxy S 5 has been dissatisfaction over the reception the Galaxy S 4 saw. It’s not like Samsung isn’t moving mountains of hardware, but it’s clear that the company’s once runaway smartphone growth has stalled. As we wait to see if a Galaxy S 5 might be able to jump-start consumer interest in Samsung’s phones, we get a little more detail about the GS4’s failures, learning just how many GS4 owners were in a hurry to offload their phones.

Gazelle is a company that buys used smartphones from their owners, and as such has a lot of insight into the post-retail market. Comparing the number of Galaxy S III owners who traded-in their phones during the second half of 2012 with those who traded-in Galaxy S 4s during the same period in 2013, Gazelle saw a massive 138% increase – more than doubling.

Granted, some of that may be explained by higher initial GS4 sales, but we’re still looking at a correspondingly larger fraction of owners interested in getting rid of their new Samsung phones after just several months of ownership. Gazelle seems to think that this is part of a trend towards more phablet-sized devices, but we’re not so sure; after all, such options were available in the GS3’s day, if not quite with the same selection we have now.

Source: Gazelle
Via: BGR

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!