61 posts tagged samsung
How funny it is. My advice to Samsung would be: copy Apple again: focus on the high end.
Samsung is doomed.
This is becoming an ugly fight within the Android world. This is hard to differentiate yourself when you don’t control something as important as the operating system.
I expected this a few years ago, nice to see it finally coming around, what I don’t see is a price. It’s headed for AT&T so that should put my theory of a free/discounted plan for Prime members, to an end… but hope springs eternal.
I find it interesting to watch Amazon unveil their new phone as they look, as a whole, pretty much like Apple: they build products based on a big ecosystem. It is more interesting stuff to me than watching Google feed their OEM with a new releases of Android or Samsung build and release an army of devices which are pretty much based on something they don’t own so it is difficult for them to match Amazon or Apple.
Samsung’s problems, meanwhile, will be more difficult to address, as you can tell by spending some time with the S5. One of its major new features is a fingerprint-sensor meant to let you unlock your phone without typing a passcode, a feature Apple introduced on the iPhone 5S last year. I don’t fault Samsung for copying Apple’s fingerprint idea, just as I won’t fault Apple for copying Samsung when it makes a bigger phone. Fingerprint unlocking is a good idea, and more phones should have it.
But I do fault Samsung for the slipshod manner in which it introduced fingerprint scanning. I’ve been using the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor for the last six months, and it has worked about nine times out of 10 for me. The Galaxy S5’s finger sensor is unusable. It has failed to recognize my finger just about every time I have tried it. It has been so terrible that the sensor feels more like a marketing gimmick than a legitimate feature.
I’ll just reiterate: I understand why Samsung felt like they needed to include this feature in their new phone. But why on Earth would they let such an inferior product actually ship? In what way does it benefit them to have something so broken on the market? in fact, it must hurt them. Right?
So, in a word: I prefer the way Apple innovate over the Samsung way.
Providing too many choices to the users (two apps for photos, for gmail, etc.) is exactly the opposite of “for every YES there are hundreds of no’s”.