A Critical Look At Samsung Mobile – 2011 & Beyond

September 15, 2011

In 2010, Samsung made headlines with their flagship device – the Samsung Galaxy S, which sold over 10 million units. They also had the privilege to introduce the Nexus S – the Google reference device – in the same year, and that helped concrete their dominance in the Android category. Without a doubt, the 1GHz Hummingbird processor really helped them soar high!


Industry experts, ABI Research, most recently took the Samsung Galaxy S II apart, and concluded that “Samsung took many risks by combining all these new technologies into one phone. ABI Research believes those risks will pay off; the Galaxy S II sets a new benchmark for almost every category on which a smartphone is measured.”

As a result, they shook the industry with the Samsung Galaxy S2; selling over 5 million units in the first 85 days of release.

2011 is looking to be a very significant year for Samsung:

Samsung had their ups and downs since journeying down the Android path, but depending on what they do now, they will either further establish themselves as a top dog, or wash them away like sand.

Super AMOLED – The Double Edged Sword

If you’ve never seen an AMOLED, Super AMOLED or Super AMOLED Plus display, you really should check it out and see it with your own eyes. Its colours are vibrant and beautiful – with deep blacks while colours often look saturated. It’s in its own way, picture perfect. However, beauty is also in the eye of the beholder, as well as in its affect on battery life.

A Samsung Super AMOLED Panel on the original Galaxy S on the left compared with an iPhone 4's display

The way AMOLED screens work is very different than IPS or LCD. AMOLED or Active-Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes emit light in response to an electric current. To make it simple – when there’s electricity, there’s colour, but when there isn’t, it’s black. Ideally, this sounds like the perfect battery saving idea, but it’s not.

Although black is certainly beautiful, consumers, more often than not, buy products with AMOLED displays for their vibrancy. Those with less affinity towards the underlying technology involved usually opt for darker wallpapers, but, in general, consumers will opt for the pretty, high contrast wallpapers. The Web is also predominantly white, which isn’t particularly AMOLED friendly. To further compound difficulties in the future, I doubt Super AMOLED HD will do much to help.

A Samsung engineer with a perfected slate of Super HD AMOLED Panels

The only way, for Super AMOLED to continually dominate display technology is for Samsung (or someone else) to find a breakthrough in battery technology. Samsung should start investing in organic batteries – which are said to be able to give smartphones enough power to last one week. Currently, they aren’t commercially practical to produce. When that time arrives, AMOLED battery drain will become a thing in the past, as will thirsty quad cores and more.

Samsung <3 Developers

At the moment, Samsung is the only manufacturer to make the (probably) biggest recruitment in Android history – Steve Kondik. I would say that CyanogenMod is to Android, what NeXT was to Apple. CyanogenMod is simply one of the better versions of Android OS floating around the cyberspace. There are also speculations of Samsung recruiting some members from the MIUI team; another bunch of talented individuals.

The message is loud and clear. Samsung wants the best custom ROM makers working for them, and as a result, the next revolution of TouchWiz & Ice Cream Sandwich will arrive with an unmistakable sense of presence. This should sound an alarm for other manufacturers, who have not been as aggressive in their recruitment process.

Mark my words – there is no shadow of doubt that the upcoming version of TouchWiz will be a formidable foe, and could potentially spell massive trouble for HTC Sense, Motoblur and other Manufacturer UI’s.

At this point, Samsung could position themselves solidly within the developer community as the preferred employer for developers. If you know the theory of how “like attracts like,” then it’s easy to see why Samsung could find themselves drawing more similar talented developers into their fold. Seriously, are there any developers out there that aren’t interested to work with brilliant minds like Steve Kondik?

Samsung Hurt By Apple’s Pre-emptive Strike

Apple suing Samsung is not a new story. However, I expect this trend to continue in perpetuity. There are no reasons for Apple to stop “harassing” Android, and there aren’t any signs pointing to the iPhone 5 being able to outclass the SGS2.

The recent ban of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 also didn’t make much of a difference for Apple. At best, they just slowed down Samsung’s progress a bit. Samsung did find a workaround for the ban and it is working seemingly well at the moment. Despite that, they have to foresee that this will not be the end of Apple’s harassment. Apple has drawn its bow, and the crosshair is pointing directly at Samsung.

They are still playing it safe instead of going on the offensive. They recently filed a suit against Apple in France, but it’s still early to say anything. Until then, there is no knowing how they will go up against this war of attrition against the fruit company.

A New Korean OS?

There are 3 different OS’ that Samsung is currently manufacturing for. While WP7 and Bada are relatively small, Android has been explosive for Samsung. The Korean company turned heads with the original Galaxy S and now, it’s now winning hearts & minds with the SGS2. Nothing they have done with WP7 and Bada has even come close.

However, the recent announcement by the South Korean government to have their own “Korean OS” to combat any effects of the Google-Motorola alliance might see Samsung getting thrown into a fourth operating system. That is too much to tackle for Samsung at the moment. It’s a nice idea, but if Samsung goes on to work with four operating systems, it might be too much for them to manage and work efficiently. Imagine your attention divided into four, if three wasn’t already difficult enough.  Either way, it will be interesting to watch how they cope with four OS’ in the near future.

What’s Next For SGS2?

The SGS2 is a remarkable device. It’s the way Android OS was meant to be. It’s fast, efficient and powerful. The first every taskkiller-free device I’ve used. A buddy of mine asked me to challenge the phone. I did.

I ran up to 15 apps at one time, without seeing the device stop for breath. Instead, it took my breath away. It was, in my own words – “Silky Buttery.” But does it stop there?

Ice Cream Sandwich is looming near, and the question is – how will it push the SGS2 further? Earlier this year, ASUS announced the ASUS PadFone; an Android phone that can be turned into a tablet, with a casing. The Motorola Atrix had a desktop casing that turned it into a netbook, but the Atrix did not achieve the glory of the SGS2.

I’m curious if Samsung will take this approach. It would be a great idea for them to pursue this direction, as the SGS2 is very successful and may give them an edge to sell “tablets” without being limited by Apple’s injunction against their products. ASUS claims that they always stretch the functionality of their product with the N+1 concept. I really hope Samsung attempts something similar, and has it see the light of day.

Torch TouchWiz

TouchWiz is acceptable. I’ve used many manufacturer UIs and I still feel HTC Sense does better. And I’m not the only one. XDA Developer’s forum is riddled with tons of requests to port over HTC Sense to Samsung devices. Samsung should have done more with TouchWiz, but at the moment, they seem to be taking their sweet time. I hope with Steve Kondik and MIUI they will do better in the next release.

I use a SGS2 as my primary phone, and find it shocking that even a simple thing such as organizing my apps in alphabetical order isn’t available in grid view. At least it’s alphabetical in list mode. TouchWiz should have matured by now, but it still seems to perpetually fall short as a solid challenger to HTC Sense. It is also a bad launcher as it lets users (who know how) to bypass security apps like “Visidon Applock” or Anti-Theft Apps. If you don’t put pin/password/pattern lock on the lockscreen, anyone (with knowledge) can actually enter and wreak havoc on your phone, and more importantly, your personal data. I can only conclude that TouchWiz isn’t ideal if you want a fortress of a phone. I will not release the method here, but I can say it doesn’t require root or ADB for a person to bypass all forms of security in your phone.

Here Are 5 Ways Samsung Can Continue Winning:

  1. Continue pooling the best Android talent.

Hiring individual from the GO Team would be a good place for Samsung to start. The GO Team has certainly done a lot in producing one of the best launcher for Android. Talents from the GO Team will definitely take TouchWiz further.

  1. Release a SGS2 Tablet case.

You can’t always rely on increasing market share. Your existing consumers matter too. And if you extend the functionality of their device, you will earn their loyalty. I hope Ice Cream Sandwich also comes in a timely manner, I hate getting it when the deadline for Jellybean is nearing.

  1. Resolve The Battery Woes With AMOLED

This is a hard one. I personally do not see how Super Amoled would drain less battery, but if Samsung could offset the negative effects of the vibrant screen, it would be a big win.

  1. An Open, But Bigger System

Compared to other Android manufacturers, Samsung and LG are probably the only 2 with a foundation in home appliances. We’ve seen how Samsung integrated DLNA into their TVs. It would have more potential if Samsung took up Google’s idea of Android Home further.

  1. A Better TouchWiz, Or None At All

Who doesn’t love Pure Google? It’s already great out of the box, and manufacturers custom UI overlay’s can be great too. Stil,l TouchWiz still has some questionable UI features, and lacks a lot of key features I’ve used in previous phones. It has to improve, and I hope Samsung does a better job with it. Quite simply, it still falls flat when compared to HTC’s Sense.

Do you have any suggestions for Samsung Mobile? What can they do to become the best Android device manufacturer in the world?

Comments

  • Nomipk3

    ”and there aren’t any signs pointing to the iPhone 5 being able to outclass the SGS2”.

    What are you on about? Even iphone 4 trumps SGS2 in every department apart from speed and display size and you are making your naive prediction about iphone 5. It has taken multiple manufacturers to match iphone 4, not surpass, and that is way after iphone 4 was launched. Iphone 5 will blow away every other phone.

    • bigdaddy

      Mind control at it’s finest….I Love apple…I love apple…

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    • Nenas

      An apple fan boy spotted!! . It was clear SGS2 beat the crap out of iphone.

      • Nomipk3

        It was clear for android fans only…

        • Nenas

          see the benchmark and talk. Is speed needed? yes…very much accounted. See you are now backing up the so called iphone with the commercial rather than performance data. But wait a minute, why the apple fan boy want to stalk android news…. :P

          • Nomipk3

            lol…I use the phone in real life, not for benchmarking, although iphone 4 is slower but still fast enough. As I said SGS2 is better but in very few departments, overall iphone 4 comes out better. However, I srtarted commenting that it is ridiculous to compare iphone 5 with SGS2 while iphone 4’s predecessor is standing face to face against SGS2. I quoted commercial data to back up the point that more people want iphone not SGS2.

            ”But wait a minute, why the apple fan boy want to stalk android news…”

            to see if android can come upto the highest standards set by ios but no joy so far, something does not get better by just saying, you have to prove it in the field.

          • ETA

            Only a few departments? SGS2 Has micro SD;support 4G;t 3.0 Bluetooth;. SGS2 support Aflash; doesn’t need iTunes and Jailbreak,dual-core processor Exynos, iPhone single core;it has 1024MB RAM – i4 – 512;it has 8MP/1080 30 FPS + 2MP FC vs 5MP/720 30 FPS + 0.3 FC. I have an iPad2 (A5-dual processor, probably same processor that will be use on the iP5) and I don’t see any advantage when it comes to speed and performance compared to the SG2. There is no better way to objectively measure performance than benchmarks. Everything else is subject to bias. Especially if you’re a fanboy.

          • Nomipk3

            How many general users are there who need more than 32gb? Not denying the advantage of SD card. Flash not an issue for me. Itunes is one of the big advantages of the iphone, kies air is rubbish apart from being wireless. Is speed the only measure to compare? Obviously NO.

            You keep going on about the speed what about design, camera, media, security, after sale services???

            Most of the people are not geeks that they get stuck to speed, it’s all about how a device brings facility to human life and makes it a pleasant experience to use.

          • ETA

            Again, all your arguments are purely subjective. Design- subjective, I like SG2’s design better, Camera 8mp vs 5 mp and check how iP4 oversaturates the images http://tiny.cc/jpxlv Security- only difference is Apples tight control over the Appstore. Malicious code only runs at software level, system level is not affected with Android (Linux kernel property). Besides, you have to allow an application for it to run, it’s user problem not an OS problem, After sale services- if I am to value depreciatioin over function, I’d rather buy jewelry.

            Most people have the aptitude to operate an Android device. Pleasant experience to use? Again subjective – It is a pleasure for me to use the SG2 rather than my iPad2 when it comes to UI. I’d hate to swipe all day just to switch from one app to the other. I’m just glad iOS5 is copying Android’s notification because I’m getting tired to messages popping up everytime I try to do something.

          • Nomipk3

            Now you have come to my point…people choose a device based on their personal preferences and I think it is more than obvious that lot more people prefer iphone 4 than those who go for SGS2.

            I have compared both cameras myself, the youtube video does not make a difference to my observation and it clearly shows that SGS2 camera fails to capture true contrast.

            Security, it is more than obvious, is a big issue for android to solve; it is very easy to put the ball in user’s court. How many users read the permission?

            Yes notifications needed a change and again apple have made it more pleasant experience with notifications.

          • ETA

            I actually don’t see your point. Sales are never an indication of how much better a product is over the other. Toyota Corolla outsold the Kia Forte which is 2011 small car of the year. A lot more people prefer Android phones if you base it on the marketshare.

            I also have compared both cameras and to my observation SGS2 wins by miles. (subjective-i hope you get it by now)

            Security as I said before doesn’t affect the system. Android is designed in such a way that malicious code can be removed remotely/automatically.http://tiny.cc/dymy4 Ice Cream Sandwich will have an antimalware/virus already installed. It’s not as big as a problem you’re trying to make it out to be.

            Yes again apple have made it more pleasant experience with notifications by copying Android notifications.http://tiny.cc/o23fg

          • Nomipk3

            You are contradicting yourself…subjectivity is a major deciding factor in determining which product is good. I am sure you are aware of what is called customer satisfaction. So in other words while comparing two products we should not care about what people prefer and like. How can you be objective about something based on user experience?

            We are talking about SGS2 and iphone 4/5 here so other android phones don’t come in as they are way below in quality.

            No matter whatever you say, there is concrete evidence that android is a victim of malware, i think this is not subjective at least.

            I don’t care who copies who, I want the
            best functionality and user experience.

          • ETA

            This thread is getting too narrow, lol. I posted my reply on your first post.

          • ETA

            This thread is getting too narrow, lol. I posted my reply on your first post.

        • Ankur Jangra

          some ones come here BRAINWASHED!!!!

          • Nomipk3

            lol…come up with a different excuse. Millions of those who own iphones and Apple products are brainwashed?…hahaha. You make lot of SENSE!!!

    • Wersdf

      The iPhone is pretty nice, but the iPhone 4 doesn’t beat the Duke in every way. I had one and a 3.5″ screen sucks! You can’t hardly customize anything like you can with android, and you get an updated phone once every year and a half? There are some things better like the battery life and GPS, but with a 3.5″ screen, what do you expect? Glad you love the iPhone, but if Samsung sucks so bad, why is Apple attacking them with lawsuits preventing them from selling their products? It’s because slot of people would rather have a SGSII than an iPhone.

      • Nomipk3

        SGS2 does not suck so bad, yes screen size is an advantage, android does have the edge in customization but I personally prefer less customization as far as it is designed for best user experience. I did not find anything better in SGS2 apart from its speed and display size. Iphone 4 is still ahead in screen resolution, design, camera (I compared both), battery life and charging, apps, security and user experience. In Q2 of 2011 20.34m iphones sold…how many SGS2 were sold? Demand for iphone 4 still high although it is lot older than SGS2.

    • ETA

      1.”subjectivity is a major deciding factor in determining which product is good. I am sure you are aware of what is called customer satisfaction.” :— The SG2 has about 90% satisfaction rate from users, and your point is?
      2.”So in other words while comparing two products we should not care about what people prefer and like. How can you be objective about something based on user experience?”:
      ——Exactly, how can you be objective when most of your claims are based on YOUR user experience.

      3. “We are talking about SGS2 and iphone 4/5 here so other android phones don’t come in as they are way below in quality.”: —–No they are not, SGS2 is not only competing with the iPhone, it is also competing with other Android phones with similar specs and quality.

      4.”No matter whatever you say, there is concrete evidence that android is a victim of malware, i think this is not subjective at least.”— And iOS is NOT immune to malware itself. http://tiny.cc/4vvpp

      5. “I don’t care who copies who, I want the best functionality and user experience.”:– Agreed, that is why I hate Apples litigation tactics.

      • Nomipk3

        How would you compare two phones objectively? Please elaborate.

        If so many people are buying iphone even after a year of its lauch surely that should highlight the fact that it has got some quality and at the same time SGS2 is available but not as many people have bought it…so this should tell something. It tells that more people like the iphone. Why more people like it although it has a premium price? Because they see something in it. How can you deny this? Customer satisfaction means, product has a good quality. Now I am sure I don’t need to compare the number of customers satisfied with Iphone 4 with those satisfied with SGS2.

        IOS is immune to malware but how many reported cases do we have about malware attack on ios? I don’t need to emphasize now that there are so many cases reported about android.

        Which phone is better depends on personal choice but what indicators there are in the market should not be denied.

        • ETA

          To compare two phone objectively, or any product for that matter, benchmarks are the only way.

          Again, sales is not an indication of how good a product is. In any kind of market, the more popular company will sell more. I’ll use my first example again, the Toyota Corolla outsold the Kia Forte (2011 small car of the year) because Toyota is the more popular brand. The SGS2 for your information sold enough because high demand. And it’s still gaining in popularity. More people are buying the iPhone for 5 major reasons. It is 1. a solid smartphone, 2. ppl. use it as a social status, 3. iSheep, 4. Apple spends a lot in advertising and is by far the top advertiser among it’s competitors, 5 Apple is the first company to aggressively market a smartphone. If I have to add a 6th reason, it would be that Apple sues it’s competitors to prevent them from launching their products. No way is this an indication that the iPhone 4 is better than any other smartphone in terms of functionality and performance. It only indicates that iPhone is the more popular brand. McDonald’s sells more burgers but it is now way near the quality of DuMont Burger in Brooklyn, NY.

          If you haven’t gotten it yet, it is not the operating system that is the problem. The problem is the openness of the policies in the Android market. If Apple is as lenient with the Appstore as Google is with the Android Market, chances are they will have the same amount of malware infections. Google has to tighten up security and modify the policies of the Android Market. When it comes to the OS, Android is just as secure as iOS. Another factor is the number of users, the more users, the chances of malware infections increase exponentially.

          • Nomipk3

            How many people buy iphone4/SGS2 after looking at benchmarking? IS it benchmarking test that most of the people consider while buying a phone? No. Benchmarking is only one aspect of comparing products; there are so many other factors to consider, no matter however much subjective they are.

            You can give hundreds of reasons but you can’t change the facts that are there. It is not machines but people who decide in the end what is better for them. Would be great if you applied objectivity to your thinking too; if people find iphone 4 better than SGS2 and they have genuine SUBJECTIVE reasons for it then it should not make us jealous, on the other hand if people prefer SGS2, it is there choice. Why to impose your views? You can’t have a robotic approach to something that is purely for living human beings.

            It makes me laugh the way you are defending malware problem with android…oh actually not with android but with the policies…lol.. who is making policies and who is running android? If there is a problem, and everybody can see it why not accept it?

          • ETA

            Benchmark serves a better indication of how good a product is. It is the standard where something is measured. You come posting here claiming that the iPhone4 is better than the SG2 but you only have sales/commercial data and your opinion to draw your own conclusion.

            Yes people decide in the end what is better for them, but that doesn’t make the product that they bought better than the other. I am not the one imposing my views, you were the one saying that the SG2 “does not suck so bad”. I never said anything to discredit the iPhone4. I was just replying to your negative criticism. Don’t try to play the victim.

            I gave you the facts, laugh all you want. The problem is not big as you Apple fanboys make it out to be. Install Lookout, or any security app, problem solved.

          • Nomipk3

            ”Yes people decide in the end what is better for them, but that doesn’t make the product that they bought better than the other.”

            It does make it better when so many people are buying it at a PREMIUM price. That is your problem you are giving a total discredit to the customers. It is people who make aproduct successfull not benchmarking. A product can have better specs like SGS2 but if the user experience finds the other product better then benchmarking goes down the drain and this has been my point throughout.

            Are you saying if people buy something more and more it does not indicate that it is a good product? If no then you negate yourself,if yes then you are running away from a big fact. If something sells more can or cannot determine the quality of a product but you are constantly saying it CANNOT. If a product is selling too well at a premium price then sales figures will show something very significant

            You have not said anything about what has been said about IP5 in the artical and it is not even out yet?

            You are imposing your views because you are denying people’s preferences and not allowing them to say that iphone 4 is better than SGS2; you are extremely subjectively trying to impose your idea of benchmarking whereas in practical life the story is different. You are only looking at benchmarking not at the whole package that people get with each phone.

          • Jaonea

            you can’t define the quality of something by sellings that is a fact
            sellings are heavily influenced by commercials and brands
            just because someone can influence a large mass of people and create a hype doesn’t define the quality

          • Nomipk3

            Nobody is definning quality by sellings; it can be an indicator amongst many others. More sellings also don’t mean that something is of a bad quality. How can someone influence a large mass of people without delivering quality? Why are you saying that people are stupid?

          • ETA

            Jaonea DID NOT in anyway mention about “bad quality”. Jaonea is just trying to tell you is that “sales doesn’t define quality”. Please try to understand what people are trying to say before you comment. If you took it another way, that is your problem.

          • Nomipk3

            Did I say taht Jaonea did that was my comment, hope you are not half asleep. Neither did I say that slaes define quality, however it is an important indicator which can be used amongst other indicators. Why are you so confused and why are you interrupting other people’s posts and not making any sense? Look after your own posts.

          • Jaonea

            allow me to citate you ^^
            “It does make it better when so many people are buying it at a PREMIUM price”

            and i didn’t say it is low quality but yes majorityof the people let influence themselve massively you can call it “stupid”i don’t

          • ETA

            Do you really think the majority of the people buying the iPhone know about technical aspects about that phone? Most people only know what Steve Jobs planted in their brain. That is called marketing. How naive are you? I already mentioned to you the reasons why many people buy it. Bottom line, whether you want to accept it or not, the majority of people buying the iPhone are buying it because of it’s social appeal. No question it is a good product, I am not arguing that. What I’m trying to explain to you that your argument that the iPhone is better just because a lot of people are buying it is false in all levels (except sales).

            Why would I mention anything about the IP5, I am replying to your comment, not his article.

            Just because I don’t agree with your views, you consider that as if I’m imposing my views? How convenient. You are allowed to say anything you want, just don’t expect us to agree with you, specially if you are using sales/commercial data and your own opinion to draw your own conclusion. In actuality you are the instigator here, you are the one imposing your view that the iPhone4 is better than the Android phones. Please check the chronological flow of the thread. Benchmarking is only a tool that separates objectivity with subjectivity, take it or leave it. The fact that the SGS2 has a 90% satisfaction rate from it’s users across the internet proves that it is an excellent (contrary to your belief) smartphone as a “whole package”, using your argument as a point of rebuttal.

          • Nomipk3

            ”Do you really think the majority of the people buying the iPhone know about technical aspects about that phone? Most people only know what Steve Jobs planted in their brain. That is called marketing. How naive are you? I already mentioned to you the reasons why many people buy it.”

            Technincal aspects is your argument not mine, you are repeatedly contradicting yourself. Basically you are saying that those who are using SGS2 can think and decide better than those who are using iphone. Again you are saying that customers are fools and millions of them …lol..
            The reasons you mentioned for people to buy iphone is not the the whole story. You can satisfy yourself with those but can’t prove that iphone 4 is less in quality. Why are you imposing your views again?

          • ETA

            quote from you: “Technincal aspects is your argument not mine, you are repeatedly contradicting yourself. ”

            Yeah, right!

            Here’s a quote from you “SGS2 does not suck so bad, yes screen size is an advantage, android does have the edge in customization but I personally prefer less customization as far as it is designed for best user experience. I did not find anything better in SGS2 apart from its speed and display size. Iphone 4 is still ahead in screen resolution, design, camera (I compared both), battery life and charging, apps, security and user experience.”

            Who is contradicting himself now, huh?

          • Nomipk3

            pulling together quotes that are out of context here won’t help.

      • Nomipk3

        I was meant to say Ios is not immune….

    • Guest

      Iphone 5? more like Iphone 4S! Enjoy the ONE phone with minor upgrades apple users will get for another whole year haha. To be fair though Nomipk3 posted his message 3 weeks ago and no one knew Apple would disappoint with an Iphone 4S… See you in another year Iphone 5!

  • http://halr9000.com halr9000

    you neglected to mention any negatives about Samsung. I seem to recall that my SGS Vibrant was incredibly flaky due to issues with the flash ram. And the GPS performance was horrible!

    • Nomipk3

      Why wold they mention anything negative…for them everything about android is perfect. They just promote things; they don’t look at things critically in a comprehensive perspective. Surely SGS2 has so many negatives.

      • Jaonea

        it has liked mentioned before but with an updated and juice defender i get easily to 2 days with moderate use…and compared to the Iphone 4 what annoys me the most is how fucking heavy it is for it’s little size and the interface that is just to slow for me while multitasking…not talking about the display would be a joke…used I4 before but am now happy user of SGS II like said before just subjective ;)

        • Nomipk3

          fair enough, surely you like what you prefer.

  • Anonymous

    Yet another Android post dragged down the Apple vs. Android dark alley… good read though. Lets see what the future holds for Samsung. And Android!

    • http://www.facebook.com/randy.khoo Randy Ashar Khoo

      Yeah, i’m surprised too.

      • Nomipk3

        ”and there aren’t any signs pointing to the iPhone 5 being able to outclass the SGS2.”

        Would you please explain why you are saying that SGS2 WILL be better than iphone 5 when a) it is not out yet and b) iphone 4 is still a strong contender?

        • http://www.facebook.com/randy.khoo Randy Ashar Khoo

          I think you have answered your own question – “there aren’t any signs”

          I have no doubt that Apple will release a device that is subjectively better than the SGS2. However, until that day arrives, everything Apple has done to block Samsung in various global markets hasn’t lend any credence that the iPhone 5 is better in anyway. It just feels like they are attempting to slow SGS2 sales, instead of fighting it head on with their own phone. Go ahead – name one thing that is confirmed about the iphone that will better the SGS2.

          You can’t, because there aren’t any information on in.
          And until the official specs of the iphone is released, my stand will be as above.

          Like i said, i have no doubt that the iphone might be better, but granted that the actual annual iphone release was supposed to be earlier this year, I must say that they went back to the drawing board to best the SGS2.

          SGS2 is the benchmark to beat at the moment. It isn’t perfect. It isn’t undefeatable, but the last few months of SGS2 sales, shows that it is garnering a crowd of fans for itself.

          • Nomipk3

            ”Go ahead – name one thing that is confirmed about the iphone that will better the SGS2.

            You can’t, because there aren’t any information on in.
            And until the official specs of the iphone is released”

            This is my point…I can’t say that it will be better as there is no information on it but YOU can say that it will NOT be better.

            I personally, being an iphone user and Apple’s customer can imagine and expect that iphone 5 will be better and surely it is my personal subjective or may be biased view but readers expect you to have a fair approach as you are professionally writing an article.

          • http://www.facebook.com/randy.khoo Randy Ashar Khoo

            I’m terribly sorry if you are not reading the article according to the times, but like you also agree (fortunately) is that there isn’t a clear cut information on the iphone 5.

            If you are reading in context with the times, then my statement of “there aren’t any signs” is true. Can you say the iphone A5 chip is faster than exinos? Can you say the rumoured teardrop design is thinner? Can you say that antennagate, glassgate and cameragate won’t repeat itself?

            However, if the iphone 5 has been benchmarked, released, tested and proven – and I repeatedly post “there aren’t any signs”, then i’m definitely biased.

            However, like i mentioned above, i would give Apple a benefit of a doubt that the iphone 5 will be better, given that they had more time (and money) to improve the device. And until it is proven with a release, you are still arguing over semantics, instead of facts.

          • Nomipk3

            ”i would give Apple a benefit of a doubt that the iphone 5 will be better, given that they had more time (and money) to improve the device.”

            Apple should be grateful to you for your generosity!!!

            You have no proven facts to back up your statment, ”there aren’t any signs..”. The problem is you don’t want to accept the other side of the coin ACCORDING TO THE TIMES.

            Would you elaborate on how A5 is not faster than exynos? As I don’t know. In terms of design iphone 4 has a lot better design ”subjectively” ofcourse. And OBJECTIVELY you can compare the materials. As you are making thinness the criterion of a better desing, iphone 4 has been declared the thinnest already (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mediamonkeyblog/2011/sep/14/apple-samsung-smartphone-size-matters).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000076089998 Zinaida Serebriakova

    Samsung really needs to up the resolution of their devices, anything below qHD is looking dated.

  • Ozvaleron

    In my own subjective opinion, I will take a phone that is faster, smaller, lighter, brighter, has a bigger display, is more customisable, more flexible, automatically syncs, offers SD card storage for my voluminous video collections, allows me a choice of video format – WITHOUT DRM – AND let’s me change my own battery. hmmm…
    So… do I get the flashy macintosh logo… or the phone that actually delivers???
    Like I said, it’s subjective… I’m not about to have a debate with a one eyed apple fanatic who can’t see the orchard for the apple.