There is a war going on in Tech industry…yeah you got it right! It’s the patent war between Apple & Samsung (and rest of the Android phone OEMs?) that I’m talking about.
If you are into mobile technology, I believe you will be going through tons of articles everyday on this patent war. BUT, believe me! The one I’m about to share with you is nothing even close to what you have read ever in this regard. It is probably the worst attempt ever at it. And this post of mine is totally in response to this article.
Interesting read…..Right? I agree, but to this extent only!
I could have looked at the title of this article and profile of the person who shared it with me and simply ignored it saying, “it would be nothing more than another fanboyish or hate-filled article”, but I know it wouldn’t have been fair. BUT after reading that, not blogging about it would even have been a crime.
First of all, I would like to mention here that currently I’m using 3 different Apple devices and 1 Samsung. It was necessary to have a flavor of both worlds i.e., iOS and Android. In case of Android, I had a variety to choose from but the reason I went for Samsung is that it was considered the best Android phone OEM at that time (and at present too). Out of the 4 products I mentioned, the one that I’m most satisfied with and that I use the most throughout the day is the Samsung. Reason? Better overall usability. It does have its downsides but it makes me feel a lot less hand-cuffed, putting straight!
For me, there is a lot to disagree and very little to agree in this article. Here are the major points where I totally disagree with the writer:
- The title: Firstly because I don’t agree that Samsung is not innovating. Secondly, because the writer didn’t throw any solid arguments to defend the title which makes it more of a selling point than something what the writer truly believed would represent his article.
- Customer satisfaction: This argument starts with appliances and quite reasonably ends there. While I’m no one to comment on the appliance part of Samsung, I can strongly argue that the Samsung phone, Galaxy Note to be exact, that I’m using currently (and that’s the second Samsung phone I used) is the best all-in-one package that I ever used. And guess what…..It is not even Samsung’s top dog.
Here is what I mean by an all-in-one package: Best display quality, Best camera, Best out-of-the-box support for media files, Best CPU & GPU combo, All possible sensors, Best stylus (well, in case of Galaxy Note only), DLNA, More Internal Storage, Expandable storage, USB OTG, HDMI out, Light weight, Pleasing thinness…..and i still think I’m missing something.
- User Experience: I don’t know where the writer is getting his knowledge about Samsung phones from but as a user, I must say that Samsung phones instead give you a better overall Android experience. These stutter less and pack more features. Samsung Galaxy S series has offered the best Android phone experience from its 1st generation to the current 3rd. It is not just me saying it; check out all popular review sites (or probably the sales numbers) in case you have difficulty taking my words. In case of tablets, many of Samsung tablets are still running Honeycomb, which everyone knows, was a failed Android version…..so again it is not Samsung that ought to be blamed here.
- Mimicry/Stagnation: Looking at comparison shots of Galaxy S and iPhone 3GS, one can easily spot the similarities in frontal design and icon layout. But comparing next generations of both worlds since then, one simply cant. There are no similarities. If you look critically at various genarations of Apple devices, you would know that if anyone is truly copying Apple, it is Apple itself. Continued indulgence in this practice has made it stagnant and let others outrun it:
iPhone: From 1st to 3rd generation, no change in design, very small change in feature set; 4th generation offered new features and design changes; 5th generation is again the same.
iPad: 2nd generation offered design changes and new features; 3rdgeneration is almost the same.
On the other hand, run a same comparison for Samsung Galaxy S generations and you will see enormous improvements in design and features. Same goes for Samsung tablets. The latest Galaxy Note 10.1 is the proof of its progression.
- Innovation, at last: this is where it all began. In my opinion, Samsung is moving ahead rather very well in this department. HD Super AMOLED Plus displays, S-Pen, Multiscreen view, Mini Floating Apps, Pop up Play, Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Direct Call, AllShare Cast…….ain’t it all innovation? One should be retarded enough to let all these go unnoticed. S-Pen and Mutiscreen view probably are the best features a tablet can have presently and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the first tablet of the world to offer these. The writer is either not updated about these features or otherwise, he is clearly biased.
In the end, I would say that I can’t forecast the outcome of on-going litigation between the two parties. It is purely a legal matter and presumably, it is in the best hands already. What I must say is that both parties need to change themselves in certain areas. The earlier they do it, the better it would be for all.
Samsung: The best selling points of Samsung devices are not where it copied Apple. Samsung should learn from this fact and stop copying even if it somehow wins this patent war. What it should copy/learn from Apple is how to make a feature mature and finally how to sell it!
Apple: Above everything, it should mentally prepare itself for competition and that too…..a huge one! That would let it focus less on litigation and more on innovation. Apple has given some cool quality products to the Tech world but its progression further is snail slow.
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