Samsung: the never-ending search for the next big thing
0. phoneArena 13 Mar 2013, 21:13 posted on
Tomorrow at Samsung’s event in the Big Apple, all eyes are on the expected official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S IV – well, we hope it’s what all the hoopla is all about! Throughout all channels on the interwebs, there’s a great deal of buzz swelling for this highly anticipated event, which very much mirrors...
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7. AnTuTu (Posts: 593; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
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27. John.V (Posts: 88; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Thanks people! It's been a longggg day. Tomorrow get better.
45. No_Nonsense (Posts: 825; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
You are doing it wrong. It's Thannnnnks people. It;s been a longggg day. Tomorrow gets betterrrrr.
42. xperiaDROID (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Thanks Johhhhnnnn V for the very nice article, you are the best!
2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 817; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I have this feeling that no matter what the phone looks like or made out of it will be the biggest Android seller this year. Samsung has taken a page out of Apple's playbook when it comes to pushing "one" device on every carrier. Poor HTC was close but the DNA/Verizon screwed that up.
And I don't expect Samsung to run into any production issues by sticking with plastic compared to the hard to machine metal. Samsung will spit these out like flapjacks.
My only disappointment would be a non-removable battery with no SD card support. We pretty much know that it would be suicide to release a 720p display with a crappy processor.
21. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
Non removable battery with no SD card slot? Reminds me of HTC One with aluminum body. No harsh feelings HTC fanboys
24. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
If the One has SD/Rem.Bat I wonder how much less successful the SIII would have been? I was wanting the One over the SIII until the release confirmed the rumors.
22. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Removable battery and SD card is why I have an S3 and not a One. Will take those in plastic over not having them in metal.
26. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
yes and sometimes the downside of having an aluminum body is when it overheats you gonna ouch holding it. Experienced that already on Motorola L6 way years back.
3. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 909; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
How to become the undisputed king of Android:
step 1.) Slavishly copy Apple's designs, and infringe upon their patents.
step 2.) Follow step no. 1
6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 817; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
excuse 1.) Too bad Apple does not know how to fight back. All Tim is doing is telling Phil to bad mouth Android before Samsung's big date.
excuse 2.) Follow excuse no 1 when iPhone 5s sales die after 2 months
18. Aeires (unregistered)
Suck it up and stop whining.
33. hypermagz (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)
I dont see anything that the S3 copied from Apple's Design... And it was "that" device that turn the page over.
36. ray386407 (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Who copied apples designs because it wasn't Samsung at all or Google or any other manufacter. As you can see no android windows or black berry device looks or feel like a boring iPhone. Mostly all of the things about an iPhone has been thought of an has existed way before apple thought of it. All they did was just buy a stupid patent for designs that some one else thought of . Oh and let me give you a little bit more. Processer in an iPhone that's made by qualicom and samsung screen made by lg and sharp camera sensor Sony so please tell me who is coping or who invented sure not apple nothing is apple about an
iPhone but the os and that's really not even apple lol if you break the os all the way down guess what its based off a Linux kernal. Just like an android device and even a PlayStation 3 and more. So do some research before you come on here talking mess because your in denial about a boring iphone that you go spend 200.00 every other year to upgrade there phone. Do you realize the os is the same since 2007 with maybe 1 or2 features added to it every year. And better yet its stuff that has all ready existed. Most of us techy guys like all devices and we. An give credit were credit is due and mostly all manu factors has been innovating and coming up with new ideas and form factors except one company and you know who that is so stop being a hater and give credit were credit is due
37. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 909; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
The courts don't lie, and if everything you said was true, Samsung wouldn't have been forced to pay even a single penny to Apple for damages. However, even though the penalties for their crimes have been reduced, they still lost the case, and were found guilty of misconduct...
We all know which particular company was already found guilty of stealing intellectual property and/or technology from Apple. You may not like the truth, but the US judicial system obviously doesn't share your point of view. Take it up with them ;o)
46. rusticguy (Posts: 2699; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
UK courts (and few others across the globe) didn't agree on Apple's take and forced apple to mention it on their website. Samsung's case is still going through the appeals so it's not yet final ... there's a difference between the two ...
5. NateAdam8 (Posts: 119; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Looking for the next big thing on something that been done over and over again so if they want the next big thing they should move away from the current big thing "Android" and find there own thing to make it BIGGER then everything.
8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4487; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I'm sorry, but I don't understand your point at all...
29. MrJerry (Posts: 366; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
He/She is not happy with Samsung and Android both
10. MrJerry (Posts: 366; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Apple gave us the Smartphone
Samsung gave us the Choices
11. shuaibhere (Posts: 593; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I knew samsung is goin to be big player in mobile industry...but i thought they will be threat to nokia not apple....
15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 817; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I love Samsung but I would also like to see HTC and Motorola do something this year. HTC One is a very good start.
43. No_Nonsense (Posts: 825; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Well, I wouldn't be surprised if HTC/Moto/Sony/Nokia have better devices this year. Although, the Galaxy series may almost certainly beat them in sales. I'd root for them rather than Sammy/Apple because they are on the path of bringing something evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
12. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
so excited, looking at nexus 10 on ebay. will sell my S3 as soon this one drop.
16. imkyle (Posts: 911; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Samsung already found the next great thing.....
They update their phones.
17. cR203 (Posts: 144; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)
Great article indeed. Samsung has come a long way. I remember when I had the Samsung impression myself. Its screen was like nothing I had ever seen. That was my first experience with amoled displays. From that I went to the galaxy s series and the galaxy tab. Samsung has and will continue to bring out the best devices (not saying other manufacturers don't make great devices). Can't wait to see what they bring with the s4. I'm looking forward to a 1080p super amoled display.
19. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Great article. But how could you leave out the Notes? They ARE still phones ya know. lol
20. Technobri (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
ill admit im a samsung guy at heart...my first samsung phone was a t429 slider phone...followed by my first android phone .the samsung moment...than i bought the s2 which i currently have....ive only owned one htc phone and thats the Evo shift...samsung has come a long way...dont know if ill go back to htc....but the One looks amazing too
28. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
Yes I admire HTC One's design but the point that HTC One doesn't have removable battery and card slot really pises ususers. So still I'm gonna choose Samsung over HTC One.
31. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 909; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
These devices are throw away, and you don't upgrade them, so why the desperate need for a removeable battery slot? Also, ever heard of the cloud? Who needs sd-micro now?
35. ray386407 (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Dude do you really not know anything.please just stop posting your managing your self sound ridiculous
38. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 909; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Dude, learn how to write using proper english and grammer before you waste the precious time of civilized folks such as myself. Now get back into your cage...
40. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
Cloud storage? You crazy, card slot is way better than freakin cloud storage and much accessible than cloud storage. Ok you made me laugh with what you said
32. androidlikeaboss (Posts: 40; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)
I hope the S4 have a great design .Plastic is fine, but the problem with Samsung's plastic is the feel. The feel absolutely sucks and even mid range phones feel better. If Samsung don't listen,then they will probably fall slowly like Apple.
39. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
I don't think so, Samsung is already pioneer in the android industry and besides they already prove a lot in terms of giving something new (innovation)
44. No_Nonsense (Posts: 825; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Name innovations of samsung besides multi-window, both in terms of /w and s/w.
41. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 626; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Beautiful text, no doubt about that, but I think it's a little one-sided in terms of complete picture of Samsung's success. There are at least two (publicitly known) instances which shows the underlying mechanics of Samsung's performance, which is not all that dreamy and bright in the sense of capitalist utopia of battling the higher forces and winning:
1) Samsung is a dynastical/monopolistic (informally) South Korean conglomerate with classic Asian business model of copying, financial injecting and overproducing. They have, of course, made a certain distance, but it was always their weapon of choice. Before iPhone era, they were also closing in on Nokia with exactly the same model - produce more, produce better, produce everything. Same with Android era as an opposition to Apple: they produced the technologically more advanced, cheaper and more various already known products. The viral and metastatic nature of this business model is always with a winning outcome, considering the brute force (read: money) invested in it.
2) The first real success of Samsung is actually based solely on abovementioned business model applied to copying the "Great One" in Galaxy S model. The wings thay got with this secured profits for Samsung far greater than penalties on courts. Galaxy S was actually the first really succesful Samsung's device which started the downfall of HTC and turning the symbolic designation of Apple's counterpart from HTC to Samsung. On this highly immoral device Samsung has been launched in stellar highs, and the "rest is history". They did not copy Apple anymore (rembember those saying "designed by lawyers"?), but they remained lost in terms of visual and conceptual language of their products. They are now again paraziting on Apple, but by reversed, more legal tactics - by being their exact opposition! Without iPhone they will be lost, and they will not be able to offer something truly new in the world without Apple's iconic status.
It's not because of Apple, it's because Samsung is deeply founded on this Asian business model roots and mentality. They have no creative power, only work power, and their money and creative people employed can't really help them because the Dynasty is always in charge.
Of course, today this business model work very well, and nothing can stop it. What will future bring, no one knows, but I'm pretty sure Samsung always needs some Nokia or Apple to push them.
So that's the other side of this story, the one that shows that dreamy and utopian explosion of creativity and persistence don't quite add up to this success; that there is much more of success hidden in strategies some would not consider completely fair (even if they are formally legal)!