Did you know that Samsung once struggled to make mobile phones comparable to Motorola's?
posted by Florin T. / May 31, 2014, 3:41 PM
What you may have not known is that, about two decades ago, Samsung was struggling to manufacture its first mobile phones, and, at first, it just couldn’t match the quality and performance of Motorola’s handsets from back then.
Of course, Motorola was a pioneer, having released the world’s first commercial mobile phone in 1983 (the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, a large and heavy device that weighed about 800 grams). So it’s probably safe to assume that not only Samsung, but most phone makers looked up to Motorola at some point in their history.
Eventually, things got on the right path, and, in 1994, Samsung launched the SH-770 Anycall (pictured on the right). This was the first handset that the company’s execs were happy with. The SH-770 and other subsequent models helped Samsung dominate the South Korean mobile market starting the second half of 1995. Before that, Motorola was the leader in Samsung’s home country. Interesting times, isn't it?
Since Motorola had a great influence over Samsung and the mobile phone industry in general, we'll end this article with a promo video used by Motorola in the 80s, when the "cellular revolution" was only a dream of the future:
references: Motorola, Samsung, Samsung Electronics: And the Struggle For Leadership of the Electronics Industry (Google Books link)
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Actually, The abscence of Nokia in the Android arena enabled Samsung to be the largest phone manufacturer. So lucky Samy. Microsoft did a huge favor for you when they killed the legened Queen NOKIA
posted on May 31, 2014, 3:46 PM 16
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actually in around 2010 when nokia was still the leaders of the mobile phone industry and android was still young as a platform with samsung no where in the scene, nokia had released a statement saying " due to their amazing vertical integration samsung will dominate the android space in d near future" so keep calm fanboy and keep your irrelevant theories to yourself , its not d absence of nokia that has made samsung what it is today
posted on Jun 01, 2014, 4:45 AM 2
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Nokia didn't make the same choice as Samsung. If everyone know the future then it is no fun, because no innovation and competition. Multi-dollar question: "Do you know what will be the next revolution product in electronic world?"
posted on Jun 01, 2014, 4:22 PM 0
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I was really saddened and surprised at the same time when Nokia announced that they were not going to produce Android phones. I still remember my G1, man that device sucked but it was what started Android and look where things are. I really think Nokia in Android arena would have made the competition more exciting.
posted on May 31, 2014, 3:59 PM 5
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The competition would not have been more exciting, because Nokia would be a single dominant player. Like how is now happening with WP, or before with Symbian, featured phone, basic phones.
posted on May 31, 2014, 4:05 PM 5
I remember during the late 90s MOTOROLA RAZR was the #1 flip phone in the u.s. used to own the MOTOR KRZR myself most my very first phone was a NOKIA when we used to change the face plate with custom covers. that was before we have all these fan boys based phones. Phones were great back then and they were no law suits also.
posted on May 31, 2014, 5:41 PM 2
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Old Motorola phones have good quality cellular radios. I'm not so sure about their Android phones today.
posted on May 31, 2014, 6:01 PM 2
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Moto x has best reception, the legend lives on. http://www.fiercewireless.com/
posted on May 31, 2014, 7:46 PM 3
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Luckily for Samsung, the iPhone was invented and they were able to steal all of its ideas and put into a cheaper package that was easy to hack and easy on the wallet so all the cheap bastards that couldn't pass AT&T credit check or afford an iPhone outright were able to now have a touch screen smart phone - and say to themselves over and over "this can do everythign the iphone can do, this can do everything the iphone can do, this can do everything the iphone can do" and they kept brewing hate against Apple to compensate for their sevire insecurity, projecting their weaknesses into an abstract company. Welcome to the modern era! xD
posted on May 31, 2014, 8:14 PM 4
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lmaoooo. what does the iFeaturePhone do? oh yes. it can play 480p videos on it's RETINA screen, it can take photos with a featureless camera app and of course download apps and have facebook. what an achievement. glad you guys now have the AMAZING control center. hey, it's innovation. now you can access the CALCULATOR quickly.
posted on Jun 01, 2014, 1:17 AM 1
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Now Motorola should sue Samsung because Samsung copied Motorola or as the article says wanted to develop mobiles as good as Motorola. So they must have mentioned Motorola in one of their internal mails / communication.
posted on May 31, 2014, 9:59 PM 2
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20 years later Samsung still can't produce a good phone.
posted on May 31, 2014, 10:28 PM 4
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