Samsung Galaxy Alpha: can it top the iPhone 6?

The first Samsung Galaxy smartphone to feature a metal body with a premium look to it has been unveiled with a splash today…
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111. JMartin22

Posts: 2334; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

This isn't the phone you should be comparing the iPhone to, just because it's made of metal, doesn't mean it's Samsung's most premier phone for the year on out.

114. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

A late Beta model? Kind of what I think will happen in pending light of IP6 release.

112. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Sales? probably not. but the alpha is definitely a better phone, even better than the Z13 compact. you wanted metal here it is. you wanted flagship specs in mini body, its here. so stop hating on this u blind haters ...its getting annoying

122. polbora55

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 2014

one plus one is kicking evrybody assess right now

123. peteJ

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I was pretty interested in the samsung alpha... until I saw the 720p screen mentioned in the specs. the price is predicted to be about $690 for the alpha and it was supposed to be really high class. Sure it looks high class but 720p feels a bit low class considering all the android flagships have at least 1080p nowadays. I could fully understand this if it was going to be a budget phone in the $400-500 range, but $690 seems a bit much. I know most people will say the 720p screen looks great, but I read comics on my phone allot and when you look at a 720p screen next to a 1080p screen reading that tiny text is so much better on the 1080p. I think I'm going to end up buying a galaxy note 3 for around $400 when the note 4 comes out and it's price drops. New phone's just cost so much, when the new models come out last years models seems to go down to half price pretty quickly. I really couldnt care much about more processing power on this years phones last years ran everything great and still do. anyways i think if you want a 720p samsung phone and you dont have tons of money to throw all over the place then maybe get an s3 for just $200 instead of throwing your money away on the 720p alpha.

125. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Plus, alpha comes with cheesewhiz.

129. shashanksonth

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

it should have had IR n water resistant to over shadow iPhone 6

130. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

The dumbest thing to me at least when it comes this whole Alpha hype is this >>> "Oh let's make a metal framed model but still keep the horrendous capacitive + home keys' chin, give it a 720p screen and put a SMALL 1860mAh battery in it so we can go at it with iPhone 6"... Samsung should seriously tie whoever it is that came up with this stupid idea to a tree and start a public flogging because it is that stupid ffs. Just to get over this now they'd truly need Note 4 to do the job. Maybe it's just you lot the tech media and not totally Samsung's fault for flapping the Alpha card too much whatever...

134. cinnamon.nutmeg

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

From my observations, most who dislike iPhones do so for following reasons: 1) Have always loved tinkering and customising to a great degree and see iPhone as a walled garden 2) Dislike Apple's image, which I presume is perceived as being arrogant, greedy or unsavoury in conduct 3) Perceive the products themselves to be inferior to other options or less value for money 4) Just don't like to be associated with the 'fanboy' tag associated with iPhone owners. There are probably more that could be added to the above list but I feel that these meet most of the common factors. I can't say I entirely agree with some of these, but I can certainly understand why they may be reasons and preferences for some. I do though, find it simply astounding how vehement, relentless and vitriolic some of these opinions are expressed. I have always been inclined to not bother in the affairs of things I care little for. If I personally was of the opinions in the list above, I would just avoid buying iPhones and feel vindicated in my choice through actions. On balance, I would say that most Android users dominate comments sections on most tech sites voicing hatred towards iPhones FAR and above beyond in the reverse. Comparatively, its rare to see an iPhone user gloat other than in retaliation. I've seen enough Android phones to know the high end phones are excellent. Most review sites, if not all, seem of the consensus that several high end Android phones are the very best the market offers; and the ratings for these phones are usually always higher than the latest iPhone. I, like many users who prefer (more on that in a sec) iPhones may disagree with some of the assessments and reviews but it is what it is - tech reviewers more knowledgeable than me most likely, usually give the nod to Android flagships compared to iPhones. Yet it amazes me that even this being the case, many Android fans insist these same reviewers are Apple fans and have a pro-apple agenda. It baffles me. So yes, I am an iPhone user and no, I am not a 'fanboy' but am a fan of Apple products that I buy as I am happy with them. I have owned an iPhone since its first iteration and found the way it works to be best for me. No, I am not a 'shee-ple' or such ridiculous terms like this which I abhor. It is my preference. I have also heavily invested in apps and games and media, even if I can recognise a - spec-wise (or for arguments sake, other-wise) - superior competitor, the advantages they offer are in no way high enough for me to lose that investment in what is ultimately a product and service that I am satisfied with. Google and Android are no longer David either. Any large corporation, not just Google and Apple will have their ugly side. I just care whether what they have is relevant for me or not. And what is relevant for me, may not be for you of course. That is freedom of choice. Good day

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