Samsung signs James Franco for its newest Galaxy Note 10.1 ad, getting more celebrities on board

Samsung signs James Franco for its newest Galaxy Note 10.1 ad, getting more celebrities on board
A couple of months ago Apple started it with its ads focusing around Siri for the iPhone 4S, and now Samsung is doing it. Did it copy? Let’s not transplant the tough ongoing legal battle between the two in advertizing. What we’re talking about here is simply an approach - hiring celebrities for its ads, and after yesterday Samsung teased the upcoming Galaxy Note II with a brilliant ad featuring renowned director Wim Wenders, now it’s promoting its multitasking extraordinaire, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with the cheerful and funny James Franco.

Franco stars in a pretty hilarious act where he’s shown multitasking between a pillow fight and solving mathematical equations, all with the Galaxy Note 10.1 along. The actor known for movies like Spider Man, will definitely give the Note 10.1 a special kind of appeal. The ad itself doesn’t focus much on the hardware and specs but on features. And that’s good - after all Apple has got the edge with its unmatched Retina display iPad.

Check out the ad below to let us know whether Franco’s charm has convinced you to overlook those specs and actually try to multitask with the Note 10.1!

source: SamsungMOBILE

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GALAXY Note 10.1
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / Other front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 7000 mAh

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36 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

Don't waste money the Apple's way Sammy, save the money to make your tablets better.

2. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Nice try Sammy.

3. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

celebs in ads... hmmm sounds familiar... :-P

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

At least James Franco didn't act like a total idiot here and was showing how useful his tablet is. *cough*IsThatRain*cough*

16. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

but i like Zooey :/

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

ME2...

29. SugarShockFrantic

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

nothing against Zooey i as well liked her in Yes MAn...but the commerical was indeed stupid

31. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh, I don't blame Zooey, I blame the idiots at Apple who came up with the script.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

aww come on. No offence to Franco, he's a fine actor, but they needed to one up having Sam Jackson in a commercial. Maybe Arnold or Stallone? :)

19. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That would ev been much better, well known.

21. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

HOLOGRAPHIC TUPAC

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ROFL.....would of been epic!

24. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I vote Jason Statham, butt kicking while holding a tablet??? PRICELESS.

6. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I feel like I shouldn't buy a Galaxy Note 10.1 to avoid being pretentious and unfunny.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This commercial is WAY better than the busted Martin Scorsese one that Apple made.

18. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Surely is.

20. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

As a current Android OS user I would have to disagree completely with that statement. At least Scorsese didn't need to let me know he's the sh*t. The whole concept is to make a celebrity commercial and how the device improves their lifestyle not "Let's pretend this scenario will always come up on my day-to-day, oh look, pillow fight with the girls."

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

shadowcell, The whole commercial IS supposed to deliberately be over the top & funny. Not serious like the umm....Zooey Deschanel commercial right? C'mon you really think anyone with an iPhone would use it as a friend substitute like Samuel Jackson did in his commercial by telling Siri to take the night off? Also the Martin Scorsese one was completely busted, NEVER would a cab driver in NYC EVER listen to someone on how to get to a particular destination. All 3 commercials are busted examples of how to use Siri in completely unrealistic ways. Especially since all Siri does is show you pictures of Stallions. lol The James Franco commercial was aimed to be funny & to people who are in late high school, college, & to the young hip business man. I mean when did you finally start to think the commercial was not serous? Was it when he said cue the tiger, the pillow fight, or when he caught the piece of toast from the air? Yeah my toaster definitely does that. The commercial was not about "James Franco is the sh*t". lol You definitely missed the whole point of the commercial. Ohh & when I was in college....... YES there were LOTS of pillow fights with girls on my day to day routine. Just a glimpse to my past. lol

33. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Actually I didn't miss a thing other than your hypocritical response. It would seem that you miss the point in advertisements, catchy and memorable. This tailors to neither. The fact that you could still remember the Siri commercials in a negative way still proves my point. And I never recalled saying the Siri commercials were any way "funny". I never intended to think first that your "fanboism" has clouded your judgement on appeal but now I don't know what to think. Glad you went to college but for the sake of future business I really hope you didn't major in marketing. Here, let me give you the first thumbs down because that "emphasizes" my disagreement with your last response. -__-

34. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

shadowcell you did say this: "At least Scorsese didn't need to let me know he's the sh*t". Based on that & only that is why I still think you didn't get the commercial. If you didn't say that I would not have bothered to respond to you at all. I know you are an Android user as am I but you did sound very questionable with that quote. Based on that quote it led me to believe you didn't get the commercial & that you were insinuating that Apple's commercial are better, more serious or more memorable, what ever you want to call it. All of the commercials are extreme & genuinely over the top. At least James Franco's commercial admits it & maybe that was the whole point of the commercial. A subtle jab at Apple's commercials, maybe. My "fanboism" really has nothing to do with what you stated. I still don't understand how from this commercial you only get this "At least Scorsese didn't need to let me know he's the sh*t". I don't feel like James Franco is the sh*t, as a matter of fact no man is the sh*t. All men put on their pants on one leg at a time just like you & I.

35. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Great, this is what it has come down to. I've watched that Franco commercial a second time to see if I was maybe overreacting and now I hate myself even more for doing it. Everything is so fake, missing the bullseye as a "parody". The puzzled scene transitions, the quirky awkward background music and even the acting feels like paper I don't know even know why I bother anymore but since we're doing quotes I'll conclude with a proverb you're familiar with: "To each his own."

36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know what, the "to each is own" is beautiful. That I think IS the best way to end this. I think we both understand each other. +1!

7. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

all men cook and women go to work in America??

22. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

...its not like that in other countries?

27. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

its the other way around

28. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

hmm interesting. They should buy Galaxy Note 10.1 =D

8. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

I saw the Note 10.1 revealed on Wednesday, turned around and bought the Nexus 7 on Saturday. Man is this thing worth it! I'm a huge Samsung supporter but the Nexus just felt like the best tablet to buy, especially considering it's ridiculously low price.

9. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

apple turned samsung supporter... hmmm? you changed your icon and all! lol cant hate on that lol how do you like the Nexus tho? i'm thinking about getting one very soon.

13. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

You have me mistaken because I've had this icon since October. I had a Vibrant before that. My gen 1 ipad has sucked for the last year but I didn't want to jump on a laggy Android tablet at all, not even a shiny new galaxy tab of any kind. Let me tell you though, the N7 is literally the smoothest cleanest tablet setup I've used so far. Jellybean has made Android whole and I wish we were at this point a year and a half ago when Honeycomb came out. After using an iPad for as much time, I much prefer the 7" 16:10 screen over the bigger iPad screen.

14. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

my mistake, there's another "pimp" account on here who was an apple fan had a white iphone 4/s similar to your phone icon. i too have an ipad but i'm very interested in seeing what jelly bean has done to android on a 7in tab... it wont replace my ipad but there are tons of things i can't do on the ipad that would be great having a nexus 7 for. thanks

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