Apple may leave itself open to criticism by doggedly sticking to a formula that’s been very successful for a decade or so, but the company’s many competitors make it all too easy to understand why the Mac, iPhone, and iPad maker is so rich with profits and customers.
The Same Song By Samsung
Yes, I admit I chuckled out loud when I read the story of Samsung now offering a gold colored Galaxy S4 just a week after Apple launched a gold colored iPhone 5S.
What took you so long, Samsung? A newly minted color does not innovation make, of course, but Samsung isn’t looking so good these days.
Remember the Samsung Gear? If you don’t, that’s OK. It’s forgettable. This is what happens when Samsung doesn’t have someone else to copy.
Apple hasn’t launched iWatch, so Samsung thought they could play their ‘We’re an innovator, too!’ card, but the watch they delivered is still being laughed at by critics who don’t even like or admire Apple.
The latest one-two punch delivered to Samsung’s public face has to do with Galaxy trade-ins and the new Galaxy Note III mega-whatever-phablet.
While Apple had a record weekend with the iPhone 5S and 5C, Gazelle also had a record– a record number of Samsung customers trying to ditch their Galaxy smartphones so they could buy an iPhone.
Not to be outdone by Apple’s iPhone successes, Samsung’s favorite new mega phablet, the Note III comes with true innovation. It has DVD-style region locking built-in for no extra cost. Buy a Note III in Europe and you can only use it in Europe. No traveling for you, Samsung customer.
What are they thinking at Samsung these days?
Also embarrassing for the Korean electronics copier is Apple’s iPhone 5S which features a 64-bit ARM-based CPU– a first for the smartphone industry. Immediately after Apple’s announcement of the 64-bit architecture– CPU and iOS 7– Samesong said they’d also have a 64-bit CPU. Someday.
Wait. It gets worse. A USA Today shootout put the iPhone 5S ahead of the flagship Galaxy S4 for photos. While technology pundits love to compare hardware features, it’s the software that gets the day-to-day usage, and The Pfeiffer Report compared the major smartphone players.
Samsung’s Android-clad devices didn’t fare so well against either iOS 7 or the aging iOS 6 when it comes to actual smartphone usability.
Amid all the noise that ‘Apple is doomed’ because the company that Steve Jobs built ‘cannot innovate’ anymore is one obvious question that detractors fail to ask.
What industry has Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Motorola, Nokia, BlackBerry disrupted recently? Apple’s list is long. Mac, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Retail Stores, App Stores. When it comes to similar devices, what’s on Samsung’s list?
Wait. I know. Crickets.