Slavish copier and design infringer Samsung is at it again, copying Apple wherever possible, and just like Charlie the Tuna, completely devoid of good taste.
How so? Like many in the technology watching business I’ve had the opportunity to scour over all the details of Samsung’s latest iPhone killer, the Galaxy S6 (next year we’ll see the iPhone 6s, so Samsung is getting ahead of Apple’s game), designed by Samsung’s photocopier division.
Samsung Sells Copiers?
Of course Samsung sells copiers. There’s a whole division of copiers. We call them copiers. You can buy one to copy a document. Samsung calls them R&D devices.
There’s no need for Samsung to employ expensive engineers to design new products. All they need to do is use a copier, make copies of Apple’s latest smartphone and tablet designs, hand the copies to manufacturing and say, “Build this and stick a Samsung logo on it.”
Without question that was Samsung’s methodology on the new Samsung Galaxy S6, the company’s latest iPhone killer. Remember the Galaxy S5? That model was so different from the iPhone that it catapulted Apple into the smartphone sales lead last quarter.
Samsung desperately needed to get back in the game and what better way to do it than take out all the pieces of Galaxy S5 that made it different than an iPhone, copy an iPhone 6, and make it look and work like Apple’s new flagship phones.
You gotta give some credit to Samsung’s manufacturing team. They managed to take mere photocopies of an Apple iPhone and get a visual clone to market in barely five months. Even slavish Apple copier Xioami couldn’t do that.
Here’s what Samsung did to the Galaxy S5 that made it a Galaxy S6 and more like the iPhone. The Galaxy S6 is sleek, slim, thin, glossy, and fragile. Just like an iPhone. Glass will do that.
MicroSD cards could add an extra 128GB to a Samsung Galaxy S5, but you won’t find an iPhone running an SD card for extra storage. For that, you pay Apple more money. The Galaxy S6 is just like an iPhone. No more extra microSD card slot. That’s true copying, folks.
Waterproofing? Pfft! iPhone doesn’t have it and sales went through the roof in 2014, demoting Samsung’s Galaxy brand to technological cruft in the marketplace. Galaxy S6? Don’t drop it in water.
Battery life in a new Samsung flagship smartphone just went backwards. Removable batteries were all the rage among product manager bullet point PowerPoint slides, but customers didn’t care one way or the other and lapped up those iPhones without a swappable battery.
Samsung took the cue and ripped out the removable battery in Galaxy S6. What about my favorite? Bloatware? All those crazy-assed extra feature apps that Samsung stuffed into every Galaxy S5 to the point where it needed an extra battery and an SD card, they’re mostly gone, leaving Galaxy S6 customers with the ones that actually work.
We haven’t seen either one yet, but Samsung got rid of it’s sliding fingerprint reader and installed one that works more like Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader. And, Samsung went on a shopping spree to match Apple Pay, the popular new way to buy with your finger, but Samsung, ever the innovator, instead called their new payment technology Samsung Pay.
Seriously, it’s such a good thing that Samsung has a copier division. It probably saves them billions on research and development costs.