The feel was good and the specification bullet points even better than everything we’ve read about the iPhone 7. What’s not to like? 4GB RAM. Quad-HD screen. Iris scanner. Oh, and that much ballyhooed new feature that can be used to bar-b-que your pants. The lack of publicity and noise about flaming batteries leads me to believe that Apple is judged by a different standard.
Products with notable defects tend to get recalled; sometimes by the manufacturer, sometimes by the government, so let’s give some credit to Samsung for doing it before the Federales do the deed. Samsung real loads up the Galaxy line with gimmicky features, but this incident with flaming batteries has me worried about the Samsung washer and dryer in the laundry room.
Alright, back to the double standard. Remember way back in the day, all the way to Memory Stretching Lane to 2010 and iPhone 4? Yes, that’s when you had to hold your iPhone a certain way to make it capture a cell phone tower signal. It was in all the papers, and Apple was castigated from shipping a product that diminished the signal depending upon how the iPhone was held.
Yes, all smartphones back then had the same problem, but it was Apple that was taken to the woodshed and given a whipping by members of the technorati elite.
Blame it on The Donald and Hillary, but I couldn’t find anything about Samsung’s recall of the Galaxy Note 7 to swap out those flaming batteries. A Korean news source says Samsung’s firebrand batteries are built by… insert drum roll here… Samsung. Battery woes used to be blamed on Sony and other manufacturers, but not only does Samsung prefer to steal intellectual property and call it its own, but bringing in-house a battery maker helps to shave some costs. We know how Samsung likes to make money on the Galaxy smartphone line. They don’t make much, but they would like to.
What if the flaming battery showed up in an iPhone instead?
CEO Tim Cook likely would be in handcuffs and Apple’s stock would be trading at somewhere around $7 a share instead of $107 (as of yesterday; Wednesday is the iPhone 7 announcement and I’m afraid to look at where AAPL went).
What’s the price of a flaming battery in a new product? The Galaxy Note 7 was the highlight of the certified smartphone followers and techno digerati everywhere, but those flames may cost Samsung up to $2-billion. Apple makes that much in a few weeks, so surely there is a head rolling down the streets of Seoul, Korea as some poor executive schmuck feels some Samsung executive wrath (maybe even from one of the Samsung executives who has done some jail time).
Word on the digital streets tells us that Samsung is working on a digital smartbelt. Uh huh. It’s another wearable device from Samsung’s Creative Lab, ostensibly designed to help your health by letting you know how many inches you’ve gained or lost. I really don’t want my belt telling my phone that I pigged out at Chili’s last night. Also, I don’t want a Samsung belt to melt the fat off my waistlines. Literally melt it off. With heat. And flames.
Federales being what they are, and they’ve infested the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, are not happy with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Flaming Battery recall efforts. Instead, Samsung should have notified the Federales and let them do the talking otherwise they’re getting paid for watching what Samsung did on its own.
Thanks to the double standard that exists among the digerati, if Apple had a similar flaming battery problem Steve Jobs would need to be resurrected and reanimated to turn the company around. Again.