Samsung wants so much to be like Apple. Yet, Samsung Galaxy-whatever commercials take pottyshots at the iPhone so maybe there’s a multiple personality issue going on. After all, Apple is Samsung’s best customer. Samsung’s latest gadget is Galaxy Note 9. No, it’s not an iPhone X or iPhone XI killer.
Pen. Stylus. Pencil.
If you haven’t heard, Samsung released a bunch of Galaxy 9-ish smartphones early this year and reception has been less than lukewarm. Not cold, but lower than lukewarm. So, to take a little of the limelight from Apple’s hot seller– iPhone X– and perhaps to upstage some of iPhone XI’s sunshine when it debuts next month, the Galaxy Note 9 hit the streets.
Why bother to buy the Note 9 when the Note X will arrive in just months (alright, 12 or so) and it will have a bendable screen so all those Samsung users who really crave an iPad mini with a phone will get double the joy with a screen that folds up. Or, folds out. It sort of depends upon the state at the moment.
iPhone XI won’t have a bendable screen. Speaking of needs, Note 9 comes with S Pen and a big hole to the Pen inside for safekeeping. iPhone X does not have Pencil support, but word on the streets says a new Pencil is coming and it will work with at least a couple of the new iPhone XI models.
Is Pen, Pencil, or stylus a good thing? For some people, yes. Have you seen their fingers?
Here is one thing I don’t understand about Google, Android, and Samsung. When iOS 12 launches in September, it will be available to run on old iPhones and iPads going back about five years. A brand new, right out of the box Galaxy Note 9– Samsung’s latest and greatest– comes with last year’s Oreo version, and nobody knows when it will run Android Pie, which just launched.
What’s with that?
Kudos to Samsung for pushing the storage boundary from 256GB to 512GB because I was beginning to worry that the 100GB that remains unused on my iPhone X would fill up– until I bumped iCloud storage to 2TB and now I don’t worry about it. But that 512GB model makes Galaxy Note 9 the most expensive smartphone you can buy from a major player, and it’s priced about double the average price of a Windows PC.
The hottest trend among smartphone makers this year– other than copying the Notch from Apple– is micro-bezels. Thin bezels around the edge of the phone case. That’s the part you hold with your fingers. Samsung decided to keep the ugly Forehead, dissed the Notch, and bellied up to the bar for another round of Chin instead. Except on the left and right side the display is rounded on the edges.
Why? I don’t know, either.
Samsung seems to have some kind of personality disorder at the executive level. Well, that and a penchant for going to jail for various and sundry crimes, but that’s a separate issue. Apple executives since Steve Jobs simply move on to another plane of existence, leaving behind untold riches that are bought back or handed out to undeserving shareholders as dividends but that’s a separate issue, too.
Samsung wants to be a premium brand just as Apple is a premium brand, but the Korean conglomerate still makes refrigerators and copiers and washers and driers so it does much of what would make Steve Jobs turn over in his grave (which might just be the plane of existence he moved to in 2011; for awhile).
Simply put, Galaxy Note 9 is no iPhone X.