The Macalope Weekly: Mythperceptions
Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:13 AM
Meanwhile, in the real world, the Galaxy S4 lanuches to lukewarm reviews.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:37 AM
As Steve Jobs points out in the recently discovered interview (found it on Netflix last week) he could change his mind in a nanosecond. It's how smart people operate. If you're wrong, don't get your panties in a wad, simply change.
Of course, it seems too much to ask from these Doomed Apple cultists.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:45 AM
What's odd is that it seems the "pundits" are just looking to bash Apple right now since it's fallen out of favor on the Street. They helped fuel the hype so much on the S4 that it was bound to disappoint. Again, despite Samsung's tighter control over its supply chain, most of the specs leaked early, and some of the features (e.g. Smart Scroll) were actually less impressive than what had been leaked.
On the whole, I think the S4 looks decent, and it could be a hit in much the same way the iPhone 4S has been. That product was panned as "incremental" but was still the 2nd best selling smartphone in Q4-12, over a year after its release. However, like the 4S, the S4 is an incremental update. JK Shin also threw cold water on the idea that we'll see a flexible display phone anytime soon, telling the WSJ it would be a "long time off."
Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:22 AM
With wintel, everyone made profit - Microsoft as the licensor of the OS, PC makers for selling hardware, software delelopers for making apps.
With Android, the Licensor, aka Google, makes NO money out of licensing Android to hardware makers. If we invoke the advertising revenues, it's been discussed many times over that Goolge makes money out of iOS generated ads impression than from Android.
The only phone manufacturer that makes a reasonable profit on selling Android-powered hardware is Samsung. Everybody else is a volunteer cheerleader - and they still pay software license money to Microsoft for using Android, courtesy of Google using them without asking for permission.
App developers are shortcharged - Android users want free stuff. Perhaps antivirus companies make some money.
How long is the situation, when there's only one winner on the Android side of the wall, going to last?
Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:30 AM
There are three areas where the GS4, on paper, is leaps and bounds better than the GS3.
-The screen. 'Nuff said.
-Thanks to the FCC, the US version had a dual core CPU + LTE, the international version had a quad core/no LTE. The GS4 contains an architecturally fast quad core (probably US only) and slightly lower clocked octacore (presumably international).
So these may be "incremental", but they're a big increment. It remains to be seen where the CPU/LTE combinations fall. Just hedging to make sure the same thing as the GS3 doesn't repeat again. This will determine whether I get one in the US or EU.
The software/camera stuff is cool, but it's been done on the PC for a very long time now. It might be new for mobile, but that's okay. I like that the device probably has the horsepower to do it.
This post has been edited by ingus: 16 March 2013 - 08:32 AM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:44 AM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:48 AM
Absolutely right! Don't you think this is a major reason they are in the gadget business on all OS's including a couple of their own? They'll make it up by being their own supplier.