Thursday, 30 August 2012


Has your opinion of Apple been lowered over recent months? I was going to invest into an iPad and now I have changed my mind. I just can’t stand Apple! Come to think of it, even Apple representatives reek of a farmyard... ...they assume that you don’t know squat about computers and they talk down to you as if you’re stupid all the while trying to get you to buy the most expensive model. They lay guilt trips on you based around the word “professional” and imply that if you aren’t going to buy an Apple computer then you are less than a professional in your occupation. Phoey!

I think it is safe to say that I have had it with Apple!

Did they go after Samsung for “copying”? Not exactly! I believe that the reason why Apple went after Samsung is because they make better products than they do! I don’t think Samsung meant to upset Apple with the Galaxy S that resembles the first iPhone; besides Samsung did show that the iPhone design originated from Sony! I believe Samsung felt that such a design was the way to go and therefore they came up with what I see as an improvement in the design. I am a big fan of technology and that is what made me decide to go for the Galaxy S over the iPhone. I still use my Galaxy S today! I have rooted it and the Galaxy S feels like a new phone! See issue #2 of Synapse Circuit magazine! It’s coming soon!

Anyway, the Galaxy S showed the world that Samsung was a force to be reckoned with in the mobile device industry! It made the media pay attention – even though they held the iPhone above the Galaxy S unduly! When the Galaxy SII came out it was truly outstanding! This was the “iPhone killer” that used to be a headline in the tech magazines! That stopped with Galaxy SII! Again, the iPhone didn’t appeal to me! I loved the then massive screen and the overall minimalist design. What did Apple do? They put out a similar looking phone. Boring! Their hype machine is scary in that a lot of people aren’t able to see through it! For some reason Samsung was very quiet in comparison in terms of promotion; the Galaxy SII spoke for itself and it even won over the iPhone in some tech magazines that dared to be different.

The Galaxy Nexus is also a good looking phone that is a little different from the SII! But many smartphone fans wanted to know what the Galaxy SIII would look like and what kind of hardware would it feature! Now it is here it has sold like hotcakes! What did Apple do? Another boring design and they had people talking to the phone instead of to their contacts. Siri is ok, but it doesn’t seem to work as well in other countries outside the USA where searching for local businesses are concerned. The ads told you a different story, right?

In my reviewer mind and my vote as a consumer, Samsung has usurped Apple in technology – Apple devices uses chips / processors produced by Samsung. They have usurped Apple in design; having tested the Galaxy SIII I have really fallen for it in a big way! I have to say that the design shocked and disappointed me initially because I was expecting something along the lines of an SII. I have to admire and applaud Samsung’s daring! That design could have been a disaster for them! Whenever I travel I see so many people with their SIIIs that I feel left out! For a moment I was one of them – the perks of a reviewer! The downside is saying goodbye to a great piece of tech! I would imagine that it’s like being a temporary foster parent. Yes, well... ...this kind of thing helps a lot when it comes to writing the review. If I miss it as soon as it’s gone then I know the outcome of the review before I start typing!

It seems that Apple isn’t as innovative as they would like you to believe! Another thing that I found criminally stupid where consumers are concerned, they had to shell out some cash upfront of which the amount depended upon storage capacity and then pay a monthly rental fee! I was never going to do that – at least not for an iPhone! Sadly, paying upfront fees are becoming the norm for these super-smartphones! Is this down to the austere times? Now that Samsung has to pay Apple over a billion dollars does this mean that handsets will become more expensive? Why don’t Samsung charge Apple more for the chips / processors?

Buy up as many patents as one can get away with! Not many people realize that Apple is trying to buy up patents relating to interfacing with a touchscreen so that almost every manufacturer of touchscreen handsets will have to pay Apple a licensing fee! C’mon, that can’t be right! That is the equivalent of Apple buying the rights to add four legs to a chair or any other seating furniture and that it owns the name “chair” so if any other manufacturer designed a seating furniture it can’t have four legs and it can’t be called a chair. Another reason why I can’t stand Apple!

Did you know that Apple uses the technology of others in order for their devices to function like they do? Yes! But does Apple want to pay for them? Not really! They want to dictate to the tech owners what they want to pay for the privilege! That stinks! Apple wants one rule for itself and another for others! Boo!

Did you also know that Apple has had to pay out some fines because they haven’t been fully forthcoming regarding their tech:

Apple to pay $2 million for misleading Aussies over 4G iPad!
Apple pays Chinese company $60m for iPad name!
Apple hit with Siri suit over what the program can really do! Did you know that Samsung featured Voice Command before Siri came to Apple?
Taiwan University files patent infringement lawsuit against Apple over Siri!
Apple and Google are in talks to settle Apple infringements on their technology.

As you can see, Apple isn’t playing fair. I guess a fight is never fair! Apple thinks that by hitting fast and hard it can knock the competition down. It’s gone after Samsung and won the first round and it’s going after HTC and HTC doesn’t look like it’s going to back down!

In the meanwhile Google are looking into the validity of some of the patents that Apple are said to own. We’ll see!


I don’t think Apple has really won. As I type it is said that sales of the Samsung Galaxy SIII has shot up as a result of the recent court ruling. It doesn’t surprise me at all. Apple has really annoyed people. Their actions are just bad for their crumbling pr whitewash. Apple thinks that by putting on a circus show they can blind people to what’s going on.

Could it be that Apple is trying to put up a smokescreen to disguise the possibility that the fifth generation iPhone will not live up to expectations? Look at how Samsung has radically changed their products each year... Why can’t Apple come up with something like the Galaxy SIII or Galaxy Note II? Why must Apple carry on as though their products were given unto them through a hand from the heavens?

Apple may have served litigation on Samsung. But Samsung has served Apple humble pie with the Galaxy SIII, Note II and Camera! Amazing products! 


Oooh, the magic of Samsung... At the Berlin IFA, Samsung cast a wonderful spell on the mobile industry despite the evil of rotten Apple!

President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, JK Shin showed off the second generation Galaxy Note to a stunned audience – including myself! I am due for an upgrade later this year and the Galaxy Note II will be a stunning Christmas present to myself! Memo to self: You deserve the best!

You may have realized that the Galaxy Note was an unexpected success due to its size, 5.3” of screen! You can’t get much bigger than that, 5.5” with the Note II! Samsung has slimmed down the bezel to add more screen! It’s not that much bigger than the original which is: 146.85 mm, 5.3” WXGA (1280 x 800, 285ppi) HD Super AMOLED. However it seems that in order to make a bigger, brighter, more vibrant screen cost effectively the resolution has to come down just a peg! The Note II has a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED. It’s slightly taller, 151 x 80.5 mm.

I would imagine that the media focal point will be, “How silly will I look making a call from this mutant hybrid of a phone and tablet = phablet?” The truth is that once you get used to it making a call is nothing out of the ordinary! Why, in fact I have been delightfully surprised that I’ve seen a few women with the Galaxy Note and they make calls without appearing self-conscious! It’ll be the same with Galaxy Note II! From what I have witnessed it’s the BlackBerry fanatics that have a hard time with such a big screen! They don’t know what to do with it! As a result disgruntled BlackBerry users will jump ship to an iPhone as it is baby steps for them. But once you go big you can’t go back! Honestly, the web is such a fantastic experience, as is watching video, social networking and even doing some light office work on the Galaxy Note. Note II will be twice – three times the enjoyment!

Design-wise, it’s no surprise that it looks like a bigger Galaxy SIII! I didn’t bother to entertain so called leaked pictures of the Galaxy Note II! I do like it very much! The Galaxy Note II could be featured in a Sci-Fi movie – that’s how wonderful the design is! 

Get the tissues out to mop up your saliva... The Galaxy Note II: 

5.5” Super AMOLED screen (1,280 x 720) with a 16:9 screen ratio for viewing HD video!
1.6 quad-core processor!
3,100 mAh of battery power!
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
3G and 4G networks!
Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI Sub
(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI. Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot!
Advanced S Pen experience that combines the best of digital technology with analogue.

The memory options are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB with an expandable micro SD memory slot up to 64 GB! But where’s the HDMI socket?

My contract can’t end soon enough!

Samsung also announced that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is coming to the following devices:
Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1 and the SIII. Hmmmm, what about the SII? Anyway, the Galaxy Note II comes in two colours, Marble White and Titanium Grey. I have to say that the Marble White version looks the best! It would have been nice to have had a Pink Rose option for the ladies! Yes, it’s true that some women are attracted to colour than features! C’mon, ladies... read up on your tech right here, right now!

Well, the magic element was just a tad cheesy but it was fun! If that were Apple they’d fill the auditorium with cow-poop! I prefer the Samsung way of presentation! But the Galaxy SIII was the best as it was blessed by the eloquent Gadget Guru Suzy Perry!

JK Shin also introduced the rebirth of the camera: the Galaxy Camera! I think “rebirth” is very apt! Here’s another item on my Christmas list! If features a whopping 16MP! It’s not something that you’ll see on a smartphone – at least I don’t think so! It’s an Android based camera with the latest Jelly Bean Android 4.1 operating system! It is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G compatible! Oooh, so that’s the UK future taken care of.

Get the issues out again...

Image Sensor: 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
Lens: F2.8, 23 mm, 21x super long zoom16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
Display: 121.2 mm (4.8"), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Memory: 8GB memory slot: micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC
Image: JPEG format 16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC); Full HD 1920x1080 30fps; 1.4Slow motion Movie 720x480 120fps
Video Output: HDMI
Battery: 1,650 mAh – now is that battery removable?

Unfortunately, there’s no support for the RAW format! Maybe that’ll come in the Galaxy Camera Pro!?

I thought that Samsung would have introduced an iPod-like device... Nothing! Maybe such a player isn’t so revolutionary at this time. But I do believe that a Galaxy SIII-looking player does exist somewhere... Then Samsung did a switch to remind people that it is not investing in Android products alone! Samsung managed even more gasps from the audience with Windows 8 products that includes a smartphone! Oooooh...

These new Samsung devices has made me rethink my disdain for Windows! I have been put off by Microsoft’s inconsistencies i.e. Windows attempts at self-updating that constantly results in error messages, Internet Explorer updates that renders the PC unusable and so on! Microsoft gets on my nerves! I have been thinking about basing my operations around an Android device! But these ATIV computers look very promising indeed...

ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro that looks like a notebook, but unlike the notebook the keyboard can be detached! Lovely!

Then there’s the ATIV Tab, yes, a tablet!

The ATIV S smartphone! Check out the phone spec:

1.5 GHz dual-core processor
HSPA 42Mbps 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz
EDGE/GPRS 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
4.8 inch (121.9mm ) HD Super AMOLED
Windows Phone 8
Camera Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
Sub (Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera
Video: Codec: H.263, H.264, WMV, MP4, M4V, MOV
Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording
Audio: Codec: MP3, WMA, MP4, M4A, AAC, 3.5mm Ear Jack
Memory: 16 / 32GB User memory 1GB RAM, microSD (SDXC support)
Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 2,300mAh

And finally a Series 9 notebook that looks really amazing and super-thin!

Yes, more stuff on my Christmas list... I am going to be broke! Lol!