Tuesday, 25 February 2014

SYNAPSE CIRCUIT SAMSUNG vs APPLE 2014

SYNAPSE CIRCUIT
SAMSUNG vs APPLE 2014
#Samsung #GalaxyS5 #GS5 #MWC2014 #GalaxyS5Prime #Unpacked #Gear #Apple

Good late evening, Synapse Circuit Readers! I hope that you had a wonderful day! And if your day is unravelling where you are there is still time!

Yes, indeed... The Samsung Unpacked Episode 1 event last night has got me thinking...

"With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers."

JK Shin
President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung

SAMSUNG vs. APPLE
Yes, folks! There’s another court battle next month between the technological giants: Samsung and Apple! I’ll be glad when it’s all over. I think we’ll all be glad when it’s all over! Of course, I want Samsung to win! I just think Apple is too smug and inaccurate over their claims!

I was just thinking about the parallels between Samsung and Apple. Let my observations begin...

PRESS LAUNCHES
Samsung took a critical hammering for their Unpacked in New York 2013 event. Some people called it “sexist” and to some degree it was. But so is any depiction of men doing something in the name of media. What Samsung tried to do with the launch of the Galaxy S4 was reach the masses in one fell swoop! I didn’t think the GS4 event was a disaster. Samsung wanted to show how appealing the GS4 Air Gestures were if you just happen to be in the middle of doing your nails!

But in comparison nothing can be more repulsive to Apple presentations. Every Apple presentation / launch I have seen is: “The other guys... Smug, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung, smung... Untruth, untruth, untruth, untruth, untruth, untruth, untruth, untruth, untruth, untruth, untruth... Amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing... Isn’t that fantastic?”

We’ve seen the mess they’ve made of their maps and we’ve seen how the iPhone has fallen quite behind in terms of design and technology. The famous retina screen has been surpassed by HTC and Samsung to name a few. I find Apple presentations painful to watch!

In contrast Samsung states facts and very, very rarely makes comments about the competition. Unpacked events are just for Samsung products.

The winner: Samsung.

Unpacked (5) episode 2 is in the pipeline and I would like to see some of that showmanship again!

PRODUCT STRATEGIES
The build up for the iPhone 5C and iPhone5S were similar to the Galaxy S5 and this possible Galaxy S5 Prime. There was a great sense of let down when the iPhone 5 products were revealed. The iPhone 5C may have brought some colour to the proceedings but it was the iPhone 4S. And the iPhone 5S proved to be unimaginative and lacklustre despite having a 64 bit CPU onboard.

Whereas the Galaxy S5 it’s a great improvement over the S4 and I do get the feeling that we are seeing Samsung doing a similar thing but with a different strategy. I can’t help but think that the Galaxy S5 is the superior equivalent to the iPhone 5C (and 5S). Look at the images below...





I did ask Samsung if they could launch their different coloured products at once because it give us – the consumer – more choice from day one! Oh, you will have to wait until April 11 for the Galaxy S5! What colour are you going for? If I could I would have a white front with the Electric Blue back! Or ultimately, I would have a pink front (no dirty jokes, thank you) and the Electric Blue back!

PREMIUM PRODUCT
Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything premium about the iPhone except the materials perhaps. But like I have said and will keep on saying, these materials scratch dent very easily. The iPhone becomes less premium with such defects from everyday use. I am not saying that the Galaxy S and Note handsets are damage free; however the plastic makes it harder to suffer serious damage from a drop.

Yet, I am inclined to believe that Samsung is planning to release some sort of Galaxy premium handset based on the S5 made partly of metal. See?



Heavy metal! That metal chassis must be destined for greatness...



There has gotta be a reason why the above specs exist...

I am guess that Samsung are going to see what HTC comes up with next month and then set a date for Unpacked (5) Episode 2 which will reveal, I am hoping, the Galaxy S5 Prime along with news of their Exynos Octa-core CPU that could also be 64 bit! I am sure there will be a couple of tablets too! I do think that the Prime model will marry a great camera to a greater handset than that of the Galaxy S5! I think we will see the QHD screen!

So, the iPhone 6 is tipped to come out around September and I think that’s when Unpacked Episode 3 will be announced shortly after to reveal the Galaxy Note 4!

That’s Samsung’s strategy for the competition this year! I reckon that if there is a Galaxy S5 Prime it may have a 3MP or 5MP front-facing camera which can also be on the Note 4!

Given the GS5 spec I am inclined to believe that Samsung has just bested the GS4 to make it competitive to the Sony Z2 handset. I am thinking that Samsung doesn’t want to play its hand too soon! Look at the spec again...

GS5 SPEC:-


NETWORK
LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)

DISPLAY
5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)

AP
2.5GHz Quad core application processor

OS
Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)

CAMERA
16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)

VIDEO
UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilization
Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

AUDIO
Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

CAMERA FEATURES
HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
IP67 Dust and water Resistant
Ultra Power Saving Mode
Download Booster
S Health 3.0
Quick Connect
Private Mode
Kids Mode

Google Mobile Services: Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

CONNECTIVITY
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2)
Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+
USB: USB 3.0
NFC
IR Remote

SENSOR
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture (IR), Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor

MEMORY / STORAGE
RAM: 2GB
Internal Memory: 16/32GB
microSD slot upto 64GB

DIMENSIONS
142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g


BATTERY
2800mAh
Standby time: 390 hrs / Talk time: 21 hrs

What do you reckon?
 

Take good care!


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