Elephant plays with Samsung Galaxy Note
There’s no doubt that the S3 is a fine phone — especially for those with hands handed down by gorillas — there is one small element that Samsung might be overlooking.
People don’t buy the iPhone for all the features. They buy it for all those quirky, irrational, emotional, maddening reasons that make people’s eyes glaze over and their minds work like a blancmange clock.
Samsung’s biggest problem isn’t that its phone doesn’t have some fine rational attributes. It’s that the brand hasn’t captured hearts.
There are no lists nor self-help books that can tell you how to do that. That does, sometimes, take a little genius. (via Samsung attacks iPhone 5 in new ad | Technically Incorrect - CNET News)
But as a whole package, the S III simply doesn’t feel like a finished product. It could use more polish, more thought, and a more elegant user experience.
WIRED A blazing fast beast of a phone with 2GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The display is a beauty, just short of the iPhone and One X screens. Handset is thin and light. The same hardware is sold across five U.S. carriers at the same price point.
TIRED Samsung’s TouchWiz software includes a lot of half-baked features that aim for innovation but miss the mark — sharing apps in particular. Styling is boring, and not exciting enough for a flagship phone. (via Review: Samsung Galaxy S III Android phone)
Awesome video mapping, but what does it have to do with the Samsung Galaxy Duos?
When you’re making a new phone, you’re still making a phone. There are hundreds of constraints already present. Ditto for a car, or an app to help you manage your money, or a pair of running shoes. Innovation suddenly feels like an ever-narrowing alley, with little room to move.
It’s thus pretty easy to see why copying happens - because when you see a mature product that’s somehow managed to innovate (to be “new” whilst balancing all the constraints and annoyances of the existing problem), it becomes almost impossible to see how you could do it any other way. Design blindness sets in: the most successful product is the only possible design. Which, of course, is nonsense - but a very convincing, insistent, tempting sort of nonsense.
Apple is increasing purchases of flash memory from Japanese suppliers in an effort to scale back its dependance on Samsung for components, as the two companies continue their legal dispute, a new report claims. (via AppleInsider | Apple purchasing flash memory from Japan to reduce reliance on Samsung)
Apple’s attempt to stop Samsung from selling their Galaxy Tab and other devices because they’re too similar to the iPad could depend on fictional evidence from 1968. In their opposition brief against Steve Jobs and company, Samsung attached Exhibit D, a still from
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, in an attempt to show that tablets existed before Apple’s 2004 patent.
Really, fiction can be classed as prior art against patents?