Zach Epstein reports for BGR, “Samsung recently took to Facebook to ask its followers a simple question — ‘If you could only take one electronic device on a deserted island, what would it be?’”
“Among the 50 most recent responses as of the time of this writing, we count 40 people who said their device of choice would be Apple’s iPhone, and one who said he would take an iPad,” Epstein reports. “Browsing through earlier responses yields much of the same.”
Article from: Mac Daily News
“For better or worse, Samsung’s sticking to the durability of its signature plastic enclosures. Brushed aluminum backs, it would seem, are for other OEMs. So if premium builds are tops on your checklist, you can safely stop reading now,” Joseph Volpe reports for Engadget. “There’s no two ways about it: the Note 10.1 looks and feels kind of cheap. Starting with our most serious complaint, it’s prone to the squeaks and creaks of inferior budget devices, which is definitely not something you’d associate with a $499 product — let alone a flagship. Despite our protestations, though, this is Samsung’s M.O.”
“For all its girth, the S-Pen still feels as light as a feather — and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Like the tablet itself, the pen conveys an inferior and ultimately disposable feel,” Volpe reports. “Ding, ding, ding. That’s how many times the bell should ring to count out the Note 10.1′s 1,280 x 800 TFT LCD display. Samsung obviously made a compromise to keep costs down, but there’s really no reason for the company to have settled on such a middling display… “
Volpe reports, “What about the iPad? Indeed, Apple’s tidy iOS ecosystem is where most consumers will instinctively want to invest their dollars based on the tab’s nigh-ubiquitous market death grip. And we’d be hard pressed to direct their attention otherwise since Cupertino’s newest tablet iteration lays claim to the best panel available today — a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display — and bears the same $499 pricing for a 16GB configuration. Laid out plainly as this, the Note 10.1′s case as a compelling tablet alternative is unavoidably weak… Ultimately, no matter how deftly executed and streamlined the S-Pen experience may be, this tab still feels like a niche device, especially since the suite of compatible applications is still pretty small.”
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Samsung’s predilection for shamelessly ripping off Apple’s design is well documented at this point. Here’s Samsung shamelessly ripping off the iOS homescreen. Here’s Samsung shamelessly ripping off the iPod touch. Here’s Samsung shamelessly ripping off the Smart Cover. Here’s Samsung shamelessly ripping off the iPhone 3G. And here’s Samsung even ripping off an actress from an iPhone commercial.
If Samsung’s ever going to quit ripping off Apple’s design team and make their own damn products, they show no sign of abating, as the latest product design to be ripped off by Samsung is their new Chromebox, which looks almost identical to the Mac mini: a tiny aluminum box with a black circular opening at the bottom. Unbelievable.