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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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With Apple having announced their latest iPhone 6 handset and Samsung revealing the Galaxy Note 4 at their recent event, we can now see the latest offerings from both sides of the platform pond and how the biggest competitors in the iOS and Android market stack up.

We’ve stacked up the Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and Galaxy Note 4 against each other to see just how they compare.

But that’s just specs, what do you guys think? Drop us a comment in the section below.


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Strategy: The Apple way and the Samsung way

An interesting question came up on the Pocketnow Weekly last week from Patrick Webb, which was actually addressed on the air. All the same, it seemed a highly debatable topic, so let’s talk about it. The question basically addressed the fundamental difference between the product development philosophy between the two biggest OEMs on the planet – Apple and Samsung.

Apple has a grand total of 4 “New” devices that you can buy today. That number will change in a few days, but for now, if you were to walk into a store and ask for the latest Apple device, you would be presented with 4 options – an iPhone 5s, an iPhone 5c, an iPad Air, and an iPad Mini. So once you remove the iPhone 5c, because…why?… you’re left with three options. On the flip side, Samsung probably released three devices in the time it took you to eat breakfast. It will probably release another device by the time you’re done releasing this article. If there was a hard cap on the number of product press releases a company could issue, Samsung would reach it by January 3rd and it would only take that long because January 1 is a holiday.

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So it begs the question. Between these two companies, which are virtually dominating the global smartphone space, who has it right? Apple’s philosophy which embraces the “Art of saying no” as Patrick describes it, indicates that Apple will do what Apple feels will solve the problem its customers have regardless of whether the customer knows they have those problems. Apple is typically slow to adopt major change. It took 4 generations of iPhone to increase the screen size. It took 4 generations of iPad before the iPad mini debuted.

This “slow and steady wins the race” approach has served Apple well. There’s no sense in just adding feature after feature if it’s not going to be a premium experience. Virtually every feature in iPhones and iOS feels like a complete experience that has undergone rigorous testing, testing, and more testing. Except for Maps. Maps were a pooch screw. But, anyway. This is a great approach because it ensures that no matter what you bring to the masses, the experience will be premium and will stand up to the toughest of scrutiny. No corners will be cut and everything will be top notch, which is what a discerning smartphone customer should be looking for.

And yet…

But is that approach the best one to take? Apple is building off of previous success with secure knowledge that no matter how long it takes to evolve, and no matter how controlling it all seems, iPhones will sell, and they’ll sell like crazy. Samsung’s approach has a ton of merit too.

The saying goes, you can’t please all of the people, all of the time. Samsung may just be proving that wrong. If you create a new phone to fill every niche imaginable in the market, you can please all of the people all of the time. Samsung does spit our device after device “like a baby on an all prune diet”. While discussing this issue, Stephen Schenck made a really solid argument. Samsung has released three generations of smartwatch on two different platforms in just under a year. But, each of those iterations has added some value to the previous generation, so there was little loss here.

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What about the Galaxy Note Edge? What will the wrap around screen add? We don’t know yet. Samsung’s reputation for pumping out phone after phone with features that are undercooked or just not ready for prime time makes me a little nervous for this wrap around screen concept. But Samsung has taken a lot of those features and made them better over time. Plus, someone in this world wants a phone with a screen that wraps over the side, so why not?

What quality does for Apple, saturation does for Samsung. And Samsung seems to be winning the race, at least in terms of market share, so maybe its way is the way to succeed. Then again, Apple’s way gives us all beautiful hardware and excellent software that doesn’t compromise and doesn’t fall short, as long as you don’t rely on it to get you from Mom’s house to the dry cleaner without a detour through Death Valley.

Your turn

So what do you think? Is Apple’s way the way for you? Or are you a believer of throwing it against the wall to see what sticks? If you could run a corporation like Apple or Samsung with a bottomless bank account, which direction would you go? Let’s start up a conversation in the comments and let’s see if we can figure this out.


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Android L, iWatch, Samsung Gear S comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap

Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video.

This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of time, we can’t guarantee that your comment will be featured, but if you want some tips on what we look for the most:

1. Keep it short
2. Stick to the point
3. Try to get some likes on your comments, which usually happen if you nail the first two tips above

We hope to make this a weekly show, and we also hope you enjoy it as much as we love reading your thoughts and comments every day.

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iPhone 6 event confirmed, Samsung Gear S, Nexus X & more – Pocketnow Daily
iWatch dates, Sony IFA plans, Moto X+1 materials & more – Pocketnow Daily


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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active hands-on (Video)

Well before IFA came along, Samsung was already a tablet juggernaut this year. We saw the launches of multiple Galaxy Tab 4, TabPRO, and most recently Tab S models, so it wouldn’t be crazy to assume that Samsung would take a little tablet break, focusing more on its new handsets and wearables. Then again, this is Samsung we’re talking about, a company that can’t seem to go a week without launching a new product, so when we saw it go ahead and introduce the Galaxy Tab Active earlier this week, it’s not like we could act surprised. We took a couple minutes at IFA 2014 to go hands-on with this guy and see what makes it tick.

The hardware that powers the Tab Active isn’t too exciting, much closer to a Tab 4 than a Tab S, but that’s not why anyone’s going to be buying this thing; they’re here for the rugged design. That protects the tablet against drops and environmental damage, while features like its stylus (even if it is a capacitive one) and support for quick charging cradles help expand its usefulness out in the field.

As a business-focused tablet, the Tab Active may not be a model you’ll consider buying, but if you’re as curious about new tablets as we are, that doesn’t mean this slate isn’t worth at least taking a look at. Check out the video to see what we found.


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Montblanc and Samsung partner to offer premium accessories

Special Montblanc Ink unlock screen wallpaper

If Samsung’s stylus just isn’t good enough for you, you’re in luck. Montblanc has partnered with Samsung to bring “fine writing” to the Galaxy Note 4. The first stylus from Montblanc is the E-Starwalker which is similar in design to the Starwalker pen. This stylus will be priced at $ 525USD and will also have the ability to swap the stylus tip for a Fineliner ink cartridge for a true Montblanc writing experience on paper.

The second stylus, Pix, is the cheaper of the two at $ 325USD and this will also come with a rollerball exchange cartridge. Both styluses are fully compatible with all Galaxy note devices.

In addition to the two writing devices from Montblanc, they have also created two cases to protect the Note 4. The cases will also come with a chip which will give users access to exclusive Montblanc content, including an ink-inspired 3D unlocking effect. A special edition S Note will arrive with the cases where users will be able to swap five different screenwriter nibs to help personalize your handwriting. Both cases are made of fine leather and will cost $ 245USD.

Extreme Case

Source – Montblanc


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Dropbox announces 50GB of free cloud storage for new purchases of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

50GB free for 2 years

Amongst all of the announcements today at the IFA event, Dropbox announced that it will offer free 50GB of storage space in the cloud to purchasers of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Since 2011, Dropbox and Samsung have partnered to give free storage, but now Dropbox is going to be further integrated into Samsung devices.

Users will now be able to automatically backup photos to Dropbox right out of the Samsung Gallery app. Similar to the gallery app, you’ll be able to save documents directly to Dropbox from the default mobile docs viewer or editor.

This offer is good for new users to Dropbox. If you already have an account with free storage you will not be able to extend your promotion.

Source – Dropbox


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Samsung innovation

This coming week, we will be introduced to the latest in a line of reasonably successful phablets. The original Samsung Note arguably helped shape the “phablet” space when it debuted three years ago. It was in and of itself an innovation. Sure, it’s just a smartphone with a big screen, but sometimes the simplest innovations are the biggest (no pun intended) and most successful. And yes, it’s at this point that I grudgingly have to admit that a heart monitor is an “innovation”. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go vomit.

Samsung has done its share of trying out new things over the years. This isn’t to say that any of these endeavors have been successful, but they were attempts at innovation. After all, “innovation” doesn’t necessarily equate with “successful”. The most obvious example of Samsung innovation is the Galaxy round. Sure, it looked like a half-flattened Pringle, and it curved too much and the wrong way. But it was an innovation that could have long-lasting effects in the industry.

galaxy note 4 teaser videoTurn it up! Bring the Note!

Which brings us to the Note 4 announcement this week. Some reports have indicated that Samsung’s Note 4 might feature a wrap around screen. This would certainly be an innovation and it would do a lot to break Samsung out of the boring reputation it has been developing over the last two years. Not since the GSIII has Samsung really put out a product that disrupted the industry. Will a wrap around screen disrupt the industry again? I don’t know, but I somehow doubt it.

But Samsung is an industry leader here. The latest statistics put Samsung in pretty firm control of 43% of the Android smartphone world. That’s one company almost holding a majority by itself. That leaves the rest of the Android space to clamor over the leftovers. Even if HTC or LG really innovated, say with a dual focus or even laser focused camera, who is going to notice?

No, Samsung has to be the innovative force in this industry to push the boundaries and show what’s possible with a screen, or with a stylus, or with software. The Note 4 is Samsung’s opportunity to do it, lest we be forced to wait another 6 months and deal with yet another boring Samsung smartphone.

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When you look at the numbers, it’s exactly those boring smartphones that are selling, and selling butt loads. The Samsung GS4 and GS5 have not matched the sales of the GSIII, this is true, but they’re beating the pants off the Round and even their respective Notes. The Galaxy Notes are successful devices, but not as successful as their smaller brethren.

So, maybe it behooves Samsung to stay the course and keep putting out “boring” smartphones and leave the innovation to the outliers, the GS4 Neos and whatnot. As the saying goes, “never mess with a winning streak”. Maybe it’s in Samsung’s best interest to put more vanilla into its ice cream cone and leave the more exotic flavored cones for the “experiments”.

After all, if one of those outliers does strike lighting, that lightning receptacle could always be worked into the next Galaxy flagship. It makes sense not to change up a good thing. Why jinx it? Maybe Samsung is looking at its decreased sales and wondering where it needs to pick things up to get the phones flying out the door again.

The marketing machine

In the meantime, the marketing machine can keep churning out airports and billboards and Apple insults like there’s no tomorrow. It’s not like those things are going to change. Maybe Samsung has absolutely no motivation to innovate with its two flagships. I guess the consumer market will dictate that.

So what do you think about all this? Samsung is going into its fourth flagship without a whole lot to get excited about. Are you excited? Maybe that Snapdragon 805 SoC or that fourth gig of RAM blows your skirt up? Or do you really need to see Samsung up its game on this fourth generation? Sound off below – do the innovation soldiers have to be out in full force or are you more in the “steady as she goes” camp?


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Samsung innovation

This coming week, we will be introduced to the latest in a line of reasonably successful phablets. The original Samsung Note arguably helped shape the “phablet” space when it debuted three years ago. It was in and of itself an innovation. Sure, it’s just a smartphone with a big screen, but sometimes the simplest innovations are the biggest (no pun intended) and most successful. And yes, it’s at this point that I grudgingly have to admit that a heart monitor is an “innovation”. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go vomit.

Samsung has done its share of trying out new things over the years. This isn’t to say that any of these endeavors have been successful, but they were attempts at innovation. After all, “innovation” doesn’t necessarily equate with “successful”. The most obvious example of Samsung innovation is the Galaxy round. Sure, it looked like a half-flattened Pringle, and it curved too much and the wrong way. But it was an innovation that could have long-lasting effects in the industry.

galaxy note 4 teaser videoTurn it up! Bring the Note!

Which brings us to the Note 4 announcement this week. Some reports have indicated that Samsung’s Note 4 might feature a wrap around screen. This would certainly be an innovation and it would do a lot to break Samsung out of the boring reputation it has been developing over the last two years. Not since the GSIII has Samsung really put out a product that disrupted the industry. Will a wrap around screen disrupt the industry again? I don’t know, but I somehow doubt it.

But Samsung is an industry leader here. The latest statistics put Samsung in pretty firm control of 43% of the Android smartphone world. That’s one company almost holding a majority by itself. That leaves the rest of the Android space to clamor over the leftovers. Even if HTC or LG really innovated, say with a dual focus or even laser focused camera, who is going to notice?

No, Samsung has to be the innovative force in this industry to push the boundaries and show what’s possible with a screen, or with a stylus, or with software. The Note 4 is Samsung’s opportunity to do it, lest we be forced to wait another 6 months and deal with yet another boring Samsung smartphone.

sgs5And yet…

When you look at the numbers, it’s exactly those boring smartphones that are selling, and selling butt loads. The Samsung GS4 and GS5 have not matched the sales of the GSIII, this is true, but they’re beating the pants off the Round and even their respective Notes. The Galaxy Notes are successful devices, but not as successful as their smaller brethren.

So, maybe it behooves Samsung to stay the course and keep putting out “boring” smartphones and leave the innovation to the outliers, the GS4 Neos and whatnot. As the saying goes, “never mess with a winning streak”. Maybe it’s in Samsung’s best interest to put more vanilla into its ice cream cone and leave the more exotic flavored cones for the “experiments”.

After all, if one of those outliers does strike lighting, that lightning receptacle could always be worked into the next Galaxy flagship. It makes sense not to change up a good thing. Why jinx it? Maybe Samsung is looking at its decreased sales and wondering where it needs to pick things up to get the phones flying out the door again.

The marketing machine

In the meantime, the marketing machine can keep churning out airports and billboards and Apple insults like there’s no tomorrow. It’s not like those things are going to change. Maybe Samsung has absolutely no motivation to innovate with its two flagships. I guess the consumer market will dictate that.

So what do you think about all this? Samsung is going into its fourth flagship without a whole lot to get excited about. Are you excited? Maybe that Snapdragon 805 SoC or that fourth gig of RAM blows your skirt up? Or do you really need to see Samsung up its game on this fourth generation? Sound off below – do the innovation soldiers have to be out in full force or are you more in the “steady as she goes” camp?


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iPhone 6 event confirmed, Samsung Gear S, Nexus X & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG’s official announcement of the G Watch R, and what makes this new wearable hot. Google follows as we talk about the processor options that we might find on the Nexus 9 made by HTC. Then we continue with Google, this time with details on the Moto Nexus X plans. Apple then takes the stage and ends the drama with a final confirmation of its iPhone 6 event for September 9. We end today’s show talking about the Samsung Gear S that just got announced today.

All this and more after the break.

Stories:
LG officially announces G Watch R, a powerful Android Wear circle
Google Nexus 9 to make the 64-bit jump with a Tegra K1?
Retail sources talk Google Nexus X launch plans
Apple schedules its iPhone 6 September event; who wants a new iPhone?
Samsung Gear S gets announced as a curved 3G-capable smartwatch


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha now available for preorder in the UK

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If you were waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and in the UK, you’ll be pleased to hear that the device is now available for preorder for delivery on September 10th.

EE, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Phones4u, and Vodafone are all offering up the device at various prices, but seems to be in between the £30 to £40 per month mark depending on the upfront cost of the handset and bundled minutes.

Will you be picking up a Samsung Galaxy Alpha?


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