Monday, July 5, 2010

Is the Samsung Galaxy the iPhone 4 of Android-powered phones?

After having reached 200,000 units sold in South Korea in ten days, one could make that argument.

For reference, the Apple iPhone 4 sold 1.7 million units in the first weekend of availability, but this was in several countries including the US, which alone is six times the population of the Republic of Korea.

I like my iPhone 4, so I honestly don't know much about the appeal of Android or Droid or whatever (which is not to say there isn't any, just that I don't know what it is). Anyone care to enlighten me?

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5 comments:

  1. I have the Galaxy S, ordered it from the UK. It certainly is the iphone 4 in terms of hardware and interface. In some ways it is superior. The main advantage for the iphone is the apps, more so, the number, and the fact they are all guaranteed to work on this singular platform. For Android this can be an issue - but overtime, especially with the HTC Desire, EVO, and now the Galaxy making good strides in handset sales I imagine we will get much more interest in the apps market, especially since development is open source and not constrained by Apple's limitations.

    I have downloaded a number of excellent working apps however, all of them free. There are only a couple on the Iphone that aren't on the android that I would want (hoping only a matter of time), and there a fair number coming through that will not be available on the iphone but on Android (like Firefox, a true and free GPS app).

    That said, the iphone is simple to use, and, er, mostly guaranteed to work well, recent issues notwithstanding.

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  2. I can't believe you haven't made a post about the latest episode of "Futurama." They skewered Apple and its Kool-Aid drinking followers perfectly; however, it does seem that Apple might have forced some editing of "Futurama's" eyephone episode after all.

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  3. Thanks for the insight sigma1.

    You wrote:
    especially since development is open source and not constrained by Apple's limitations.

    I know some developers grouse about the "limitations," but with just a few exceptions, the efforts at ensuring quality product among the apps doesn't seem to me all that much of a negative.

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  4. John from Taejŏn wrote:
    I can't believe you haven't made a post about the latest episode of "Futurama." They skewered Apple and its Kool-Aid drinking followers perfectly

    After clicking YES to the OSX and iOS4 user agreements, I'm not allowed to.

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  5. kush,

    An android phone can mow your lawn or, if you don't have a lawn, it can water your plants. Didn't you get the memo?... ;)

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