Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hello, Is that Legal?




Oh boy, now I can honestly say that Marcus and Agata do own a number of Samsung and Apple products.  However normally we can easily tell them apart.

But topically Samsung is (to coin an English expression) really beginning to 

/Take the Pi**/

Here are some of the really annoying aspects of the Samsung Alpha Phone announcement


  • The phone has marginally worse specs that the existing flagship model the Galaxy S5  yet with clearly a superior casing and marketing suggesting this is the new flagship.

    Way to go Samsung.  Alienate your premium customers who bought S5 earlier this year. And if they do take the plunge give them a device that is in some respects worse (no waterproofing etc) than their outgoing S5.  Doh!
  • The phone adds to an increasingly large range of phones.  This choice overload confuses the customer, even the technical experts.   Few models, streamlined range.   Which set of buffoons is driving your Marketing and Sales department?
  • Let's say it looks extremely like a competitors phone.  I mean, are you completely insane!  Do you  (Samsung) have a really short memory or something?
  • If you want to go ahead expect to pay about 500GBP  (including VAT) for an unlocked, SIM free, 32GB model.


So overall the Samsung Galaxy Alpha aka SM-G850A SM-G850F remains a mystery/ misguided launch to me.   Since it is not available until September 2014 you'll have the ample chance  (as I will relate next week) to choose from a host of other next gen smartphones that will all arrive by October 2014.



Links


Specs

Network:

  •  LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
Display:
  •  4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
Processor:
  •  8 Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
OS:
  •  Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
Memory:
  •  RAM : 2GB
  •  Internal Memory : 32GB
  •  No micro SD Slot
Dimension:
  •  132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115g
Camera:
  •  12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
Camera Features
  •  Beauty Face, Dual Camera, HDR (High Dynamic Range),
  •  Panorama, Selective Focus, Shot & More, Virtual Tour
Video:
  •  UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
  •  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, AMR-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
Additional Features:
  •  Ultra Power Saving Mode
  •  Download Booster
  •  Quick Connect
  •  Private Mode
Google Mobile Service:
  •  Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google
  •  Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play
  •  News stand, 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 2.0
  •  NFC
Sensor:
  •  Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor,
  •  Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor
  •  Fingerprint Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor
Battery:
  •  1,860 mAh