“Reporting from Seoul — South Korea’s technology czar was meeting with reporters a few weeks ago when talk turned to smart phones and the choice faced by tens of millions of tech-savvy consumers here: whether to buy Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4 or Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S,” John M. Glionna and Jung-yoon Choi report for The Los Angeles Times
“Hwang Chang-gyu admitted that he owned both phones. Then he dropped a bombshell: He actually preferred his iPhone, calling it ‘more convenient’ than its homegrown competitor. ‘The reason we couldn’t make a smart phone like iPhone is that we don’t know how to shoot ahead,’ he said,” Glionna and Choi report. “Hwang’s comments were seen as heresy in a country that considers itself an international leader in consumer electronics. Not only does he oversee government research and development, but he also is a former chief executive of Samsung Electronics, which makes mobile phones. After a buzz in the local media, Hwang issued a retraction stressing Samsung’s competitiveness.”
Glionna and Choi report, “Apple rolled out its iPhone 4 here last September and by the end of the year had sold 1.8 million units, nearly catching up to Samsung’s Galaxy S, which launched more than two months earlier and has tallied 2 million in sales, according to South Korean news reports. Industry analysts say Apple’s reputation for innovation has established the device as the newest must-own gadget among young consumers here, some of whom wait weeks for an iPhone because of a backlog.”
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