WSJ claims ‘iPhone-like hype builds for Samsung Galaxy S IV’

“For about four months, gadget bloggers along with tech writers at South Korean newspapers have tried to uncover the details of Samsung’s next high-end smartphone, likely to be called Galaxy S IV after consecutively numbered versions over the past three years,” Evan Ramstad reports for The Wall Street Journal. “They have suggested it will have a bigger screen, thinner case, come with a pen, have no buttons and, of course, have a faster chip to run it, as well as better battery life. Some reports back in November suggested the new phone would have an unbreakable screen, and others have said it would be waterproof. Pictures of invitations to a March press event in South Korea have even circulated on some websites.”

Ramstad claims, “It all adds up to iPhone-like hype for Samsung…”

MacDailyNews Take: Rather, a pale imitation of it – just like their phones.

Ramstad reports, “While its product releases haven’t sparked nearly the kind of fervor seen at Apple’s iPhone launch events, Samsung is proving to be a formidable challenger at the top of the mobile-device market.”

MacDailyNews Take: If it’s not “nearly the kind of fervor,” why do both your headline and subheadline lie?

Ramstad reports, “Its Galaxy S III phone, which launched in May and uses Google Inc.’s Android software, is considered by many potential buyers to be the first phone to meet or surpass the iPhone’s attractions.”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, puleeze. How much did Samsung pay for this ad? Their phone is plastic, has noticeably poor build tolerances (you can pick up two Samsung Galaxy S III phones of the same model and see differences in the plastics), have inferior app versions, if they even have the app at all, has malware and security issues, can’t be operated with one hand, sports inferior screen resolution, has numerous inferior workarounds in methods of operation in order to skirt more patent infringement lawsuits, etc. Looking at an iPhone 5 next to Samsung’s flagship iPhone wannabe is like looking at a Ferrari next to a Kia. And, using an iPhone 5 vs. Samsung’s best is like driving the Ferrari vs. a Kia.

We encourage everyone to stop into a carrier shop and take a look at an iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S III. It’s a joke how awful and chintzy Samsung’s “flagship” is next to Apple’s.

Ramstad reports, “Samsung made the phone’s screen larger than the iPhone, enhanced its resolution and used a plastic case to reduce its weight compared with earlier versions. The Galaxy S III, however, is still slightly heavier and thicker than the iPhone 5.”

MacDailyNews Take: Oops, you made a mistake and typed out some truth, Evan! Of course, this little nugget lies buried way, way down in this yarn, well under the headline and suheadline that the writer himself has proven to be a lie. (So, we’ve now arrived at the place in the ad where Ramstad attempts to not completely obliterate the WSJ‘s credibility.)

Ramstad reports, “Samsung executives have declined to answer questions about the upcoming version—not even when the phone will emerge, though observers believe the company will keep with past practice and roll out the new model in April or May.”

MacDailyNews Take: Nobody with a brain outside of South Korea cares. By Ramstad’s own admission above, this is a handful of blogs and “some tech writers at South Korean newspapers.” That, the WSJ calls “feverish.” To attempt to equate some Samsung Android phone to the worldwide anticipation generated by each new iPhone is absolutely ludicrous.

Nobody wants a Samsung phone, they settle for it. Like every Android “smartphone,” it’s just a fake iPhone. Everybody knows that. And, as Samsung themselves plainly tell us with their ads: Nobody lines up for days for Samsung phones, either; people only line up for iPhones.

Ramstad reports, “Samsung, as one of many Android phone makers, doesn’t have the level of customer loyalty that Apple does.”

MacDailyNews Take: Nope, not even close. That’s the second line from the end of the WSJ’s Samsung ad. Nice fact to put under that headline and subheadline, WSJ – and quite incongruous, to say the least.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Well, there’s a shitty Samsung ad disguised as an article in the WSJ to start the day off on a sour note. Ramstad and the WSJ should be embarrassed.

This is precisely the type of thing Apple’s PR team should not allow to go unanswered. Letting lies go unchallenged only leads some people to believe them.

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Raymond James analyst: Apple iPhone outsold Samsung 1.7 to 1 over the last 10 quarters – January 17, 2013
Apple iPhone takes 53.3% of U.S. smartphone sales, Android falls to 41.9% – January 7, 2013
Mossberg: Google Maps better on Apple iPhone than on Android phones – December 19, 2012
The Google Tax: Android phones hit by cyber thieves’ spamming malware – December 18, 2012


    1. In all fairness to the WSJ, the reporter did write gadget bloggers along with tech writers at South Korean newspapers have tried to uncover the details of Samsung’s next high-end smartphone ….

      No doubt those Korean papers, if not owned outright by Scamdung, are in some way beholden to them. So they generate froth in Korea for the next Gag-axy phone.

      Just business as usual in SK. An not that the WSJ doesn’t routinely leave itself open to criticism.

  1. I wanted to see what the hype was about, so I purchased a SG3. Took the phone back after two days for an iPhone 5. SG3 almost set my pocket on fire due to heat. Poor build quality. Very poor software. Felt as if I was driving a VW bug that wanted to be a Lamborghini, but could not get out of reverse.

  2. Looking at an iPhone 5 next to Samsung’s flagship iPhone wannabe is like looking at the United States of America (even in its current state) next to South Korea.

      1. US government props them ipso that full employment can be achieved. There’s the issue of the people to the North with the leader with the worst haircut of any world leader to contend with. The US government. likes to keep its capitalist showcase close at hand.

      2. Korea has welfare too don’t try to pretend it doesn’t. It is just one of the inconvenient truths keep hidden. Like alcohol abuse, divorce, and teen pregnancy. There are plenty of home people in the streets and trains stations.

  3. And the hits keep on coming. The perception is Samsung’s now great advantage. Regardless of how MDN answers all these issues, regardless that they are right, regardless that the iPhone is a superior device… the reality is Samsung has, through its very effective PR machine and compliant media, knocked Apple aside. Go in any phone store, or any tech gadget store, anywhere, and you see something that you used to never see – more people fooling with Galaxy stuff, Android stuff, other stuff than the iPhones. Sometimes you don’t see anyone even picking up and examining the iPhone. And, you hear the sales staff in all these places explaining what the other phones can do that the iPhone can’t do. No matter that it’s sort of useless and designed to capture that pop culture impulse buyer (like all of us), it’s what’s happening.

    Tim Cook doesn’t know what to do about this. Samsung keeps eating his lunch leaving him starving. Wall Street sees this, everybody else sees it, and still the Apple world is confounded about what is happening. How, they ask, could all these wannabes have actually become what they have dreamed of. Until there is an answer, AAPL is a $400 stock, at best, and Apple is Sony.

    1. How long do you think the Samsung hype will last in the absence of a quality product? As in every phase of a hype, if the hype doesn’t live up to expectations, then people will very quickly abandon the platform.

      I don’t see Samsung offering a seamlessly integrated experience with an operating system that is developed in house that is tailored to its hardware. The moment Google drops the ball with Android or places more emphasis on its Motorola investment, Samsung is f***ed.

      1. Maybe, but even then, it will be too late for Apple to recover to where they once were. And, AAPL won’t recover at all. Once the “has been” dye is cast, there’s not much chance of removing the stain. Celebrate the extraordinary financials and fundamentals, and still – it doesn’t matter anymore.

  4. This isn’t about Samsung paying off WSJ…this is just one more piece of stock price manipulation as they try to hold AAPL share price down below $550 till their options expire. Someone (or group) is seeding these stories in the Journal in an effort to manipulate the price during the time when traditionally Apple itself is silent. It’s all just a matter of following the money.

    How can the SEC stand inactive when the price of the world’s most valuable company is so flagrantly manipulated?

  5. I think Kia’s build quality is better than Samsung. I would compare it more to the likes of a Yugo. The car you would leave the rear window defroster on to warm your hands while you have to push it.

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