Samsung laughs at Apple’s tiny-screen, non-HD iPhone in new ad (with video)

“Anyone who watches the NBA knows that to win it all, you need size,” Chris Matyszczyk writes for CNET. “Samsung wants you to know that it’s the same with smartphones.”

“Oh, Apple might think it’s a terribly pretty and clever Steve Nash. But, let’s face it, he should be called Steve Gnat when faced with the larger, extra-dimensional presence of LeBron James,” Matyszczyk writes. “So in its latest ad for the Note 3, Samsung begins to chuckle at just how tiny Apple’s device is.”

“he Note, you see, has 5.7 inches of HD,” Matyszczyk writes. “Apple, on the other hand, has 4 inches of non-HD.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nice anachronism, er… stylus.

As we’ve written extensively and as recently as last month:

When Apple finally extracts their collective head from their collective ass and ships iPhone models with larger screens, they’ll do more damage to slavish copier Samsung than all of their endless, plodding patent infringement cases combined.

We believe that Apple became infatuated with the fact that only they could produce small, thin smartphones with an efficient OS that could work with the small batteries that these compact iPhones housed. “Nobody else can do such things.” Meanwhile, battery-hogging Android leeches like Samsung slapped larger screens on their phones to hide the fact that they needed significantly larger batteries in order to run for even a few hours (Android phones are notorious for running out of charge).

Far too many otherwise intelligent consumers saw little or nothing of Apple’s considerable engineering superiority (the iPhone 5s is simply the best smartphone anyone has ever produced), these otherwise intelligent consumers only saw iPhone’s smaller screens. They didn’t see Android’s inefficiency or inferior ecosystem, they only saw phones with larger screens.

If we’ve heard from one person who went with an Android phone for a larger screen who in fact really wanted an iPhone – “I’d have gotten an iPhone if only they had a larger screen” – we’ve heard it from a thousand. These are top tier, cream-of-the-crop customers (i.e. Apple’s target demographic), not low information cheapskates. They want to be Apple customers and participate heavily in Apple’s ecosystems, but, for a few years now, Apple has been blowing these sales by failing to deliver the product these high value customers desired. It’s inexplicable; any downsides (fragmentation, inventory management, etc.) are vastly outweighed by the vast sales potential to those who should be Apple customers, but are now carrying a plastic piece of crap from Samsung.

Bottom line: Apple screwed the pooch on this one. Shit or get off the pot, Tim.

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    1. Oh man,  could have so much fun with a response commercial…all they would have to do is a series of men trying to fit a phablet into their pockets and can’t so they settle for buying a purse to fit the thing.

      Just have a few men walk out of their homes looking both ways before putting a purse over their shoulders.

      Would be hilarious. Wonder is Samsung would be amused then?

    2. Notice it’s only a 1 minute long commercial. They had to cut it short so that you didn’t see the phone power off as the battery ran out.

      Notice also they didn’t get LeBron to show you the phone, because he would have laughed at the stupid pen.

  1. Yea, it is even funnier when they attempt to put it in their pocket, hook it to there belt with that ever present movement busting size, and sit on the thing with a cracking sound bellowing out of the tight jeans.

    I will pass on the Phablet, thank you.

  2. To make their phone look better Samsung compares it to . . . an iPhone 4?
    It looks like Samsung took the iPhone 4 and just used Photoshop to enlarge it.
    But then they flipped it so the copy wasn’t so obvious. Come to think of it, I can do that in Photoshop too.

    1. Perhaps you’re just blind or perhaps the iPhone 4 doesn’t look that different from the 5 but the iPhone 5 is in the commercial, not a 4… It actually appears to be a 5S, from the looks of the home button.

  3. I completely disagree with MDN on this one, I have done this in the past and will continue as long as MDN thinks a larger iPhone is the end all be all, below are some quotes form Steve Jobs and I think this is clear…..Apple never wants to be a me too company. It’s never been about market share or domination if that meant giving up quality. Please read and enjoy –

    Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.

    Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest.

    You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

    The hardest thing when you think about focusing. You think focusing is about saying “Yes.” No. Focusing is about saying “No.” And when you say “No,” you piss off people.

    Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.

    It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.

  4. When the original iPhone was released, it had no third party apps and its ability to use the internet was limited – hence the small screen. Things are quite different now that for many users their smartphone is their main machine for email, browsing etc, therefore a bigger screen is for those people a must.

          1. I’ll make it for rob, who is spot on. No company that loses ANY part of the market deserves having loyal shareholders. Aapl has suffered. We shareholders are a big reason why apple has the market cap and reserves they have. As a shareholder I want every customer. I want to get them early make them loyal and meet their needs as they grow. You can easily spot an apple fanboy who has no skin in the game by their perpetually rose colored glasses… Talk to me when you own a significant quantity of Appl.

            1. re “No company that loses ANY part of the market deserves having loyal shareholders.”

              Please read “Focus” by Al Ries to understand how wrong that is.

  5. Note that the whole industry is called “MOBILITY”. At some point, it’s just silly. I’m not going to start bringing a “man bag” or a fanny pack or a backpack to carry my phone.

  6. there’s an idea if you have a steaming piece of crap if you want more attention make it a BIG steaming piece of crap !

    im so sick of these arguments about what apple is passing over by not catering to what the “market ” wants

    the palm restaurant does not think of it as a “lost” sale or customer if the hot dog vendor on the same corner sells a dog. he can sell a hundred and not make what the palm makes on one bottle of wine. EVEN IF THE HOTDOG GUY HAS “SHARE”

  7. Samsung keeps releasing these ads because it knows attacking Apple is the only way they’ll ever attract attention. In any event, I’m not going to be part of their game; I refuse to watch these ads.

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