The Samsung Galaxy Note LTE a “Game-Changer”? NOT!!!


Is this really a game-changer? Really?

Yesterday, I had a conversation with Daron Jenkins, a fellow technologist, and one of the founders of SCENEPR, an agency devoted to helping other agencies understand and leverage new media and technology.

Daron and I were talking about their upcoming SoLoMo starters+start ups event, and as we talked about the various potential topics for future sessions, somehow our discussion turned to the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Note LTE phone, which Daron described as a potential “game-changer.”

You must know that Daron and I are both Apple disciples.

So, needless to say, I was immediately incredulous upon hearing Daron’s statement.

A game-changer, to me, is something that makes all other competitors cringe with fear.

It’s something so totally left-of-center, that most are taken unaware, and left speechless.

A game-changer makes others in the space think, “why didn’t we think of that?”

It leaves them at a loss precisely because it creates or carves out a space for that new product, service, application, or what-have-you, that everyone/thing else seems obsolete in comparison.

Now, if you’re like me, the term “game-changer” evokes thoughts of the killer devices that permanently changed the landscape of the spaces they occupied.

In my humble opinion, there have been a few undeniable game-changers in the mobile space.

The first was the Palm Treo.

The first game-changer. The Palm Treo 270.

It was the first phone that effectively combined a phone with a PDA, offering the ability to make phone calls and keep your calendar, contacts and notes organized in one handy, handheld device.

The iPhone was the next.

The iPhone broke the mold and it's forever been broken.

Although other handset manufacturers offered their own version of the smartphone, Apple created a device that was simultaneously powerful, functional and elegant.

The last was the iPad.

IMO, the iPad ushered the end of all tablet competitors.

Again, while there are other tablets in the market, none have achieved the recognition or stature of Apple’s offering.

Which brings me back to Daron’s statement.

It was with much consternation that I even continued the conversation, in light of what I felt was an obvious flaw in his statement.

We all know that NOTHING competes with Apple.

Sure, Apple’s mobile devices don’t support Flash natively.

And marketers have responded by advising clients that sites be built without Flash.

Sure, Apple releases a new product every other day.

And people routinely line up outside of Apple stores days in advance of every new product release.

Sure, Apple’s products are tres cher.

And people regularly shell out the king’s ransom required to own it’s devices.

So whatever Samsung is coming with, has to be so spectacular, so innovative, so feature rich, so ‘that ish’, that one’s initial visceral response is “I must have it!”

To their credit, their latest commercial, poking fun a Apple-ophiles, does point out Apple’s many shortcomings.

But that doesn’t necessarily equate to changing the game.

At the end of our call, we agreed that deploying the Galaxy Note LTE with AT&T was a major faux pas, with AT&T’s spotty service and network bandwidth.

We also agreed that “game-changer” was an extremely generous characterization for Samsung’s latest entry into the mobile/tablet space.

But we’ll just have to wait and see.

I, for one, am not holding my breath.

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4 responses to “The Samsung Galaxy Note LTE a “Game-Changer”? NOT!!!

  1. I consider it a true game changer. I’m an Apple guy myself but c’mon, if Apple produced a product like this (not a phone nor a tab but a perfect blend) People would go nuts for it…NUTS. The good thing is that Google’s products aren’t even half as popular as Apple so if Apple did make a similar product. The functionality alone would make it the innovator amongst competition.

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    • James, assuming we accept your premise that it is a game-changer, where are the numbers? I haven’t seen these things flying off the shelves. There’s not a Galaxy tablet in everyone’s hands. Folks are still queued up to get the iPad 3 when it drops. A game changer, by it’s very definition, changes the game. The Galaxy has not done that (yet). And I seriously doubt it will.

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  2. oddsey2380

    Greetings, I too was/am an avid Apple Disciple. However a few months ago I received a challenge request from a Major Electronics Supplier. The challenge was to put my iPad and iPhone away for seven days and test drive the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Samsung Galaxy s2 Phone. Now I am not hear to give a sales pitch, and I was generally fearful of not being able to use my Apple “Toys” for seven days.

    What I did find was a very user friendly device in both the Galaxy Pad and S2 Phone. Their are a lot of features that these devices have that Apple is trying to get caught up on. We all know that Apple and Google have been competing against one another for years, it’s like David and Goliath. Yes Apple has been producing products ahead of Google Android, however I believe Android will give Apple a run for their money.

    As for me I have “Converted” to Google Andriod products, and enjoy the benefits of the Samsung Galaxy S2. One feature I am enjoying is being able to upgrade the Firmware/OS to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right from the Phone. Also “Rooting” the Galaxy S2 Android OS to gain “all” the features it has to offer, as well “Rooting” the Samsung Galaxy Tab. We all have our own favorite electronic gadgets, it’s our choice, what’s yours.

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    • Oddsey2380,

      I totally hear you. As one who has not yet had the hands-on experience you’ve had, I’m in no position to refute anything you’ve related about your experience with these Samsung devices. My experience with Android has left me considerably underwhelmed, but I’ve never been without my iOS devices long enough nor have I immersed myself (as you have) in a non-Apple environment intentionally, to form a more informed opinion.

      However, for traitors – I mean converts, like you (I kid, I kid), I’m sure that it is a liberating experience to interact with a device that has addressed and/or overcome any of Apple’s shortcomings. Again, speaking purely out of ignorance, I doubt Android+Samsung has created the seamless synching and interactivity achieved by Apple’s suite of products. And I’d be curious to see how Android+Samsung handle many of the activities we Apple purists have come to expect, in terms of home sharing, remote control, AirPlay, etc.

      I’d love to hear your perspective on this area of your experience, since you’re so ‘happy’ with Samsung. Again, I kid. But I’m curious to know if your conversion was total or do you still sneak in a little Apple crack every once and again.

      Also, did Samsung pay you? Did they give you the devices? Did you buy them after taking them for a test drive? Fill in some of the blanks and let us know if your conversion was true!

      Thanks again for your input! I really appreciate it, and I’m sure my six readers do too!

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