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Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

A Fickle Lady

The witty thing about the Samsung Galaxy S3 phone is that it has the lovely curved back of the original Apple 3G phone.

That iPhone 3 curve fits so well in the hand, it always seemed odd of Apple to swap it for the boxy, rectangular shape of the iPhone 4.

Moreover Samsung have stolen a march on Apple with a larger screen which, by using OLEDs, can have a smaller rim round them  than iPhones – which makes them look more attractive.

Pity about the Galaxy’s RF of course, but it seems people put looks above RF.

With Samsung out-shipping Apple 2-1 in smartphones in Q2 – at 50 million units to 26 million – the phone issues are:

Have Apple and Samsung, which are collectively selling 76 million out of a total 150 million smartphone market in Q2,  got unchallengeable market traction dooming Nokia, RIM, HTC, ZTE etc to oblivion?

And

Is the iPhone on a downwards slide to nowhere?

Amazingly, for the company which revolutionised the mobile phone industry five years ago, Apple’s phone future now rests on the iPhone 5.

If it’s a dog, Apple won’t recover. If it’s late, then flagging iPhone 4 sales will keep on diving, and shortages of 28nm chips at Qualcomm may make iPhone 5 late.

Fortune is a fickle lady.

Tags: 50 million, fickle lady, galaxy, oleds, smartphones

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4 Comments

  1. August 28, 2012 17:16

    Maybe he figures that if his Passport has an entry from Israel, he could not go to an Arab country…… NOT!

  2. August 28, 2012 10:33

    Pretty much what Mike predicted in his FFB to me last week.

  3. David Manners
    August 16, 2012 14:00

    You’re the first person I’ve heard praise the Galaxy’s RF, Mr C, and I’ve heard a few disparage it. Nice to know there’s a diversity of view.

  4. Mr Cynical
    August 16, 2012 12:45

    Galaxy’s RF bad?
    That’s funny when I swapped my iphone3S (note not the hand of death iphone4) for a Galaxy S2 my RF performance went up, no more did I have voice-mails which I was frequently told that I had turned my phone off, when in fact the iPhone was on but not receiving.
    I do miss the easy use of an iPhone but that’s all.

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