The gushing reviews for the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and that very cool Galaxy Edge) are now coming fast and furious. The latest, from the highly respected Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: The iPhone 6 Has Met Its Match
A better camera, sharper display and faster charging put Samsung’s new flagship phones ahead in the smartphone race
The Galaxy S6 is a stunning device that is as equally pleasing to hold as it is to look at.
Despite the higher-res screen, the Galaxy S6 gets slightly better battery life than the iPhone 6.
In indoor and outdoor shootouts, Samsung’s 16-megapixel camera (which protrudes like a blister from the phone’s back) captured crisper photos.
Firstly, well-earned kudos to Samsung.
Secondly, this is a massive Apple fail.
Worse, it’s an utterly unsurprising massive Apple fail.
As I have been documenting here, Tim Cook and Jony Ive have abandoned the very thing Apple was always truly great at: product.
Today’s Apple is no longer about product, it’s about ecosystem.
Innovation has been replaced by margins. Ive’s rather shocking hubris in crafting a $15,000 gold watch dovetails nicely into Tim Cook’s drive for global profits and more more MOAR! customers in China.
Tim Cook is profits, revenues, scale, in that order. Product is maybe 4th, at best. Cook’s admittedly very successful business strategy, however, has lessened not just the dollar-for-dollar value of Apple products but stripped them of their once-peerless quality. Other companies, Samsung among them, took over Apple’s value crown at least a year ago. Now, Samsung — and others will follow — are making better product, full stop.
Yes, even you, the long-time ardent fanboy know this, even as you visit the Apple bloggers who tell you it’s not true. You know it is.
As Tim Cook chases profits around the world, innovation at Apple takes a backseat. In the last five years, a long time in the tech industry, Apple’s very best has been:
- iPad, which yours like mine now gathers dust.
- Siri, which Apple acquired and which at its very best is no better than Google or Microsoft’s counter.
- Touch ID, a truly useful bit of hardware that Apple did not create but purchased.
- Apple Watch, which even Tim Cook has a hard time explaining why anyone should buy it.
While Apple is spending billions buying an also-ran music streaming service, and opening up more stores in China, all in a chase for profits and high-margin ecosystem lock-in, other companies, including Samsung, are actually crafting better products.
This can no longer be denied.
I don’t want to diminish Samsung’s work on the S6, but that it’s superior to Apple’s best is mostly a failing on the part of Tim Cook and Jony Ive.