Samsung Reportedly Hits Apple with 20% Price Increase for iOS Device Chips
It seems Samsung has increased the cost of its processors that it supplies to Apple for use within iOS devices. The first thing that comes to mind is that this has been done out of malice or as payback to the legal issues between the two companies. However, if this is true then Samsung is going to have an axe-shaped slit in its feet.
Apple has been said to be in talks to find another foundry to manufacture its chips. It already designs its own chips so all it needs is someone to manufacture them. With rumors of this going around, Samsung would be a fool to increase the prices without a sensible reason as that would only speed up the process of Apple going elsewhere to get its chips made.
I just think the rise has come out of increase in the price of the parts or something to that effect. Samsung would know better than to alienate its best customer.
Update: And Samsung does know better. A company spokesperson has confirmed that Samsung has not increased the prices.
So I had a chance to spend some time with both these phones yesterday when I visited Croma. I didn’t get to use the iPhone 5 there for long but luckily I was meeting Preshit the same day and since he bought one recently I got to spend a lot more time with it. So here are some first impressions. Continue reading “iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II hands-on impressions”
Does Samsung Really Innovate, Or Is TouchWiz Just A Big Bag Of Gimmicks?
Couldn’t agree more with this article. I noted this when I was using the Galaxy S III as well. No doubt the phone has some useful features, like the shortcuts in the notification screen, the ability to change different volume levels and display brightness without having to dig into the settings option and being able to bring up the notification screen even in fullscreen apps, something no other Android phone does.
But then there are a ton of other completely useless features as well, something I doubt anyone would ever really use. It’s this typical Samsung philosophy of throwing everything out there and hoping something would stick at play here. It shows in their hardware as well as their software. There is no focus and no decisiveness in picking stuff that is the best and only offering that to customers. This is the same sort of stuff that Microsoft does.
If you want a high end Android phone these two are still the best options available. Unfortunately, the two are quite evenly matched, which means it’s easy to get confused. What’s worse, they even cost the same now.
The following are some of the pros of each phone that I discovered based on my experience with them. Hopefully, it will help you make a better decision.
One X Pros:
- Better design
- Better display quality
- Better looking UI
- Better camera quality in low-light
- Greater built-in storage space
- Wider game support thanks to Tegra processor
Galaxy S III
- Faster processor
- More ergonomic design
- Plenty of useful features in software
- Better camera performance in daylight
- Better video recording
- Expandable memory
- Replaceable battery
Personally, I’m just glad I don’t have to choose between the two cause it’s not an easy choice. I wish there was a phone with the One X’s design and display with the S III’s processor and camera. But if someone were to point a gun to my head I’d probably go with the S III, mostly because of the camera and the ergonomic design. It’s also the only phone out of the two that has Jelly Bean right now, although the One X should get it soon.