Galaxy Note II could be impressive; RIP Steve Sabol; Really, Samsung?

Today’s post is a sort of Tech and Sports Sandwich, as circumstances prevented one yesterday.

First, let’s start with news about the Samsung Galaxy Note II. reported yesterday that the new “phablet” (the name given to devices that are a combination of tablet and smartphone) will be available in late November. It boasts many features, including a flip-open protective front panel, 16GB of RAM built-in that’s expandable to 64GB with an optional micro-SD card, and a built-in S Pen stylus for use with the device’s tablet features that, when released, triggers a new home screen with different tablet-based apps that appear.

While all this sounds interesting, final judgement can only be rendered after we see if it’s as impressive in real life as it seems to be on paper or video.

Next topic: “NFL Films” was started in 1964 by Ed Sabol. His son Steve, fresh from college, was there right from the start as the new film crew’s cinematographer. Along the way the company won 35 Emmys for writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing. No one in history has ever received that many in as many different categories.

Steve was named President of NFL Films in 1985 as the company advanced without missing a beat. In March 2011 he was diagnosed with an inoperable malignant brain tumor.

On September 19, 2012–thirteen months after he had introduced his father to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame–the younger Sabol passed away at age 69.

Together, the monumental contributions made by both father and son–not just to the National Football League but to the way all sporting events are now chronicled–made them the Edwin S. Porter/D.W. Griffith/Sergei Eisenstein of that medium, just as certainly as the monumental contributions those individuals made to the early motion picture industry.


Samsung is running another television ad featuring people camping outside an Apple Store  (although of course it’s not called that, just implied), presumably waiting for the Friday release of the new iPhone 5. It’s basically the same tired act we saw the company trot out for the iPhone 4S last year.

Named “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here,” the ad shows users of its Galaxy S III interacting with those waiting in line, and showing off some of the features that it (and the S II before it) already has, or had. Significantly, the iPhone 5 doesn’t have some of those, at least yet (and, in the case of Near Field Communications–NFC–it may never get).

Seriously? This is how you compete with a device that just sold 2 million pre-order units in 24 hours last Friday?

As a tech-y kind of guy, I’ll admit that it pains me that many iPhone buyers don’t really care about the specs or what it does or doesn’t have.

They want it because it’s cool–yes, really…it’s that simple. All their friends have one. Plus, there’s All. Those. Apps. They hear what all the iPhone can do…and they want one.

While it’s true that Android smartphones, made by companies like Samsung and Google, represent the number one platform of mobile devices (and the Samsung website offers at least 11 different smartphone models for the Verizon Wireless carrier alone), the truth is that the company would do backflips if just ONE of its models would sell two million units the way the iPhone 5 just did.

Samsung might sell the most phones–or, at least, it ships the most, as it doesn’t provide actual sales figures–but the iPhone generates more revenue for Apple than Samsung’s entire mobile division. It’s easily ahead in terms of revenue.

There’s trash talk, and then there’s hard reality. Samsung’s ad is trash talk. In sports, when a younger opponent tries to trash talk a veteran whose team is on its way to victory, the veteran will simply smile at the younger player, point to whatever device is used to keep track of the points/runs/goals/etc. both teams have, and say, “Scoreboard!”

The iPhone makes the most money. Apple releases one basic model per year and currently has three (4, 4S, 5) models for sale, not 11. Talking that into account, those three collectively outsell all the Samsung offers.

Scoreboard, Samsung.


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