There is not doubt that over the past 2 years samsung has lead the Android charge with its Galaxy series of smartphones. but the the new crop of top-tier androids emerging for 2013 it is becoming obvious (IMO) that Sammy has missed out on a very big opportunity. And by pulling this incremental upgrade, they are giving HTC and LG a chance to catch up.
WTF?? There is no way that is the S4!!
Samsung has the tech worlds full attention leading up to the Galaxy S3 launch last year and they excuited that announcement like not other Android OEM had done before. The S3 has held up great over the past year and and is still one of the best phones out there. But, this years release of the S4 did not live up to its hype. For example, when the leaked photos showed up on the Chinese website several days before the big announcement EVERYONE was in disbelief that that was the final product design. The truth of the matter was, it was the final design and the phone its self was more of an incremental upgrade to the S3.
HTC as taken the lead in design, and build quality.
To me, Samsung should have went ball to the wall on this one. They had everyone watching, everyone waiting, and they (for the most part) dropped the ball. Now they have given other companies like HTC, and even LG a chance to outshine them in design, and quality and take some of their momentum. And lets be honest, The HTC One looks like an incredibly cool device. And the new LG phone… looks pretty sweet
Regardless, we as the consumer benefit from a more level playing field, so I would expect to see some insanely cool devices next year as Samsung tries to make up for lost ground. Samsung definitely needs to know that pulling an apple on us with the S4 launch will not help them. We, as consumers of Android smartphones, having something that apple fans dont have, CHOICE!
Thats all I got on this topic. Seeing at that LG invite today is what sparked my interest to write this post. Feel free to share your opinion!!