IT'S FINALLY OVER
The love affair with Samsung Galaxy S range for me has been a story of declining confidence and finally it's ditched for a Nexus 5.
If there are any #Samsung
people out there actually interested in why their once proud fans are moving away from their products, they can read on.
There was a time when Galaxy S range meant you were buying into the latest tech, best of Android and it really was a device to make your poor iPhone mates feel green for half the price, and while I'd still take Samsung over Apple, the yawning gap lately has started to reduce.
For me the rot started with Galaxy S3 but really came in with S4. Samsung seemed to suddenly think people were buying their phones for all the vapour ware they supply with it.
Didn't anybody tell them they were using Android, only the OS with the most number of downloadable tat and good apps on earth, why did they think we'd all think "yes, lets rush out and spend £400 on a bunch of health applications I can download for free and much better anyway!".
Samsung, we don't want your tat, we want a blooming good phone which is the best of breed for a great price !! Simple.
Then there was the general poor way in which the phones were set up. I can't speak for the S4, but as a S3 owner I have had no end of problems with jerky music play when the screen blanks. The cause is poorly adjusted default governors that make the processor drop frequency to the lowest setting when in that state, causing almost all music players to struggle with getting the CPU they need to process something as simple as music playing or radio.
Imagine that, a phone that cannot smoothly play music ... #FAIL
However, the problem has now got MUCH worse with the latest update to Jelly bean 4.3. Yes, that version of the OS that's been out for over a year, but Samsung still hasn't really worked out how to deploy it to a handset they created 2 years plus ago.
That leads me onto yet another problem. The speed at which Samsung respond to software upgrades.
Returning back to my earlier comment, we buy Samsung because we want the latest and the greatest. Maybe along the way some marketing whiz thought "Lets only release the latest version on our new handset, forcing everybody to upgrade if they want it, or wait a year if they don't!" .. I'm not sure how that plan is working out for you, but that tells me every single handset I buy will wait a lot longer than most others to get it's upgrades.
Then finally there is good old fashioned economics. The cost of a Google Nexus is a good £200 less than a Samsung GS4 sim free deal.
Samsung need to ask some serious questions about where they are heading with their phones .. while they are much more diverse than Nokia was and I wouldn't ever suggest they would go in that direction, in the phone market they may find events over take them as Nokia did. #Nexus
here I come ..