Upping The Ante
There's just no pleasing some people. Reading through the voluminous comments on Samsung's hands-on YouTube video of their yet-to-be-released Galaxy S5 smartphone had me scratching my head. The number of comments bemoaning the same old design, or crying copycat for the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner is bewildering.
There is a limit to technical advancement, and yearly iterations of flagship phones should be treated no differently to yearly iterations of cars. No one goes around complaining that this year's Ford Mondeo looks similar to last year's Ford Mondeo, or that because it now has curtain airbags that it must be copying some other car manufacturer. We just come to expect certain features as standard. Practically every phone has a camera, and none suffer the indignation of being called a clone for this, so by that reasoning practically every phone can have a fingerprint reader and not be a a clone.
The fact of the matter is that the S5 manages to pack a helluva lot of tech into an impossibly small package. Say what you will, most of the technical specs (possibly irrelevantly) far exceed similarly priced rivals. It is only grams heavier than an iPhone 5S, but it packs more processing power, RAM, storage, expandability, screen size and resolution, connectivity, battery life, sensors, ingress resistance, and its camera is capable of 16MP stills and 4K video recording at 30fps. It is a wonder. Sure it comes with a truckload of Samsung bloatware, but side-by-side with almost any phone, it wins the spec war hands down (the exception being the upcoming HTC M8 which looks to be similarly specced)
Car manufacturers release the same car year after year with only minor improvements to fuel economy or power output or driver aids. Smartphone manufacturers - if YouTube commenters are anything to go by - must not only improve upon the previous generation of the same handset, they must produce the greatest phone the world has ever seen, styled like nothing that has ever come before it, or not bother at all.http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=6033&idPhone2=5685