What was wrong with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 keynote? Everything.
Samsung really screwed up with its Galaxy S4 presentation. It was absolutely horrible and full of bad taste to the point it was sad. If they’d learn one thing from Apple, that should be product keynotes. Clearly, they didn’t.
There was a lack of focus on product. Key features (eg: CPU) weren’t announced at all while the ones which actually did, were presented in a truly ambiguous fashion. It was all a big performance (tap dancing kid, really?)—only without substance. In certain parts it looked like the whole show was taken directly from the Jersey Shore series. Ouch.
It was cringeworthy. Sexist. Engorged with social stereotypes, bad humour and offbeat cues.
Compared to the PS4 keynote, Samsung failed even by Sony’s standards. The phone got barely introduced and demoed in a meaningful way. (Forget Broadway for a moment, folks.)
Samsung showed its true (horrendous) culture today—that it has no culture, no passion for building great products and, of course, no taste. Brute force advertising won’t get you far in the long run, though.
Regarding the actual phone: I wasn’t amused. Nothing significant or exciting. (Hey, the early ‘00s called and want their infrared back.) After Samsung copied Apple’s industrial design, Samsung now copies Cupertino’s marketing, too. Yearly incremental updates. “Tick: Galaxy SIII, tock: Galaxy S4″—The Verge communicates it better.
Keeping this in mind, the last six months were indeed hard and raised reasonable concerns for Apple. I had my doubts (which spanned across more than 1,400 words.) But today, thanks to this keynote, I’m more sure than ever about Apple’s (and by extent, the iPhone’s) future. Thanks, Samsung, for showing your true self.
One more thing…
It’s important to point out that neither Google nor Android got mentioned even once during the keynote. It’s the start of The Great Android Cold War—manufacturers like Samsung and HTC want to differentiate from Google’s content and apps monopoly by creating their own stores and OS features and to ditch native Android ones. It wasn’t the first time ‘Android’ didn’t come up in a keynote; HTC called it first at their HTC One introduction. Don’t be surprised if Samsung and HTC build, eventually, their own OSs.
Steve looks down from his buddhist iCloud and laughs, laughs, laughs.
Update: HN users chime in:
“They literally have seven grown women on stage chirping over a calorie counter, eyefucking an actual topless man, making cheesecake jokes, and doing a lush mommy dance number.”
“It’s the worst launch show I’ve ever seen, by far. Corny, tacky, misogynist, and not a single line anyone said sounded natural.”
posted: March 15, 2013