Apple's "bendgate" has caused a juicy scandal in the tech world and given us all plenty to talk and laugh about over the last week. However, there was a hint on Monday that Samsung could be about to have its own hardware problems when it was revealed there is a gap between the display glass and the bezel on the Galaxy Note 4. This led some early owners of the Galaxy Note 4 to flag it up as a manufacturing defect as the gap is big enough to fit a piece of card between.
Another week and another Samsung Galaxy device. The Korean company has launched the new Galaxy Grand Prime, a device that continues Samsung's bombardment of the smartphone world and the continuation of an unyielding model to offer devices in all shapes, sizes, and prices
We have been hearing plenty about the Samsung Galaxy A series recently, the range of devices thought to be stemming from the company's recently launched Galaxy Alpha. Last week we told you about the Galaxy A7 as the new series went into testing, and now it is the turn of the smaller Galaxy A3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is an aging device that is now over three years old, but we all remember what a juggernaut it was, amassing huge sales and an army of fans. I think few would argue that pound for pound the GS3 is better than the follow up handsets, the Galaxy S4 and S5, which is why the S3 is still so widely used even three years on. Samsung knows how popular this device is and the company is doing the right thing and continues to support it.
It was widely thought that the Galaxy Note 4 was Samsung's last hurrah in 2014 and would be the company's last attempt at winning back customers and fighting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Note 4 will be rolling out around the world over the next few weeks, but it may not be the final big roll out of the year from Samsung.
Samsung is a company that does not innovate, or so we are told. I am hardly Samsung's biggest fan, but I call creating a whole new category (phablets) and pioneering such features as the S Pen stylus and the project YOUM bendy screen innovative. Take the Galaxy Note Edge for example, this is a device that is new, fresh, and has never been done before. That doesn't mean it is a success, but who says innovation needs to hit a home run; the device is cutting... ahem, edge and that should be applauded.
Samsung has faced some tough times of late, an interesting thing considering this is a company that still makes billions of dollars and is still comfortably the number one smartphone vendor. The fact is though the future is not as smooth as it once was and there are plenty of unanswered questions within Samsung?s Korean HQ. When one of your own divisions explains that things are not going very well then it is probably time to start finding new ways to do things.
There's plenty of heat surrounding the Galaxy Note 4 at the moment. Yesterday we saw reports that Samsung was running scared of Apple and would launch the device early in its Korean homeland, and then we found that the device had in fact sold out of its pre-order run in the country. My own Samsung source said that the company's roll-out timetable for the Note 4 is continuing as scheduled and that the giant had long planned for Apple's impact.
Samsung's smartwatch line up is getting plenty confusing. There are now six Galaxy Gear wearable products available and the company is rolling out the latest, the Gear S, during this fall. If you are not sure which smartwatch the Gear S is then let me explain that it's the one the company launched at IFA a few weeks ago, the one that allows the user to make and receive calls without a smartphone connection.
In this writer's humble opinion, Samsung has done well to avoid going toe to toe with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus by not launching its Galaxy Note 4 at the same time. The company has been much lower key with its phablet device, but as the iPhones have been stealing the limelight, breaking records, and causing chaos in the pants of Apple fan boys everywhere, the Note 4 has been waiting.