Can Samsung still claim to be ahead of Apple? Leave a comment


Samsung keeps insisting that Apple is always behind. With the release of the Galaxy S9, how true is this?

Released last November to coincide with the launch of the iPhoneX, here was Samsung wanting everyone to believe that it was the inventive brand, while Apple was the label of sad sheep and retrograde lovers.

Samsung was, in its own eyes, first with just about every single development in phone design since, well, smartphones were invented. Apple merely copied. And late, too.

With the Galaxy S9 being launched, will Samsung still be able to claim this? If you look at the ads for the S9 that the Korean company released last week, they featured the camera, the camera and the camera. Oh, and an emoji variant. Which some Apple faithful might think of as copying Animoji with a little twist.

Oddly, this apparent emphasis on the camera and Animojis coincides precisely with what many people say are the biggest selling point of the iPhone X: selfies and Animojis.

Is this what we’ve come to? Phone companies selling their devices by giving humans more ways to imaginatively express their self-regard?

Of course, it may be that Samsung has some pulsating surprise that it was saving for the launch day.

Yet the rumors so far don’t point to a phone that will give Samsung a new reason to claim its (supposedly) obvious creative superiority over Apple.

Yes, there might be a more entertaining unlocking tool or perhaps a virtual fingerprint reader, but will these be sufficient to add a new chapter to Samsung’s Apple-mocking?


It seems to be the Galaxy S9. Not, say, the S10. Or even, to tweak Apple further, the S11. Is a 9 somehow slightly lesser than a 10? I mean, an X?

Psychology can play strange tricks on vulnerable human minds.

Personally, one would rather like Samsung to reveal something the rumor mills haven’t uncovered. There’s always something delightful about companies defying the constant online chatter, renderings and photographing of supposedly new phones.

Mischievous Apple-persons, though, might muse that the most enjoyable surprise for them would be if the S9 had a notch.

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