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Young Sohn
Samsung exec shows Apple some love

Samsung and Apple definitely have an awkward relationship. Samsung is one of Apple's top suppliers for components in its popular iPad and iPhone mobile devices. However, Apple is currently embroiled in a bitter "thermonuclear war" with Samsung over claims that the South Korean electronics giant has ripped of its patented designs and technology.
Despite the fact that Apple is looking to have numerous Samsung products banned from the market, it was revealed that Samsung President and Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn actually has quite a bit of love for Apple and its products in an interview with MIT Technology Review. Sohn praised Apple tie-ins like iCloud, stating, "If you look at the strengths of Apple, in a way it’s not the product per se. It’s that consumers like their ecosystem such as iCloud. I like that my family 6,000 miles away in Korea is able to see my schedule and see all of my contacts and photos."
Sohn went on to state that he not only uses a Mac at home, but he also has an iPhone and an iPad. Being that Sohn is a high-ranking executive at Samsung, he naturally also owns a Samsung Galaxy smartphone (Sohn joined Samsung in August, so we can only assume that he's sporting a Galaxy S III).
Puzzled by the admission of a person in his position using Apple products, interviewer Jessica Laber asked for an explanation. Sohn responded:
At work I’m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way. That’s sticky, you know? However, I did figure out how to sync all of my contacts and all of my schedules between the two different systems. You can do it. It’s a bit of work, but it is possible.
We're sure that the top brass at Samsung aren't exactly thrilled that Sohn is extolling his love for Apple products in an interview, especially considering that the company makes comparable devices to all of the ones that he uses at home. But it's nice to see a high-level exec keeping an open mind about the competition.

Source: MIT Technology Review

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By StevoLincolnite on 12/13/2012 10:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
I say good on him.

If he can use a competitors device then look at the device his company makes then he can easily point out the sore points and improve it.

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By kleinma on 12/13/2012 10:47:36 AM , Rating: 4
Shouldn't the headline read:

"Soon to be ex-Samsung Exec Praises Apple Ecosystem, Uses iPhone and iPad at Home"

I own an S3 and a 4s, but they do virtually the same things, so its really hard to say which is better, both having some merits over the other. However I think the S3 probably would win in a side by side comparison of features and functionality. 4s certainly lasts longer on a charge, but its also not 4g. Damn... when did everything start being named with a number and a single letter.

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By 2bdetermine on 12/13/2012 11:37:58 AM , Rating: 1
Fortunately for him that used Samsung devices for work, if he was to used Apple devices who knew where he would end up. Apple Map anyone?

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By ProZach on 12/15/2012 6:39:08 AM , Rating: 2
I agree.

I know the iBlahs are chic and considered status symbols, so if he wants to act like a "playa" then so be it.

Personally speaking, I just had a recent experience: a person I knew who never owned any real smartphone before decided to spring for an iPhone5 to look cool with his new co-workers (in his midlife crisis, I guess). What do you know? He asked me to upload a simple soundbyte via bluetooth from my Samsung GS WiFi- but his POS iPhooey would not accept it. I knew the Apple-garden propaganda but this is frickin stupid. "What a piece of useless crap," I thought to myself, "This doofus won't jailbreak, no SD slot... have fun forking out money to iToons and dealing with your 2-year contract."

IMO, anyone who thinks iPhone is superior is a brain-dead poser with undersized, un-exercised genitalia. At least we all know what great-grandad wants this X-mas... something analogous to Prodigy Online ;)

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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