Samsung Exec Praises Apple Ecosystem, Uses iPhone and iPad at Home
December 13, 2012 9:27 AM
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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.
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12/13/2012 5:48:37 PM
I don't know. Maybe the Apple process got better with iOS6. But I do know it was at best, vague, when I was using my i4.
Okay, thinking a little bit back at the iPhone situation, I have - I think - an example:
My iTunes account is associated with a particular POP email address. And it isn't an "iCloud" address. I could not punch in my iTunes ID, which has all of my purchased apps and music, and have ready access to everything associate with Apple's centralized UID - "iCloud".
In Android, any apps or games or music or anything I've bought is associated with the Gmail UID. The whole universe is associated with the Gmail UID.
12/15/2012 12:00:47 AM
Things changed with iCloud.
Android is fine as long as you want to surrender your entire existence to Google. Yes of course if you use Android (their OS), the Android app store (their app store), Google Music (their music service), GMail (their mail app) and every other thing they do, then yes it works great.
Similarly if you do everything with Apple resources then everything Apple works great too.
The point is that as soon as you don't want to surrender your entire existence to any one of these ecosystems, they *all* break down. You dont feel it because you are happily 100% Google. 100% Apple people dont feel it because they are 100% Apple. There really is no difference beyond the perception of individual "fans".
Its ironic that Google and Apple are busily creating *far* more "lock in" than MSFT ever did and continually get not only a free pass, but really kudos for building such "well integrated environments". The #1 and #2 dominators of the largest growth segment in computing each having total monopoly control of the entire stack really isnt a great thing, but no one seems to care anymore.
12/15/2012 12:06:19 AM
And before anyone splits hairs.. Yes I realize that "Android" isnt "Google" but for all intents and purposes it really is. The hardware OEM partners provide device diversity, and *technically* it is "open" and "open source", but in practice this is Googles playground and, again excepting the device diversity, is just as much of a centrally controlled walled garden as IOS is for the vast majority of users.
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