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.
MIT Technology Review
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RE: Why the fuss?
12/15/2012 12:14:48 AM
Yes, they are generally encouraged to. Not using your companies products looks bad. Not sure why people don't "get" that.
Case in point... This guy is now a huge news story. And the story is being spun not as "what a great and honest guy!" but rather "wow... Samsung sucks so much that even their EXECS dont use their shit!"
So blame human nature for it. 90% of people who read that will say "wow... even the SAMSUNG GUY uses Apple!" and translate that as "Samsung sucks"
Would be the same if Steve Jobs had an Android phone.
Until people collectively decide to stop being pathetic and petty and judgmental, then this will be an issue.
My guess is that, especially as an exec, this guy just ended his career. For execs don't drive Corvettes. You can bet on that one.
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