I observed that the trend of attempting to label a device an “iPhone killer” is still very much alive. I ran into an article titled, “Is the Samsung Galaxy S3 an iPhone Killer?” It was so amusing that I tweeted that it has been years now and nothing has come close to killing the poor iPhone. One of our regulars here picked it where I left off and responded with the following profound tweet:
Why does it have to be either or? Can’t both phones be extremely succesful without one having to kill the other? — Muyiwa Iyowu
Simply brilliant. And this also underscores something else that I keep saying: that you like one OS doesn’t mean you must dislike or hate the other. Why does it have to be this or that?
I suspect that the people behind the iPhone killer buzz do it for hype and traffic. An iPhone killer is totally unnecessary. The iPhone is not my kind of device, but I want it to keep doing well, alongside others equally doing well.
We consumers stand to benefit from an ecosystem of strong brands, platforms and devices. There is no question about it that both the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S III are successful products, and neither of them is killing off the other.
PS: I handled the Galaxy S III briefly today, and found it to have very solid build quality. It doesn’t feel plasticity. Interface-wise, it looks and feels very much like what obtains on the Galaxy S II. No surprise there, afterall it’s the same TouchWiz UI that both run.
I have no idea when I will get one for review though, but let’s keep our fingers crossed.