60% decline in operating profit and 20% decline in sales year over year.
Their higher margin handsets are not moving like they use too and they are spending an insane amount on marketing to get customers to notice them. Is the Galaxy’s reign as the leading Android manufacture coming to an end? Probably not anytime soon, but they are probably losing some customers to Apple now that they have the iPhone 6 Plus to compete with.
Interestingly this is replacing Samsung’s Galaxy S line as their new Flagship device. I got the chance to play with the Note Edge today in New York and I thought the build quality was quite impressive. The all metal chassis made the device feel really solid. The curved screen looks really cool, but I’m not sure how useful it will really be. Right now, it more or less acts as a dock with a couple of Samsung customized apps that offload controls on to the side. Samsung said they will be be offering a development kit for it, but I don’t anticipate many developers jumping to develop for this particular screen.
Looks better than the S5, but I’m still not sold on the dimpled back design. I think it looks ugly.
Samsung is getting squeezed on the low-end and finding it really hard to compete with Apple on the high-end. Maybe it’s not the greatest strategy to create everything.
It does not provide enough benefit for me to go through the trouble of having to charge my watch everyday. A week is ideal, but I’ll take a couple of days over having to do it every night.
I’m ok with the price, but the hardware still looks very clunky.
Ashraf Eassa of The Motley Fool on the newly announce Galaxy S5:
The Galaxy S5 is likely to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in the U.S. and other developed markets (and an “Exynos Infinity” for international versions), 3GB of RAM, a 2560x1440 display, an updated/new industrial design, and a fingerprint reader. This should make it the crème de la crème of Android devices, and to address the critics that Samsung’s products are “cheap plastic,” there will likely be a version with a metal chassis. The iPhone 5s is likely to pale, at least from a hardware perspective, in comparison.
Inaccurate reporting of the specs. He’s rehashing previous rumors as if they were facts.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to be a great device, the most premium of the Android devices. Apple is probably going to lose high-end share as this product ramps, but if Apple is smart, it will prepare to host a “special event” to launch a suite of new iPhone products sooner rather than later.
It might be the most premium of Android devices, but Apple is still running away with more than 85% of the industry’s profits. No one at Apple is losing any sleep over the Galaxy S5.
Patrick Seitz of Investor’s Business Daily:
Apple claimed 87.4% of phone earnings before interest and taxes in the fourth quarter, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt said. Samsung took in 32.2% of industry profits. Because their combined earnings were higher than the industry’s total earnings as a result of many vendors losing money in Q4, Apple and Samsung mathematically accounted for more than 100% of the industry’s earnings.
That’s a 10% gain for Apple year over year and a slight decline for Samsung.
Google doesn’t like what Samsung is doing with Android and is putting them on notice. So much for no being evil.
This doesn’t look awkward at all.
People want this?
Sony broke even, everyone else is still losing money and Samsung is closing the gap on Apple.
So 18 months and you’re out of luck.
Apple scores perfect marks on every category except cost on J.D. Power’s highest tablet satisfaction rating in 2013 (volume 2), but Samsung walks away with the award. I’m puzzled.