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iPhone 7 Vs. Galaxy S7: Comparing Smartphone Rumors
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2/14/2016 | 9:31:11 PM
Killer product
One thing for both Apple and Samsung to consider - are they able to create killer product that can trigger the scream from consumers? Now the iPhone sales is still increasing but the velocity is lower than before. If there is no outstanding highlights in iPhone7, the potential for breaking previous sales record may be limited.
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2/15/2016 | 6:15:06 AM
Re: Killer product
The market is saturated with iPhones at this point. There have been very few reasons for users to jump to the latest versions too. And the prices of the phones are very expensive especially without subsidies. I think much of what you will see in later versions will be evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary.
Susan Fourtané
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2/15/2016 | 3:18:29 PM
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tjgkg, 

The price of the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge are not going to be too different from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The price of these phones are aligned with the kind of product they are and the user experience. 

I don't really see anything bad in having evolutionary versions. There is too little to add since there is a new phone every year. It's impossible for researchers and developers to come up with something revolutionary in just a year. 

Users don't have the time to even discover all the new features in a year. 

-Susan 
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2/15/2016 | 4:35:14 PM
Re: Killer product
I completely agree Susan. I think most of the revolutionary work has been done for this type of smartphone. The next generation will be something completely different I think but we might not have the capability to build it yet. Current smart phones are pretty special in any case. I love my 6+ because it really is like having a mini computer in my pocket and i really use it quite a bit. Except i do not get any work emails on my phone!! I draw the line on that because i would lose what is left of my marbles with the amount of work emails i get everyday ringing on my phone.
Susan Fourtané
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2/15/2016 | 5:12:43 PM
Re: Killer product
tjg..., 

I also love my 6 Plus. :) Now I want a 7 Plus with Dual SIM. 

You can redirect your work emails to a Gmail account and get them on your phone, if you wish. 

-Susan
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2/16/2016 | 1:50:03 AM
Re: Killer product
@Susan, the free VR gear is an appealing aspect for Samsung. If Samsung could extend the free offering throughout the life cycle of the Galaxy S7 then, the combo could be viewed as a revolutionary development. Google Cardboard is an alternative that any user can attach to their device. However, at the end of the day, cardboard is not durable.  
Susan Fourtané
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2/16/2016 | 3:49:33 AM
Re: Killer product
Brian, 

Yes, I agree. The VR headset is a good marketing strategy and will influence pre-orders. I don't think after the pre-sales it would be a good idea businesswise.

Unless, the VR gear is very low quality and doesn't affect the revenue figures too much. After all, this VR thing is part of the sales strategy. 

By September Apple will have to think of something. I wish for a double SIM slot on the next gen iPhone. :) 

-Susan 
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2/17/2016 | 3:48:25 AM
Re: Killer product
@Susan, dual SIM slots are an important feature for the global professional because international data roaming chargers are extreme. However, most of the high-end smartphones (even the phones from Samsung) do not enable this feature. 

Currently, I am looking into portable SIM to WiFi routers to meet the data demands of international travel. A user's primary SIM cannot be inactive because, it is their primary contact number and IMO, Whatsapp and Viber, etc., require the primary SIM as an anchor.
Susan Fourtané
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2/21/2016 | 3:23:44 AM
Re: Killer product
Brian, it seems like the S7 will come with a dual SIM slot. Since I am an Apple user I will have to wait and see if the Apple includes dual SIM in the iPhone 7 Plus later this year. This, together with wireless charging, are the two things Apple should add now. It's really problematic to have to switch SIMs all the time for the roaming issues you mentioned. For international travel and WiFi, I got a Huawei Mobile WiFi modem (it's very small) that works with local SIMs. I keep this device in my bag and I connect all my devices to it. It works great for me. :) It doesn't matter if you take your primary SIM off your phone and use a second SIM. WhatsApp keeps on working your primary number disregarding the SIM you are using. I registred my Finnish number with WhatsApp, and when I use my English SIM WhatsApp works the same. /Susan
Brian.Dean
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2/22/2016 | 4:39:52 AM
Re: Killer product
@Susan, if Samsung includes the Dual-SIM option in the S7, it will be a good incentive for users to upgrade from a Note 4 to a S7.

Another approach is that of Apple SIM, currently it seems that Apple SIM only works for the iPad and it creates carrier flexibility for the user while traveling. It would be nice if the functionality of Apple SIM is expanded to cover the iPhone.

Now that you mentioned it, you are right about Whatapps. There are a few contacts in my phone that are utilized by family members of an individual -- call the individual through a carrier line and the intended individual is reached but, message the individual through Whatapps on the same number and it reaches their family member.    
Susan Fourtané
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2/27/2016 | 10:08:19 AM
Re: Killer product
Brian, People travel so much now, especially for business, that there is a real need for changes in telecommunications. /Susan
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2/16/2016 | 4:44:07 AM
Re: Killer product
@Susan: I see you want that dual-SIM. That would be a good feature. Like having 2 phones in one. I hope they can do it. As for work emails, whether they come via Gmail or the Mail app, there are still lots of them and would seriously drive me crazy on my phone. The laptop is fine because i can always close it and leave it at home or the office. We all need (and should) get away from work once in a while. I am feeling stronger about that as i get older.
Susan Fourtané
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2/16/2016 | 6:08:23 AM
Re: Killer product
tjgkg, the reason why I want a dusl SIM slot is because I have two SIMs, one Finnish and one English, and not using the phone function has become easier than changing the SIM as often I need to change it. Carrying two phones has never been practical. You can choose in your settings to not receive the mail notifications. Then they would be there sitting unless you open the application. /Susan
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2/16/2016 | 9:33:31 AM
Re: Killer product
@Susan: Yes it is never really practical to lug around two phones. Having that additiona SIM slot would eliminate that. I'm not sure if they would allow both SIM's to be active simultaneously or you could only have one "phone" active at a time with a switch in Settings. Thanks for the tip about the work mail. 
Susan Fourtané
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2/16/2016 | 10:13:15 AM
Re: Killer product
tjgkg, I suppose it is only possible to have one SIM active at a time. I am not sure, though, what is possible in this case. I will have to find out. Just changing SIMs from settings would be great compared to what I have to do now. Disabling the Mail notifications should work for you. /Susan
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2/16/2016 | 11:01:29 AM
Re: Killer product
@Susan: I have a Verizon iPhone so everything is locked up like Fort Knox. Other phones will let you access the SIM card but I think there are other procedures that need to be done to allow the new SIM's to work. I doubt Verizon will ever change but now with people buying the phones outright at full price instead of getting them at subsidized prices, i would think you could have some say as to what goes inside your phone.
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2/16/2016 | 1:27:24 PM
Re: Killer product
tjgkg, service providers should understand that locking up devices is like keeping customers in cages. I hate that. None of my devices is locked up. Last year, in the UK, I got a SIM from Vodafone for my mobile WiFi modem. The SIM didn't work. I took it back to the store where they argued that my device it was surely locked up and that was why their SIM didn't work. My device was not locked up, of course. I asked for a refund since I could not use their SIM. All frustrated I went to where I had bought the Mobile WiFi Modem (in Finland) and told them what Vodafone in London had said. They confirmed what I knew, that the device was not locked up and they said that most likely what happened was the Vodafone SIM works only in Vodafone devices. If only I could understand the point of such stupidity! Well, back in the UK, I got a SIM from Three and it works very well. This device let's me connect all my devices to my own WiFi connection. The point of having this device is that I can get local SIM cards when I travel to get WiFi connection all the time. I carry the little device in my bag and I don't have to suffer looking for free WiFi in countries where there is not always WiFi available everywhere.. Plus, I don't have any issues about secrity and privacy since I connect to my own mobile WiFi that lives in my bag. :) /Susan
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2/18/2016 | 5:33:16 AM
Re: Killer product
@Susan: Ah Vodaphone... They used to be joined at the hip with Verizon. All of VZ's phones were locked. And the few "global" phones they had a few years ago had a locked Vodaphone SIM. That meant one was stuck on their network with their rates. Instead I bought a phone card from Walmart and used phone boxes when overseas. When i finally got a smart phone with wi-fi, I used Skype to get around the lock. I agree with you that locking phones and cards is like caging customers. The phone companies think it robs them of revenues. But as long as you can get to the internet, you can circumvent the locks.
Susan Fourtané
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2/27/2016 | 10:22:20 AM
Re: Killer product
tjgkg, fortunately, some carriers are now selling unlocked phones and SIMs. Customers will start migrating and at some point those like Verizon will have to unlock their devices and SIMs unless they want to lose all their customers. /Susan
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3/3/2016 | 10:23:41 AM
Re: Killer product
I hope you are right Susan. Verizon is expensive and when overseas, I have been hit for some impressive mobile charges. Even got hit for some text charges even though i have free international texts. Almost everything VZ has is expensive. Like FIOS. Thankfully part of my mobile and internet service is reimbursed by my company.
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3/3/2016 | 10:57:46 AM
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tjgkg, have you thought of moving away from Verizon? /Susan
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3/3/2016 | 12:42:57 PM
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Susan: Yes, many times! Unfortuately i am locked up in their 2 year contract now. I have them for phone, data, TV and mobile. They provide the best service in my area and where i travel. Plus i don't feel the sting as much since my company reimburses me for mobile and data. But if that were not the case....
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3/3/2016 | 1:13:36 PM
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tjgkg, then there is not much of a problem. :) And after the two years maybe you can chnage if another service provider offers a better service by then. /Susan
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3/3/2016 | 4:57:32 PM
Re: Killer product
Susan, absolutely. I am always on the lookout for the best deal.
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2/16/2016 | 12:45:59 PM
Re: Killer product
Susan, is the Finnish/English SIMs because of roaming or because of language? Our company has Finnish mgmt so President travels there regularly. I've even been there once. The same roaming plan covers all of Europe. But I'm curious if those of you who live in Europe get roaming when changing countries? If so, are there any initiatives to build a single European network where roaming doesn't apply? Seems to make sense when so easy for you to travel between countries like we travel between states here in US.
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2/16/2016 | 4:03:43 PM
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Indeed, TerryB, it makes sense. Finally, The European Parliament approved teh initiative that has been cooking for some time now, and next year there will not be a need for roaming anymore, which doesn't make any sense. Using the phones all over Europe will work like local numbers. Banking has already been unified some years ago, which is great. The change of SIMs is because of roaming. What company do you work for that has Finnish management? What roaming plan covers all over Europe? /Susan
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2/17/2016 | 9:44:24 AM
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Susan, glad to hear what Europe doing, that will be great for you guys. We are spinoff from the Outokumpu Oy, called Luvata now. Outokumpu wanted to focus on stainless steel, sold it's business units which make copper based products to private equity owner Nordic Capital (Sweden). Our Luvata corp HQ'd in London but our biz unit president reports to division head in Espoo. We have large facility in Pori. I made a trip once to Pori. also visited Outo's stainless steel plant in Tornio. Had dinner on world's only private icebreaker. On way home, got to spend night in Helsinki, loved that city. Club called On the Rocks was fantastic, great band downstairs. That was one hungover flight home. :-)

I also had a biz trip to Copenhagen, my only other Europe visit. I really loved that city and people.

We are AT&T. I can get a Passport plan ($30, $60 or $90 per month, depending on how much data) which covers all of western Europe, including Finland. Prevents roaming data charges and discounts voice calls. Before they started doing that my boss would run up $1000 on a one week trip over there. They've made it nice enough now you can apply the plan for a billing cycle and have it automatically expire, eases admin.

 
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2/21/2016 | 6:55:07 AM
Re: Killer product
TerryB, so you were really north when you went to Tornio. Was it summer, or winter? Winter is pretty in the north but summer is super pretty with the midnight sun. :) What is the name of that icebreaker? Next time you are in Europe, either in Finland or England, let me know, we should meet for a cup of tea and face to face discussions. :D Oh, yes, Copenhagen is a beautiful city, and I also love people there. That Passport plan sounds quite good. Roaming charges can really kill you, yes. Now that you have mentioned this, I think Vodafone has something like that. I should investigate. /Susan
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2/22/2016 | 1:00:26 PM
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Susan, it was March 6, something like that. Still 100 inches of snow on ground and they were telling me the frozen bay they have might melt around end of May. :-)  That's where icebreaker was docked. Sounded like it was more museum/restaurant than working ship anymore. But captain did say it still worked, they took dinner cruises in warmer weather.

Not likely I'll make another trip anytime soon. For most part, as primarily a developer, I don't travel much anymore. But some of guys were going anyway and I wanted to look at shop floor barcode system Pori was using before creating the one we use now. Copenhagen was even more of fluke thing, Corp was looking to pick new ERP system and had consultants running workshop to collect requirements. Got a trip to Times Square/Manhatten out of that exercise also. Nothing like NYC on the expense account. :-)
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2/27/2016 | 10:01:00 AM
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TerryB, March is still winter and still snowy in Finland, yes. It's true what they said, especially in the north. All the ice/brakers work in Finland. There is plenty to do in winter. :) It sounds like all that was a great experience for you. How nice. :) /Susan
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2/15/2016 | 5:17:09 PM
Re: Killer product
The next iPhone is going to be waterproof and dust proof? Why couldn't they have been able to do that with earlier models? I have an iPhone 6s and this thing feels so fragile in my it is ridiculous. My sense has been that iPhones had been getting more fragile, not more battle tested. 
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2/16/2016 | 3:14:15 AM
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Daniel, were you planning on swimming with your iPhone, or going on an expedition to the Sahara? :D I can't really think of too many situations where a phone would normally be in touch with water. Well, except if it happens that you are in the rain, soaking, with no umbrella, in the middle of nowhere where where you could find any place for shelter, and you have to do something with your phone in the middle of the rain. What do you do with your phone that requitres the phone to be a rock? /Susan
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2/15/2016 | 8:59:39 AM
Curved on all 4 sides
If Samsung introduces new Galaxy curved on all 4 sides then it'll be really awesome. On aesthetics, it would beat all other phones hand down.
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2/15/2016 | 4:03:39 PM
Dual-SIM
 I wish for a dual-SIM on the iPhone 7 Plus. :) 

-Susan 
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2/16/2016 | 2:15:03 AM
Quick Charge 3.0 -- Wall Charger
Another rumor is that the Galaxy S7/Edge will either have a 3,000mAh or 3,600mAh battery. 80% of 3,000mAh is 2,400mah and to deliver enough power to get a battery from 0mAh to 2,400mAh in 35 minutes will require a wall charger that is twice as powerful as a wall charger that is designed for Quick Charge 2.0. 
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2/16/2016 | 3:53:53 AM
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Brian, 

What about wireless changing? Have you heard something about it? 

-Susan 
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2/17/2016 | 3:18:32 AM
Re: Quick Charge 3.0 -- Wall Charger
@Susan that is a great point to bring up wireless charging with quick charge. Wireless charging technology is in its infancy, charge time on a wireless charger is slow, wireless entails that the phone has to be in physical contact with the charging dock and the benefit is that the by eliminating the micro USB port -- the micro USB port is protected. Aesthetics gains a boost as well due to wireless charging.

It will be interesting to see if the Galaxy S7 advances the technology or it remains the same.
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2/21/2016 | 2:38:17 AM
Re: Quick Charge 3.0 -- Wall Charger
Brian, the S7 is presented today at the Samsung event part of MWC. Some cafes in London have Wireless charging docks. I found the charging quite fast. Both Apple and Samsung should include wireless charging at this point. This is something needed and wanted. Time ago Nokia had introduced wireless charging. But well, Nokia is not in the phone business anymore so probably that died as well. /Susan


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