It's more than just the former msft exec using Apple products away from the office... hyuk... they understand AAPL's user experience is delightful vs clunky on alternate systems. LOL
The company's chief strategy officer Young Sohn blamed it on Apple's "sticky" ecosystem.
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Samsung's chief strategy officer, Young Sohn, is sure to ruffle some feathers in Seoul over his recent comments regarding Apple.
Speaking to MIT Technology Review in an interview published today, Sohn said that Apple's key strength might not be products, but the company's "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 said. "It is sticky, but it is a proprietary architecture. Look at your phone [pointing to the writer's Samsung Galaxy Nexus]. It's a better phone, in my view. It's a better display. It's faster. But eventually the connected ecosystem is really critical."
Sohn went on to explain that Apple has found a way through iCloud, iTunes, and other platforms, to connect all of its products that consumers own. So if, for instance, they buy a movie on the iPhone, they can quickly watch it on their television with the Apple TV. Calendar appointments made on a Mac can be shared on an iPad. It's a fully "connected" experience, Sohn said.
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Even though Sohn is now a Samsung executive -- he only joined the company in August -- that "connected" experience Apple is delivering is too much for him to pass up.
"At work I'm using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way," Sohn said. "That's sticky, you know?"
I was at Costco the other day returning a shirt. A man standing next to me was returning his Samsung Galaxy Tab. He was bad mouthing Samsung. In the end, he said you get what you paid for. The Costco store clerk said, "yeah, we get quite a few returns on these". (Note; Costco had the Tab for $179 after $50 rebate).
From my personal experience, I have owned an iPod Touch for 4 years. I decided that I wanted a bigger screen (7" screen). iPad Mini was not available at the time for sale so I bought the Galaxy Tab for my personal use. I tell ya, Android OS is like a computer!! It's cluttered with so many navigations to get from point A to point B. After usinig it for 2 months, I sold my Tab on Craigslist. An idiot actually paid $175 for my used Tab! LOL (mind you, this was about 9 nine months ago)
I kept my Touch for another 9 months. My Touch was later eventually stolen at work. Instead of replacing my Touch, I bought the iPhone 4. I could have bought an iPad Mini, but not for $339! For $299, YES! I'm in no rush to buy iPad Mini until Cook lowers the price.