Samsung Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn spoke candidly at the MIT Technology review event about the devices he uses. “At work I?m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way,” said Sohn.
OK, so think about Apple compared to Samsung. I use a Mac, actually, at home. I?ve always used Mac, an iPhone, and an iPad. I also have the Galaxy. So I?m a great example.
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. It is sticky, but it is a proprietary architecture.
Look at your phone [pointing to my 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.
I think we have probably the largest platform in the world between the devices and displays and televisions we sell. We actually provide more devices that are interacting with consumers than anyone in the world. But if you think about our experiences, it?s device-centric. It?s experienced by itself. It?s not experienced in a connected way. So we think we can provide a lot more things than what we are doing today with an open ecosystem with our partners.
The two major players in the smartphone market are Android and iOS. People have their own reasons why they prefer one phone operating system over another. Some of the features that I prefer the on the iPhone are iMessage and the Remote app. However I think that Samsung phones have great features like a larger screen size, a deep integration with Google products, and NFC.
Regardless, it is refreshing to see an executive at a company being honest about how he uses products from another rival. Maybe this might encourage Indra Nooyi to say that from time to time she may enjoy a Coca-Cola or Alan Mulally admit that he would really like to drive around in a Hummer sometimes.