Samsung Galaxy S IV appreciation week rolls on as we head towards tomorrow night's official unveiling. Today we focus on the ever-contentious argument over innovation and how much Samsung's success has come purely from copying Apple.
And we do so on the back of Forbes' suggestion that like a 4G Luke Skywalker to the iPhone's Yoda, the Galaxy S IV will mark the last time Samsung operates in Apple's shadow.
Forbes' Haydn Shaughnessy reckons the current generation of smartphones is very much defined by Apple and that just like everyone else, Samsung has thus far conformed to “Apple’s form factor and Apple’s design language, chipping away and trying to make a good iPhone, iPad-like product”.
But after talking to IBB analyst Jefferson Wang, he says that's all about to change – it just won't happen with the Galaxy S IV.
In 2014, Shaughnessy argues, Samsung will really start to break free thanks to the likes of its Tizen OS and flexible display technology. He reckons “Samsung is probably taking its last steps in Apple’s shadow. In 2014 it will transform the computing and online experience, in a way that is unique to its own vision. Critics who think it lacks vision need to think again.”
However, that's 2014 and for now he says the Galaxy S IV will just be another Very Good Phone rather than a total game-changer.
“On Thursday they will unveil yet another good iPhone competitor,” Shaughnessy writes. “But they will struggle to convince us they have an iconic product.”
That remains to be seen, but I imagine Samsung will be quite happy with “yet another good iPhone competitor” if it goes on to sell as well as the Galaxy S III. And there's no reason to suggest it won't.
In the end, it's all just opinion, but how about giving us yours: will the Galaxy S IV do enough to keep Sammy at the head of the smartphone table, and more importantly will it be the last of its kind before Samsung really kicks loose and gives it some serious Gangnam Style moves to its own tune in 2014? Have your say in the Comments below!