Samsung Wants the World to Know It Had Gold Phones FIRST so SHUT UP!

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Samsung plumbed new depths of "WTF?" on Friday by publishing a blog post titled, "‘Golden’ History of Samsung Phones [Editorial]." The point of the piece appears to be to answer critics who said Samsung's new gold Galaxy S4 copied Apple's gold iPhone 5s by shouting that the gold GS4 was available in Arabia on September 8th, two days before Apple unveiled the gold iPhone 5s on September 10th.

Just in case that's not clear, Samsung emphasized its point by circling the dates on a calendar in the first image in the blog post.

#8BEFORE10SHUTUP

SHUTUP #8BEFORE10!

In addition, Samsung is using the hash tag—and I am not making this up—#8before10 on its Samsung Mobile Arabia Facebook page. Of course, the first image of a gold Galaxy S4 that appears on that page was posted on September 24th, but I assume the company is telling the truth because it's hard to believe even Samsung would make up as pointless a lie as that.

Back to the [EDITORIAL] posted on Samsung's blog, the post attributed to Tomorrow Works starts off with, "By now you probably know that aliens work with Samsung, well so do some gods – Midas, to name one."

Never mind that Midas was a human cursed/gifted by the gods, not a god. That's just semantics, or accuracy, as I like to call it, but let's move on.

"About a month ago on August 27th," Tomorrow Works wrote, "Samsung launched the GALAXY S4 Gold edition in the United Arab Emirates (These were available in stores starting September 8th). It’s since also been released in Kuwait and Qatar."

There was a link to the Facebook page mentioned above included in that passage, because of all the haters saying that Samsung copied Apple by announcing this thing. Samsung needs to represent because haters gonna hate and Samsung does not play that way.

And to further hammer home the point that Samsung is the innovative company—and stop saying they copied!—Tomorrow Works pointed to eight other phones in Samsung's illustrious history that were gold, rose gold, and some sort of very unattractive flavor of gold.

Comedy Gold

A Wealth of Embarrassments

All of this proves Samsung's excellent pedigree in making gold phones and that the company was in no way copying Apple's stupid little gold iPhone 5s and SHUTUP!

The reality is that images of a gold iPhone 5s leaked in early August, well before September 10th. A couple of weeks almost assuredly isn't enough time to develop a new case for a smartphone, even for a company with Samsung's prodigious manufacturing capabilities.

So it's likely that Samsung was working on this option before Apple's leaked product images leaked, and whether or not it was Apple or Samsung that started working on a gold colored option first is immaterial.

What is material is how desperate Samsung is to be perceived as an innovator. In most cases, if you're the one screaming that kind of message, there's a reason why you're the one doing the screaming—it's not true.

After all, we're talking about a company that had to resort to proving that Apple invented the rubber band effect in the original iPhone to get Apple's patent for that effect declared invalid in Germany. If that's not a sign of corporate moral and intellectual bankruptcy, I don't know what is.

To me, Samsung's posturing and whining is proof of just one thing: the company is a source of comedy gold.

Comments

Joel In Real Life

I don’t actually have anything against Samsung, but it’s painful to watch. It’s like watching someone cry on American Idol when they don’t win.

MacFrogger

I just love the gold-faced trapezoidal model in the center of the delightful assemblage of Sammy phones - the one with the long, linear-yet-curved buttons.  I believe its similar to the one George Jetson gave to his daughter Judy when she went off to college!  wink  Eat your heart out Jonny Ive!

jhorvatic

They copied the iPhone 5S and they know it. Bunch of whiney Sambung holes. It was so painfully obvious when Apple released the iPhone 5S gold and they came out and released the Galaxy S gold a day later. If there’s was first then why didn’t they announce it first? Because they didn’t get the idea until Apple released theres that’s why. Until Apple was getting record demand for the iPhone 5S Gold.
What do they think people are that stupid or gullible.
Grow up Samsung!

ishimoto_ken

This has nothing to do with Samsung specially. All Korean Companies act like that. It’s a copy Country and the Government helps them.

Take a look to see what the alone copy from Japan : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zPhBFEizzA

Also now Samsung also has copied Dyson.

furbies

It would be interesting to get release date sales (not shipped) stats for Samsung Vs Apple for “Gold” coloured mobile phones.

ibuck

It seems Samsung “doth protest too much.”  They strike me as so dishonest that they may not honor the warranties on their products.

mhikl

Japan copied after the 2nd WW to fast start their engines and “Made in Japan” meant cheap. With experience, Japan soon became a monster nation for it inventive and innovative spirit, envied by the West.

Still waiting for Korea to get the spirit,

waiting, . . .

jameskatt

Samsung got caught shamefully copying Apple. This is why they came out with this long defensive notice.  Gnusmas is ashamed.

Bob LeVitus

Bryan said: “...the company is a source of comedy gold.”

Well put!

grin

makuribu

Part of what made it so funny was their 64-bit “me too!” that came out immediately after Apple’s 5s announcement. To follow that up so quickly with a plastic phone spray painted gold for the UAE is just hilarious.

RonMacGuy

And let’s not forget their advertisement copying the iPhone 5C pics on Apple.com.  iPhone 5C on Apple’s website shows blue 5C on blue background, green 5C on green background, etc.  Samsung shows gold S4 on, huh, gold background!!  Shameless.

SAMSUNG TOMORROW?!?!?  No thanks, I’ll take APPLE TODAY!!  But ‘Samsung Tomorrow’ is very appropriate - Apple innovates ‘today’, and Samsung copies it and releases ‘tomorrow’.

What a stupid phrase - Samsung Tomorrow.  It’s like saying their technology isn’t here today, but hey it’ll be here soon - as soon as we find someone to clone!!

wab95

Bryan:

How could you, and the rest of the tech writer/analyst community miss the fact that Samsung released their Galaxy Gold two days - count ‘em two whole days or forty-eight freaking hours - before Apple did their little iPhone release thing over there in, where is it again, Cupertino!!!?

That’s right, Samsung released their gold phone to the United Arab Emirates, a country of some 8.3M people! Why, that’s 0.13% of the whole planet! (Unless of course you adjust for only UAE natives, in which case, it represents 0.02% - but those are just numbers); whereas Apple just released theirs to countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and, well, a few other small places - okay over 60% of the planet, but let’s not quibble. 

How could you miss that? What’s the standard anymore for responsible journalism?

And just look at that lineup of legacy gold phones, would you? Why, such an unbroken chain of garish gold grisliness is enough to make a pirate lust and grown men shed tears. Why, if I hadn’t been deceived by Apple that they had invented the gold phone, I’d go out and get one of these little nuggets right now. And a gold tooth to match. So there!

Phoenix Pham

Lol so many apple fanboys. Samsung have been making gold phones b4 apple even debuted. Calm down, if logic to you is the one that came out after is the copier then I can understand why the population of stupidity carried apple products. Samsung. The innovator. End of story.

gnasher729

There were plenty of posts when the first rumours about a gold coloured phone appeared that screamed loudly how ugly, horrible, and tasteless gold coloured phones were. They had to shut up when photos appeared where the iPhone 5S looked actually very nice in gold colour. Then came all the posts that screamed loudly how Apple had no innovation left, because the only change in the next iPhone 5 was the gold colour and gold colour is no innovation. Then the phone was released and they all had to shut up because there is tons of innovation in the iPhone 5S. And now “Phoenix Pham” tells us that Samsung is “the innovator” because they have a gold coloured phone. When the photos show clearly that unlike Apple, Samsung _did_ manage to create ugly, horrible and tasteless gold coloured phones, and Samsung _did_ manage to release a phone where the only change was the gold colour.

Phoenix, gold colour isn’t innovation. It’s a different colour. Some make phones in a nice gold colour (Apple), some make phones in horrible gold colour because they have no taste (Samsung), but it’s not innovation. Using gold colour in a tasteful way is very, very difficult. Jony Ive can do it. Samsung can’t.

Spiros Lambrinidis

Seriously. It was the accusations on Samsung for copying Apple with the gold 5S with the gold S4 that prompted the clarifications from Samsung.
Earlier, I saw many websites claiming Samsung copied the gold 5S. Considering all iPhones operate with Samsung components, the Apple brigade should take a step back and realize that Apple without Samsung would still be on the drawing board!

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