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Samsung's highly anticipated Android-based Galaxy S III smartphone may be basking in attention that it's receiving during its official launch on Wednesday, but there's at least one top tech exec who's snubbing it. Terry Gou, the "pugnacious" chairman of Hon Hai, the parent company of iPhone and iPad maker Foxconn, advises that …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Its Apple

    WHo I think is a secret shareholder in Foxconn. Ane he knows which side is his bread buttered on.

    Is this really news?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Its Apple

      What a crazy fantasy. Apple isn't even Foxconn's largest customer - e.g for phones it's actually Nokia and Sony, Huawei and Motorola.

      You think this would happen if Apple was a shareholder?

  2. pixl97
    Mushroom

    Wait, what?

    --"a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors" – a reference to Samsung's outing of four Taiwanese companies in a 2010 EU flat-panel price-fixing investigation that resulted in a €434 fine.

    Foxconn is pissed because Samsung outed suppliers for screwing the customer? Just making sure I didn't read this wrong, if he's pissed because Samsung doesn't want companies doing illegal shit, then Gou can stick his head up his own ass till he suffocates.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Wait, what?

      No, he's pissed because Samsung also participated in said plan to screw customers but then ratted everyone out and got away scot free.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Coat

        Re: Wait, what?

        "South Korean companies Samsung Electronics and LG Display, the world’s top two LCD makers who in combination produce over half of the LCD panels sold worldwide, were among six LCD screen manufacturers rapped by the European Commission today for colluding to fix the price of LCD panels used in flat-screen HDTV displays [...]

        Samsung was exempted from being hit with any fine for its role in whistleblowing on the price-fixing cartel." - http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/lg-lcd-price-fixing-samsung-20101208952.htm

        This was of course after Samsung got caught price fixing RAM: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4340388.stm

        Price fixing is a popular business model for Samsung.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Wait, what?

          >the world’s top two LCD makers who in combination produce over half of the LCD panels sold worldwide

          Bit of a tenous boast, since BenQ in the form of AU Optronics manufacture considerably (2x/3x) more panels than both companies combined. LG and Samsung resell millions of AUO panels, which is I suppose how they get away with the claim

          As with Apple and others, you wonder how many shareholders really see a difference between the number of products shipping and actually having the capacity to manufacture those products.

          Sooner or later the major Chinese/Taiwanese manufacturers are going to muster sufficient sense to sit down together in a room somewhere.

      2. ShadowedOne
        Go

        Re: Wait, what?

        Oh I see, so he's pissed because Samsung snitched before Foxconn could, I've got it now.

    2. Richard 116

      Re: Wait, what?

      Unless I dreamed this didn't Samsung just do a plea bargain thing? ie they were as guilty as the rest but got off because they snitched first. If that is how it went down it's hardly 'Samsung doesn't want companies doing illegal shit'.

      Apologies again if I've got that wrong.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Wait, what?

      It's one thing to out your competitors, but another to string them along as say you'll co-operate with their little scam and then later report them later on for personal gain. That's almost the same thing as entrapment.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Wait, what?

        ^^ This is exactly why Terry Gou is pissed.

      2. PowerSurge
        Devil

        Re: Wait, what?

        That's what Virgin did to BA (airlines). In the EU the whistleblower gets the fine waived. A sort of incentive.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Wait, what?

          A bad incentive in the case, since it was the market's biggest offender (Samsung, by sales) who got away with a thank you and goodbye.

          1. nematoad Silver badge
            Stop

            Re: Wait, what?

            "A bad incentive in the case, since it was the market's biggest offender (Samsung, by sales) who got away with a thank you and goodbye."

            Hang on a minute. You can't just take this out of context.

            This whole affair is about illegal cartels rigging prices and thus gouging their customers. If Samsung's actions meant that the cartel was found and the members punished, does it really matter if the company that enabled the authorities to bring the malefactors to book got off scot free? It may be that it is dishonorable, conniving and unpleasant but do the ends, in this case, not justify the means?

            Or do you really enjoy paying over the odds?

            1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
              Meh

              Re: Wait, what?

              > Or do you really enjoy paying over the odds?

              No-one ever forced me to buy an LCD screen, gun in hand.

          2. AdamWill

            Re: Wait, what?

            It's not meant to be good _in the context of the initial case_.

            What it's meant to do is act as a deterrent, because companies that go into a price-fixing arrangement know damn well that any of them could at any point sell all the others out and get off 'scot free'. The point of the arrangement is to make it very difficult for companies to conspire with any degree of trust at all. They darn well know that from the day the agreement is...agreed...there'll be some snot in each company pushing for them to go ahead and sell the others out, take the money and run. It's actually a rather neat trick.

      3. Blank Reg Silver badge

        Re: Wait, what?

        As long as Samsung didn't initiate the price fixing scheme then I don't have a problem with this behaviour. I'd do the same thing, play along just long enough to have enough evidence for an iron clad case.

      4. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Wait, what?

        I'd call it clever business strategy. Play along with your competitors, then snitch on them and come out on top. It's business, fair play to Samsung.

    4. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
      FAIL

      The Marxist understanding of the market is going strong, I see

      > Samsung doesn't want companies doing illegal shit

      > Samsung outed suppliers for screwing the customer

      I think you are unable to understand that:

      This "illegal shit" is just a contract among private parties into which state has no standing to look into. None at all. Except to fulfill random promises given to the electorate that they will control <mumble mumble> rampant capitalism for <mumble mumble> the consumers' good and hoover up some cash to pay the tax feeding classes on the side.

      Those "screwed customers" were apparently quite ok with the price for which those goods were being offered.

      That if the price is above market expectations through collusion or otherwise, sales will fall and the door will be opened for competitors.

      1. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

        Re: Those "screwed customers" were apparently quite ok with the price

        Well it's not like I could get the same product cheaper from their competitor so obviously I was getting the best deal - oh wait that's the -point.-

      2. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: The Marxist understanding of the market is going strong, I see

        >Those "screwed customers" were apparently quite ok with the price for which those goods were being offered.

        >sales will fall and the door will be opened for competitors.

        @Destroy All Monsters

        Your logic only works if other competitors exist- in some industries, there are only a few players. Example: Say nVidia and AMD** got together, and agreed their pricing in advance: the prices they set would be what the customer expects the price to be. He can not get an equivalent product elsewhere. For a start-up to compete would require years and billions of dollars.

        This is why we have a Monopolies and Mergers Commission* and racketeering is considered illegal in most countries.

        *Yeah, I know Intel could maybe, I know that Global Foundries make AMD's stuff... it's only an example of the rough idea.

        **despite the best efforts of the late Lord Sutch, we still have only one Monopolies Commission.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: The Marxist understanding of the market is going strong, I see

        @Destroy All Monsters

        You're confusing Marxism with rejection of economic libertarianism. That's like saying everywhere not in Solihull is London. There's actually quite a broad range of possible opinions on this, but you have to think a little harder, and stop pretending the economy can be run just on a few broad principles, in order to see the others.

        To say the state has no standing to look into private contracts is ridiculous, since the state does in fact do that, and it does it quite a lot, and no civil wars have occurred as a result.

        And I think the financial pyramid scheme that almost destroyed the economy recently is a pretty good argument against the wisdom of the extreme laissez-faire position. Put simply, unregulated markets do not work to the benefit of society as a whole. They cannot work to the benefit of society as a whole; they are largely unaware of society as a whole. Society is aware of them, though, so it is the only actor who can figure out how they should work, given society has its own aims and given that society wants to prevent markets from undermining those aims. Otherwise you're just crossing your fingers and hoping that what the market wants is the same as what society wants, when this is demonstrably not the case.

        1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
          Holmes

          Re: The Marxist understanding of the market is going strong, I see

          "To say the state has no standing to look into private contracts is ridiculous, since the state does in fact do that, and it does it quite a lot, and no civil wars have occurred as a result."

          Is this like saying that when cops beat you up, saying that they shall not do so is ridiculous because they are in fact, doing that.

          > And I think the financial pyramid scheme that almost destroyed the economy recently is a pretty good argument against the wisdom of the extreme laissez-faire position.

          You are confused as to what the current economic crisis means. It says nothing about laissez faire. It says a lot about Keynesianism, governmental credit manipulation and fractional reserve banking though.

          > Put simply, unregulated markets do not work to the benefit of society as a whole.

          Lots of dogma here. I would really like to see this position illustrated.

          I haven't seen a "laissez faire" society in my whole life. I wouldn't have seen it if I had been born in 1900 and it's just getting worse.

          There also seems to be confusion about "society" (a handwaving term designating a thing that does not exist as such; society does not act, nor does it forsee or decide - individuals driven by individual interests do) and the mistaken belief that random bureaucratic decisions can make "society" a better place. In truth bureaucrats cannot even foresee what will happen the next day. The last five years should be proof of THAT. Open the paper. Panicking, lying, dissembling, clueless bureaucracy on 10 glorious broadsheet pages.

          1. Jonathan Richards 1 Silver badge
            Facepalm

            Re: The Marxist understanding of the market is going strong, I see

            > "society" (a handwaving term designating a thing that does not exist as such...)

            Is that you, Margaret? Ask Nurse and she'll explain why trolling El Reg is a Bad Thing. When your meds kick in, you'll see the funny side of equating market regulation with Marxism - how we laughed!

  3. g e
    FAIL

    HAHAHAHAHA

    Twats.

    Foxconn and Apple would seem to richly deserve each other.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: HAHAHAHAHA

      Foxconn's big customers, I'm pretty sure you own some tech made by them:

      Acer Inc.

      Amazon.com

      Apple Inc.

      Cisco.

      Dell.

      Hewlett-Packard.

      Intel.

      Microsoft.

      Motorola Mobility.

      Nintendo.

      Nokia.

      Samsung Electronics.

      Sony.

      Toshiba.

      Vizio.

      1. g e

        Re: HAHAHAHAHA

        You really think we don't know Foxconn has >1 customer???

        DUH

  4. vgrig_us

    What a douchebag...

    Like i needed another reason not to buy Apple gear...

    1. Jeebus

      Re: What a douchebag...

      Surely the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop, surrounded by Apple people is enough. Puts anyone with good to doubleplusgood IT knowledge back 25 years with all the faux trendy bullshit.

      1. vgrig_us

        Re: What a douchebag...

        Wouldn't know - never been to Apple shop... :-)

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

        I'd take that over Dell or HTC's call centres any day.

        1. K
          FAIL

          Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

          Are you serious?! A company that calls it store workers "Geniuses", who hover round customers like fly to shit in a vain effort to convince you that their product is superior..

          Talk about Brainwashed!

          1. vgrig_us

            Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

            Amen! I always felt kinda stupid taking someone called "genius" to school on something very simple (had a former "genius" working help desk for us once.)

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

              So what, all this mutual jerking over a name. Microsoft calls their sales staff "specialists", I cringe a little bit and carry on. At least "geniuses" know how to open machines and actually fix stuff.

              1. Dave 126 Silver badge

                Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

                Yeah I think Apple credit the general population with not confusing Apple staff for Einsteins or Feynmans. The term 'computer guru' and similar are often used by 'blokes in the pub'* to describe anyone who has enough PC skills to get the things to do what is expected of them. By designating their sales staff 'geniuses', Apple are differentiating them from the sort of staff found in Dixons or Currys- a necessary step, even if the method is cringe inducing.

                Oh, I note that Apple Stores and John Lewis have been jpoint awarded the Best Electronics Retailer 2012 in this months Which? magazine. Apparently respondents were impressed by the amount of working products on display that they could try out. Contrast this with a 'sales assistant' in Curry's recently, who was incessantly quoting Ghz and GB all over the place... ["I know that. It is written on the sticker. Please Shh so I can compare and contrast."]

                This is a moot point anyway- most people receive their iPhone through a courier or mobile network operator's store.

                *older self-employed or small business-owning types

                1. Sir Runcible Spoon

                  Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

                  "By designating their sales staff 'geniuses', Apple are differentiating them from the sort of staff found in Dixons or Currys- a necessary step, even if the method is cringe inducing."

                  Thanks for reminding me of the little game we used to play in Dixons at Moorgate - looking at some shiny kit like a spider in it's web. Eventually (+- 30 seconds) we would be approached by our intended victim - previous victims would obtain a suitable vantage point from which to view the ensuing carnage.

                  We would patiently allow the 'expert' to present the shiny kit with as much BS as they could muster. Once we felt the seam was played out we would then tear into every one of their preposterous(sp?) musings, they would usually go very red and their colleagues would be heard tittering in the background.

                  The store manager eventually asked us to stop after a few months and about 20 victims, but most of the people we 'scalped' considered what we did a right of passage and all in good fun.

                  Well, it made the lunch-times pass a bit quicker at any rate.

                  1. Anonymous Coward
                    Anonymous Coward

                    Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

                    You big man/ loser. Dixons staff are IMHO pretty crap but that just makes you the fly on / eating up the crap. Some people actually have more to do that waste our and other peoples time.

                    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

                      Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

                      "Dixons staff are IMHO pretty crap"

                      Believe it or not, the store manager allowed us to get away with this because it actually taught their staff something that they didn't teach in 'Dixon's sales school' and also meant they approached customers with a 'let's find out what level of customer we are dealing with here' rather than the smug approach that they seemed to normally turn up with.

                      The fact that they had 20 odd different people through the door meant that the manager was bringing staff in 'for the experience' from other stores as we were not only making them a bit more humble but actually taught them a few things as well. It was all done in good taste, the fact that you failed to see the benefits to everyone in this scenario is just you projecting how you would have conducted yourself in this situation rather than me.

                      And I am a big man - but that's just between me and my mistress :P

              2. W.O.Frobozz
                Meh

                Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

                I love the Apple iTard, trying to hide his fanboyism as an Anon. You've given yourself away in pretty much every post you've made.

              3. vgrig_us

                Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

                "At least "geniuses" know how to open machines and actually fix stuff."

                That's called "technician", not "genius": laying the foundation for modern algebra before dying in a duel at the age of 20 - that's a genius...

            2. Tom 38
              Stop

              Re: "the insufferable atmosphere in any Apple shop"

              To you or me, they are not "Genius" employees, but to my tech ignorant mum and dad, these guys can actually help them use their products. My mum can now make photo albums on the web, edit videos together and upload them to youtube and all kinds of stuff.

              Sure, you and I can do this by pissing about with a computer long enough, but others cannot - in fact, that my mum could get help simply by popping into an Apple store is why she spent the extra and got a Mac. Why be so condescending towards people who need help using computers?

      3. Armando 123

        Re: What a douchebag...

        Hold on, keep in mind that Apple Store employees deal with a lot of people who know nothing about the guts/inards/workings of computing thingies. When they start talking to me, I'll politely interrupt with an "Excuse me, I'm a Unix and Oracle developer", at which point comes the "ah, okay" and more technical explanation.

        OTOH, Best Buy is honey-badger-like in its not caring ... though the worst was CompUSSR.

        1. Christopher Rogers
          Trollface

          Re: What a douchebag...

          I can just picture a chubby know-it-all in to find a tech person to feel superior to. I'm sure the sales staff love your type.

      4. mark1978
        Thumb Down

        Re: What a douchebag...

        At least I'm not the only one to find the Apple shop setups to be oppressive and unfriendly. What's wrong with going to a till to buy something, you have to grab someone and then you pay using their crazy iPhone thing in the store, all very odd and unnecessary.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What a douchebag...

      You da douche - don't but any of their other manufactures then - i.e. don't but pretty much any electronics these days.

  5. Seanie Ryan
    Pirate

    small point...

    "iPhone and iPad maker Foxconn"

    i know Ms Leach loves the rebranding thing, but isnt that taking it a bit too far??

    Foxconn provide a supplier chain service to loads of companies, but this Bridy New Site doesnt ever refer to any Sony/Dell/Huawei/NokiaSamsung/etc gear as being from the "maker Foxconn"

    Seriously guys, the humour in this has been beaten to death, the living shit kicked out of it. Are there any writer left in Reg Land with more of a bird brain that your logo to come up with new lines? One a year will do.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: small point...

      Nobody said "Foxconn rebrander"

      And besides, it's not like you have a gun to your head forcing you to read it. Or do you?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: small point...

        Don't they call it the "Android Army'?

      2. Seanie Ryan
        Mushroom

        Re: small point...

        @ac

        " Nobody said "Foxconn rebrander" "

        yep, fully aware of that, which is why I said that Ms Leach loves the term. and the ref to Foxconn being the iPad maker in this article taking it a step further. too advanced for you?

        no, dont have to read it, you are right, just like you didnt need to read my comment or reply to it. Gun to your head?

        Hypocrit

  6. MrXavia
    Thumb Down

    Sorry I already have a Samsung Galaxy S3, and why would I wait for more of the same?

    Really I am not expecting the iPhone 5 to be anything that different from the iPhone 4 or iPhone 3G

    really they don't change much, although I would be VERY happy to see something revolutionary rather than evolutionary and obvious from apple for a change....

    I am not saying the SGS3 is revolutionary, but its a damn good, well designed, powerful, smart phone....

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yes, the SGS3 just has a worse camera quality than now 8 months's old 4S [GSM Arena], old Pentile display technology, a bad copy of Siri easily beaten by the 8 month's old original, all wrapped hastily in a ugly and boring plastic body.

      Plus you you'll only get the next major Android update 1 year after it's released.

      Other that than it's a well designed, powerful smart phone.

      1. vgrig_us

        "worse camera quality than now 8 months's old 4S [GSM Arena], old Pentile display technology, a bad copy of Siri easily beaten by the 8 month's old original"

        None of which i use. Oh - and i'll put a CyanogenMod on it if no update for a year - just like i did with my Droid Eris. Speaking of update - here is and iOS version history for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history

      2. HollyHopDrive

        Sir, you talk shit

        I've got a Samsung galaxy nexus and my Mrs an I phone 4s. Mine pisses all over it (and here is the important bit) IN MY OPINION.

        Talking to your phone to ask "what time is it" just makes you look a twat whether iOS or android. Its a pointless feature. I'm not saying siri isn't slickly done, it is (well, when its the right kind of question anyway). Camera on the 4s isn't amazing either. No phone cameras really are. My nexus has less lag though.

        But like Ive said before, horses for courses. She loves hers, I love mine and neither of us sees what the other sees in theirs. Its called individuality and choice. Long may it live.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          What's with the urination fetish and Android? Do they really leak that badly? It's almost a meme.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Don't worry iPhone fans

            The Samsung Galaxy S3 won't get to piss on your phone. It will burst into flames and melt before that:

            http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/20/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-melts/

            1. Pete the not so great
              Go

              Re: Don't worry iPhone fans

              Is that how the owner of said phone contained the conflagration ?

      3. Keith 17
        WTF?

        Bitter much?

        "Yes, the SGS3 just has a worse camera quality than now 8 months's old 4S [GSM Arena], old Pentile display technology, a bad copy of Siri easily beaten by the 8 month's old original, all wrapped hastily in a ugly and boring plastic body."

        Ha ha! You're near as bitter as that Foxconn arsehole. Can never understand how your average product, whether it be phones, tins of cola, or choice of burger bar can cause such raised emotions amongst those that are (most likely) merely consumers with no vested interest in the success of either. Bizarre.

        (note to Register: from now on, just make it "Anonymous C", so I can in my head read those letters which form the most appropriate ending)

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Keith 17

          You're the one who being extraordinaliry bitter, even personally insulting fellow commentards (and Foxconn employees) over a discussion about phone features.

          1. Keith 17

            Re: Keith 17

            Trust me, if I was feeling bitter I wouldn't be laughing so hard I nearly spat my coffee out.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not that I know a lot about the Far East

    but the Chinese-Korean antipathy seems a bit odd. You'd think they'd both be still upset with the Japanese if anything.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not that I know a lot about the Far East

      You're missing a crucial detail.. It's Chinese - South Korean antipathy... You know China supports the other one, right?

      1. Cpt Blue Bear

        Re: Not that I know a lot about the Far East

        Another missed detail: Terry Gou is Taiwanese - the losers in that little stoush in 1949. So he's unlikely to share any Chinese antipathy toward South Korea. Or just maybe, such considerations are irrelevant to in the world of big business and this is purely about his product vs Samsung's. Nothing to see here, and even less to analyse.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Terry Gou is Taiwanese ... So he's unlikely to share any Chinese antipathy toward South Korea.

          hahahaha good one.

          Guess which country has the most - and largest - Foxconn factories.

          I'd say Mr Gou has no option but share all and everything the Chinese have.

  8. Tim Almond
    Meh

    Why?

    As far as I can tell, phones are reaching that almost flat bit of the evolutionary curve that all technology goes through where this year's model is barely any different to last year's model. It's not worth upgrading from a 5 year old car to a brand new one because you're spending a lot for an extra 1mpg.

    I have a Nexus S and I've tried the Galaxy S2. The javascript is faster and the menus smoother, but I'm not thinking that I want to lock myself into another contract to get an upgrade.

    If the iPhone 5 does something revolutionary (and not Apple's definition of revolutionary) then I'll take a look, but I anticipate that what we're really looking at is another bump upgrade.

    1. hexx
      Thumb Up

      Re: Why?

      exactly, I also upgrade only if it's really worth it (3G -> 4, skipped 3GS and 4S) - after all it's just a phone

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Clearly VERY worried about the S3

    Must know the specs of the iphone5 then...

    If you want to see a company REALLY dump on it's users, how about Nokrosoft...

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57456655-94/no-windows-phone-8-upgrade-for-current-devices/?tag=mncol

  10. Tom from the States
    Devil

    This, from the guy who has to put nets around his factories to make sure people finish their shift

    and who did/does whatever Apple wants, even if the employees are under duress.

    1. Rob 103
      Stop

      Re: This, from the guy who has to put nets around his factories...

      Hello,

      I believe if you look into the statistics, the suicide rate amongst Foxconn employees is actually lower than that of the general Chinese population (related to the fact that Foxconn is in the top 10 largest companies-by-workforce in the world).

      Cant be arsed to look up the reference, please feel free.

  11. wim
    WTF?

    hahahaha

    Japanese direct style of communication. Where has he been living ?

    Japan where yes means yes but can also mean no.

  12. Dan 55 Silver badge
    Trollface

    "Foxconn Daddy"

    When reading the headline I thought this was new Reg nomenclature for Tim Cook, similar to "Foxconn Rebrander" meaning Apple...

  13. fandom

    Competition bashing

    I must say I was somewhat surprised during the last Apple keynote because of the way they kept bashing Samsung and Android and now this guy continues the meme.

    To me they looked like wannabes pretending to be bigger than they are.

    Do Apple fans need that kind of validation? Don't they get it from Apple store employees applauding while the fans parade with their just-bought kit?

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dodgy Terry Gou giving dodgy advice to dodgy Apple dodgy iPhone purchasers.

    Go figure! He's just jealous that Samsung snitched on him and his shady practices. Typical that Apple would get into bed with him!

    The iPhone5 needs to make toast, do the dishes and put them away, to get anywhere near close the the SGSIII.

  15. Erwin Hofmann
    Thumb Down

    the Apple virus ...

    ... here we go again, the Apple virus: "Make it Personal" is spreading ... it is as infectious as religion ...

  16. Ian Johnston Silver badge
    Unhappy

    I can't help noticing

    that all the cool kids have Samsung phones these days. But what can Apple expect, when their phones have looked identical for years. In yoof-mobile-land, Apple just ain't cool any more.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I can't help noticing

      Haven't Samsung smartphones been very similar too?

      Plastic clones of an iPhone.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Whatever.

    It's just FUD, and not even subtle FUD.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    iPhone 5??

    Five? Is that the number of Foxconn employees who die producing each phone?

    Ok! Ok!! I'm leaving!!!

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