Originally Posted by zunx
Samsung margin: abount 10%.
Apple margin: about 50%.
Apple products are great, but OVERPRICED!!!
This is, of course, one of the most ridiculous oft-quoted statements on this forum.
Selling something is a fair exchange of a product for money. Overpriced would mean that they're charging more than someone would pay for the product. So the fact that Apple's sales are increasing at high double digit rates means that millions of consumers are happy to pay Apple's price - so they're not, by definition, overpriced.
Maybe you mean 'they're expensive' - which is a comparison between Apple's price and the competitor's price for similar products. But that's not true, either. The MacBook Air is easily competitive with other Ultrabooks (unless you look at the POS ones). The iPhone is right in line with other high-end phones. The iPad is about the same price (or lower) as equivalent tablets. The iMac and Mac Pro are comparable to equivalent machines. And the MacBook Pro is in line with other premium, quality laptops. So they're not expensive compared to the competition.
So I guess by 'overpriced', you mean "Mommy and Daddy won't increase my allowance enough to let me buy one.' That may be true. You simply need to get a job.
Originally Posted by jfanning
One second you are abusing Samsung, next it is Android, which one do you have the issue with.
Google provides updates to their applications quite often, it is Samsungs problem in providing the updates to Android itself
I love the 'logic' of that. Who cares what updates Google provides when the user has no access to them. The overwhelming majority of Android users are still stuck on Android 2.2 or below because they don't have access to anything newer for their phones. So from the customer's perspective, the updates might as well not exist. It really doesn't matter if you want to blame Google or the handset manufacturer or the carrier.
Originally Posted by agramonte
So much for no one making money with android
Just a matter of time before it takes over completely - The dumbing down of the apple community with all the iOS kids is all we going to end up with
Uh huh. Fortunately, the rest of the world doesn't accept your theory. In fact, if anyone's market share is in danger, it would be Google. There are a number of factors on the horizon that could affect them:
- Lawsuits could block the sale of their products (or several OEMs' products). Or licensing fees could get expensive enough to increase the price of the phones
- Fragmentation is already chasing developers away.
- Samsung is going to do their own advertising. This risks creating more fragmentation and confusion in the market.
- Google's acquisition of Motorola could chase OEMs away or cause them to fork Android as Amazon did - causing even more fragmentation.
- Samsung is getting into the advertising business which means that Google's advertising revenues will be further degraded (and they're not that great to start with). Even now, every iOS sale that gets converted to an Android sale costs Google money.
Now, I don't predict that Android is going away any time soon, but the chances of them taking over the rest of the market are nonexistent.