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Samsung crows about its 'golden history' of making gold colored phones

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In a post to its official global blog on Friday, Samsung addressed critics' claims that it aped Apple's iPhone 5s by releasing a gold Galaxy S4, rattling off a list of eight similarly colored legacy models dating back to 2004.

S4 Gold
Source: Samsung Mobile Arabia's Facebook page.


While the new champagne-hued iPhone 5s was not specifically mentioned in the Samsung Tomorrow [EDITORIAL], allusions are made to Apple's hot-selling handset, not the least of which being the Twitter tag "#8before10" that leads to the post. For clarification, Samsung started sales of the Galaxy S4 Gold Edition on Sept. 8, two days before Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 5s.

September 26, 2013


"About a month ago on August 27th, 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," writes author "A."

Driving home the point is a descending list of eight gold-clad Samsung handsets, the first dating back to 2004. The record is "definitely not a complete list of gold-colored products made by Samsung," A mentions in a footnote.

That may be true, but it also isn't a list of products limited to those actually available to the public according to another footnote which states, "Not all phones above were commercially available, and those released may have only been open to certain markets." In addition, the author is quite liberal with their definition of "gold," as seen in examples 2 and 3, embedded below.

Examples
Looks legit: Samsung's SHW-A330S in "Luxury Gold" (left) and SHC-Z00S in "Dark Brown.? | Source: Samsung Korea


A bit of artistic license is allowable, considering the post is an [EDITORIAL], though it is unclear if the contents is to be taken seriously, or merely as a bit of light ribbing amongst competitors. The overall tone, however, smacks of confrontation veiled in forced humor.

"By now you probably know that aliens work with Samsung, well so do some gods ? Midas, to name one," the anonymous writer says. "Everybody loves gold, which is why we sometimes make phones in that color. (Or sometimes even with actual gold for the body!)."

A quick refresher on Greek mythology: Midas was a man who prayed to the gods for the gift of a "gold touch," whereby anything he laid his hands upon would be turned into the precious metal. In at least one version of the tale, King Midas, once imbued with the power, learned the blessing was, in fact, a curse that caused him to die of hunger. Gold has few nutrients.

Perhaps more unfortunate than the incorrect aside on ancient mythos is Samsung's apparent the disproportionate media attention paid to the iPhone 5s compared to the gold S4. By pointing out that it was first to come out with a gold phone, the company not only throws a spotlight on the gold S4's inability to attract the kind of hype enjoyed by the like-colored 5s, but also brings Apple's marketing prowess to the fore.

Gold iPhone 5s


The post also makes no mention of demand for the golden Galaxy, or any of the products highlighted in the list of eight, for that matter. Samsung is laying bare a decade's worth of unsuccessful attempts to build a massively popular gold phone, while indirectly pointing out Apple's ability to generate voracious demand for such a device in mere days.

Callow choices notwithstanding, Samsung has managed to get people talking about its "Golden History" in light of, or more accurately because of, Apple's iPhone 5s, as evidenced by this very opinion piece. The plan is either an ingenious gambit, or a thinly shrouded act of desperation.
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Edited by akqies - 9/29/13 at 4:22pm
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Are they taking cues from MS? What's with metallic brown? That's certainly not gold and it's certainly not attractive.

...

This signifies the primary differences between Apple and Samsung (and often iOS/OS X and Android/Windows fans). Samsung thinks it's about sticking a color on it somehow makes it on-par when it's about actually making something desirable.

What's most pathetic is they are patting themselves on the back for essentially saying, "We spent years making gold colored products no one cared about."
Edited by akqies - 9/29/13 at 4:22pm
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Where's the page of Sammy's Golden Shower?
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LOL

Clickbait article.

Let's see who else bites...
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post #6 of 122
So? They sold the first one on the 8th, two days before Apple's announcement on the 10th. Funny thing is, the whole world expected Apple to make their new iPhone announcement at least two months beforehand, and given the number of leaks about the gold iPhone, Samsung simply hurried up and built a model and sold it to beat Apple to the punch. Seems like they tried doing the same thing with the Galaxy Gear watch. If they really had a gold model in the works, wouldn't that have been revealed when the Galaxy S4 was announced? The facts speak for themselves and given the amount of flack Samsung is catching over copying Apple, they try to justify it with a PR blitz. Fail.
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This is comedy gold
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Okay, fine, Samsung is winning, whatever that means. But it's annoying when they act like teenage girls with their advertising and corporate messaging, like a bunch of 12-year old whining little bitches complaining about how "Aubrey stole Jessica's boyfriend and then she told Steven that he was going to the Bieber concert with Ashley who then went to One Direction with Aidan instead!"
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3rd parties were gold plating iPhones before anyone actually sold a gold phone. Jeez. It's just a plating. Everyone loses their minds over a freaking color?
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no good samsung ..no good.
Edited by rolando - 9/28/13 at 9:33pm
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1) Samsung is the equivalent of the idiot on forums that posts "FIRST!"

2) Even if being "FIRST!" actually meant something the 10th was only to consumers. Apple sold to carriers and retail outlets throughout the world long before that, with shipments and promotional material being received by them at least days before the 10th. Who and where did this one gold S4 get sold on the 8th?
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Fool's Gold is more like it, 1smile.gif
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Uh, if you look closely… those are the phones Samesong aped - from Nokia to Motorola - only in golden turd.

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Why is Samsung being so touchy? Apple never accused them of copying iPhone 5S gold design. Also Apple never claimed they were the first to make a gold colored phone.
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They may have been gold, but they sure are tacky. Additionally, gold phones have been made since phones have existed.
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Originally Posted by GTR View Post

LOL

Clickbait article.

Let's see who else bites...

 

You bit.  As has everyone else.

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The problem with Samsung is that all their "gold" were simply Gold-painted Plastic.

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Meh. They won't admit it. So what?

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post #19 of 122
Here, Samesung, have a cookie!


Like a little child. Pathetic.
Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, my opinion, man.
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1) Samsung is the equivalent of the idiot on forums that posts "FIRST!"

BRAVO .... PRICELESS!

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post #21 of 122
well I think it's a bit naive to criticize Samsung on this one, for Christ sake people it's a color! You don't see Mercedes suing Toyota for every black or white car they make. And to want apple to do so would be absurd. Samsung is mocking apple to an even larger extent but the boys in Cupertino can't go that low, Samsung must be a pain in the ass though for those bad ass executives at apple 1smoking.gif
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Poor Samsung...soooo insecure.

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Read the reader comments in the Samsung Tomorrow link, people are bashing Samsung pretty relentlessly, PR fail.

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Originally Posted by jameskatt2 View Post

You bit.  As has everyone else.

Did I?

That must have been why I typed 'who else'.
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post #25 of 122

Before having an iPhone, my daughter had a Samsung "Gold" (dumb) phone. At first, it was niece, but after some months, plastic reapeared underneath, which was horrible ...

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post #26 of 122
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well I think it's a bit naive to criticize Samsung on this one, for Christ sake people it's a color! You don't see Mercedes suing Toyota for every black or white car they make. And to want apple to do so would be absurd. Samsung is mocking apple to an even larger extent but the boys in Cupertino can't go that low, Samsung must be a pain in the ass though for those bad ass executives at apple 1smoking.gif

 

You may need to read the article again

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Samscrap.

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What is more enjoyable is this article and it's glorious replies. It's like you're married and your partners been dissed. You seriously need to get in the real world and except all companies copy good ideas. iPhone copied, OS copied by google, Android OS and BBM copied by Apple. Smart watch idea copied by Samsung, iOS 7 clone of Android.

Great companies and we're the beneficiaries, chillax people
post #30 of 122

Apple invented gold for smartphones, not feature phones. So Apple did not copy Samsung.

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From 2001:-

 

 

and from 2008

 

 

Strange thing is the same dodgy looking characters flashing a lot of cash were the ones who bought them.

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Originally Posted by Lord Amhran View Post

Technically those "Dark Brown" phones could be called gold:

Well, then Microsoft's Brown Zune was technically golden too. People avoided it like a turd on the sidewalk anyway.
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post #33 of 122

Samsung releases every variation of every product imaginable, but the iPhone has been black and white from the beginning. That's why no one noticed when Samsung did it but everyone noticed when Apple did.

 

Sorry Samsung, if you were a bit more selective and discerning in your products people might start to notice your choices more.


Edited by ascii - 9/29/13 at 3:45am
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Kenny "Samsung" Bania
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Originally Posted by akqies View Post

1) Samsung is the equivalent of the idiot on forums that posts "FIRST!"
 

Ha. Ha. This sums it up nicely.

post #36 of 122
Rumours were out about Apples gold iPhone well before it was officially announced. Samesung saw this and hurried out their POS plastic gold coloured phone just to try and beat them. Big deal....fail!
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Oh Samsung, people will be lining up in droves to buy your 64 bit brass phone, with a 32 bit OS and a 2 bit experience... NOT!

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1. Is the entire editorial riddled with inaccurate claims such as the claim that Midas was a god? Midas was the king of Phrygia who was inflicted with the now infamous curse of "the Midas Touch" if I recall correctly.

2. Such inaccurate claims from Samsung may explain the lack of logic and reason by Android users.

3. Is the smartphone war now such an infantile war to Samsung? I understand they want to toot their horn but this just seems like another reactive stunt.
post #39 of 122
Wow, why all the hostility. This kind of "flattery" started w/ Japan post war who, with a conscience,copied American products.
Now, as a clear FAN of Apple I have owned every iPhone including 5s( took it back after 2 days, purchased 1year into my contract)
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(cont) I am bored with small screen and getting older. I am tired of this small screen and would like more multi tasking within programs! Can't do on Apples IOS so the note 3 seems like a viable option, but after being so accustomed to iPhones build quality it's a tough step for me.
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