Samsung gunning for Apple, giving away free Galaxy S Android phones

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If you had any doubt that Samsung is trying to become the next Apple, look around. With the Galaxy SGalaxy Tab, and upcoming Galaxy Touch media player they have in the works, Samsung is getting into the core areas where Apple shines. And, Samsung is going about their mobile strategy in much the same way as Cupertino – three different devices with the same OS, with the company telling you somehow need all of them. Most recently, they’ve been giving Galaxy S phones out to unhappy iPhone 4 users on Twitter.

It looks like Samsung is looking for users on Twitter that were complaining about their iPhone 4 units. Some of those users got a reply back from SamsungUKMobile, saying that they are sorry to hear about those users’ iPhone 4 issues and that if they Direct Message them on Twitter, Samsung would send them a free Galaxy S. Sound too good to be true? Yes. Is it? Nope, it’s true. We have confirmation from one of the people Samsung contacted who was just as skeptical.

My iPhone and I have been inseparable for almost a month now, tomorrow being one month since the iPhone OS 4 launched. But the honeymoon period ended this week as repeated dropped calls, and a sudden unexplainable inability to make or receive calls or send texts left me disgruntled.

So I did what anyone else would do: I vented my frustration on Twitter. Imagine my surprise, then, when this morning I am tweeted by Samsung offering me a free Galaxy S, their latest phone. Too good to be true? I decided to investigate.

I called a friend at Samsung, and though she was initially skeptical (sic), it has now been confirmed: the campaign is legit. Samsung is so confident about the superiority of the Galaxy S that they’re sending free ones to existing iPhone customers so they can decide for themselves.

If that’s not enough for you, check out Samsung’s new ad that appeared in the Metro Newspaper (above). The ad is simple and to the point. While hardly as snarky as Motorola’s Droid X newspaper ad, Samsung also seems to be taking a jab at the iPhone 4 and its “Death Grip” antenna problem.

Does the Galaxy S have what it takes to compete with the iPhone 4? Well, the UI is pretty iPhone-like, as is the hardware design. The Galaxy S has that 4-inch Super AMOLED display and all sorts of features that the iPhone lacks (removable battery, expandable storage, face detection for photos, etc.). The hardware argument is solid. And, if iPhone users were to jump ship to the Android clan, they would find the Galaxy S a good phone to help them ease into Android OS. So, yes, the Samsung Android superphone has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with iPhone 4.

Samsung is not playing around, they have every intention of stealing as much market share from Apple, and anyone else, for that matter. With this kind of unrelenting push, they will likely succeed, at least to some extent.

What’s your take? Should Samsung tone it down, or go full throttle?

[Via: Phandroid, 2]

  • @grajasekar

    Well I'd worship them if they'd give me a free Samsung Galaxy S.. that would sure as hell prevent me from saving up for eons and then blowing it all on an iPhone 4 :(

  • Michael_Martin

    I got a Vibrant review unit from Samsung (Galaxy S for T-Mobile) & first reaction is it looks like an iPhone 3GS.

    Then the UI is so iPhone-like I could barely tell it was Android underneath.

    Its a perfect transition device for iPhone users to Android & available on all US mobile carriers this Summer as well a wide reaching international availability.

    • blakestimac

      Agreed. Perfect transition device.

  • Ryan

    So, basically what they're saying is – I should buy an iPhone 4, then complain about it profusely on Twitter, and I'll get a free Galaxy S to play with? Sounds like a win-win to me.

    • blakestimac

      Haha, I doubt it's that easy, and they have likely slowed down the giveaway now that it's more widely known.

  • Donald Burdette

    I think I will start complaining about my Nokia E71x – maybe I can one too.

  • Tochi Nwaa

    How will this affect Samsungs relationsip with ;; will Apple take ther memory, cpu, screen business elsewhere ?

    • Din

      Apple has not to much options, Samsung is one of most capable electronic maker and would be difficult to Apple to substitute all those components from other supplier.
      The "Retina" LCD display is supplied by Samsung too, together LG.

  • Brandon

    WellI know I bought 2 iPhone 4's on release day. I replaced mine with the Captivate 2 days ago and am not looking back.

    Now to just replace my wife's

  • Abs Shahid

    Go for it Samsung! Fantastic phone, I've got it and it is brilliant, in all aspects, can't wait until the Samsung Galaxy Tab is out. Was going to buy the Ipad, but after buying the Galaxy S I'm definitely waiting for the Tab

  • Dan

    Sure they can give it away, part of the phone doesn't work and T-Monile Samsung KNOWS IT!!!:

    I bought the new Vibrant S the day it came out, July 15th. Big mistake. There is a big flaw in the GPS acquisition software. If the phone goes into battery saving move, aka screen shuts off, the GPS will not be able to give you your position. You have to reboot your phone. I have to do that every time I want to use Google maps or any other apps that uses the GPS. The worst part is that T-mobile/Samsung KNOWS of that flaw, yet there is no solution in sight. I talked to tech support today, and they do not have any viable solution. Since many apps use GPS location to customize your experience, half of the apps on my Vibrant take for ever to update, if they update at all… unless I reboot the phone. Reminds me of the blue screen of death of Microsoft For Samsung to try to exploit the Iphone flaws when their flag ship phone has serious issue(s) of its own is just plain dishonest at best. They are still advertising and selling you a defective phone. Samsung/T-Mobile isn't any better then Apple I wish I could return the phone and get my money back. This is my first experience with T-Mobile and I am utterly disappointed. I spend $200 for a sophisticated smart phone that I can only use to make calls. What a scam!!!! Dan

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