Samsung S4–Is $1149 (NZD) to much for this phone?
thegadgetguynz opinion piece
I woke up this morning to a call from a very good friend that was quite wound up about an article that appeared on a local technology internet site. This is not something that he normally does and to be honest at 7 am in the morning it is the last I really want to be hearing ( no offence buddy).
So what got him so wound up?
Like most of us now he checks the newspapers digitally, the first article that he read was a piece around the pricing of the new Samsung S4. Samsung have announced their New Zealand pricing for there new feature phone. Coming in at $1149 (NZD) I first thought that is on the more expensive side but after having time to reflect I actually think that this is a fair price.
So what had got my friend so upset, the way the article was written. In short this article at no time stood back and compared it to its competition. The Samsung S4 primary competition in this space (right now) is Apples iPhone 5 and Nokia’s 920. With the Nokia 920 coming in at $999 and an Apple iPhone ranging around the $1350 with out a contract the Samsung seems to play nicely in this space.
After reading the article I understand what his is frustration is all about. The body of the article was basically saying that they S4 price was to much and that the features where gimmicky. At no point did this article actual even try to compare as to what is currently in the market, it seems that everyone is so quick to dismiss the new S4 phone. I have not seen any articles recently complaining about the price of the new iPhone 5s or the new Nokia 920 – balance it up people !!!
It feels to me that everything is written and spoken about with such a bias that tech bloggers and podcasters have lost the ability to stand back and look at the technology for what it is . I would love to see bloggers and podcaster state if they have an Apple , Android or Windows slant but since there is no real code of ethics in place for bloggers or podcasters I can not see this happening.
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