iPhone vs S4 now
Initial reactions of Samsung S4 are positive.
Samsung came out with specs and features that we’ve never yet seen in a smartphone, including any phone that begins with the letter “i.” One important innovation that could affect the lives of everyday consumers, not just gadget geeks, is its potential as a more advanced shopping device than the iPhone.
~iPhone’s upperhand before-
With iOS 6, Apple introduced Passbook, a somewhat embryonic software scheme to facilitate electronic ticketing and couponing. And every new iPhone is rumored to include an NFC chip to enable point of sale transactions.
~S4’s upperhand now–
Samsung Glaxy S4 has claimed to have an application by which user can use the phone as a WALLET.!
YES!! you are reading it correct!!!
S4 is the first phone to integrate with technology from a company called Mobeam which allows mobile devices to beam barcodes to ordinary POS scanners.
Well now the question is what is so special in that?
As the barcodes can be very easily and securely transmitted to a mobile device!
Yes but the phone’s reflective screen will give a very hard time reading them of for all those 165 million standard bar code scanners in the US.
Now what is the solution?
Mobeam comes with a solution here in S4.
Mobeam’s innovative and patented solution is to beam pulses of light to the scanner to transmit the same information to the read head as a physical bar code would. This opens up the possibility of this installed base of scanners to be able to process bar codes coupons, loyalty cards and gift cards directly from mobile devices—no physical packaging, cards or coupons required.
This is a big deal because NFC and other shopping technologies have hinged on retailers investing in new hardware. By contrast, Mobeam’s technology leverages what already exists and is in use everyday.
Mobeam’s solution to the barcode problem illustrates some important lessons for tech innovators.
1- It has removed the physical impediment and refactored it with a combination of software and hardware that replicates the effect of the physical object at a higher level of functionality.
2- It innovates on top of a proven platform, POS barcode scanners, rather than requiring a new technology as a dependency.I
3- t has succeeded at introducing itself through one of the highest profile device launches in recent history, thereby piggybacking off of Samsung’s slipstream.
The main weakness of iPhone 5 is its small screen as compared to S4 which is 56%larger
Here are some comparisons leading to prefer S4
iPHONE 5 S4
> 4 Inch Retina Display 5-inch 1920-by-1080 Super AMOLED
> 123.8×58.6×7.6 mm AND 112 g 136.6 by 69.8 by 7.9mm and 130g
> 326 ppi density 441ppi density
> 8.0 MP front camera 13.0 MP front camera
>1.3 GHz dual core Apple A6 1.6-GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa or a