Scott is right on point and very few android web magazine admins that say it due to the fact that they push any article to make traffic. Samsung can only create a slightly improved version of their last model, every time. And to expect anything more is unrealistic. This is reality which many slow fans refuse to acknowledge due to being hooked on tech /spec marketing race and buy the phone purely on that marketing point. In order to be successful tech it has to be used by developers and many android based phone companies run this race of tech which absolutely does nothing as a major step and nor is optimized for what smart phone is used for apps. Android platform alone has to many phone with different specs and the app developers have to take in mind individually every single phone which wont happen and the tech will be wasted. Never-mind the fact that tech has to correspond with each other as processors with screen technology to take advantage and it doesn't.
Is just tech gimmick marketing which Samsung uses.
"The Alpha is obviously made for people with money, not for tech people." First of all the phone is made for markets and the scope is to sell to be profitable, is not exclusively made for die hard fans. The second thing in usa most who buy samsung product aren't any tech specialist with diploma or any acknowledgement, majority are self called tech enthusiast rather than real tech specialist with any acknowledgment, hooked on marketing gimmick of tech and call themselves power users due to the fact they rooted the phone[which counterpart apple has jailbreak and done for years, the big deal]/ and more ridiculously are reskining /using skins addons/ aka "gadgets" and playing games. Sorry to bring you back to reality from delusion , but these self proclaimed tech enthusiast in majority of cases are the ghetto class of low, low middle class wages/ and some time middle low class in America and other countries as emerging markets are middle low class. Another point none want to get associated because like any company brand , a phone brand is also statement overall. But reality speak in the detail overall when it comes to what makes more profit and surpasses earning projections by single product which is apple iphone and for a reason. Is also used in corporate world as primary device.
"There have been a lot of people complaining about the build quality and plastic, but in my opinion, metal construction is a downgrade. It makes phones heavier and generally not allow water resistance"
Again wrong as sony isn't plastic and is waterproof. HTC One M8 is it’s rated to IPX3 level. You cant swim with HTC on hand but how many you know use their phone daily to swim or go to work by swimming? A phone is about everyday practicality in case you missed it .
How many that are carrying a metal phone are noticing a substantial amount of wight from their phone? Or how many complain about this extensive weight? Because simply is not reality. The weight its adds is not substantial to bother users. You used to plastic from the other side and if you take a look on markets they int complaining about in facts is what is selling. So here again either samsung learn its lesson that cannot be focus on die hard fans and usual users which i mentioned to represent them and ideas or will be done.
Here is my addon to this thread
They need first of all to redesign if they don't they will be where they are now because ugly and embarrassing looks like their cheaper phones, they have to move with markets demand and start using other than plastic materials metal, glass, rather than giving justifications why they use the plastic which is nothing more to make for margins.
Second advance with tech slow in order to make everything compatible with rest of their tech and optimized for apps not just release phone based on tech marketing techniques that does nothing. Resign the stylus to use minimum memory or go with android stock.Slow down the rate they release gimmicks and slow down heart rate/infra-red remote controlling or before let the developers take full advantage first and users.Fingerprint scanning they should optimize it for same reasons.
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