The Macalope Daily: iPhone killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?

Yes, someone has once again posed the unkillable zombie question of doom: “Is [brand Z phone name] an iPhone killer?”

Really, people? Are we still playing this game? You’d think that having lost at it 9 billion times in a row would make you realize that the only real way to win is … not to play.

(Thank you, ’80s movies, for helping humanity to grow as a species.)

This time it’s MarketWatch that asks “Is This New Samsung Phone An iPhone Killer?” But you don’t want to click that link for two reasons: First, it’s an auto-playing video, and second, you don’t want to encourage that kind of behavior.

Also, now would be a good time to review Betteridge’s Law of Headlines which states:

Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word “no”.

That’ll do, British technology journalist. That’ll do.

The video is rather mild and mostly focuses on Samsung’s strategy. If the Macalope were writing an iTunes review of it, it would go something like this: “LAME. BAIT-AND-SWITCH. ONE STAR.”

What the Macalope did find a couple of things interesting. The host, The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Newmark, started by appropriately disclosing that his wife works for Google. Then later he admitted that he owns an iPhone, partly because the battery life is better. Phew. That’s gotta make the dinner table at the Newmark household a little uncomfortable, doesn’t it?

The guest, The Wall Street Journal’s Scott Austin, then suggests that Samsung may be looking to get out from under the gaze of the Lidless Eye of Mountain View, presumably by making its own operating system. The Macalope wonders if the company will fork Android like Amazon has. That would be ironic. And, more importantly, funny.

Bloomberg doesn’t use the k-word, but it does think that “Samsung’s New Galaxy S Phone Raises Heat on Apple Iphone” (sic).

And maybe it does. But the Macalope wishes Samsung well in its effort to sell a product “priced at a premium.” To date, that hasn’t been very successful for Android-based handsets. The Macalope’s not saying it can’t be done. It’d be nice if outlets like MarketWatch would can it with the “iPhone killer” crap. That got old about 18 iPhone killers ago.

[Editors’ Note: In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]

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