Is a Mediocre Samsung Galaxy S4 a Problem for Apple?

The lukewarm reception that greeted the Samsung Galaxy S4 has opened the door for competitors. The HTC One, for example, has been very well received. The question for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) investors is whether having two viable alternatives is collectively worse than just one. Much as two franchise locations across the street from each other may steal sales from each other, but ultimately have higher collective revenues, there is a real risk that two foes may hurt Apple.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the potential problems of having multiple foes and why Samsung's weaker showing may have hurt Apple again.

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  • Report this Comment On May 02, 2013, at 3:42 AM, H3D wrote:

    What an absurd contention.

  • Report this Comment On May 02, 2013, at 11:34 PM, Gaeseki wrote:

    Dear Doug Ehrman~~Stop this misleading Krap.

    If Samsung Galaxy Smartphone was Mediocre one US PENTAGONE wouldn't have chosen Samsung Galaxy line over a flimsy iPhone !! Just in NEWS~

    Pentagon Approves Samsung Devices for Military Use--BloomBerg News 5/02/2013

    The U.S. Defense Department said it approved use on its networks of Samsung Electronics Co.’s devices running a secure version of Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system.

    The approval allows Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung, the largest seller of smartphones for commercial use, to compete with Waterloo, Ontario-based Blackberry, the dominant mobile device provider to the military.

    The Pentagon also gave security approval to Blackberry 10 smartphones and PlayBook tablets, so they may also be used within military networks, according to a Defense Department statement.

    “This is a significant step toward establishing a multi- vendor environment that supports a variety of state-of-the-art devices and operating systems,” Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, said in the statement.

    While the military didn’t specifically mention Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s products in the statement, it said several mobile devices and operating systems are going through the military’s security review and approval process.

    The U.S. National Security Agency worked with Samsung to create “Secure-Enhanced Android,” a version of Google’s operating system with multiple layers of software and hardware protection, Tim Wagner, Samsung vice president and general manager of enterprise, has said.

    The system, called Knox, lets employers keep corporate and military applications and data in a secure place on a smartphone or tablet, and remotely erase them if necessary. If a worker leaves the company or loses a device, employers don’t need to worry about data being lost, Wagner has said.

    While the military has relied on BlackBerrys, which have consistently received federal certification for protecting sensitive data, it has been testing Android and Apple (AAP) alternatives as it seeks more options.

    Report this Comment On May 02, 2013, at 10:59 PM, Gaeseki wrote:

    The reason US Pentagone chosen Samsung Galaxy line because every Galaxy Smartphones literally killed the flimsy iPhone in every Torture Tests.

  • Report this Comment On May 02, 2013, at 11:39 PM, Gaeseki wrote:

    The reason US Pentagon has chosen Samsung Galaxy line over Apple iPhone first because every Galaxy Smartphones literally killed the flimsy iPhone in every Torture Tests.

    That outright misleading article was written by paid slanders last week, Go figure~ Scared-Apple and 3rd-rated HTC are gang up against the new GalaxyS4 and trying to discrediting a revolutionary GalaxyS4,

    Do not get duped by paid slanders and People should be allowed to make their choice not influence by Biased/Paid commentators !!

  • Report this Comment On May 04, 2013, at 1:42 AM, Gaeseki wrote:

    Ignorant Doug Ehrman, if GalaxyS4 was "Mediocre phone" US pentagon, German Gov't wouldn't have selected you outright misleading fool !

    The real reviews has proven that GS4 is the world's most powerful advanced smartphone.

    Pentagon didn't even choose iPhone yet !

    Unlike Krappy outdated iPhone GalaxyS4 has been approved by German Gov't as well-- 

    Did you know that Chancellor Angela Merkel is a Galaxy2,3 user ? what an ignorant fool you are.

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