Samsung Chief Strategy Officer is an Apple user

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It all just works together. Ask any Apple user why they prefer its ecosystem compared to others and they’ll probably give you a variation of that answer. It seems that even one of Apple’s fiercest rivals sees this, as revealed by an interview with MIT Technology Review. Samsung’s very own Chief Strategy Officer, Young Sohn, is actually an Apple user.

OK, so think about Apple compared to Samsung. I use a Mac, actually, at home. I’ve always used Mac, an iPhone, and an iPad. I also have the Galaxy. So I’m a great example.

If you look at the strengths of Apple, in a way it’s not the product per se. It’s that consumers like their ecosystem such as iCloud. I like that my family 6,000 miles away in Korea is able to see my schedule and see all of my contacts and photos. It is sticky, but it is a proprietary architecture.

This doesn’t mean that he is purely an Apple user of course, he owns a Galaxy device and believes the Galaxy Nexus to be superior to the iPhone. But he cites Apple’s ecosystem and integration between devices as a convenience and critical aspect to the user experience. He also thinks that Samsung needs to move beyond its device-centric nature and employ an open ecosystem.

It’s great seeing competitors acknowledge the strengths of their rivals, and even go as far as admitting that they use the other’s devices on a personal basis. He’s even more honest than a lot of the fanboys posting on the Internet.

Mr. Young Sohn, good on ya.

[via MacRumors]

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8 comments

  1. JMJ

    @naveed: I like your saying, “Eat your own dog food”, so much so that I’m sure to use it sooner rather than later. I’ll mail a royalty check. So, please don’t do an Apple on me and sue my pants off. :)

    Speaking of suing: Do you think it likely that Samsung, still embroiled in the aftermath of Apple’s lawsuit, actually sanctioned Sohn’s making these statements publicly? It makes them appear to be taking the high ground against a bitter rival, i.e., giving credit where credit is due. Now, when they (inevitably) blast Apple again, won’t it appear that they are the objective *Good Guys* and, therefore, more to be believed?

    Besides, I seriously doubt that Sohn did not clear those potentially career-ending remarks with his superiors before making them.

    Ciao!

  2. naveed

    How retarded is Samsung to have an executive who doesn’t believe in the company’s own products?

    I strongly believe in eat-your-own-dogfood approach, and no wonder Samsung’s still playing catch-up despite it’s obvious strengths.

  3. JMJ

    @mukhi: Or, mukhi, maybe because he wanted to teach her not to choose over-priced (albeit, good) products just because owning them is supposed to make you l33t. Maybe, even, because he wanted to teach her not to rush to patronize a company that so blatantly exploits the workers who make its products. :-)

    @Enrique – I agree with you, ‘Good on ya, Mr. Young Sohn.”
    Isn’t it a shame that a person’s telling the truth is so rare in business (and politics) today that doing so warrants special notice?