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the best Story is always between the lines


I’m a bit skeptical over Salvatore’s article, here (well… below).

as most of you know I’ve been sporting Android devices myself of late (Nexus 7 over my iPad, the Nexus 4, and now the HTC One). Its fun. but, I remain a serious Apple shareholder. I’m thinking long-term.

I’ve pondered Salvatore’s article and found myself asking a fundamental question:

“If he is correct, then why is it every kid in North American schools from College down to the 3rd grade want iPhones? Most of their parents as well.”

If you disagree tell me why. do it!

“Salvatore “Sam” is a member of The Motley Fool Blog Network – entries represent the personal opinion of the blogger and are not formally edited. Although Apple’s iPhone 5 sold more impressively than the Gal … Robert is a…”

that’s it. just that. but, Sal’s position is weak without much relative research. for example he fails to mention that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is subsidized for carriers much differently than Apple’s practice. for example, at AT&T you can pick up the Samsung device for $199. this is why Apple’s margins are better and another reason the stock is underpriced.


The S4 figures in context

“Although Apple’s iPhone 5 sold more impressively than the Galaxy S4, the smartphone market appears to be rapidly moving against Apple. To be completely fair, the iPhone 5 did sell better than Samsung’s S4. There’s no question about that. Apple sold 5 million of its latest iPhone in just the first weekend. AppleInsider has pointed out the apparent media bias when it comes to coverage of Apple: many articles characterized the iPhone 5’s launch as a failure, while Samsung’s S4 has received praise.”

this means Samsung is selling under margin. not a great long-term strategy where you get your customers accustomed to cheap prices. comparatively, Apple has us willing to pay a lot of money for great products.

go play.

peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


Google Apple for a definition of Success


Apple Poised to Ride Tablet Market Higher – 

Tablets are the new norm.

“The mere mention of tablet computing will, in most, elicit the knee-jerk reaction of praise for  Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL)  iPad. Since the launch of the first version in 2010, the domination of the…”

 read more about that with detail, here. do it!

Apple did much of the work popularizing the concept and how a tablet can improve your life. it also set the standard in weight, size, and dimension, as seen by the fact that many tablets announced or released since the iPad look almost exactly like it.

however, the primary challenge for any competitor is Apple’s incredible efficiency. with iTunes and the ability for users to purchase music, movies, TV shows, and educational content, Apple is giving its customers a one-stop shop. so… buy, download, sync, and take everything with you. if one adds the App Store to that equation, Apple is the epitome of convenience.

ipad vs nexusthe second notable adversary was Google’s Nexus. as many of you know our team just took delivery of some Google Nexus 7’s.

Android has long struggled with its need for more tablet-optimized apps. still with an excellent design, good battery life, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is an inexpensive way to experience the best of the tablet world without breaking the bank.

to be candid, it’s smoking our high-end iPads, and very easy to navigate. Right now I like it better than my iPad.

but, my status as an Apple shareholder aside, I believe this is good. Apple remains the best example of a company that innovates. so, this means they need to push harder, smarter and more efficiently. that’s good for all of us.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


it’s okay for Apple to make great products and Profits


thanks for reading my blog post today.

to keep things interesting I’m sharing a recent exchange I’ve had with an “Google evangelist” that tends to resent Apple.

Nicholas sometimes comes across like he viewed Steve Jobs as “the man” in a seemingly counter-cultural sort of way. if Nicholas actually understood Jobs and his views around innovation and choice that creates, for us all, you’ll appreciate this irony-drenched exchange all the more.

under any circumstances it certainly makes for good sport.

NOTE: I think Nicholas is a good bloke.

read the entire exchange beginning with Nicholas’s email to me (at the bottom), first. do it!

“Hey Nicholas.

The iPhone 4S is, in fact a very much upgraded device from the iPhone 4. The processing chip, camera, and general interface driven by the iOS5 track to the Apple Product Road Map (i.e. iPhone, iPhone 3, iPhone 3S, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S – and, before too long, the iPhone 5) that most outsiders have a difficult time grasping. Its not really a debatable matter. anyone can make it subjective. but, why bother? And, there is a reason why more iPhone 4S’s were sold in record time (for Apple) than the prior versions of the device.

Google’s Android driven voice service is well established. Its just not as robust, today, or in terms of it’s potential as [Apple’s] Siri. Google had an opportunity to acquire the [Siri] software but missed it. The Android effort is admirable. But, it’s not on-par with Google’s own search capability. The great thing about Siri (certainly it’s awesome potential), for example, is that is, in fact, comparable to Google’s search prowess in scope and scale. Google may have been first with the voice service, but Apple out-paced and has surpassed with it’s Siri. Until you actually use it you can’t comprehend what a game-changer it is.

I appreciate your reading my prior posts. But, I believe you were doing so using a lens looking for something that I was not doing. My own objectives have been very consistent. I use Google as a comparison to Apple using wealth-building and industry innovation as particular credibility markers. You generally are not a stock buyer (yet), or have access to multiple technology platforms. So, your perspective is limited. I don’t see an “end of an era” for Apple. If you understand what is happening in China, for example, you must needs comprehend that the bigger market, or “unreached”, remains untapped. And, Sprint’s recent commitment to purchase over thirty million (30m) iPhones is only a sliver of what Apple is forecasting in terms of growing their market, as opposed to everyone else’s mere perspective of a market. There is nuance at work here, Nicholas, that you might consider being open-minded to.

Referring to me as an “Apple fanboy” is not playful or in-line with teasing. It’s disrespectful. I am an Apple shareholder, and I firmly believe in the companies operating philosophy and the worthiness of it’s products, which happen to reflect positively in it’s growing value by share price.

I don’t use “hate speech”. I relay facts, and information a I see it. I offer insight and perspective most people don’t have, or have access to. This unique ability is why blogging, for example, is interesting to, and for, me.

You can say things like Apples mobile device “…market growth is anemic”. But, you can’t say that for it’s share price, nor it’s profound innovation. And, for discerning people that make more world-changing decisions, that remains a vital baring-point. And, the bottom-line remains that Apple has never tried to serve “everyone” like Google might desire. Apple only wants to serve a very sophisticated market. That has long been part of it’s appeal and why the wealthy and influential choose Apple products over what everyone else can afford. If, as you state, Apple products are “stale, even passe”, why is there such an insatiable demand for them globally and outside of the markets (again Sprint and China as a small example) that your information tables are cherry-picked around. Oh… I do my research. But, I have to question whether you actually understand the information you have. The sophomore only see’s what he is looking for, eh. I’ve tried to teach you to look beyond what you read on the internet. But, only you can decide if you choose to follow that guidance, or not.

Yes… Your Nexus One had “Siri-like” capabilities. But, a dumb phone can make calls just like a Nexus One, right? Being “Siri-like” is not the same as being on-par with Siri, eh.

You say Apple will “…have to figure out some way of making their smartphone device sexy again”. But, I question your qualifications as a marketing thought leader.

I think it’s great that you would choose to use a Mac to run Windows. It’s no surprise that an Apple product makes a poor Operating System like Windows that was forged in piracy, run better. I both love and value irony.

You say: 

“It always will, and as we both know, it is hard to compete with 125+ bad ass devices, when you only have 5 of your own to offer.”

I love that! It puts all of my thinking and efforts around blogging about apple and Google right into context and perspective. Under your logic it takes 125+ Google(y) products to compete with five of Apple’s. And yet, even with all that effort, Google, as large a company as it is as defined by head-count, capital expenditure, etc., can’t match Apple’s value by share or brand (I know you read the news and stories about Apple now being the most valuable brand on the planet). I think that says a lot about market-share, or what might be vitally important under best-practices, Nicholas. There is nothing “silly” about any of that.

brian patrick cork

– sent from my iPhone 4.8″

this began (well… this most recent exchange, any way) with:

On Oct 5, 2011, at 4:48 PM, nicholas taylor johnson wrote:

Hey Brian – Hope all is well.

I was emailed your blog post today by a former friend of ours, and I must say, I couldn’t help but chuckle and reminisce about the old days debating Apple v Google.  Did you forget to do your research again??  That next to the last paragraph – “almost entirely new and very much upgraded”?!?!?!?  No reputable hardware review, other than Apple’s own review of their hardware, would classify this as “almost entirely new and very much upgraded”!  That’s silly!  (SIRI – similar service on Android for over a year [and the AppStore for over year, as well], 8MP – multiple Android devices have had this for a while, dual core processor – several Android devices have this, as well).  Oh, okay, I see the “upgraded” point – you mean over the iPhone 4, which is 12 months behind Android devices in terms of functionality, whereas the 4S is only about 6 months behind Android.  Got it!  lol

And, I see you’ve resorted to name calling us Android-toters as “losers”.  I remember the days when you used logic instead of rhetoric!!

I’m only teasing, but it is funny to see how your posts regarding Apple v Google have changed over time.  I went back and read some of the old ones, and your tone is totally different.  Like a lot of Apple fanboys, I’m sure you’re seeing the end of an era on the horizon, so I don’t blame you for pulling out the hate speech.  With such anemic (nearly non-existent, really) market share growth in a year and half, you have to wonder how soon it will be before Android starts taking bigger and bigger bites out of Apple’s market share, as they’ve done to RIM, Microsoft, Palm and Symbian.  Here are a couple tables that show what I mean – from March 2010: and from October 2011:  A 36% increase for Android and a 2% increase for Apple.  The numbers don’t lie.  Apple is stale, passe even.  And, why not?, when you consistently release smartphone technology that Androids have already had for six months or more, eventually the sheeple will revolt.  Hell, my Nexus ONE had Siri-like capabilities.

That said, I continue to love my iMac and my MacBook (despite the fact that all I do is run Windows inside of my Mac, it does look pretty), but in order for their smartphone to stay near the top, they’ll have to figure out some way of making their smartphone device sexy again.  In the end, though, freedom of choice wins.  It always will, and as we both know, it is hard to compete with 125+ bad ass devices, when you only have 5 of your own to offer.  Oh, sorry for using the number 5 there, I know that is a touchy subject with the Apple evangelists – that number probably evokes thoughts of disappointment.

And, DON’T come back saying, “well, look at Apple stock, they’re obviously doing something right”, or some such nonsense.  lol  My beef isn’t with their other devices – I love their computers and tablets.  I’m only talking about smartphones here.  They’re fading, and fast.


nicholas taylor johnson

gPhone – ###.###.###


Google could cut deep with a Razr


word should spread like wild-fire that Motorola is bringing back it’s wildly successful Razr – but now as a smartphone.

this should give Motorola something of an “edge”, eh.

the Razr was once the best-selling cellular phone in the world, until Apple came-out with the iPhone in 2007. the Razr quickly followed Palm (acquired by …Motorola), fell out-of-favor, and became virtually extinct.

…that noble device will now be known at the “Droid Razr”.

I had a Motorola Star Tac ($1200 in 1995 or 1996) that was the precognoiter of the Razr. my wife had a Razr. it was a good “chick phone”. a lot of golfers carried them.

if Larry Page and his crew of advertising bandits at Google had the advance thinking that they could or should buy Motorola Mobility with the strategy of dropping the Android Operating System into it and growing their marketing structure around fond memories of yesteryear, I think that’s pretty slick. it’s reasonable to assume that Google has the research capability to identify buying trends and behavior, and this signals future business opportunities.

Google’s deal to acquire Motorola Mobility for roughly $12 billion is not done yet, but analysts have already “baked” some forecasting into Google’s strike price. but, I see this as a good idea, and will be good for shareholders (I like Google any day over $302 and $475). …maybe less so for end-users. never mind that, for now.

I suspect that women, in particular, will like the new Razr, as it fits in their cosmetic and cocktail bags and skinny jeans. and, golfers.

more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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