Samsung Galaxy S vs iPhone 4 display video comparison

Here’s a pretty good display comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S and the iPhone 4. Contrary to  Engadget’s stuff this one isn’t insanely zoom-in so you can see how both handsets look like fom a normal viewing distance. The colors are definitely richer on the Super AMOLED and the aspect ratio of the screen makes up for the slightly lower PPI and PenTile Matrix. Check it out after the break and make sure to watch it in 1080p:

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Microsoft by the numbers: The company is here to stay

Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Corporate Communications,Frank Shaw isn’t happy about the continuous hate Microsoft’s gets in the press latetly even when they announce great products and results. He finally decided to set the record straight with a list of real facts demonstrating Microsoft’s current position in the industry. This list should be an eye opener to all the haters and trolls out there. 

You probably saw the news this week that we’ve sold 150 million Windows 7 licenses in 8 months. That’s more than 600,000 per day. And, perhaps fittingly for a product called Windows 7, it adds up to 7 copies every second of every day since launch.

As a communications guy, I’m generally most comfortable with words. But since Microsoft is a pretty numbers-driven company, the Windows 7 milestone got me thinking about some *other* numbers, too.

Of course, numbers are only one dimension of a story. And we live in a hyper-competitive industry, with loads of challenges to go along with loads of opportunity. All the same, with Windows 7, Office 2010, Bing, Xbox 360, Kinect, Windows Phone 7, our cloud platform, and many other products, services and happy customers, 2010 is shaping up as a huge year for us.

So, without further ado, a few of my favorite numbers:

1 150,000,000
Number of Windows 7 licenses sold, making Windows 7 by far the fastest growing operating system in history.[source] 



7.1 million
Projected iPad sales for 2010. [source] 

58 million
Projected netbook sales in 2010. [source] 

355 million
Projected PC sales in 2010. [source] 



Percentage of US netbooks running Windows in 2008. [source] 

Percentage of US netbooks running Windows in 2009. [source] 


Number of paying customers running on Windows Azure in November 2009. 

Number of paying customers running on Windows Azure in June 2010. [source] 
Number of students, teachers and staff using Microsoft’s cloud productivity tools in Kentucky public schools, the largest cloud deployment in the US.[source] 



16 million
Total subscribers to largest 25 US daily newspapers. [source] 

14 Million
Total number of Netflix subscribers. [source] 

23 million
Total number of Xbox Live subscribers. [source] 



Number of customer downloads of the Office 2010 beta prior to launch, the largest Microsoft beta program in history. [source] 



21.4 million
Number of new Bing search users in one year. [Comscore report – requires subscription] 



Linux Server market share in 2005. [source] 

Predicted Linux Server market share for 2007 (made in 2005). [source] 

Actual Linux Server market share, Q4 2009. [source] 


8.8 million
Global iPhone sales in Q1 2010. [source] 

21.5 million
Nokia smartphone sales in Q1 2010. [source] 

55 million
Total smartphone sales globally in Q1 2010. [source] 

439 million
Projected global smartphone sales in 2014. [source] 



Number of years it took to reach 1 million paid user milestone. [source] 

Number of years it took Microsoft Dynamics CRM to reach 1 million paid user milestone. [source] 

Percent chance that CEO will mention Microsoft in a speech, panel, interview, or blog post. 



173 million
Global Gmail users. [source] 

284 million
Global Yahoo! Mail users.[source] 

360 million
Global Windows Live Mail users.[source] 

299 million
Active Windows Live Messenger Accounts worldwide. [Comscore MyMetrix, WW, March 2010 - requires subscription] 

Rank of Windows Live Messenger globally compared to all other instant messaging services. [Comscore MyMetrix, WW, March 2010 - requires subscription] 



$5.7 Billion
Apple Net income for fiscal year ending  Sep 2009. [source] 

$6.5 Billion
Google Net income for fiscal year ending Dec 2009. [source] 

$14.5 Billion
Microsoft Net Income for fiscal year ending June 2009. [source] 

$23.0 billion
Total Microsoft revenue, FY2000. [source] 

$58.4 billion
Total Microsoft revenue, FY2009. [source]

He’s also sent out an internal email explaing his list above:

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Windows Phone 7 Action Pack: Video Tutorials available, package coming soon

Matt Van Horn is currently putting the finishing touches to his Windows Phone 7 Action Pack which is a set of tools aimed at making WP7 development easier by including some useful Extension Methods, Behaviors, Actions, Triggers and several controls. He is expected to make it available on codeplex next Monday but you can already check out some video tutorials after the break.

Currently Implemented (at some level)
OrientationChangedGoToStateBehavior – Forces visual state changes based on changes to the phone orientation
PhoneFileDataSource – Control that will read/write/list files in the applications Isolated Storage
MakeCallAction – Action that can be attached to any FrameworkElement that will make the phone call a number based on bound properties
CallMethodAction – This is just a simple port from Silverlight of the same basic action that calls a method on a target element
ChoosePhoneNumberAction – Simple Action that will bring up the phones contact list and allow the user to pick a phone number

PhonePositionControl – expose as dependency properties all useful information about the position of the phone
TakePictureBehavior – simple behavior that takes a picture based on an event on the attached object
AccelerometerControl – expose as dependency properties all useful information about the accelerometer on the phone so that visual elements can be bound to them.

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HTC switching from AMOLED to S-LCD panels due to supply shortage?

Take this with a heavy grain of salt because it doesn’t make much sense at all to me. According to the Korean Herald HTC is about to start manufacturing the Google Nexus One, HTC Desire and HTC Incredible (why not the Legend too?) with S-LCD screens / panels instead of AMOLED because of Samsung’s inability to supply enough AMOLED panels. There are lot of holes in this story: first off AMOLED and LCD have major differences in terms of power consumption so I don’t see how HTC is going to simply swap between the too without changing the battery or the Power Management controls on the devices. Secondly S-LCD is not a new type of LCD panel but a joint venture between Samsung and Sony formed back in 2004 to build LCD TV panels(not for smartphones..) and the last news is that Sony is out of it and has formed a new joint venture with Sharp. The other shady claim in the Korean Herald piece is an analyst who’s expecting sales of the Samsung Galaxy S to reach around 10-15 million units in the latter half of this year..sure..I have a bridge to sell you if Samsung manages to sell that much in 6 months…

Update: Android Community claims to have heard from HTC that:

HTC has plans to keep using the AMOLED technology from Samsung, but they are also going to use Sony’s Super TFT LCD displays as well. According to HTC, there is no discernible difference between the displays from Sony and Samsung, and they are expecting the differences to slide under the radar. [..]As of right now, HTC says that they’ve got a working demo of the screen in progress.

Lets say that I still remain highly skeptical about this supposedly new S-LCD panel from Sony that nobody has ever heard about before….but if this indeed turns out to be true and HTC is going to use a new and improved LCD panel on its devices it can only be good news IMO. Especially for those who aren’t fond of the PenTile Matrix sub-pixels arrangement on the AMOLED displays.

Source: Korean Herald , S-LCD