Sort of a review of Samsung Galaxy S8

The new Galaxy S8 is a nice looking phone but it is difficult to understand why the price increased USD 100. The phone was released yesterday, April 22nd, and it costs about USD 750. The price is USD 100 more than the iPhone 7 and last year’s Galaxy S7. The larger version of S8 cost a whopping USD 850.

The new S8 is for those who want something elegant and are willing to pay for it. The phone is full of nice features which add together are worth more than USD 100 but still its difficult to accept it since there are so many cheaper phones that will do just fine.

Samsung is playing it safe with the S8 subjecting it to tighter inspections to avoid anything even close to the spontaneous fires that forced the recall of the Galaxy Note 7. I wonder how hurt the brand Samsung got from the fire disasters? Last time flying from Hong Kong I again noticed the special message from the flight crew: “If you have a Samsung Note 7, please inform the crew..”

The S8 and S8+ have more physical space inside but Samsung used it to give the battery more breathing room while keeping the capacity roughly the same as S7. Larger display and other features but still the S8 consume battery power slower than its predecessor.

Samsung also include a pair of premium AKG headphones, which are valued at about USD 100. It is nice that they still include the headphones as many other phone makers have stopped including them. The S8 also include 64GB storage which usually increases the price of other phones with at least USD 100.

So yes now I understand why it cost more than the iPhone and last year’s Galaxy S7, it is really packed with goodies! So are you willing to part with another USD 100 then you can get one fantastic phone!

I maybe will buy one in the coming months but for now I am happy to return it and continue using my Blackberry Priv. Brand loyal? YES!

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Sort of a review of ‘The Founder’

I had been looking forward to watching the movie ‘The Founder’ for a long time but now after I have just finished it I am wondering what I was so excited about?

The movie is about Ray Kroc, the man who made McDonald’s global. The title is a bit confusing since Kroc is not actually the founder but describes his approach to success; if you want it, go out and take it – even if it belongs to someone else.

Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, a salesman of multispindle milkshake mixers out of the trunk of his car. After visiting almost each drive-in burger joint in the US Kroc had developed an eye for the business and instantly appreciated the efficiency he saw at the McDonald’s hamburger bar in San Bernadino, California. The owners and founders of the McDonald’s hamburger bar, Dick and Mac McDonald devised a cleverly speedy system for delivering burgers from grill to customer in a rapid way never seen before.

To make a long story short. Kroc didn’t come up with the burger system but he has a talent for branding and realizes that ‘McDonald’s’ is the perfect American brand. He recognizes that the sturdy name offers a sense of small town comfort and a long with the golden arches designed by Dick McDonald as an architectural beacon of family gathering and food, the church of fast food was born.

It’s a fascinating movie about a fascinating enterprise but sometimes a bit of a sleeping pill. However, it is a good story about a man, Ray Kroc, who isn’t the most talented one but have the spirit to succeed at any cost and to step on anyone to get ahead.

It resembles the world of today. Too often nice people (here the McDonald’s brothers) get stepped on by others.

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Sort of a review of Saizeriya

Saizeriya is an interesting sort of Italian food restaurant in China, they are also in other locations like Hong Kong.

As a westerner living in Shanghai, I would like to summarize Saizeriya as cheap and great western food. I don’t know but most of the locations I have visited are not in “A-locations”, they are usually in the basements of shopping malls. Perhaps that is why they can offer the food at so low prices.

Today I went there and I had a Pasta Carbonara, decent taste, and only 13 RMB. Drinking is included, as much soda you want and milk tea or coffee after you finished your meal.

The service in most Saizeriya restaurants are fast and works smooth even though they usually don’t know a word of English. One issue I have with the restaurant is that they don’t accept cards, only cash..

Its a nice place with friendly service and clean and reasonably priced Italian food.

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