Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

Summary: Often, when introducing a new product, technology companies produce a video with users of the prerelease product during its beta test phase. However, it appears that Samsung's marketing department may have gotten ahead of the development process and released a video showing fake customers extolling the advantages of the Galaxy.

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How far will Apple's tablet competitors go to get a leg up on Cupertino? Maybe a step too far?

Often, when introducing a new product, technology companies produce a video with users of the prerelease product during its beta test phase. However, it appears that Samsung's marketing department may have gotten ahead of the development process and released a video showing fake customers extolling the advantages of the Galaxy.

Harry McCracken at Technologizer says he uncovered the fakes while at the CTIA Wireless press event. First, he found that there were no working versions of the new 10.1-inc Galaxy Tab tablet.

Then he noticed that the featured "Samsung Galaxy Tab Interview Project” was filled with actors playing characters that happen to be target market customers for tablets: a travel writer, film director and CEO.

As I watched the interviews, I noticed that Shefelman spoke and behaved more or less like a normal person, but Hess and Kolinksi came off as performers dressed for their parts and parroting Samsung talking points. I couldn’t tell whether we were supposed to take the clips as a documentary or a mockumentary. So I Googled around and couldn’t find any references to a travel-writing Joan Hess (one with, as she said, a following on Twitter) or a real-estate CEO Joseph Kolinski.

Check out the story. McCracken shows separated-at-birth-style comparisons of the actors and the supposedly real characters. You can watch the video here.

I have seen many of these video promotions. By my reckoning, all of the ones shown at Apple rollouts were on the level. If this Samsung video turns out to be fake, it ain't going to help the Galaxy's cred.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung, Tablets

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  • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

    Lies, damn lies, and Samsung's fake video.
    Wakemewhentrollsgone
    • And Samsung's mockups of

      @ptorning: ... than iPad2, not otherwise, as was promised (and there were just plastic shells; working exemplars were only month-old-10.9mm thick devices).<br><br>If Samsung is not able to do even a non-working plastic shells-vaporware mockups according to their promises, then it tells something about competition.
      DDERSSS
  • This isn't the first time Google and their partner deceived the public

    and it won't be the last.

    Google's business practice is based on lies since most of their products are inferior copies.
    iPad-awan
    • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

      @iPad-awan yeah, after all, Job's would never lie, or steal. What an idiot.
      A. Noid
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @A. Noid So what has Jobs lied about or stolen? Come one, you should be able to give plenty of examples as you seem so confident that he is a thief and a liar.

        Yeah I didn't think so. Sucks that you are so personally into the Galaxy Tab to realize that Samsung has yet again tried to pull the wool over the public's eye - remember those oh so great sales figures that Samsung counted as retail when around half of them were to distributors and not the general public?
        athynz
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @athynz

        Samsung has become very untrustworthy.
        dave95.
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @athynz The man may not outright lie, but he sure as hell distorts reality like no other. He has a knack for spinning any negative into a positive and making it sound cool on top of that. I hate him with all my heart, but he is a freaking genius.
        StupidTechZealots-23432415690276115908309621553360
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @athynz Umm, the first dual core tablet to ship in Volume? Yes he said that even though there were tons of Xooms shipped several weeks earlier...
        slickjim
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @Peter Perry
        Might want to check your facts. Compared to the iPad, there weren't even tons produced, let alone shipped.
        DeusXMachina
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @DeusXMachina dude, even a million tablets is volume regardless of what he says but you spin the lies how you want, a half truth is still a lie!
        slickjim
      • @Peter Perry

        But the Xoom is far from a million units. The "plan" was for 800,000 in the first 3-4 months. In consumer electronics speak, that is nor "volume".
        Bruizer
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @Bruizer Those were Sales Projections and Apple Shipped 500,000 that sold out that first weekend... So you tell me, what exactly is volume then? Sounds to me like he got caught manipulating the truth again...

        Oh and for those of you who think the guy is a saint you really should watch Pirates of Silicon Valley and checkout the way he treated his first born... Then watch why the industry and Apple turned on him to begin with (Woz said everything in the movie happened)... This guy is a sociopath and if you think his motives aren't controlled by his rush for Power you're wrong.
        slickjim
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @Peter Perry
        And you are pulling the 1,000,000 figure directly out of your nether regions.
        DeusXMachina
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @DeusXMachina for the streak? Nope, Dell was giving the 7" away with every pc or laptop bought... Do I know the exact numbers for any of these tablets? Only the ipad 2 but if ypu look at the number of stores that sold the Xoom and the weekly restocking as well as the wifi hitting store shelves then yes there are several hundred thousand of these dual core tablets shipped.
        slickjim
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @Petter Perry
        Wow, could you be any more obvious switching the subject?!? No one was talking about the Streak! Besides which, giving them away means that the number distributed has NO bearing on popularity. More to the point, even by your own estimates, and even with giving them away, they didn't meet your stated criterion of 1,000,000 units. Again you just pulled that figure out of your ass. But all of a sudden those 1,000,000 sold becomes several hundred thousand shipped.

        Hint: 1,000,000 is an order of magnitude greater than several hundred thousand. Not to mention the fact that units shipped has NO bearing on units sold.
        So much for intellectual honesty.
        DeusXMachina
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @A. Noid <br>Well he did steal the gui and the mouse from Xerox.
        rparker009
      • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

        @rparker
        No he didn't. Jobs, unlike Gates, paid XEROX 150 million dollars.

        You should restrict yourself to posting on topics you have even a slight degree of familiarity with.
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

    I looked at the entire 30 mins of the Samsung presentation on You Tube and the two things that stood out were
    1) It seemed as if they were presenting their tablets to a near empty hall. No shots of the supposed crowd and the applause were almost non existent.
    2) Not a single demo of the actual product. Just a bunch of concept videos.
    No, this does not look or feel like competition to the iPad yet.
    MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
  • Enough with the mouthware!

    At what point will the tech journalists start to boo and hiss at these gala unveilings of plastic mockups and PowerPoint Products, instead of writing them up as the wonderful iPad killers the world is waiting for?

    Even if Samsung makes their date, Apple will have sold another ten million units between now and then.
    Robert Hahn
  • RE: Samsung fakes Galaxy Tab beta user testimony in video?

    Boy this is a regular Apple love fest here...

    I have no say in this argument but this is all speculative at best and until such times as this is proven it isn't even news worthy...

    As for the devices themselves... they have working units they just aren't the thinner styling... There are videos where they show the device functioning so if you think they cannot shrink that down in 4 months you're crazy.
    slickjim