January 23, 2012

"My hands are so cold, I can't even blog."

"I'll be right back. Can't afford to lose any more followers."

This Samsung ad that got my attention:



Notes:

1. Bloggers don't call their readers "followers." That's Twitter talk.

2. I know from browsing through other Samsung ads, looking for this, that the people camping out are waiting in line to get into an Apple store, but when we saw the ad — during one of yesterday's football games — we thought the campers were "Occupy Wall Street" folk.

37 comments:

David said...

The girl in that ad could sell me anything.

Except maybe that phone.

Kit said...

For #2, I've always seen it as an Apple store. FWIW.

The other oddity...is this commercial in a time-warp? Siri does the voice to text.

Ann Althouse said...

"The other oddity...is this commercial in a time-warp? Siri does the voice to text."

He doesn't have his iPhone yet, and he has to wait in line.

Irene said...

And he's really not "the cutest guy."

David said...

Well, Irene, the girl thinks he is (in the ad at least.) And she certainly is very cute and sweet but also rather er uh flagrant, it seems.

Dan in Philly said...

I would post a comment about the idea of building castles not on sand but electrons, but the irony of my making such a post itself is too ironic. I am now caught in hyper-irony.

Kit said...

He doesn't have his iPhone yet, and he has to wait in line.

But there are no lines, now. See, I'm confused.

edutcher said...

Don't forget this ad was written by a copy writer in an ad agency, not a blogger, so he wouldn't know Twitter from twat.

And, yeah, the crowd looked so much like Occupiers, I was trying to find Hatman.

traditionalguy said...

Warm hands, cold iphone.

Cold hands, no posts.

If only Jobs was still with us, he would market a new iphone with a built in hand warmer.

Curious George said...

My favorite in the Series is the one that says:

iPhone dude #1: " I could never get a Samsung. I'm a 'creative'"

iPhone dude #2: "Dude, you're a barista. You barist"

My son works for T-Mobile and he says "Apple's next phone could be 2G and those morons would still buy it."

He's right.

EDH said...

I also think Samsung is trying to steal the "Fire" of the standoffish yet sexy Kindle Girl, Amy Rutberg, by having this one be more geek-friendly.

If it were up to me, there would be a KY wrestling match to determine ultimate geek infatuation superiority.

mishu said...

My Droid razor allows me to talk to text but I don't get how you punctuate with it.

Pastafarian said...

I wonder if Samsung's phones work better than their TVs.

The first non-cathode-tube TV I've ever broken down and purchased, I purchased less than a year ago; and the damned thing wouldn't power up.

It took weeks, and many, many calls to various support centers in places where English is a second language, to get the damned thing replaced. It was the worst support experience I've ever had.

None of my Apple devices has ever failed in any major way. It might be worth the wait outside, stubble-guy. She's WAY out of your league anyway, dude.

Chip Ahoy said...

Ha ha ha.

Wanna hear something I think is funny? Animal Planet show is about cops and their German Shepherd dogs. I love those dogs so the sound is on.

The dog does good and the cop goes into this baby-talk good-boy reward thing with the dog. They play.

Then the cop calls his boss and the soothing voice on the line says, "That's good, Bob. I'm glad to hear that. Good job, Bob."

DaveW said...

Professor, my 2 most recent comments on your blog have not shown up in the comment threads. Not sure why, I'm just letting you know. They were on topic and they were not in any way offensive.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the recent Firefox update?

Crunchy Frog said...

The Venn diagram of Occupiers! and Apple koolaid drinkers has plenty of overlap between the two. Except maybe the smell.

Maybe.

wv: catobriu - I like mine medium rare

EDH said...

Dave W,

I believe Blogger is currently in one of many transitory funks right now.

For a while now, I haven't been able to "PUBLISH" directly after "PREVIEW".

For some reason, it rejects the Word Verification previously used to display the PREVIEW.

(Looks like a programmer at Blogger screwed-up a DO LOOP.)

So, what's probably happening is you are going to PREVIEW and then hitting PUBLISH, but not noticing that comment text is still in the window afterward and has not been published yet. Then you leave the page, look at the thread and say "WTF?"

The only solution I've found is to close the PREVIEW and PUBLISH directly by entering a new Word Verification without PREVIEW, hit PUBLISH, and then make sure the text has left the box afterward.

Also, if you forget, you can usually recover the text by hitting the back arrow and then refreshing on the Post A Comment page.

Anybody else notice that?

Bryan C said...

"If it were up to me, there would be a KY wrestling match to determine ultimate geek infatuation superiority."

Good idea. But we should also invite the T-Mobile chick.

john said...

I'm a guy, I can look and act stupid and helpless (except I don't have incipient Graves disease like him), and I have pudgy fingers. But I am so not in Samsung's target demographic.

Why not, when voice-to-text seems so ideally suited to us, um, more mature, bifocaled, dexterially challenged folks?

Patrick said...

Is it just me, or is the young woman in the commercial somewhere between Althouse circa '79, studying for her finals, and the present day Althouse? Odd familiarity.

Class factotum said...

I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile. It was cold where I was posted and it was almost always cold in my office. After I spent a few days trying to type in gloves, I told my co-workers that I was not coming back until they had bought gas for the heater. They managed to find money in the budget (from USAID, i.e., your tax money) to pay for their lunches out every day, but not money for heat?

EDH said...

Patrick said...
Is it just me, or is the young woman in the commercial somewhere between Althouse circa '79, studying for her finals, and the present day Althouse?

Obviously, Patrick is not a breast man, irrespective of any specific preference.

The Kindle and Samsung girls have similar body types among other attributes, as I said not by accident, and don't match up with the Althouse "girls" ...if you know what I mean ;-)

David said...

For a while now, I haven't been able to "PUBLISH" directly after "PREVIEW".

For some reason, it rejects the Word Verification previously used to display the PREVIEW.


Oh my God, I am so relieved. I thought it was just me. I take these things so personally, you know.

Patrick said...

Uh, yeah, I wasn't being that specific. Just the face and haircut.

EDH said...

Patrick said...
Just the face and haircut.

Well, at least you didn't pick a weird attribute, like "personality".

EDH said...

See, here's the Kindle girl who will only give the time of day to an attractive male geek.

"It's better to receive than to give."

Stuck-up bitch!

Amartel said...

Wasn't sure what was being sold other than it was something electronic that i didn't really need.

Robert said...

I have six Mac computers (don't ask) and the standard iPod Nano.

But I just upgraded my Android phone to the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket - the one running at 1.5 GHz with 4.5" screen. Amazing.

And then after buying I found out that they're coming out with a true HD screen in the Spring.

No need for an iPhone.

Triangle Man said...

My son works for T-Mobile and he says "Apple's next phone could be 2G and those morons would still buy it."

@Curious George

Selling on specs is one marketing strategy to try and gain advantage over an otherwise superior product. Kia would like you believe that their cars are equal to or better than Honda, Toyota, and Subaru based on a comparison of hp, mpg, and interior space. Getting behind the wheel and comparing brands, however, may provide a very different driving experiences.

Curious George said...

"Triangle Man said...
My son works for T-Mobile and he says "Apple's next phone could be 2G and those morons would still buy it."

@Curious George

Selling on specs is one marketing strategy to try and gain advantage over an otherwise superior product. Kia would like you believe that their cars are equal to or better than Honda, Toyota, and Subaru based on a comparison of hp, mpg, and interior space. Getting behind the wheel and comparing brands, however, may provide a very different driving experiences."

False comparison. With smartphones it's about user interface, apps, and data transfer speed. The "G" is about the latter. The first two are limited by it.

Tim said...

While a blogger, in the purist sense of a person writing a weblog, might not call his/her readers "followers," I might give this guy a pass.

A pass only if, in some hypothetical conversation with said person, he/she used the term "microblogging" in context of "not losing followers." Twitter and many social sites that provide "status" updates are collectively called "micro blogs" in some technical circles.

Ann Althouse said...

I haven't deleted anything.

Please don't assume the worst. Even sometimes when I do delete, you shouldn't necessarily take it personally.

jeff said...

The girl is hot, but she needs to make an appointment with a good optometrist. Perhaps her phone could find one for her.

DaveW said...

AHA! EDH nailed it. Thanks!

pngai said...

The iconic white earphones/earbuds gave it away for me.

Bill said...

Iphones are old and archaic. The new version of Android--Ice Cream Sandwich/4.0 is miles ahead of Apple's boring, mediocre OS.

Unfortunately, because it's Apple, you'll still have millions of lapdogs (just like Ann) lining up to buy an outdated piece of technology.

The Galaxy Nexus makes the Iphone look primitive. Hell, so does the Galaxy S II.

EDH said...

Bryan C said...
Good idea. But we should also invite the T-Mobile chick.

What do you mean "we", kimosabe?