Opinion

First salvo is out

Last month we mentioned about the Avatars of 2011. The first salvo has been launched! Anybody who has tried out Samsung’s Galaxy SII will know what we are talking about. The smartphone is very fast on the social media applications and there are a number of reasons for that.

For one it is inbuilt with a dual core Cortex processor giving it a download speed three times faster than any of its closest rival’s currently. Coupled with a telecom carrier’s 4G network, this is being pushed even further upwards.

The second is that each of the social media application interfaces that have been inbuilt into the phone is optimised for the phone. The screen zoom-in and zoom-outs are intuitive and make for a complete experience. Coupled with the super Amoled screen, extra sharp characters, 110% vivid colour enhanced contrast makes the whole user interface leap to life.

Arun Shankar

Place it next to your laptop, go through the social media applications, and you will not see a significant difference in usage speeds. That is provided of course you are using the same carrier and wifi access points. Priced at AED 2,599 or $707, the price point is way up and very close to an entry level notebook. So what gives?

Which product is being attacked, who is being replaced, and who is being targeted? There are no immediate answers. But Samsung Galaxy SII is sold out. Outlet after outlet in Dubai is reporting a sell-out position, but not to worry stocks are also rolling in, every second day.

The stage has been set for the other Avatars!!

On another note, this issue carries reports on three important CPI events. Our annual Reseller Awards was well received with 400 attendees. We gave away 25 trophies and were floored when we received 35,000 online nominations for our Reader’s Choice selection. We completed our first Reseller Conference on the same day and the pleasure of sitting through some excellent learning and interactive Q&As.

And then there was CPI’s second annual Software Congress. The event opened the wide chasm that exists between end users under pressure to justify hard returns on IT investment versus yet another vendor jugglery called the Cloud. More space to “wait and watch”.

Read on for what this issue has to offer on these topics, as well as how a simple commodity called a printer consumable today drive more than 50% of revenues for some global vendors.

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