This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Apple vs. Samsung Explained With a Burger and Fries on Facebook

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A few weeks ago I wrote an article that made me feel all alone. Apple Could Have 80% Market Share in Everything. Tomorrow.

I rarely expect consensus from readers, but, with that one, I figured I would come as close as I ever have. But I was wrong.

What seems like an obvious argument to me -- that Apple (AAPL) could dominate marketshare in every space it competes in if it took a Samsung and Google (GOOG) approach to hardware and software -- doesn't wash with large swaths of society.

I'm convinced that I'm correct, though, and that all I have to do is do more convincing. And an equal amount of ranting to keep Tim Cook from changing Apple's course. Remember what Steve Jobs should have told Tim Cook: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Anyway, I'm not totally alone.

We're receiving wisdom at TheStreet's Facebook (FB) page of all places. As I transform that platform and the rest of TheStreet's social media presence, I continue to anger traditional "journalists." That tells me we must be on the right track!

In any event, who would have thought a picture of a gourmet burger and fries accompanied by a story wading into the Apple vs. Samsung waters a bit could elicit such great response?

It was the reaction I had hoped for when I posted the photo alongside the article (in this particular post) over the weekend. Lots of people loved the burger and plenty chimed in with a take -- some long, some short, a few logical, others not so much -- on Apple/Samsung.

Though I am not completely sure where this Facebook Fan stands, here's the best comment, taking the visual of the burger and fries and applying it to Apple vs. Samsung:

It looks like the commenter used "quality" instead of "quantity" in the third set of parentheses. And I'm not quite sure which side he ultimately comes down on -- Apple or Samsung. But, as I read his interpretation of the burger and fries vis-à-vis Apple/Samsung, it goes like this:

  • Apple is indeed the small side of relatively elegant fries
  • Samsung is the burger
  • You can make this comparison in terms of marketshare
  • But, more importantly, you can make it in relation to strategy

Apple focuses on presentation over quantity of offerings or market saturation, whereas Samsung, as evidenced by last week's not-so-thrilling Galaxy S4 launch, lives and dies by getting products out to market powered by a relatively uninspiring OS.

This is the story Tim Cook is trying to sell, only he's not doing a good enough job. When he says things like We could release a whole bunch of products, but we refuse to produce crappy products, I love hearing it, but I lack confidence that he won't capitulate if Wall Street turns the heat up higher.

--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,984.19 +64.60 0.38%
S&P 500 1,985.64 +4.04 0.20%
NASDAQ 4,526.7180 -0.7960 -0.02%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs