This Apple Earpod is ugly isn't it? And would certainly look worse on Asian ears.
The much prettier Samsung Gear X
Update: 8:30 pm
From the NYT, the writer articulated my thoughts exactly.
Update: Sep 17 7:00 am
Counter punch from the iPhone: Competing with the iPhone's specs is harder than it seems
Quoting two passages from the article.
Samsung’s approach to competing with the iPhone has always been to sprint at a breakneck pace and reach new hardware milestones first. But that has backfired horribly this year with the unfortunate Galaxy Note 7 recall, which was caused by exploding batteries. Chasing ever higher densities and ever more aggressive fast-charging methods, Samsung seems to have made the mistake of pushing that little bit too hard. But that’s the sort of risk every Android manufacturer is taking on: Xiaomi launched its Mi 5 flagship earlier this year with the highest-density battery technology available.
However these haven't detract me from my primary point: Apple design leadership and innovation have almost stopped without Jobs. Fortunately for them they have a wide moat to defend their castle but that is only buying time. I do not know when one day the market decided to wake up and turn against Apple. So from a risk analysis basis, I sold.