iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy

by Jason Green on 2014/09/24

With Apple’s slogan for the new iPhone being “Bigger than Bigger” I thought I’d do some fact finding around that claim. Full disclosure: I’ve had a Samsung Galaxy SIII for about 2 years. Aside from the marketing magic being done by Apple, I just don’t understand how a phone with 2 year old technology is being touted as the next big thing. I’m open to logical explanations which is the main reason I put this list together. What is it about the iPhone that makes people totally ignore superior technology and choose the iPhone instead?

So here’s the list of features comparing the iPhone 6 and 6 plus to the Samsung Note and Galaxy series’. What exactly is the new iPhone bigger than???

Samsung vs iPhone

Based on the features list, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus not only have smaller screens than the latest Samsung products, the screen on the iPhone 6Plus has a smaller screen than the Galaxy Note 3, and the iPhone 6 has a smaller screen than the Galaxy S3. The S3! from 2012! Granted, the resolution is very slightly better than that of the S3, but it’s not even close to that of the S4, let alone the S5.

Oh, and I almost forgot about Apple Pay. Near-Field Communication (NFC) has been on the Samsung Galaxy devices since the S3 (again, in 2012). Adoption is low simply because it’s a gimmicky feature that is harder to use than simply swiping a credit card. If Apple can garner better adoption, that would be fantastic. However, this is not a “game changer” for businesses or credit card companies.


Pivot Tables in Qlik Sense

Qlik Sense

by Jason Green on 2014/07/29

Qlik released their latest data discovery and visualization tool, Qlik Sense, last week, and I’ve been putting it through the paces. Overall, I’m impressed. Qlik Sense competes directly with Tableau and I believe is the better of the two tools.

QlikSense Charts

The most glaring omission I see so far is the inability to create a pivot table (aka: crosstab). I don’t know if it’s on principle that Qlik doesn’t believe you should be creating pivot tables on a BI dashboard, but it’s a feature that I think must be added. There are probably some visualizations that are more appropriate than pivot tables, but the inability to toss a quick summary below one of my charts is just maddening. Of course you can still create a regular table, but each permutation of the data is then repeated as a new row.

That said, I’m writing this post both as a plea for Qlik to add pivot tables to Sense and as a call for hacks. Have you found any tricks for creating a pivot table within Qlik Sense? If so, please let us know! I’ll also post updates on this post as I receive them.

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Outlandish Measurements

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Is Google Analytics a Waste of Time?

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Google Analytics Referrer Spam

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What is My Conversion Rate?

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Welcome to Convalytics.com

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Convalytics.com was originally created to focus on the analytics and statistics behind marketing conversions.  I’d like to take that a step further and devote this website to the demonstration and discussion of all types of analytics. I will be writing about data visualization, the latest programming languages, and the latest business intelligence applications. Specifically, QlikView, […]

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