Samsung Asks Rhetorical Question, Gets The Wrong Answer

If you could read only one blog, which one would it be? Go ahead, Tell the truth. If the answer isn’t “The Consumerist,” we can take it. When Samsung asked a similar question on their Facebook, though, they may not have anticipated the current extent of iPhone fever. When asked which electronic device they would take with them to a deserted island, the Internet answered, “the iPhone 5.”

These people all got the question wrong. Samsung tried to prime them with a lovely picture of the Galaxy S III, but that answer is wrong, too. The correct answer is, “Something that includes a solar charger.” Happy to help.

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  1. RandomLetters says:

    The correct answer is, “A working Motorola Iridium satellite phone.” (But thats just me wanting to bring a device that gets my ass off that island ASAP)

    • TrustAvidity says:

      That’s what I put when I saw that post. Not that specific model but still, a satellite phone. It’ll do me a lot more good on an island than an iPhone.

  2. raydeebug says:

    I always hated those questions back in school. “If you were on a deserted island, which historical/fictional/famous person would you want to be stranded with you?” Or “Which items would you want with you?”

    My teacher made me change my answers.

    For the person? “Magellan.”

    For the items? “A ship, a long-range radio with power source, and a year’s supply of food and water, a year’s supply of basic medical supplies… and extensive navigational charts.”

    • ovalseven says:

      …and a volleyball.

    • RandomLetters says:

      For person I’d go with one of the Polynesians who sailed to Hawaii. Those guys would have the know how to use primative tools and materials to build a boat capable of sailing our butts out of there. For items? Same as you.

      • raydeebug says:

        Yeah, but the requirement was along the lines of a specific person we could name.

        I also detested the “Dinner with a historical person” questions because grabbing a historical figure and forcing them to spend an evening in the company of a gradeschooler seemed disrespectful to me… and wanting to talk to some controversial ancient person just to know the “Truth” was, to me, fairly petty.

        These days, if I had to write one of those essays, I’d probably pick a historical writer of science fiction, like Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs, just to show them what real science has done with their fiction. How close they were, in their wild fantastical guessings. How much their words inspired future generations. As someone who dabbles in writing, I think it would be one of the greatest gifts a person could give to an author.

        • RandomLetters says:

          Ever see a show on the Science Channel called Prophets of Science Fiction? They did an episode on Verne and it was uncanny just how right he was about some things.

        • Coleoptera Girl says:

          I had to write one of those for my college or private high school entry… don’t remember which. Anyway, it was 3 people. I chose Napoleon, Hitler, and Hatshepsut. I thought the conversations would be interesting, assuming that everyone magically spoke the same language, and well.

    • RandomHookup says:

      But if the person is maybe Emma Stone, I have no need for the other items on the list (except for the food & water).

    • Laura Northrup says:

      I hate the “who would you invite to dinner” question.

    • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

      Pick a living person.

      The dead ones start to smell after a while.

    • nbs2 says:

      I’d pick Laura for the deserted island. Then I could give her advice on how to improve the site without her being able to run away.

  3. oatmealpacket says:

    The Internet has great taste as always. Long battery life, massive selection of apps, great reception, easy to use…yeah, the iPhone is the way to go here.

    • Costner says:

      On a deserted island you think the iPhone is the way to go? Not some type of solar based satellite phone or a solar powered emergency beacon? You think “a massive selection of apps” is going to be a great thing when you are alone on an island? Wonder how that will work after the first 8-10 hours when the battery dies on you.

      Seriously if this is how people honestly feel, then I am saddened by the ignorance floating around unchecked throughout our society.

  4. Costner says:

    I’ve got to say that anyone who answered that question with the response of “iPhone 5” is a raging fanboy douchebag. The fact is not a one of those people has even USED an iPhone 5 yet so they are stating it is the “best evarrrrr” product based upon what others have told them. Plus – it is sort of a dick move especially the idiot who made the quip about the S4.

    Why does Apply fanboyism mirror religion in so many ways? It is almost scary.

    • oatmealpacket says:

      It’s a pretty sweet phone, plus you can get a solar panel-based charging case for it for like $20. There’s also a variety of emergency beacon apps available, which you can use once you’re done with some nice, peaceful, distraction-free Angry Birds. It’s a pretty good choice, really!

      I’d also take an Apple product over a Samsung because all the Apple stuff I’ve used has been reliable and effective and I’m not hugely familiar with Samsung products.

      (Also: I’m replying to this comment using my iPhone’s Atomic Web Browser app!)

      • rdm says:

        I don’t understand this. “I don’t really know what the other guy has to offer, so I’ll buy another Iphone!!!!”

        • oatmealpacket says:

          “This name-brand toothpaste, which has proven to be effective at maintaining my oral hygiene, is far superior to this mold-encrusted toothgoo sold by the local eccentric!”

          That’s a closer comparison, really. The toothgoo might still work, but the toothpaste is tried, true and proven!

          • Coleoptera Girl says:

            If I went that way, I’d reject any smartphone because I’m familiar with my brickphone and proceed to insult the iPhone just because I know very little about it.

      • Chuft-Captain says:

        An emergency beacon app won’t do jack effing crap for you if there’s no signal because you’re stranded hundreds of miles from any occupied place. So it’s still worthless.

      • ChuckECheese says:

        The tropical sun’s glare is going to make playing Angry Birds pretty difficult.

        • Princess Beech loves a warm cup of treason every morning says:

          Then get off your smartphone and find some actual birds and piggies on the island!

          When you’re done playing, you have food!

          Thank you very much.

    • nopirates says:

      “raging fanboy douchebag” is a possibility, but i think “just fucking with samsung” is probably more accurate

  5. nishioka says:

    Have to be careful when crowdsourcing your marketing… I’m still waiting for that “Hitler did nothing wrong” variety of Mountain Dew!

    • momoftwokids says:

      You would have to fight my teenage son for it. He laughed so hard when I showed him that Consumerist article on DubtheDew that the real Mountain Dew he was drinking came out his nose.

  6. akronharry says:

    Ham Radio, Generator, Food and Water

    • Coleoptera Girl says:

      Make sure you can fuel the generator… Might want to add “supplies for running and maintaining the generator” to that list.

  7. Torgonius wants an edit button says:

    On my island, I want the sat-phone and about 20 billion dollars.
    I would like to have dinner with a henchman capable of actually killing James Bond, and a 5 year old who would review my evil plans for obvious holes.
    Then, let construction of the lair begin.

  8. Bsamm09 says:

    EPIRB and porn.

  9. BigDragon says:

    What’s Facebook? I don’t use Facebook so Samsung’s attempts to market don’t reach me. Maybe companies should stop relying so heavily on Facebook. That place is just not worth the trouble. I refuse to have an account there so I registered my pet just so I can do those stupid things that require a Facebook account for freebies.

    As for blogs and electronic devices, I’d probably pick Toms Hardware and a sat phone with a solar charger. I don’t go on vacation to deserted islands. Civilization may be annoying, but it is necessary for things like an internet connection and not dieing because you busted up your foot on some coral!

    Samsung > Apple

    • oatmealpacket says:

      You can actually get a pretty great Facebook app on the iPhone! I’ve got it, it works great. Makes it incredibly easy to keep in touch with my friends when they post status updates.

      • Azagthoth says:

        Woooooosh! did you even read the comment?

        • BigDragon says:

          I believe what you read above is the result of an involuntary reflex action caused by my bashing Facebook and Apple in the same comment. It’s too much for some people to read at once.

  10. tz says:

    One with a calorie counter for all the deserts on the deserted island.

    For a desert island, the galaxy player as there would be no internet, so save cash and load up your 64Gb uSD with audio and movies and ebooks.

  11. nachtliche says:

    Why on earth would they expect people to say a samsung? I don’t know anyone with one of those phones personally, but I see people with iphones all the time.