Samsung Mobilers Winners : A Disappointment!

Totally disappointed to see the Results of the Samsung Mobilers contest. It is obvious that you have chosen only those posts as winning entries who have posted a lot of PICTURES of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Content other than visuals, amount of traffic coming to the blogger's site have not been given any weightage.  In nutshell, bad judgment.

Deleting all my posts about Samsung and Indiblogger from my blog. Will not participate in any contest on this site in future. Good bye, Indibloggers. I've seen enough.

PS : Congratulations to the winners!

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Arvind Passey
Arvind Passey
from Delhi
8 years ago

We must appreciate that Navin Bajaj has the grace and poise to congratulate all winners on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 blog contest even while seething with rage and disappointment at what he perceives as bad judgement!

I really must tell you Navin that I have been writing (and have participated in quite a few contests too) since I was in school in the seventies... and this is just one of the few prizes I have won. You don't win everytime... but that surely does not mean that you STOP writing or associating with people or a website or a forum. Winners are chosen because of what the judges/sponsors want... and not every form of writing appeals. Yes, there can always be wrong judgements, but then that is a part of life. Move on... keep surging... winning will embrace you when it must!

 

Well said Arvind Ji , all judgements can never be perfect, and it's all part of contests. Congo's Arvind Ji and all winners.
D Gowardhan
from Raigarh
8 years ago

Well said Sir and congratulations to you.

I have gone through the winning posts of Samsung mobilers, Writers of the winning posts have created them with more efforts and passion than the other 200 people. I heartfuly congratulate the winners.

I had even participated in the contest, but after seeing the winners, I felt the judgement was completley fair. winning and losing is a part of life. efforts are more important. As we keep trying one day we may be on the otherside.

Gowardhan

www.readitt.in

 

No point in all this dude, it's all decided by samsung people.

Forgot to mention that RULES OF THIS CONTEST WERE CHANGED MID WAY to accomodate those people who did not even host the LIVE launch event of this Tab.  WHY WERE THE RULES CHANGED MID WAY? How many out of this winners' list are those who DID NOT EVEN HOST THE LIVE EVENT ON THEIR BLOG SITES? Any answers?

No weightage has been given for ORIGINALITY also. Many of the winners are LATE COMERS in this contest who have JUST COPY PASTED (with minor edits) the ideas posted by those who posted earlier. 

@Pramod : If Samsung has decided the winners then they have obviously shown undue favoritism to some people, who were perhaps their friends?

@Arvind Passey : I congratulate you again for being among the winners, but I also have to say that your entry was CERTAINLY NOT DESERVING TO BE AMONG THE WINNERS.  I have seen your entry. It is overly lengthy, off topic and irrelevant. The reader loses interest in your post from the first paragraph itself. I don't know how many people would have the patience to read your full RAMAYANA right till the end, which has ZERO RELEVANCE to the Samsung Galaxy tab. If some non-partisan people with better judgment had judged this contest, then your entry would possibly be among the BOTTOM 20 of all the contestants.  Sorry for being so candid.

@The owners of Indiblogger : I will certainly not participate in any contest on this site ever!

 

I understand your ire and respect your feelings. @navin. I think you should cool down.
Nupur Raut
from MUMBAI
8 years ago
It's your wish, Mr. Bajaj. But keep writing, it will do you good. :)
umesh derebail
umesh derebail
from Mumbai
8 years ago
I am winner,de jure, because i got to use SAMSUNG TAB for 3 hours and i posted the first live video of the event from the venue of the meet. Congrats to all defacto winners, and Navin Bajaj let us be sportive and acknowledge the judgement of judges.

@Subhashchy : Firstly, you need to go to my blog site : http://superstargems.blogspot.com to get to know what it's all about, then you will get your answer to why exactly I blog. I give Stock Tips (for free) to my readers/followers who are investors from across the globe...... Number of visitors to my site being in lakhs. I do this for charity.

Secondly, would anybody (in his/her right mind) blog about a commercial product like the Samsung Galaxy Tab on their sites just because "blogging is their passion"? If blogging is your passion then you would blog about the subjects you are passionate about. I bet nobody would blog about a "Samsung Product" which will influence their sales, just out of passion. It would be like advertising for a commercial product on your site for free!  ....... So, of course, I blogged about a Samsung product with an intent to win the contest, not coz I am in love with Samsung, for Pete's sake!  Smile  I actually feel cheated by Samsung and Indiblogger.in because I telecast their product launch LIVE and promoted their product through my post FOR FREE! Both Samsung and Indiblogger.in derived mileage from my website for more than a month FOR FREE! If they had paid for advertising their product on my website for so long, they would have had to pay me much more than the price of their Galaxy Tab 750!  So, I'm absolutely in the right for being disappointed with their poor/partisan judgment of this contest. I feel cheated. Period.

To prove my point that the judgment was indeed poor/partisan and I'm not whining just coz my name is not in the winners' list, I challenge everyone on indiblogger and the judges who judged this contest to compare my entry with that of Mr. Arvind Passey's entry. You can see for yourself whose entry is more relevant and has more impact. 

And thirdly, there are still no answers to my question, "why were the rules of the contest changed mid-way?" from the Organisors/Judges of this contest. How many of the winners on the list are the ones who did not even host the LIVE Launch event of Samsung?

@Umesh : I cannot be supportive or acknowledge the judgement of the judges simply because their judgment is so obviously poor/partisan.

Naveen Ji , if I was so great an statistician & economist & techie to predict stocks n commodities with perfection, I would be owning the Dow jones. & probably taken over samsung in a jiffy. But......
SubhashChy
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Don't you think you are over-reacting ?

Point # 1. Number of visitors to my site being in lakhs. I do this for charity.

DO you really think you get Lakhs visitors ? In a day , in a month or even a Year ?  As per the static counter  you yourself put on your blog, total number of visits on ur blog since Jan 2010 is 56,000 approx.means 200 visits a day max. Huh.

 

point #2. if they had paid for advertising their product on my website for so long, they would have had to pay me much more than the price of their Galaxy Tab 750!

Not sure how u expect someone to pay you $$$ for ads on your blog for 200 page views a day .  One can get 200 page views easily by just 5 minutes of work on any thing he writes.

 

OK You are disappointed, Sholud be, you didn't win. but shouting like this is not gonna do anything :(.

 

Just so u wrote this much here, i bookmarked your blog.

The Sorcerer
from Mumbai
8 years ago

In a way, you're agreeing you're into pay-for-play blogging ;). If most of you guys are into such unethical way of blogging, from where did you guys develop a conscious?

Nupur Raut
from MUMBAI
8 years ago
Wow, Sir, free stock tips!:O I used to think you're in your late teens! :O
Avi
from Kolkata
8 years ago

With less than 100 posts in well over 5 years & 54k visitors, you can't consider yourself as king. I also don't support the result as i know many of the people begged me for a vote, i submitted one post about the tech specs & after seeing the real senario, i stopped writing about the topic as i hate begging. 

The decision taken by Samsung or whoever was  right or wrong, is up to individual opinion. Amit Bhawani is among of those winners, who got 41 votes, chosen by Samsung as they knew he will give them even more publicity.

(@Amit: no hard feelings)

Agree one hundred percent with you, Sorcerer. It's time members of Indiblogger wake up! These contests are nothing but a sham! My advice to all the bloggers is : DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN SUCH CONTESTS. DO NOT PROMOTE ANY PRODUCT ON YOUR BLOG SITE FOR FREE. Indiblogger.in and their advertisers like Samsung are only EXPLOITING YOU to promote their products for free!  Realize the value of your words and your webspace! 

I feel cheated by Indiblogger.in and Samsung because I naively promoted their product on my popular website for more than a month, and in return what did I get?...... Nothing! Zero! Zilch! If you convert the mileage both Samsung and Indiblogger.in got out of my site for more than a month, then the amount they owe me would be around Rs. 1.5 lakh!

Shame on you, Indiblogger.in and Samsung!Frown

 

Now, just you wait Samsung & Indiblogger! I'm gonna expose both of you to the same audience that I naively promoted you to.  You think you can cheat people like this? .......

Naah! You got it wrong. This cheating game of yours is not gonna last long. It is actually going to prove counter productive for you.  Now wait for the NEGATIVE PUBLICITY that you are going to get! This will teach you a lesson to be MORE HONEST in future! Bye Bye!

ashes
ashes
from Bangalore
8 years ago

Well, with 220 entries and 20 winners, this had to happen. 200 people had to lose, some of whom knew they will not win, some confident enough that they will own a Galaxy Tab by the end of all this. Some hoped they would and were not disappointed when they didn't win, and some wanted to win badly and were therefore disappointed badly enough to express that on this forum.

Arvind Passey's post was a very interesting and creative one, and though I must admit I skipped over a few paragraphs towards the end, it was a very good read. Must have taken quite some time and effort in concenptualizing the story and writing that down.

Navin's, on the other hand, is a 300-word affair that could have well been a Facebook status update. 

Reading his anguish and disappointment had made me he had written something very good. What I did not know (before digging up his deleted post from Google's cache) was, he expected Samsung to give him a tab just because he wrote "Samsung Galaxy Tab is good". Did any the remaining 219 bloggers who submitted their entries differ?

@ashes, I know it's a tough task to judge a post, but it's really ridiculing of you to point out the word quantity as insufficient. this is just preposterous. to quote your own words.

"Navin's, on the other hand, is a 300-word affair that could have well been a Facebook status update. "

If a judge is just looking at quantity of words then it should bloody well have been specified .

one could write an epic on that. 

If one cannot see the depth in a single word, and judge the writeup with the intrinsic value, he should'nt be judging at all.

it takes a lot ,lot time to shorten  writeup.

this leads me to think I got rejected by writing insufficient just 150 words or so.

very disheartening.

 

ashes
from Bangalore
8 years ago

Well Pramod, how difficult is to google "samsung galaxy tab", open the first three search results, and copy stuff from there into your own blog, add "I love this feature and I love this one more"?

I never judged by the word count alone; but the number of features that the tablet has cannot be even listed down in 300 words, certainly not by the 300 words Navin wrote. Do you think you can do justice by reviewing such a detailed product in so terse a blog post? 

The word length was not specificied, but what was specified that the winners will be decided based on content, creativity, and interaction. Navin's blog had none of the three. t was not a contest to "shorten writeup", and you need not care about word-length while reviewing a product.

Ashes , thanks for clarifying. the statement outright implied the suggestion. if judgement was serene in your heart, it's great. I have no issues on it.

cheers and best wishes.

ashes
ashes
from Bangalore
8 years ago

Anyway, here is some free publicity for Navin, his cached blog that was deleted: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:CKdqJ7xvk8EJ:superstargems.blogspot.com/2011/08/samsung-galaxy-tab-750-topples-apple.html+samsung-galaxy-tab-750-topples-apple.html&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=in.

In case Google permanently deletes that, here is his complete post:

Thursday, August 11, 2011 The Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 topples the Apple-cart! Being a delighted owner of a Samsung Galaxy S II phone, it was but natural that I was drawn towards the latest offering from the Samsung stable, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 750. The technical specifications of the new Galaxy Tab 750 are the best in its class. Take a look yourself here http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxytab/10.1/spec.html The 10.1 inch widescreen display is a sight for sore eyes. Its 1280x800 WXGA TFT LCD Screen is a treat to watch, whether you use it for work or play. This slim & light weight beauty can be an inspiration for fashion models! What I like about the Home Screen is its thoughtful design. Everything you need is within easy reach from the Home Screen. For example, the shortcut to apps icon has been kept at the top right corner of the screen for easy accessibility. Check out the Pulse News Reading app which offers easy navigation and dual view for reading news pages here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rroc-DfXF4 It's sure to become one of your favorites. Another feature that I find pretty neat is the dedicated Screenshot button which lets you take screenshots with a single click. The connectivity is superb with both HSDPA & WIFI access. Like its hugely successful Galaxy S II phone, the Galaxy Tab 750 also has an integrated Social Hub, Readers Hub & Music Hub. With both a front facing & rear facing camera, you'd be able to take great pictures, record videos in HD, and video chat with friends or work associates any time. And yes, the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb platform makes multi-tasking a breeze! The Galaxy 750 is slimmer, lighter & faster! So one can safely conclude that with the launch of the new Galaxy 750, Samsung has successfully toppled the Apple-cart of its competitors. Cheers! Posted by Superstar at 10:14 PM 

 

I also posted with lot of images and content including promotion of their launch video. I am also disappointed with the final verdict. We have to accept it.

It seems that they have selected winners based on some random number system.

Samsung should ship few goodies like T-Shirts and Pens as minor gift for promoting their tab for all 200 bloggers. I spent nearly 1 full day to write content. So I expect something.

 

SubhashChy
from Mumbai
8 years ago

+1. and liked ur attitude.

Chintan R Jain
from Chennai
8 years ago

yes it correct.. we expect some genuine winners from this contest...

@Arvind: I checked your entry and it looks nice. Congrats and best of luck

@Navin - Continue blogging. 200 bloggers are disappointed. So you should not feel alone. I hope you can win next time.

Sairam Rajamani
Sairam Rajamani
from Bangalore
8 years ago

I read all the posts in this thread and the other thread posted by The sorcerer. I just wanted to leave it at that. But then I decided, let me put my point out anyway.

Couple of very different opinions is getting muddled in this thread. One is by Navin and the other by Sorcerer. 

Navin Bajaj's rant is uncalled for. And especially picking an individual and questioning his entry is pretty cheap.

But Sorcerer has some very valid points. The most valid one being that Samsung is selecting 20 official mobilers. So the guys should be the hardcore techie guys like the ones sorcerer talks about. But even the tech posts in this contest were just a regurgitation of the specs. It didn't look like they were the tech writers that sorcerer talks about.

Personally for me, the contest looked like a PR exercise (or as a paid advertisement). And if we think of it that way, the contest was very fair. 20 winners in 220 participants is almost 10%. winners. That's damn good if you ask me.

And I went through the winner's posts. They were good. I also felt disappointed that I didn't win. But I wouldn't say the winning posts were bad. And all the participants knew that only one out of evrey ten participants is going to win. So where's the problem?

Animesh
from Mumbai
8 years ago

I agree @sai and cudos for you:)

Rakesh Narang
from Delhi
8 years ago

http://www.wizardjournal.com/new-gadgets/samsung-galaxy-tab-750.html

Please read my post once and tell me that I just talked about specs.

Well said, sairam ji, 

DS
DS
from Mumbai
8 years ago
Well Navin, Even I have been disappointed in the past especially in the HP color contest where I thought my entry was way better than some of the winning entries... But one must learn to take these things in the stride and push for betterment of oneself... I have still not won a thing here and have been left heart broken all times... I will participate in the future as I never believe in giving up!!! Congrats all the Winners, enjoy your Tab:):)
Even I thought your entry to be superb @DS, but it's contest & one should be able to face decisions and accept them as they come.
DS
from Mumbai
8 years ago
Thanks Pramod ji. Yes, one must move on and hope for better things in future:) Never give up.
R-A-J
R-A-J
from Bangalore
8 years ago

I'm hungry....

take a tablet

R-A-J
from Bangalore
8 years ago

need more feul...

Rakesh Narang
Rakesh Narang
from Delhi
8 years ago

Speaking Truly, I won't mind losing a fair competition. This one wasn't fair, that's what is pinching me. I put in a lot of effort in writing that post about 6 hours.

I didn't expect to win because I had already seen a lack of good decision making in the intel app up contest.

I am sorry to say but I don't really like the judgement of Indiblogger people.

Rakesh Narang
Rakesh Narang
from Delhi
8 years ago

I have found the reason why so many poor entries were chosen over well wriiten entried.

Indiblogger guys have looked at the comments to read the review of other people. The people with maximum number of comments have won, not the ones who have written good articles.

Indiblogger guys have saved time, they have just looked at the number of comments, "hmm... this guy has engadged an audience, so many comments, I bet his article is nice, give him the prize, nice job done son, you have promoted the product well, what if your article is less creative, less original, less techie than others, you have promoted us well, brought a good audience to our sponsors, well done..! son, well done..!! here's the tab you wanted."

So next time, get tens of thousands of comments, i bet you would never lose a contest.

Cheers,

Rakesh Narang

Rakesh Narang
from Delhi
8 years ago

I think I am the first to have noticed this and yet Indiblogger didn't selected me as the winner of Intel AppUp App review contest where I use deep analysis of Gaming Apps.

I don't think they even consider the post section, they just look at the comments and decide the winners.

If any Indiblogger guy reads this post, God known, he would come to know that he has been busted.

bemoneyaware
bemoneyaware
from Bangalore
8 years ago

Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder so those who judged the entries (and there were many) must have had some criteria..Everyone who entered the contest wanted to win and felt bad on losing(I surely did) but there can be only  few winners..Better luck next time..don't give up as they say kabhi tu milegi..kabhi tu milegi manzil raahi!!

Ummeid pe duniya tiki hai,
DS
from Mumbai
8 years ago
Plus 1 Pramod ji.

I randomly checked an entry

http://zomgitscj.com/2011/08/11/hands-on-with-the-samsung-galaxy-tab-10-1/

The blogger has not featured the launch video as it was one of the requirements. But still he got the prize.

I posted an entry with the video but never won.

I am not against this blogger but just want to highlight the professional ethics behind this contest.

Arvind Passey
Arvind Passey
from Delhi
8 years ago

Hi Sorcerer!

Friends and fellow bloggers are always free to ask me anything... my email id is arvindpassey@gmail.com

 

The Sorcerer
from Mumbai
8 years ago

I am confused. With respects: Why and what would I ask you? My questions are towards the way the suits (now I am deeming Indiblogger as the suits as well) and towards the bloggers who have reacted in such manner after the conclusion of the contest. This is my last post. As it is I stay away from such topics as they tend to become messy- like techcrunch's founder-and-new-editor-cross-whinning.


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