AH Primetime: Does Samsung Make Too Many Phones and Tablets? 26 To Be Exact
We already know the story. Samsung makes a ton of phones and tablets, but are they making too many? It seems every week Samsung is announcing a new phone. Which is good and bad. It’s good because it gives consumers choices. In fact, Samsung has devices ranging from 3-inches to 10.1-inches. The Galaxy Y at 3-inches and the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 of course at 10.1-inches. The bad side is updates. With this many devices, and plenty of variations of each device, it’ll take that much longer to get updates from Samsung. This article isn’t taking a stab at Samsung, rather asking if the Korean manufacturer should slow down a bit with new devices.
For starters we have 5 different Galaxy S4 variants. The S4, S4 Google Edition, S4 Zoom, and the S4 Active. That’s in addition to the variants for each carrier. Yeah that by itself can be quite a headache. Is Samsung releasing too many devices? Well when Nokia was at it’s peak, right after the iPhone debuted it released 40 phones. Each one of them was a phone. No tablets. At this rate, Samsung will hit 40 devices by the end of their Premiere Event next week in London. Nokia also had almost no competition at that time, and Samsung is getting challenged right and left by the HTC One, iPhone 5/5S, Moto X, LG Optimus G and Optimus G Pro, just to name a few of the competitors.
But when Nokia was #1, no one really cared about updates. Now with Google doing Android and sending the code to Samsung, updates take longer. So you see these great new features from Google, but you can’t have them for 6-12 months from now. How awesome is that? Samsung also has about 5 phones between 3-4 inches. Is there really a point to that? Then you have the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note line of tablets, only real difference is price and the S Pen. Couldn’t Samsung make one tablet and make the S Pen optional? Makes sense right?
Is Samsung making too many phones? It sure does seem like it, but in all honesty they really aren’t. HTC, was on top in 2011 and released around 80 phones worldwide. That included all their different variants as well. Which really hurt them, mostly because they released a successor to a phone that barely had any upgrades too it. Similar to the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. So I hope that Samsung can find a happy medium between too many and not enough devices. As much as I’d like to see someone step up and challenge Samsung a bit more. Samsung seems to be the only OEM doing what us, the consumers, want. Removable batteries, developer support, microSD card slots, phablets, and much more. So what do you think? Is Samsung making to many devices? Let us know in the comments below.