17 Nov Let’s Pick A Phone
Category: Design, doubleTwist, News

So today, I read this post showing Samsung’s current product lineup. It reminded me of my lovely mother-in-law (no, she really is lovely!) asking me about Android phones a few weeks ago. And of course, it *is* confusing to the average consumer what phone to get. I mean, there’s a lot of options. Do you want the Samsung Galaxy S™ II Epic™ 4G Touch (this is an actual product name. No, seriously, someone actually calls their phone that.), a Kyocera Milano? How about a Huawei M835? The Shenyang J-11? Whoops, that last one is actually a Chinese air superiority fighter, not a phone. I get confused sometimes.

So how many options are there exactly? Let’s limit ourselves to the US. And AT&T, MetroPCS, T-Mobile and Verizon. And I won’t show all the options of colors.

Take your pick.

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17 Responses

  1. 1
    asdfads 

    ololo. Hilarious.

  2. 2
    toby 

    I think I’ll take the slightly rounded one with the touch screen.

  3. 3
    Selis 

    …But diversity allows a more personal experience for the user, right?

  4. 4
    Belzebul 

    … and that’s why it sucks to develop for Android.

  5. 5
    Matías 

    And it’ll get worse.

  6. 6
    mare 

    The least you could have done was to sort them on the time on their clocks.

  7. 7
    miniboss 

    I wish there was also only one kind of LED TV on the market. I am frustrated by the time that I devote a good selection of TV. Hey, Apple? I need an realy perfect Apple TV :-)

  8. 8
    Anon 

    I love Android. Its sleek

  9. 9
    Aaron 

    Choice is great, to a degree, but the vast sea of very similar Android phones is just absurd. Sadly, this ridiculous “diversity of choice” isn’t limited to Android phones, no no, it’s everywhere, TVs (as miniboss pointed out), cars (which is a big reason the auto industry crashed), PC computers, kitchen appliances, etc. Practically any gadget has a multitude of clones that are ever so slightly different.

    Yes, choice is great but this many choices actually *hurts* one’s decision making ability. No matter what you choose, you’ll always have a lingering feeling that you’re missing out on a feature from another phone.

    Hell, it takes me almost an hour to choose a movie on Netflix streaming. I’d never leave the store if I were an Android customer.

  10. 10
    Arnie 

    I hear ya, brother! This weekend, I went car shopping and UGH. So many options! I really wish there were just ONE car so I didn’t have to worry about making a decision. I mean, who really knows the difference between a Honda Civic and a Ford Explorer?! Such a pain! I actually had to sit down and use my brain to make a conscious decision, and nothing makes me angrier than having to THINK!

  11. 11
    Teovald 

    OEMs are creating too many variations of their phones, that is a fact. I hope that they will soon realize that a few models with a good support is the way to go.
    But at the moment they are fighting for exposure by bombarding the market with phones.

    On the other hands, one of the really great points of Android is that whatever your need is, there is an Android phone for that : big/small screen, physical or virtual keyboard, …..
    One of the primary things I can’t bear with iPhones is the fact is the absence of choice :
    -you want a smaller or bigger screen ? No ! shut up 3.5″ is perfect !
    -you want a physical keyboard ? the iPhone virtual keyboard is Magical, you can not want a physical one.
    -you want a device that can handle a few falls ? It is your fault if your iphone falled and its screen is now a nightmare, you were probably holding it wrong !
    and so on

  12. 12
    Frank 

    It’s called “Choice” which apple never really care to provide, they force you to use the same model millions use.

    I know its hard for you to choose sense you’ve been and will always be limited to one model only.

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