How many phones are too many? A total of 93 Android phones were released last year in the U.S. alone. Unlike Apple; Samsung, Motorola, LG, and HTC release devices rather frequently. Choice is a good thing, though, but when do too many choices become a nuisance? Hint: it doesn’t.
I have taken notice of a quote I overhear nowadays, “There is no right time to buy an Android phone.” We’ve all seen the TV commercials and magazine ads. There’s such a large array of smartphones out, it’s hard to not notice. For example, AT&T and Samsung went insane and released the Samsung Galaxy SII, Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket, and Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD…all within a couple of months of each other.
Today’s smartphone consumers automatically assume when the newer generation of their phone is released, that their current phone is useless and obsolete—no it’s not like that at all. Just to clarify, many of the newer generation of Android phones have just been tweaked with minimal upgrades, whether software wise or hardware wise. For instance, let’s say you bought the Motorola Droid Razr on launch date. Well, a couple of months go by and the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx comes out, with a much larger battery as an upgrade to the Droid Razr. These are minimal increments to of your Android phone. Your phone doesn’t stop being the best phone you were convinced it was. It still is that same, decent smartphone you bought on day one, it just has a similar sibling with a bigger battery.
Incremental upgrades aren’t always the case, take for example the leap between the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus (there was also a year between those releases). There’s a flip side to that; Android’s development community does not let old phones die. Just because your device may be years old and stopped receiving official updates, doesn’t mean it can’t have the latest software. Android’s latest version 4.1 Jelly Bean recently had a semi-functional port on the G1, Android’s first phone ever, which came out in 2008. If you can’t agree more I suggest you view the video below presented by YouTube Tech enthusiast, Marques BrownLee.
Smartphone manufacturers react to the market and as long as there are buyers, they’ll keep making devices that sell. Earlier this year, HTC adopted a less-is-more strategy and decided to release fewer devices and make only high-end spec’ed ones and drop low-end device entirely. Huawei, who previously made mainly low to mid-end devices, stepped up their game and released the Ascend D Quad. Reactions to buyers’ trends and demands is a big win for consumers; not only are we given a choice, but we’re given a choice of devices that more of us want.
Personally, I like a wide array of Android phones. Think of it like this, there’s always going to be a selection for potential Android fanboys (and girls). Whether you’re into big-screened phones, long battery life phones, or high performance phones, there’s that suitable Android phone for you. Add to that the development community being as strong as it is and you’ll be able to keep your device current with the latest software until your next upgrade.
This Best Buy ad captures it perfectly:
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