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What’s in a name? Samsung seems to know

3 years ago 24

If there’s one thing I feel very strongly about when it comes to the smartphone biz (all platforms and manufacturers included), it’s names. I cannot stand the crazy silly names some companies come up with for their phones. If you’re going to continue a series of devices, then a simple number after a name should work. Droid, Droid 2, Droid 3, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, G1, G2, etc. It’s not always that easy though.

With the Droid series, Verizon has everyone screwed up. They need to just leave manufacturers alone and drop the freaking “Droid” already. For devices in the US that are Motorola branded, I suppose it works well enough. I’m just tired of people still talking about my “Droid,” which is actually a Nexus device. Then there’s Samsung’s phones. If it’s not a Galaxy S, I could quite frankly care less. So I suppose they’ve done something right–or wrong–there. The T-Mobile G series? Well that one’s started to get confusing as well. The G1 and G2 were both vanilla Android devices with a QWERTY keyboard–like a pro series device. Then came the G2X. It was vanilla Android, but without a keyboard. It just came out around the same time as the G2. So will the next G device without a keyboard be the G3x? Or G2X2? Or maybe just the G3, if they drop the keyboard? And then there’s the crazy names that have nothing to do with any sort of logical pattern. Absolutely can’t stand it. Which is why, when Samsung’s naming scheme for new devices was explained today, I paid close attention to how it was managed. For the first time in quite awhile, smartphone names make sense.

Samsung has broken down the Galaxy series into letters and numbers. It all starts with the S.

Galaxy S devices are the top-of-the-line flagship Samsung phones. That makes sense. Every new Galaxy S device released will have a number after it. Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III and so on and so forth. US names are still confusing in this regard. But no matter the name attached to the device, it’s still a Galaxy S or Galaxy S II series device. This number after letter scheme is the basis for the entire Galaxy lineup.

Right below an S device, you’ll find Samsung Galaxy R devices. The R stands for royal and refined. If you remember yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy R, which appeared to be a slightly dumbed-down Galaxy S II.

Below R devices, phones will be labeled W for wonder. After that comes M for magical, and finally Y for young-minded. If a device gets a keyboard, it’s a Pro device. LTE means it comes with LTE. And Plus means a bump in specs, but not design. It’s kind of a lot to take in at first, but once you figure it out it’s great. A Galaxy W Pro II? That’s the second Galaxy W, a high-class device, that comes with a keyboard. Hopefully Samsung doesn’t go too crazy with it. Releasing devices like the Samsung Galaxy R III Pro Plus LTE would be ridiculous.

If other companies could adopt a similar scheme for naming, it could save people in my line of work a lot of hassle. And it would make decisions for consumers a lot easier. If you know the price range for each letter, then just stick to looking at phones with that label.

What do you think? Good idea? Or are you terribly confused? Do you prefer RIM’s 9900, 9930, 9485, 9475? Apple’s iPhone, 3G, 3gS, 4? Let us know in the comments below.