Cutting Corners and Sales

Posted Dec 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm in Threads > Opinions

OEMs seem to cut corners quite frequently. Sometimes it works and most times it doesn’t. I noticed it in all of the major OEMS.

For instance, Samsung’s Pentile screen have been a huge hit; and Pentiles are cheaper than a screen with the proper number of sub-pixels. Samsung uses plastic to make their phones and people love how their light their phones are (yet their screens are usually bigger than their competitors). Google also cut some corners to shave some dollars off the Nexus 4 (weak-ish speaker, barely any LTE on thing).

However, HTC isn’t so lucky. They seem to use smaller batteries and have forgone the microSD slot to achieve the same thickness (or thinness I guess) of Samsung’s phones. I’m sure they met blacklash over this. Not only that but HTC doesn’t advertise their phones enough anywhere as much as Samsung and Apple, thus people will not notice them much no matter how good their devices gets. I fell if you are not advertising your own products enough, you are essentially telling consumers that your device is not as “premium” as the next one. How else do you explain HTC not being successful despite making the device with the best screen and build quality?

When it comes to advertising, Motorola is the worst. Does Motorola even make their own commercials, it feels like all Droid related commercials are for Verizon’s benefits only. Not only that, Motorola phones don’t have the best camera experience as well.

  • redraider133

    I don’t think using plastic is necessarily cutting corners I just think that is what Samsung wants to use. Plastic love it or hate it is pretty durable and much less prone to breaking than glass which as shown by nexus and iPhone 4/4s was easy to do. Also the screen tech up until the note 2 samsungs super amoled screens were pen tile based and it appears( hopefully, they are moving away from this, even though pen tile is overblown except on moto devices)

  • Charlong666

    Samsung uses pentile screen mostly because that’s one of the easier ways to produce their SAMOLED screens, it’s also cheaper. As for the plastic, I’ve never really had a problem with plastic as long as it’s not glossy and more matte like.

    I haven’t gotten my Nexus 4 yet, so sadly I can’t comment on the speaker, but hopefully it’s louder than the Galaxy Nexuses. As for the LTE issue, it was left off mostly so another Verizon Galaxy Nexus outcry didn’t happen.

    I think you have it down pact for HTC, they don’t advertise their products enough and that’s why their market share is dwindling. Add in the fact, that they often go carrier exclusive with their phones and less people are likely to buy them. Hopefully, in 2013 HTC can fix this issue, cause I absolutely love their phones.

    I’ve never had a Motorola phone, so I won’t comment much. Except for the fact that the only commercials I’ve ever seen for them were Verizon Droid commercials, and I’m in Canada! Haha. I may have seen a commercial for them once back when the Milestone (OG Droid) was on Telus, but that’s it.

    I wish I could up vote member’s who start threads.

    • CTown

      You already have! Each comment is considered one up vote (I’m not sure if mine count or not). So thanks!

      Also, you are not missing much; Droid commercials have not changed… ever!

      • Charlong666

        And right there is the one thing I learnt today. Thank you for the tip CTown.

  • gmaninvan

    I agree on the plastic but Samsung gave a pretty reasonable explanation for pentile. It lasts longer due to certain subpixels being used more than others in conventional. Whether it is true, I don’t know but it does make sense to make the most used one the largest.

  • dino13

    Using plastic isn’t that bad. Can’t see what is bad about that. Weight loss isn’t the only good thing, reception is also much better.

  • kelltrash14

    I don’t see a lot of the things mentioned in the op as cutting corners. Everything is a compromise. You could put a core i7 in a phone if you wanted. .. so everything less is a compromise. Production cost is a real factor that has to be considered, so there’s always some compromise there. It’s preferable to find ways to reduce cost that don’t sacrifice product quality though. ..

    • lou2cool88

      I agree it’s tough because some people love some of the design choices that some OEMs make. It’s less a corner-cut and more a compromise, as you say. Production costs and durability are probably a big factor for most material choices. I, for one, hate the plastic-y feel of most Samsung devices but love so much else about them so I’m willing to overlook it. I usually slap a case on my phone anyway, so it doesn’t bother me as much.

      • WlfHart

        I feel ya about the plastic. Samsung is the only manufacturer that is rolling with the amazing stylus tech atm so I’m all about them, but HTC always felt to me to be a more sturdy and artful build. Unfortunately for HTC function wins out over form in a smartphone. Though I don’t wish to discourage them, because many of their phones are works of beauty! I just wish they’d get back into trying the stylus thing. The Flyer wasn’t great, but for a first into the field it wasn’t horrible.