How long will manufacturers hurt Android with BAD low end handsets

Posted Apr 27, 2012 at 9:30 am in Threads > Opinions

Taylor posted an article about Apple completely kicking Android’s ass in the last quarter in the US and that got me thinking to the reasons why. One of the reasons I hypothesized is that manufacturers (LG *cough* Samsung) continue to pump out BAD low end Android phones to see what sticks.

I believe this is going to hurt Android in the long term. If anything, I believe, the huge Apple numbers in the last quarter can be attributed to a significant amount of users who got burned by low end Android offerings.

Now don’t get me wrong I think Low End Android phones are a necessity for the growth and proliferation of Android, but the bar is set WAY too low for several of these handsets. Think of all the low end Galaxy phones, or the low end Optimus phones. I’m sure while they’ve satisfied a good number of users a whole lot of other one felt burned.

Of all the companies I think HTC has got it right with the One V. It certainly is the low end of the One series but it most certainly is the most well executed low end device I’ve seen. Android 4.0, Sense 4.0 (albeit a lighter version) and excellent build quality. That’s how all low end Android phone should be.

If anything, I’d set the bar at for low end Android phones at the lowest end iPhone still being sold and as of now that’s still the iPhone 3GS. If the phone isn’t as responsive and usable as the 3GS don’t bother putting it out IMO. The fact that 2 years after launch the 3GS is still available (and for free) is probably yet another factor in why Apple dominated the last Quarter.

I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts on the matter.
Thanks for reading.