Apple vs. Samsung current U.S. product lines

Apple vs. Samsung product lines

Interesting comparison by Minimally Minimal of Apple vs. Samsung product strategies, including their current U.S. device lines. (Spoiler: 3 vs. 134). No doubt there's a debate to be had about when both lack of and way too much choice become frustrating.

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Source: Minimally Minimal via Daring Fireball

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EggoEspada says:

But many of these devices are in different categories (smartphone, feature phone, OS, etc). And not to mention most are identical phones for different carriers.
But I get the point here about the lack of choice and the where to the point where it's too much you aren't sure what to do.

Alexnharker says:

I have a Galaxy S II along with my iPhone 4 and it's a really good phone.

OMMBoy says:

I agree -- the iPhone 4 is a really good phone :D

Brandon Mirenda says:

How about show the Samsung flagship phones or just their Android phones :-)
Samsung's low end phones don't have anything to do with this.

johncblandii says:

See...they aren't copying Apple!

iDavey says:

So let me get this straight...
They'll show the same device, albeit different carriers, along with outdated phones for Samsung. But they don't do the same for Apple. Oh yeah, there's no bias in that whatsoever.
Lets show the iPhone 4/4S with each carrier, each and each size. A choice is a choice mind you. Since we're showing the Galaxy S/S2 multiple times even though it's the same phone.
I have nothing against Apple. I love my MacBook and the iPhone is a great phone, just not my cup of tea.
But it's stupid stuff like this that makes me hate the folks that use it. Using double standards to pump up their sense of "awesomeness".
One minute numbers mean nothing. Next minute it does. Then the next minute, when it hurts (insert your favorite company) it doesnt.
This picture is a bunch of biased bull.
That is all.

johncblandii says:

Good try but not just him. You mention competitors more than other Mobile Nations sites. Just do a simple comparison of the last 20-30 posts.
Good job deflecting it back to your reader though.

johncblandii says:

Chip of constant disappointment? Maybe.
Good work deflecting again. Just try what I said. Compare the sites. :-)

johncblandii says:

Not at all looking at this graphic. :-)
See...you see clearly but rarely in the post. Put some of that clarity up front and that chip you say I have will disappear. :-D lol

Melvin says:

So let me see if I understand you, cause you're not making much sense, you're saying TiPB has too many post about the competition? And somehow that's a bad thing?

Melvin says:

Ok I did what you said, looked at the last 3 pages of post on TiPB, other then this post, and the perhaps post concerning Mobile Nations, I see no other post comparing the iPhone to the competition, so yeah it's just you and that other guy. Seriously.

Melvin says:

Ok I did what you said, looked at the last 3 pages of post on TiPB, other then this post, and the perhaps post concerning Mobile Nations, I see no other post comparing the iPhone to the competition, so yeah it's just you and that other guy. Seriously.

johncblandii says:

See how often the other sites post negatively about Apple. That's my point. It is an attempt to dissuade readers vs reporting news, Imo.

OrionAntares#CB says:

Well John, to be fair they just don't have as many options to discuss here as they do on those other sites! :p
They also don't have the same drama of watching a company try to jump off a cliff and then save itself like the only other blog in the group with a singular product line...

Guest12345 says:

I agree with Orion. there aren't really any news from apple other then the random rumors,new app, etc. where as on AC, there have a new phone everyday to write on. rather than keeping this site MIA, they might as well write these type of vs post. but yes, tipb does have alot of these negative post compared to AC. not sure about the other sites. I only follow this and AC.

johncblandii says:

LMBO Orion. You're right though. The news is far less active in iOS camp but that's no excuse to lower the bar here and always take shots.
A new product comes out...review it and compare. That's cool. Write negative posts about competition for the sake of it...makes the site less desirable.

iDavey says:

I haven't.
walks to Starbucks

patricksmangan says:

A flip phone user does think about updates or apps, they think about saving money on their phone bill. Apple may not care, but apple doesnt have that customer.

johncblandii says:

You told him "It's just you. Seriously." and I'm saying it is not. You also give AC and CB as other sites who mention Apple. I'm simply saying compare the last 20-30 posts and see how often they post about Apple and how much TiPB posts about Android [OS and ODMs].
Hope that clears it up.

Vitaliy Karashchuk says:

Who keeps a phone for more than 2 years? when you buy a new phone in 2 years there is one 3 times better than it. So there is no point in supporting it. I would rather look at all the Samsung devices and go with one that fits me the best, (keyboard, large screen, etc.), rather than going with an apple device that everyone has and keeping it for 5 years and getting same old apple iOS updates. My opinion. (i have an iphone)

johncblandii says:

That's what he's saying.
"No one who wants a big screen or keyboard will consider Apple because of lack of choice, but anyone wanting to consider Samsung has an incredible array of things to consider..."
You're in the latter.

Berk Gün says:

So Sammy should make a product a year?
I think it's not frustrating to choose. Samsung create products for consumer demands, Apple trying to create their own consumer profile that demands "magical" Apple products... Thats it and with the media power, they can accomplish it.

johncblandii says:

Yeah, I haven't paid much attention to TiPB lately [The Verge is my front-runner at the moment] but Rene just doesn't post the same way he speaks. He's not Gruber'esque but his writing is not too far behind him.
Have a conversation w/ him or listen to a podcast and his bias is much lower than you get from his writing here.

johncblandii says:

You realize there are only a few android phones up there right?

Gregory Gammill says:

How dare you introduce facts into a troll thread!

Gregory Gammill says:

How dare you introduce facts into a troll thread!

Blueberry says:

Interesting article! I have been using Apple phones for some time now, but have been through smartphones since my 1st Palm Treo! I think what I find the most interesting about this is the emerging similarity of Android with Microsoft. Having just read the Jobs biography I am struck by the similarities. Is Android going to become the Microsoft of the smartphone? They have an ever improving OS (much better than initial versions much like Windows 7 is MUCH better than Windows 2000) and have mostly let others do the hardware--HTC, Samsung, etc. Those devices like the OS are also ever improving in quality (Galaxy IIs, new Droid Razr). I certainly hope we don't see Apple smartphones become a much smaller niche as once their PCs did--though that area is gradually gaining ground (I still have a PC I am writing this on!) :) Great website and always nice links! What do you all think? Is this comparison for real? Do we even care? (if Apple continues to built such great devices, I will continue to buy them regardless of marketshare) thanks!

johncblandii says:

I have long felt this way too.

johncblandii says:

I have long felt this way too.

Nikotod says:

With a risk to completely waste the point, I would say that this looks more like quantity vs. quality to me rather than "lack of and way too much".
And one more thing: comparing Samsung with Apple is not a a good way to treat a friend:) It's more like software(apple) vs. hardware(samsung), which is pointless due to both belong to a completely different categories.
On the other hand - competing iOS and Android is what's important to me, and I believe to the others as well. And what's Samsung got to do with it anyway?! :))

johncblandii says:

41 is a TON but how many are Android?

johncblandii says:

@labgpr
I notice [on their site; http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/all-products] numerous phones listed multiple times. The Gem, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Transform would prob bring that total to less than 30 [didn't count but two of those are listed 4 times].
Then consider the 15 that are on non-major carriers [cricket, etc; some cross-over to major carriers (ie - Nexus S)].
Look at that graphic above and you'll see Windows Phones as well.
Point is...they all aren't Android and it isn't as simple as "they have 41 Android phones." Some are low-end phones.
But...I could care less, to be honest. As long as I get a Galaxy Nexus, they can have 100 phones.

johncblandii says:

@taz89 Don't forget they are the #1 smartphone manufacturer worldwide too. He can down them all he wants...they're top dawg.
[insert repetitive Apple wins profit share argument here]

johncblandii says:

I expect them to post stuff that discusses Apple news [good and bad] and not rely on making the competition look bad to better Apple's position.
Just saying. ;-)

gilead says:

Samsung doesn't need to invest in one because apple is doing it for them all they are good for is copying

iDavey says:

The OP of this chart isn't an Apple Blog

jdmoore1981 says:

I left my nexus s 4g to come to the iPhone 4s. My very first iPhone. I do not regret it one bit. The only thing I actually miss is the live wallpaper but I can live without it. The widgets were ok but I now have something that just works when I need it to. Thank you Steve Jobs.

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aftashock617 says:

@John C. Bland II I just want to clear things up. Samsung is not the number one smartphone manufacturer, they are the number one phone manufacturer. So that includes smartphones (android, wp7 and bada) and regular phones. However I will repeat not the number one smartphone vendor.

johncblandii says:

Yes, you're correct. I'll be more specific next time. To further dial it in, it was based on Q3 [where the 4s was not out yet].
I'll try not to be generic in my response next time so a follow-up "clarity" comment isn't necessary.

Farid Rahmi says:

The more, the merrier : "there is an Android for that"...

Sharma15 says:

Ok, i don't understand why all you babies are crying about. The whole point of this article is to show how Samsung and Apple use their resources to createe their product lineups and to showcase the different beliefs that both companies have. Samsung clearly believes in options and Apple believes in an all-in-one package. Everyone has their own tastes so dont bring this whole "Android > Apple >Andoid" BS to this post. If anyone actually bothered to read this article with an open mind then none of you fools would be badmouthing each other.
The folks of Mobile Nations have EVERY RIGHT TO POST WHATEVER THEY WANT AND IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THEM THEN FIND ANOTHER BLOG! I read all the MobileNations blogs (I use to have a Blackberry currently have the 4S) and i even read WebOS and Android blogs to stay up to date.
@David M.D.
"They'll show the same device, albeit different carriers, along with outdated phones for Samsung. But they don't do the same for Apple. Oh yeah, there's no bias in that whatsoever."
Did you even look at the picture? They have the iphones dating back to the 3GS and the iPhone 4 has both GSM and CDMA models listed. They only showed these 4 devices because thats all the phones that Apple are currently selling. This whole post is to show the current product lineups for both companies, thats all.

johncblandii says:

Firstly, AC is the only one busy enough to go for this argument but even when they aren't busy they still don't write posts like these. WP, Crackberry, and PreCentral are all as busy as TiPB. They have moderate information cycles.
PreCentral is dead quiet in comparison yet they don't "attack" competitors.

johncblandii says:

Firstly, AC is the only one busy enough to go for this argument but even when they aren't busy they still don't write posts like these. WP, Crackberry, and PreCentral are all as busy as TiPB. They have moderate information cycles.
PreCentral is dead quiet in comparison yet they don't "attack" competitors.