What do you think is Samsung's phones' biggest drawback?

What do you think is Samsung's phones' biggest drawback?
There are major changes brewing at Samsung, and chief among those is the fact that we will be seeing far fewer Galaxy Megas, Cores, Grands, Aces and so on. Even we already lost count of those, and we doubt anyone is trying to keep up anyway, as the tens of phones that Samsung is turning every year with very minor specs and design differences to each other and even their predecessors got very confusing very quickly.

This portfolio slimming results from profit margins that slipped from the double to the single digits since the Galaxy S5 was introduced earlier in the spring. Samsung usually has a bestseller on its hand with each Galaxy S line flagship release, but not this year, as well-tailored competitors from Sony, HTC, LG, and even Huawei and Xiaomi, managed to make the S5 just one of the many. Now Samsung is compensating with the decked-out Note 4, but in the meantime it issued a memo to suppliers for cutting costs by 30%, intending to “increase the number of components shared across mid- to low-end models, so that we can further leverage economies of scale,” as per one executive.

An eventual dual-edged Galaxy S6, or whatever the Project Zero undertaking gets named in the end might mark a major change in direction for Samsung, as already hinted by the Galaxy Alpha line, that's why we wanted to ask you what do you consider Samsung's phones biggest drawback to be at the moment. Is it the design, the software, the price, or simply the confusing variety of similar handsets it spits out every year.

What do you think is Samsung's phones biggest drawback?

The design
21.28%
The specs
1.99%
The TouchWiz interface
43.08%
The overbearing variety of phones
21.5%
The price-to-value ratio
12.15%

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102 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

The design and the os (touchwiz), both r equally bad, so I would choose either of the choices. But because I could only choose one, I went with the design, because we could technically use other launchers and rooms but we can't change the build quality and design.

3. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Did you really just use "r" for are?

16. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

yeah, so?

5. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I'd argue Touchwiz is the bigger issue at the moment. Samsung made massive strides with the Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha this year, the design of the S6 doesn't worry me much. Touchwiz will continue to waste valuable storage space if not addressed properly.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

TouchWiz, bloat, cheap plastic

41. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

TouchWiz - I agree Bloat - Its arguable since Samsung offers almost the same storage as other OEMs with custom skins although more then stock android. So, this point is arguable. cheap plastic - If plastic is cheap and metal is holy then why #bendgate. Lets assume for a second that there were only 9 iphones that had bendgate issue but it still shows aluminium is far from being premium as it should simply not bend. If plastic was cheap then GS5 wouldn't survive a 10 feet fall and being ran over by a car. Try doing that to your metal phone and see what happens.

50. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

There are different types of metal.. Aluminum is soft while stainless steel is real tough and can easily survive a 20 feet fall while aluminum will get a dent with even a 5 feet fall.. And I guess he was just saying about the in-hand feel.

51. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Better than having a glass phone. TouchWiz UI needs a makeover.

70. icrappy

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

atleast they have better build quality than icrap

71. icrappy

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

so you're saying that cars that are made from crp (plastic and carbon fiber) are cheaper than aluminum made?

88. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

At this point, TouchWiz = bloat.

91. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Agreed. Amazing there wasn't an option to vote for bloat.

95. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Says someone who has/will never own one........

43. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Touchwiz is something that can more or less easily be addressed with custom ROMs. :) DESIGN can't bechanged once it leaves the factory. :(

89. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"more or less easily" = not easy for mainstream users. I would never recommend a phone based on an assumption of root and ROM. It's 2014. Android is a mature OS. If the manufacturer can't leave well enough alone, that's their problem, not mine.

54. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Don't ever use launcher in touchwiz.......it will not lag, But it will hang your phone.

55. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Mainly the design because most phones (specially LG with the G3) are trying to go improve the screen to body size ratio and Samsung instead of improving S4 body ratio it actually make the S4 screen to body ratio even worst than the S3 screen to body ratio. We know it was mainly due to its water proof sealing, but it needs to improve its body ratio drastically if it wants to go back to be considered the best of the best...

59. michaelny2001

Posts: 335; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

agreed. Design is the worse thing... it was fine for SG3, but for S4 and now S5...they're getting lazy. And let's not forget that Samsung was was the first to deny Google the update to get rid of fragmentation which would make any phone as smooth as iOS withouyt the need for 3GB of ram. iphone 6 with 1GB of ram does better than LG G3 with 3GB ram? WTF? Now imagine no more fragmentation and 3GB ram i am seeing Antutu of 70,000 or more, console quality graphics, plus speed and lots of it. Then iOS would really be left in the dust.

98. dermit88

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Is this supposed to be satirical? If yes, then the joke's on me. If no, understand that fragmentation is something of a myth, and that the main reason apple devices run so smoothly is because of their processor integration, as well as their smooth, Unix based operating system.

62. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

have you even seen the latest deign? I loved my Galaxy Note 3 an in all honesty I hate they are using any metal period. The problem with Aluminum is its soft and cheap. It is so cheap that my plastic case I put on my Note 4 scratched the chamfered edge on the bottom. Plastic can take a hit and be just fine. Design is a preference. Ifpeopel prefer metal vs plastic, there are options for them. The A series from Samsung, just looks like an iPhone 5S. I'm not afraid to say it and I would never buy that for myself. Ever. Now having said that, I like my Note 4. its design isn't why I bought it. If I could show it into a case of the Note 3 I would be equally as happy. I am not saying the metal edge doesn't feel nice. But it forces me to do something I normally don't have to do, and that is buy a case. Because I need the phone to be in perfect condition when I sell it next year when the Note 5 comes out. What good is using a fancier material if you aren't going to be interacting with it due too a case? As far as the look of the Galaxy line. It was fine when it was just the S and Note. After diluting the Galaxy brand with cheaptastic phones, that all look the same, the Galaxy line lost its iconic feel. Now with the new A series which just look the same but made of metal, its even more boring. Hopefully with the S6 Samsung will change it up.

65. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Oh god.....please short your comment....I can't read that much....... Lol

77. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

u can't read? sucks for you.

100. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Dude has no life

2. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Touch crap all over android

4. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I voted for "the over bearing variety of phones". Samsung floods the market with so many models u could hardly tell which one is S5 or note 4 or the budget phone since they almost always look the same. Also, bcoz of this, Samsung can't accomodate to update all models. Even the galaxy mini doesnt get latest updates until after 6 to one year of release.

9. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

this one i can agree with.

79. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Exactly +1, even i voted for same "Over bearing variety of Phones". When one of my friends 1st saw the front of Galaxy S5 in my hands, they ended up asking me, What bro you bought a new Grand 2 huh?. That question was like hell for me, felt soo bad on that one. Though later when he saw all the features & Camera quality, he was surprised & happy for what he saw. Samsung please please keep the number of models to Minimal & give a New design to every series of phones. For ex: S series should be different 4m the rest, so as Note series & go on. Please make this possible. I am mighty impressed with Alpha & Note 4 designs though. :)

6. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Odd that price-to-value gets such a large chunk of the votes; I don't see Samsung devices priced much differently than the competition, and certainly not Apple, with their enormous sales... The design is a big factor for me (if we ignore that I'm a WP user anyway) - Samsungs phones and tablets look and feel cheap and uninspired.

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Price to value ratio is the main reasons Samsung defeated by XiaoMi Lenovo Huawei Oppo ZTE vivo gionee etc

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

People don't give a damn on design, interface, or how many $hit device to flood. Price your device cheap, win. Wrong pricing, loser. No argument on this

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