Are people buying Samsung or Android?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by PollyK, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. PollyK macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    I think it's safe to say that Samsuing has become synonymous with Android. But when the general public go out and buy a Galaxy device, are they buying the brand or are they buying Android? I ask because I believe the answer to that question will determine if Tizen is a success or not. My guess is, they're buying the brand. And I'm betting Tizen UI will look very similar to whatever Touchwiz looks like at the time of release. This way the general public doesn't know the difference.
  2. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I don't know about other people but I'm buying because of Android. I do have a track record with Samsung phones but I don't see myself abandoning Android to stick with Samsung.

    If HTC didn't insist on putting the power button on the top I would have sticked with the One.
  3. Krimsonmyst macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2012
    I think it's a bit of both.

    I've been buying Galaxy devices for several years now, and while I generally enjoy what Samsung is doing with the Android OS base.
    I would have to evaluate Tizen as an OS on its own merit before I made any decision either way.

    TouchWiz is what most people identify with, but at the end of the day Samsung is still working on top of Android.
  4. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Most nontech folks I've talked to refer to them as the "galaxy phones"
  5. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    If Samsung removes Android and makes me use their services, I'm gone.
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    What kind of question is this?! :rolleyes:

    I don't think people are so stupid that they think the Samsung phones are products that are purely Samsung. They buy them because they're the ones that have more advertising and name recognition behind them.

    They are also the only company that has CURRENT models with various specifications and price points that meet a user's needs and wants.

    You can buy a low end Samsung, you can buy a mid range Samsung, and you can buy a Note.
  7. Assault macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2013
    in the taint
    And a Samsung Chromebook, laptop, tablet, fridge, microwave, stove, washer/dryer, TV, bluray player, etcetera. :D
  8. PollyK thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    You talk as if advertising is all it takes and as if no choice exists for the consumer. OEMs would love it if it were that simple. lol
  9. skratch77, Jul 22, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2013

    skratch77 macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2013
    If Samsung got rid of android for tizan it would go from the number 1 selling phone to the worst over night.

    Does the op not know how heavily Samsung is integrated with android?

    They have made nexus devices for Google and just put out a Google edition galaxy s4.

    tizan was a backup plan and will never be on a flagship Samsung device

    Android has 75% world market share right now.

    That means world wide every 4 phones sold 3 of them are androids.why would Samsung leave the biggest Eco system for something that is none existent
  10. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    Bit of both. I've had quite a few Samsung devices in a row. (GS2, Skyrocket, GS3 (x2), GN2 (x3), GS4)

    Samsung has had a streak of making quality Android devices with good software. Plus tons of 3rd party support out there for them. They've earned such a huge following for doing this. It's hilarious that there are some people out there that think its "cool" to hate Samsung (just like Apple)

    Every time I venture off this path, I end up with a lackluster device. But my first Android device was, I think, the Atrix.

    I can say that all of my non-Samsung Android devices have been pretty meh. (Atrix, Inspire, One X, Optimus G, Nexus 4, XPERIA Z, HTC One)
  11. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    I buy both. Currently Android v 4.2.2 is my favorite mobile OS which runs on my Samsung Galaxy S4. Having had exemplary experiences with my Galaxy S, SII, SIII, and now S4, the run of success I've enjoyed has only been equaled by each of the new iPhones I've used concurrently. Two different platforms each with their own list of advantages, it's all a matter of personal preferences.
  12. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    I would say the brand as I dont really see what samsung phones have over the competing android handsets.
  13. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Samsung builds outstanding high quality components. Just look at their track record, it's stellar. Not only that but they back it up with exemplary build quality. I've owned every Galaxy S series, and the majority of my friends have too. While certainly not perfect, they have really been amazing.
  14. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Tell me that when the buyer don't see Maps, Navigation, GMail and the other Google services
  15. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Tizen will be able to run repackaged Android apps I believe.
  16. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
  17. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    But they can't provide the underlying Google services like location, contacts, etc
  18. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010

    You'd be wrong. Samsung made phones with decent hardware and crappy software before android. They sucked and no one bought them.

    Samsung currently makes windows phones alongside their Android phones. To my knowledge, they don't sell all that well.

    Though people buying these devices are very cognizant of the manufacturer, they are buying the devices because of the operating system. Google Play, Google Maps, and all of the other cloud/notification/connectivity features that Android gives you access to.

    The fact that Android sells better than iPhone, even though half of Android phones have worse hardware specs than the iPhone should be a clue that not everyone is basing their choice on screen resolution or processor speed.
  19. Elit3 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    Really good build quality? High Quality components?

    If you mean good processor etc, I would have to agree, but the processors aren't samsung exclusives (unless you are saying exynos), but build quality, yes it is durable, but it is plastic, doesn't feel good to hold scratches and is a finger print magnet!
  20. mib1800 Suspended

    Sep 16, 2012
    I think plastic is more durable than aluminum which dent, bent, stain and scratch far more easily.
  21. robjulo macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    When I made the decision, it was first to go Android, and then I looked at the two primary competitors, the HTC One and GS4.
  22. otismotive77 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    well, for me, i'm buying both. i love android and i love touchwiz and that doesn't mean i'll buy a tizen phone if it offers a touch-wiz like UI, i want both.
  23. beaniemyman macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2013
    well, i buy android, android is the main reason people recognize the galaxy line, but there are some people who just go for the brand and that's a stupid thing to do.
  24. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    But aluminum will offer more protection to the screen if it lands side ways or on a corner. And that's also beside point, Samsung isn't the only manufacturer that uses plastic.
  25. Explicitic macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    You forgot a ship...

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