We see it being done with all flagship phones now, the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, multiple variants of the phone are created with each variant offering a special and unique quality. For the S4 it was the original S4, then the S4 Zoom came along followed by the S4 Mini and S4 Active. The S4 Zoom was a slightly smaller S4 with a variable zoom camera lens built onto the back of it that is specifically made for taking pictures. As for the S4 Mini the name pretty much gives it away, summed up it is a smaller, less powerful variant of the S4. Then comes the Active, a rugged variant of the S4, water and dust resistant and able to take a drop or two.

The HTC One followed in the S4’s footsteps with the original HTC One being released and now the HTC One Max and HTC One Mini are soon to be released. At heart they are the same phone but the Max is bigger and more powerful and the Mini is smaller and less powerful than the original One.

What do you guys think of this? Are phone manufacturers going a bit overboard with this idea of having two, three, or even four variants of a single phone? I’ve talked to a few people I know, family and friends, and found that most people liked the idea because “choices are good”. I agree with them personally because I like the ability to be able to choose the variant of a popular phone that fits my lifestyle best.

Lets be honest, most people aren’t going to keep up with Android news and know about all of the variants of a phone. What’s going to happen is their phone upgrade is going to come around and they are going to walk into an AT&T store or a T-Mobile store or whatever carrier they have and see a waterproof phone and say “hey, I’m a swimmer I would love to have a waterproof phone” and buy it.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry