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5 reasons Samsung should stop making smartphones

Samsung may have just made two of the best flagship phones of 2015 — the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge — but not everything is rosy in the smartphone division of the South Korean firm. In fact, you could argue that Samsung should get out of the phones business altogether.

And that's exactly what we're going to do here. Just in case CEO Jong-Kyun Shin is reading and interested in our opinion, here's why Samsung should just quit making smartphones. You may not agree with all of the points we're making, so feel free to have your say in the comments below.

1. There's no money in it

Android is dominating the smartphone market as far as global market share is concerned, but nevertheless it's very hard to make money on an Android phone, even at the top table. Samsung's profits dipped this year after lower-than-expected sales of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge.

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The S6 is selling... but maybe not enough. / © Samsung

Strong sales and strong profits are essential to fund the research, design and development of new phones, and if Samsung is forced to start cutting corners, then it really will be game over for the firm. Rather than chasing a dwindling pool of profits, it should back out and retire gracefully.

2. Samsung has lost its edge

Once upon a time you know what you were getting with an Android phone made by Samsung, but the company's latest efforts really do look like derivatives of Apple's iPhone — and what's more, they've lost their removable battery, microSD card and waterproofing features along the way.

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Samsung needs to do more to stand out. / © Samsung

Speaking of edges, that curved design is the one unique selling point that Samsung still has in its favor, but even here other firms are quickly catching up. If Samsung is going to spend its time following the trends set by other companies, then quitting the scene would be a better option.

3. TouchWiz is inferior to stock Android

Smartphone development is about more than just the mobile hardware of course, and Samsung pours plenty of time and money into the TouchWiz version of Android, which isn't quite as good (and can't be updated as quickly) as the pure stock version pumped out by Google on a regular basis.

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We need to talk about TouchWiz. / © Samsung

Rather than spending time developing a million different ways to access the same settings, Samsung could better devote the time of its engineers to a more productive challenge  — such as developing Tizen, perhaps. There isn't really much wrong with stock Android and Samsung doesn't need to meddle with it.

4. Samsung supplies Apple

One area where Samsung is doing good business is in supplying Apple and other firms with processors, memory and displays. If it can succeed in making parts for other manufacturers' phones, then there's no real reason for it to push out handsets of its own that don't add any value.

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Samsung knows its circuitry. / © Samsung

Sony has been hinting that it might pull out of the smartphone game in order to focus on areas where it's strongest and Samsung could choose to take a similar route — concentrating on the electronic circuitry that goes into phones rather than the phones themselves, profiting as a result.

5. The market is overcrowded

The smartphone market is incredibly crowded at the moment, and that's not helped by Samsung's tendency to push out as many different devices as it can, nor by the growing number of Asian companies readying themselves to make the jump to Europe and the US: Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus and so on.

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Samsung isn't shy of releasing a device or five. / © Samsung

That increased competition and market pressure is going to make life even tougher for Samsung as it gets around to developing and launching the Galaxy S7, and we wouldn't blame the firm if it decided to throw in the towel. Whether it actually will or not, we'll have to wait and see.

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  • SAAS Jul 23, 2015

    Are you kidding me!! or just yourself? Those are the 5 most ridiculous reasons I've ever come across. Im a business user as well as a personal heavy user. Only recently i recieved my Note 4....and i cant find a single reason to ditch this phone let alone ponder over dropping samsung all together. These desperate 5 points and their complete irrelevance is testimony to Samsungs progress, design, versatility and amazing output.

  • Carmelo Rivera Jul 23, 2015

    I've been a fan of AndroidPIT since day one. I look forward to your articles every single day. And this article has been the only one that has pissed me off. How dare you say that Samsung should retire their smartphone business. Why? They sell enough phones to stay in business. Where are you trying to go with this; just because they haven't sold a billion Galaxy S6? Very unprofessional. Don't insult our intelligence. Either you get with the program and start making good quality articles or I'm unsubscribing. P.S. I've never owned a Samsung smartphone or an iPhone. Fuck You!!

  • Rogue Tomato Jul 23, 2015

    Congratulations, AndroidPit. You have now reached a whole new level of stupid.

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  • I have had limited experience with them, prefer htc. Pity that they are losing their grip on the promotion department


  • what a moron this guy is samsung make the best phones i have had many phones over the years galaxy s6 edge is the best phone on the market bet this stupid guy is a apple fanboy most of the people i know have a samsung galaxy s series phone


  • If they're technically the world's best in smartphone sales (Yeah, they beat Apple in sales this year as well, let's not ignore that), who are we to tell them that they should stop making them? What's the difference between making one shitty phone for a number of years (cough Apple cough! ) and making phones that appeal more to the specific demands & trends of the global market? As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke...don't try to fix it."


  • Hey Members
    i adore galaxy phones and all thing attaching to android but recently their sales in continuous decline .
    this continuous decline represent in losing customers in favour of apple and other companies .
    Samsung sometimes make nonsenses and mistakes such giving up on micro sd card and removable battery
    i want from Samsung and its devices to excel on apple company and its iPhone .
    unfortunately Samsung lose her customers due the mistakes committed by itself
    i still adore galaxy phones and i planning to buy notes 5 but the leaks news about note 5 made me
    disappointed i was hoping from notes 5 to come with edges in two sides as in s6 one but
    leaks said the contrary also i hope from note 5 to come with micro sd card but they give up on it .
    i still adore galaxy phones they must stop copying from apple they must listening to her costumers with a view
    to return back and buy galaxy phones


    • n13L5 Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

      You're forgetting the most horrific mistake Samsung is planning to commit: Conspiring with Apple to eliminate the SIM card, putting us at the mercy of Telcos, whom we'd have to beg to let us switch to a local carrier while on vacation etc. Good luck with that.

      I won't be buying any more phones from Samsung if I can't switch SIMs at will.


  • who is this idiots writing this article?


    • He goes by the name David Nield...


    • n13L5 Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

      The guy who wrote this article obviously managed to pull your chain...

      Its a more or less provocative thinking exercise of a person with imagination, humor and enough power of observation to write something everybody will disagree with.

      I like it.


  • The market is NOT crowded with sub-5in phones with removable batteries. Just stop aping Apple who you're not going to win against and make a unique phone


    • n13L5 Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

      What I was thinking as I crossed the S6 off my shopping list.

      Pandering to pundits enamored with metal cases was probably not the wisest move, BUT: As shown to me when I saw how the rear panel of Sony's Xperia Z2 simply came off, after camera and processor had cooked the waterproof glue a sufficient number of times, I KNOW FOR SURE, that Samsung could make the back panel on a metal framed phone removable just as well.

      If Sony used an Aluminum back panel with fluted surface, they wouldn't have overheating problems either. But yeah, a glossy piece of plastic that looks like glass just happens to be cheaper.

      I'm actually wondering about that whole thing, cause Sony claims the back is made from glass, but the back panel on my Z2 was as flexible as a Tupperware top, leading me to conclude that it must be plastic after all.


  • Oh dear! What a shocking piece of journalism. Actually, I should not refer to this article as journalism, as it is an insult to a noble profession.


    • I wonder if this "shocking piece of journalism" would qualify as clickbait... I hate websites which do such practices and I'm surprised to see AndroidPIT stoop to such a low level.


  • Kyle Jul 24, 2015 Link to comment

    bottomline: they shouldn't have downgrade the s5, like its waterproof, expandable memory (sd slot), great battery.. for just an edged screen.. for me, you can put awesome style on my phone, but specs, and useful features are important. come on samsung


  • Yes, I totally agree that "The market is overcrowded" and Samsung should stop for a while creating smartphones. There better ones than their units, Sony Xperia units are more powerful and useful.


  • SAAS Jul 23, 2015 Link to comment

    Are you kidding me!! or just yourself? Those are the 5 most ridiculous reasons I've ever come across. Im a business user as well as a personal heavy user. Only recently i recieved my Note 4....and i cant find a single reason to ditch this phone let alone ponder over dropping samsung all together. These desperate 5 points and their complete irrelevance is testimony to Samsungs progress, design, versatility and amazing output.


    • Perhaps this article was written to get cash out of the ads on the page. Time to turn on AdBlock Plus...


  • Mike Jul 23, 2015 Link to comment

    Wow, is it April?


  • I've been a fan of AndroidPIT since day one. I look forward to your articles every single day. And this article has been the only one that has pissed me off. How dare you say that Samsung should retire their smartphone business. Why? They sell enough phones to stay in business. Where are you trying to go with this; just because they haven't sold a billion Galaxy S6? Very unprofessional. Don't insult our intelligence. Either you get with the program and start making good quality articles or I'm unsubscribing. P.S. I've never owned a Samsung smartphone or an iPhone. Fuck You!!


    • You need to chill, you're right this article isn't one of the best we've read on here and it's a bit pointless, but still you don't need to throw a fit about it.


    • I'm down with this comment I just came from apple to samsung because of the note 4 do u think I want to read a crap article like this pls, someone should have prof read this sucks ass article before posting it fracking crap ass article !


  • GT Ohh Jul 23, 2015 Link to comment

    Unless they bring back removable batteries and expandable memory ie: SD cards I will never waste my hard earned cash on another Samsung phone....


  • I can't believe someone would like TW slow and bulky to many settings that don't really do anything that you would need. I have rooted every phone I have had since the original droid and ASOP has always worked smoother and faster. It takes up a lot less storage space. Each to their own I guess.


  • Congratulations, AndroidPit. You have now reached a whole new level of stupid.


  • Why are people so obsessed with stock android? The Nexus 5 is my first and last nexus. Stock android just feels unfinished to me it lacks in a lot of things. Google is always introducing new option in every update but the never add the options to customize it in a way I like. A simple example is heads up notifications there is not even a option to disable it.


    • Agreed. Though I've never owned a Nexus, I've had several Motorolas that were pretty close to Stock Android. (I am a big fan of Moto's design and build quality.) Two years ago I switched to a LG G2 to try something different. I was impressed and loved so many of the features in LG's UI. Not exactly a pretty UI, but I customize the look and make my own icons. I then went back to a Droid Turbo, (such a beautiful phone) but really missed the LG features. Sold the Turbo and now have G3. Stock Android may be smoother, but I'm will to make that nano second sacrifice for useful features.

      If LG comes out with high end Note type phone with a stylus I'll be getting it.


    • I agree both with you and
      and the person above me. Who dafuq cares if opening dialer takes 0.5 secs on boring shitty android and it takes 0.7 on a Samsung phone??? That 0.2 difference is totally worth the extra features i got with my S5. NOT A SINGLE LAG WITH THAT PHONE. Everything is smooth, battery is awesome, i got a micro sd card + phone is water resistant. That's why i hate Samsung now. They ruined a perfect phone and released an iShit clone -_-
      Hope their brain comes back for the S8 or Note 7 cause that's around the time I'll be upgrading (unless they remain stupid, then I'm sticking with my lovely S5 until it literally blows up and am left with no phone)!


  • please samsung stop copying from others and concentrate in two or three device rather than many devices such galaxy A and Z and A8 and A3 and so .. please get back the removable battery and microsd card .. i am if the getting back a removable battery and microsd card they would gain many clients


    • With the memory capacity offered by S6 Whay would you need an SD card???


      • It doesn't matter if they give 1TB INTERNAL memory. Micro sd is always gonna be better. What if something happens while you're flashing a mod or custom ROM and the phone can't boot up? Currently with my S5 I don't give a shit cause i can just remove the micro sd card, put another .zip file, insert card back and flash it. My phone is fixed. With the S6--> you get in bootloop...that's it :)
        With S5, it hangs? Pull battery, insert again and it's up and running.
        With S6, it hangs? ...that's it :)


      • With the latest TWRP custom recovery you can use an OTG cable to install custom roms, I did.


      • That's it? You obviously don't have a fucking clue. The S6 has a button combination that restarts the phone in any situation.
        Secondly, if you flashed the ROM's correctly, you will not end up in a bootloop. But is sounds like you end up there often. Nube!


  • I know that a lot of people hate TW, but I don't, I find stock android crap myself.

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