People made many jokes when Microsoft named its third-gen console the “Xbox One”. It doesn’t make much sense for the third product in the line, but it gets worse – “one” could be the most overused name for a tech product ever.
For example, Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud storage service, so is Google One. But don’t confuse it with Android One, that’s something completely different. And, of course, there is a long list of Android phones named “One”.
We didn’t even include phones like the LG G7 One or HTC One M9, the list could have been much longer. We’re including names with a digit or written out, since it can be hard to remember which one it was (e.g. it’s “OnePlus 2”, not “OnePlus Two”).
At least tech companies are consistent in their inconsistencies. As already established, “One” is never followed by “Two” (maybe by “2”, but not always). Also, once you get past 9 all bets are off. Samsung kept things as they were while Apple went with roman numerals.
Okay, it’s not a huge surprise that single digits are reused as names – there’s only 10 of them and some are avoided for specific reasons (e.g. 0 and 4). A common name template is letter+digit(s) and for some reason “Z3” is quite popular.
V10 comes up fairly often as well, plus other letter+digit(s) combos. It gets overwhelming, so we’ve put a long list of examples at the bottom.
You’d think that a word would be a safe pick – after all, dictionaries are thick tomes with so many words to choose from. But you want a strong, positive word for your device, like “Hero” for example.
Or how about “Magic”. Everyone loves the Arthur C. Clarke quote “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.
Phones need to be fast, right? Like a “Flash” of light:
Or maybe they are premium products, a digital “Diamond”:
A successful phone is a hot-seller, one could say these phones are on “Fire”:
Just don’t get us started on the Wildfire, Quickfire, Fireweb, etc., only some of which are based on Firefox OS.
Before we finish up, we should make it clear that some of these names are anything but a coincidence – it’s a way to game search engines and people’s memories. With a similar name, phones from low-visibility makers will show up alongside their popular namesakes.
And a confused non-techie might not be able to tell the difference until it’s too late (it doesn’t help that phones these days look so much alike.
As promised, here’s a long list of namesakes, just for fun.
“There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things”
– Phil Karlton
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