Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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Hence I decided not to go for the iPhone and got rid of my iPod Touch; at the end of the day I actually wonder how much hype is behind these phones versus what end users really want. It reminds me of Vodafone who found that many customers just wanted a plan ordinary phone that did text messaging and telephone calls - nothing fancy. Are we going to end up having a similar backlash as people start to demand a phone that works? there seems to be cycles of consolidating then specialisation then consolidating coming in cycles.

For me I've kept my iPod Classic, I have a very basic NZ$140 ZTE Telecom branded phone with very good battery life, and a USB ZTE 3G dongle for broadband mobile internet. Three separate devices but I'm happy knowing that when the battery dies on my iPod, I can still make calls, and when I've run out of cash on my 3G dongle I can still make phone calls on my phone.

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