Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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RE[3]: uggg
by DigitalAxis on Wed 21st Jul 2010 06:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: uggg"
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And that phone is also quite probably going to be locked down securely...

I don't even think this is an issue of "just don't buy that phone"; people see desirable hardware and they want it, and want to play with it.

The thing is, the POINT of having a smartphone is that you can customize it by installing programs (in fact, isn't that the definition of 'smartphone'?) Customizing the system itself and installing completely new system files are the next logical steps in that direction, but Motorola and Apple have drawn the line there, and don't seem to appreciate why people would want to cross that line.

Ok, so adding stuff to a foundation and changing the foundation itself are different things... but they're not THAT different. You can already download and install new virtual keyboards, and those would seem to be a fundamental part of the touchscreen OS.

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