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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Motorola - Europe
by werpu on Wed 21st Jul 2010 07:06 UTC
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Well Motorola already had the Milestone (Droid - GSM UMTS Version) bootloader locked. Needless to say the phone was not that much of a megaseller. Even worse if you look into the forums the people who bought the phone now are pretty pissed because Motorola is going to stop support with 2.1 (2.1 adds the vital Tethering and Jit compiler functionality + flash) and is not going to open the phones bootloader. Those are customers lost to Motorola in the long run. Burned once, never buy again unless they change. I am so glad that I bought a Nexus One, it is not the best phone, it has a shitty touchscreen, but the openness is better than anything else on the market and I probably can expect official upgrades for the entire 2011 at least and backports 2012+. The N1 is the PC of phones, totally open if you want it to, with a good os underneath, but some weaknesses. I prefer that approach to anything else.
As for Motorola with their Milestone shennanigans and their locking behavior they just dropped out of my potential buy list for the forseeable future.

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