Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You may not have noticed it, but in the past six months, we've been experiencing a true massacre. Not one written in blood, but one written in microchips and touchscreen displays. The scene of the crime? The United States. The perpetrator? Google's Android. The victims? Everybody else.
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RE[3]: iPhone on Verizon
by WorknMan on Tue 4th Jan 2011 03:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: iPhone on Verizon"
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He's saying "why should I have to root the device to be able to get functionality that it's already supposed to have according to Google's marketing?" - ie, Updates, as opposed to CHOOSING to root the device if you want to make it do things that aren't promised or supported by the OS's developer. There is a real and significant difference in there, just many choose to ignore it and lump them into the same boat, as you have.


Actually, you missed my point as well ;) It's not the rooting that bothers me, but the work involved just to get back to a vanilla base on most Android phones. It's like PC vendors that cell you a computer loaded down with bloatware, and then they don't give you the generic install disc so that you can reformat and start fresh.

With iOS, it comes vanilla, and then you jailbreak and add whatever you want on top of it; that's how I like to roll.

And for the record, I have never claimed (nor do I imagine I ever will) that iOS devices are better than Android, and vice versa. (And since I own an Android phone myself and own zero Apple products, it would be hard to label me as an Apple fanatic.) It really depends on who you are, and what you want.

Take my parents for example... they have an iPad and are already familiar with that interface. They like iTunes and are already on AT&T, as they live in an area where the service doesn't suck. I think even the most hardened Android fanboy would have a hard time making a case as to why they shouldn't buy an iPhone, which they're about to do in a few days when their contract is up for renewal.

Contrast that with a friend of mine, who hates iTunes and anything having to do with Apple, and loves to spend hours on end screwing with his phone. In his case, Android is a perfect fit. Not saying that you HAVE to spend hours screwing with an Android phone, but Android is a tinkerer's paradise ;)

Edited 2011-01-04 03:08 UTC

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