Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Mar 2012 21:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This past week and this weekend I've finally found the time to enter into the colorful world of custom Android ROMs. After figuring out just how insanely great and awesome ClockWorkMod Recovery is, I set about to figure out what the best Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is for the Galaxy SII. While the answer to that question became clear quite quickly, this answer also gave rise to a whole bunch of other questions.
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And just stick to the Android phones from Google.

Or buy superior stuff like an iPhone or a Windows Phone.

"Superior" is a subjective concept. It depends on what you expect from a phone, and what you are ready to bear from your OS.

As an example, for my own purchases, I first consider that paying more than €400 for a phone is crazy, and that phone hardware should be built in a robust fashion that can survive half a dozen falls every week without requiring users to purchase ugly cases. I also strongly value physical keyboards on my handsets. This pretty much rules out anything running iOS or Windows Phone 7 already.

Without that, there would also be the issue of software : my phone is an electronic agenda and a communication tool before anything else, and I like its home screen or its lock screen to reflect this by being a readily available source of information. I typically set things up so that I can get very quickly to a summary of upcoming agenda entries and past notifications. And from this point of view, WP7 offers an average to poor performance, while iOS is simply awful.

Coming next in my priorities is battery life, which should preferably be good enough to survive a week-end without a power adapter, which means about 3 days of intensive texting and light web&youtube browsing. Bad luck : every single popular smartphone OS sucks in this department. In less popular circles, Blackberry OS, bada and Symbian do provide good performance on this front, but bada does not come on a device with hardware keyboards anymore, and buying Symbian-running hardware means putting money in Nokia's CEO and shareholders pockets, which I'm not interested in.

This pretty much only leaves Blackberry OS. Or, if I can get over the battery life issue, there's also Android. Each has its set of pros and cons, which is different from what iOS and WP7 have to offer.

As you can see, liking iOS or WP7 is a matter of priorities and taste more than one of intrinsic superiority.

Edited 2012-03-18 22:41 UTC

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