Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 17:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is fun. The number one iOS carrier duking it out with the company behind the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Last month, Google's lead for the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Queru, more or less blamed carriers (see comments) for Android's upgrade woes. Yesterday, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson retaliated, blaming Google for the delays. And yes, Google already responded to that, too.
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Oh I'd love to see more hardware vendors shipping unmolested Android but until that happens the Nexus line is the best bet. At the moment, it does impose the hardware choice though.

I do share your preference for keyboards. A four row full qwerty slide out keyboard ideally; doesn't piss away screen space or require a special shift button to get the number row.

For me the priority was software. If I'm going to replace my Maemo with Android then it has to be Google Android stock with direct updates. Ok, so what hardware is available in the Nexus line. Does any vendor provide this outside of the Nexus line (not at the time of purchase). Ok, so this is the hardware option; no keyboard, no removable SD.. can I live with these hardware limitations in exchange for the software requirements? Yes.. I'll get an external keyboard if I find I need one that bad (was always the first accessory purchase in the PDA days).

Granted, if you can't live with one of the hardware options that ships with stock Android then you have some other decisions to make. (eg. can I live with lagging updates or an orphaned vendor fork of Android?).

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