Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 09:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "For a seventh consecutive month, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom. The data compiled by uSwitch is based on live searches, pre-orders, as well as postpaid sales. Curiously, Apple's current smartphone flagship is not even second. The iPhone 5 is outperformed by its predecessor, whose lower price and improved contract offers helped it remain appealing. The Samsung Galaxy S II completes the quartet at the top. The rest of the top ten smartphones is entirely an Android party. It includes the Google Nexus 4, who entered the rankings a solid fifth. The second half of the top ten includes the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia U, HTC One X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2." This is getting ridiculous, and it's not good for the market. For the love of Fiona, people, buy something that's not Android. I don't want to live in an Android-dominated smartphone world.
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by nej_simon on Tue 4th Dec 2012 16:36 UTC
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For the love of Fiona, people, buy something that's not Android. I don't want to live in an Android-dominated smartphone world.


Sure, I'd love to try out some alternatives! But as far as I am concerned there are none.

With the iPhone you get an overpriced phone with little features and a super-locked down eco-system. It's also made by a company known for abusing ridiculous patents against its' competitors.

Windows phones are a little bit better but on the other hand they have a serious lack of apps and their eco-system is almost as locked down as Apple's. Microsoft is also using a protection racket to hurt android but at least they aren't trying to get competitor's products banned for having round corners.

Other platforms?

Symbian is dead, WebOS is pretty much dead, BlackBerry 10 is still a few months away and sailfish OS, firefox OS and tizen will probably take even longer. That is, if they even make it. Ubuntu phone is still vaporware.

I was really close to buying a N9 last year but I got another android phone instead because the platform had no future. Otherwise meego phones from Nokia would have been a really interesting option.

I don't like the current situation but at least the market isn't dominated by some locked-down proprietary platform.

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