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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gan17
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While I don't disagree on you about Android domination being a bad thing, as a user of both Android and iOS, I have to disagree with some of your points

1) The Play Store has apps that are as bad as any malware you might want to find on the internet. They literally use all of the old malware tricks (install extra apps/short cuts, tell you there is a virus on your device.)

Yes, there's a lot of crap on the Play Store (seriously, how did anything to do with that Santorum idiot get through the vetting?) and there are some apps that will social engineer you into a world of inconvenience , but most of these "malware" reports are seriously overblown, imho. I haven't even encountered anything bad, despite side-loading a couple of times. Then again, I suppose I know what I'm doing; meaning I actually check online when an app catches my interest, though the main reason I do that is because of device fragmentation (wanting to make sure something works on my device) not security.


2) Android 4.2, despite the hype can be choppy at extremely unreliable.

Not sure about older hardware, but on my Nexus 7 it's been a peach. Sure, there's some lag here and there, but I could say the same for my gf's iPad2. iOS is still generally a smoother experience, but the gap ain't that big now. On older hardware Android 4.2 would probably suck a tad, but iOS 6 on an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 ain't all sunshine either from what I've heard, despite Apple disabling new features on old handsets.


3) Battery life is a joke. The OS still has a hard time managing the battery.

Again, not on the hardware I have. With the apps I run, my Nexus 7's battery life seems comparable to my partner's iPad 2 (which runs an even less diverse set of apps), give or take 1/2 an hour. If it's constant browsing, then the iPad2 edges it, but not by much. Yes, Android isn't as energy-efficient as WinPhone or iOS, we all know that, but it doesn't suck as much as it used to.


4) Background tasks are a mess. If you don't constantly manage your apps and background tasks you battery is toast in a few hours. Apps install background tasks like crazy.

While I'm sure some apps misbehave or just like working too much for their own good (I'm looking at you, Google Currents), in my case I've hardly had to manage background tasks all that often. Only time I actually double check what's running is after the odd game or two, partly because one game I played had a habit of staying open till an update fixed it. Android memory management still isn't great, though.

Do I like Android? F*ck no!! I think it's Crippled-Linux the same way I think OS X is Crippled-BSD, I still don't trust Google with my info, and the amount of turd in the Play Store makes even Arch's AUR seem like a golden prairie, but it's not as terrible as you make it out to be at this point in time, on newish hardware at least.

Edited 2012-12-04 17:53 UTC

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