Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Jul 2013 16:58 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The worst thing about Android phones isn't the crapware, though. It's the 'skins' - the modifications that phone companies make to Android's most basic features, including the dialing app, contacts, email, the calendar, the notification system, and the layout of the home screen. If you get the Play edition of these phones, you'll see Google's version of each of these apps, and you'll come away impressed by Google's tasteful, restrained, utilitarian design sense. But if, like most people, you get your phone for $199 from a carrier, you'll find everything in it is a frightful mess." Android's biggest problem (lack of updates is part of this). I got my Oppo Find 5 yesterday, and after only a few hours with the official, skinned firmware, I ran crying to the officially supported CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.2). Stock (CM is mostly stock) is such a beautiful and elegant operating system - OEM skins are like screaming kids eating popcicles in front of you on a line to a theme park ride. Whenever someone hands me a stock Samsung or HTC, I die a little inside. Those guys simply have zero clue about software.
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by DREVILl30564 on Thu 18th Jul 2013 17:18 UTC
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I personally avoid buying any model of phone until I've verified that it either doesn't have carrier modifications such as touchwiz or sense, or it is a supported model that the CM team does builds for.

The only samsung model phone I've found recently that doesn't have touchwiz (mostly, only has it on lock screen) is the Samsung Galaxy Discover. Granted this is a lower end model phone with a single core 800 MHz CPU, 500 MB of ram, but even so without touchwiz it runs quite nicely. It's also starting to become very popular over on xda, it's already got ClockworkMod recovery support, has been rooted, and even now has ability to be overclocked to 1 GHz. I have one that I keep as my backup in case I break my phone.

I just wish the OEMs would figure this out, as this is why the Nexus phones are so popular. I know I'm still running a Galaxy Nexus with stock firmware, only modification I've made was to root the phone. There's no need for custom firmware for the most part, on a phone with stock Android with no modifications unless you just like working with custom firmware.

Edited 2013-07-18 17:19 UTC

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