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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A little exaggerated.
by tkeith on Thu 18th Jul 2013 21:02 UTC
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While I agree, stock Android looks a lot better than most of the skins, this guy is taking it a little far. Other than the settings app, you are not constrained to Sense, touchwiz or whatever. It's android, not iOS, you can change all the default apps.

Stock keyboard, camera, launcher, dialer, almost everything is available in the play store. Only the settings app and notification shade will be different, and these are pretty close in ICS+ phones.

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