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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I use CM 10.1 on my Nexus 7 and 10
by rklrkl on Thu 18th Jul 2013 22:13 UTC
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I have CM 10.1 on both my Nexus 7 and 10 (and recently moved my HP TouchPad from CM 9 to CM 10.1 too) - even vanilla Android is well beaten by the extra options provided by CM.

There's one tiny option that I look at *every time* I use CM that isn't on vanilla Android from what I remember - the battery percentage shown in digits next to the very imprecise standard battery icon. Just those perecentage digits being missing (no, I don't want a stinking battery widget or extra notification text which won't be next to the battery icon) make me wonder why the freak all Android versions don't show it?

Now if only CM would add seconds to the system clock in the top right (I don't care about extra battery drain - I want seconds like Linux desktop clocks have and Windows desktop clock doesn't have!).

Basically, if an Android device can't be rooted and run CM, it isn't worth buying.

Edited 2013-07-18 22:13 UTC

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