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've used several iphones and a few nexus phones, not impressed.

I keep a Canon S3-IS with a collapsible mini tripod in the car. Videos and photos at the same time.

Right, in other words you don't always have it on you.

My GPS does all of that.

I guarantee you it does not. I also guarantee you I can do everything much faster on the smartphone. Furthermore I guarantee you you don't have the GPS with you most of the time.

SSD, cell network USB chip installed inside of the netbook.

None of that refutes what I said.

Real programs since 90% of those cellphone apps are just web front ends Firefox does all of what they do, only better. And yeah, I eat local, but I have already looked up or have already been to every restaurant in the area. When it comes to going on trips, I look these things up in advance.

In other words, you miss out on the convenience. Of course a smartphone is not a necessity. Neither is a computer or any other device. But it's incredibly convenient.

Having all of these things means I'm actually able to interact with real people instead of having my face buried in a damn phone everywhere I go.

I guess you have poor impulse control if you think having a smart phone means using it 24/7

Edited 2013-07-19 01:47 UTC

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