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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crap or not, all relative
by l3v1 on Fri 19th Jul 2013 07:49 UTC
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Lots of people complain about Sense, lots of people complain about TW, and others complain about everything. I've used quite a number of skins and UIs on android, including stock Google versions, and I have yet to find one that would've irritated me to the point of complaining about it.

However, I've _never_ bought an Android phone from a carrier, so I've - thankfully - never had to endure carrier-crapped versions. And I don't intend to.

Currently I'm using an s7562 galaxy s duos (wanted one which could handle 2 sims _and_ doesn't cost an arm and a leg), with TW, and I'd say it's quite OK. It didn't yet bother me enough to change the launcher, let alone the rom.

As about being "tasteful"... it's _very_ relative. I've met some people who actually don't like the stock Android launcher. I don't like it either - I don't hate it either, it's just I think Sense or GoLEX are handier to use. Again, that's just for me, others feel different.

What I want to say is stating 'Most Android phones are crap' is an ignorant, idiotic, stupid, timewasting flamebait.

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