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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RE: crap or not, all relative
by Chrispynutt on Fri 19th Jul 2013 11:22 UTC in reply to "crap or not, all relative"
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I guess the people that like Sense and TouchWiz don't write articles on the net complaining about the lack of phones with them.

As long as their is a good range of phones with stock Android I'm actually less worried.

Good community support is a massive bonus though if you really must have that handset with those features.

Though the Google Edition movement should shut some people up.

That said I am getting bored of Holo. It feels better than 2.x Android, but I am getting fed up of lack of charm.

Wish my phone supported MIUI.

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