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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Some thoughts:
A dedicated device does it's job (a lot) better than your smartphone.
I can use multiple functions at the same time or let someone else use a device while I use another one.
When one device fails, I only need to replace that one, which is a lot cheaper than your smartphone. Most have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years for me.

Things that are important to me:
phone: last as long as possible on a charge (now 1.5 months)
camera: make very good quality pictures in bad lighting conditions without flash
gps: usable on the mtb, a couple of days on a set of batteries when used a lot on a trip.. no problem when it falls on stones/concrete..
netbook: I never carry a computer with me as I really don't need one. I might buy a (small) tablet in the future, but I can't see enough use for it now.

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