Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I think many who extol Android's flexibility fall into the tinkerer category, including some tech bloggers. They love all the ways they can customize their phones, not because they're seeking some perfect setup, but because they can swap in a new launcher every week. That's fun for them; but they've made the mistake of not understanding how their motivation differs from the rest of us.

A whopping 70%-80% of the world's smartphone owners have opted for Android over iOS. You could easily argue that 3-4 years ago, when Android was brand new, that it was for early adopters and tinkerers. To still trot out this ridiculous characterisation now that Android is on the vast majority of smartphones sold is borderline insanity.

Choice is not Android's problem. People who assume out of a misplaced arrogance that they represent the average consumer are the problem.

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RE[6]: It's cheap
by terrakotta on Wed 16th Oct 2013 20:04 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: It's cheap"
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You call 63$/month reasonable?

How about 20€ (27$) a month preepaid (tax included), this on the mobile operator with the best coverage of the country. So you still have got some 36$ a month you can spend on your phone. Calculate a change once in two years that makes for a whopping 864$ to spend on a phone you can choose yourself. If the phone is still fullfilling your needs you can even opt to go for a new one when it suits you best, once in three-four years.

These coupled sales are usually not good for prices because they hide the real price of a product into the price of a product which is culturally accepted to be expensive. I am glad it used to be forbidden here. Some MVNO operators now try to offer coupled options, they are not really taking off, I wonder why... maybe the rip-off is too in your face?

Downside is of course that because operators need to get money out of their network rather than out of their forced phone sales, new network technologies tend to be adopted more slowly.

The choice spoken of in the article counts for both android and iOS. Too many apps doing the same thing. Windows Phone is trying another approch but we can all see how well that one is going. Apparently people like having all these apps installed that drain more battery while achieving exactly the same.

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