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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by oskeladden on Thu 17th Oct 2013 09:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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As a Norwegian, I have really never understood the close connection between carrier and cell phone in many countries. How have the carriers been able to manipulate the people to think that they must buy their phone subsidized? People don't buy other products in the same price range subsidized. Do they buy their TV from their cable company subsidized? No. Do they buy their toaster subsidized from their electric company? No.

That's because Norwegians are very rich, even by European standards. In the bit of Northern England where I currently live, people would leap at the chance of buying a fridge subsidised by their electric company, if such deals were available. The fact that carriers give you, in effect, a loan at a very low rate of interest to buy a phone makes high-quality phones available to people who'd otherwise not have been able to afford anything more sophisticated than a Nokia 100.

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