Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Aug 2015 10:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

From a consumer's perspective, Google's Android operating system has been an exceedingly good thing. It's the only viable competitor to have kept pace with Apple's iPhone, and in its time it has stimulated grand battles between device manufacturers - first competing on specs, and now on price. All this competition has driven smartphone development forward at a blistering pace, and we're all profiting from it now, but it has its downsides, too. Today is a fitting day to take a closer look at those.

Odd article. It argues that cheaper, low-cost Android devices are hurting consumers, which I find peculiar. People have a choice. Nobody is forcing you to buy any phone - you actively choose to get something cheap, risks included. These cheaper manufacturers - from shady ones all the way to by-now proven companies like OnePlus and OPPO - provide more choice, not less. Thanks to these companies, I get to choose between sending 40-50% free money profit margins to Apple or Samsung, or get a similarly specced phone of equal quality for a fraction of the price.

This is good. This is choice. I know a lot of people ascribe to the idea that you should not give people too much choice because their dainty, fragile little minds can't comprehend it, but I disagree with that vehemently. More choice in the market is always better than less choice - and if that means companies like HTC have to crumble because they can't keep up... Well, I just don't care. They'll make way for a dozen others.

That's business.

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by Jonteponte7112 on Fri 14th Aug 2015 16:44 UTC
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Oh how wonderful the Android version of Choice is.

Over 14K Android based SKU's was on the market last year. Up several of thousands the last two years. And still if you want a really high end but compact (Around 4 Inch) Android phone you have what? Three models to choose from? Two?

If Choice in the Android world worked as you all seem to think it works, there should be hundreds to choose from.

And then I'm not event touching on the complete nightmare for mere mortals to have even a small chance of actually knowing what the heck they are buying and if that particular SKU is something that the OEM will even care about in six months.

The cheap Android version of "support" is to just buy a new cheap phone (and throw the old one away) when it turns out that the OEM has deserted you. Because you know what? Decent support COST MONEY!

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