Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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Angst
by elsewhere on Wed 17th Mar 2010 05:17 UTC
elsewhere
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2005-07-13

I'm a contented iPhone user. I bought a 3G when it was released in Canada, and then upgraded to a 3GS a few months later when it was released. That upgrade is one advantage I think Apple has; I don't know what deal-with-the-devil they managed with my provider (Rogers), but I was able to upgrade to a 3GS at a lower price than when I upgraded to the 3G 9 months earlier. I fully expect to be able to upgrade to whatever the hell Apple releases this summer, as well.

However, Google today released an N1 that is compatible with the Canadian networks (ok, compatible with AT&T, but the Canadian compatibility is a bonus). So I just ordered one. I don't like the direction Apple is taking with the lawsuit BS, and I frequently suffer from gadget lust, so I bit the bullet. We'll see how it is; I already know that it is broken when it comes to Exchange support (score a big one for the iPhone there), and I know I'm going to have to shell out money for a third-party app just to handle my corporate email, but I'll suck that up. I'll play with the N1, but keep my options open when the next iPhone comes out.

The real issue I'm wrestling with here is that Apple and Google are basically the two biggest companies in the industry that repulse me the most with their tactics and intents, yet I'm throwing money at both for a taste of their candy when it comes to a smart phone. That, I think, is the issue. I can come up with about a billion reasons why Apple sucks, but I love my iPhone. I can think of about a billion reasons why Google scares me, but I want to love their phone more than my iPhone.

What happened Nokia? How did you fall so far from grace? I loved my 3650, I'm convinced the 3600 series was the pre-cursor to the iPhone by almost a decade. I loved my 6800, my 6820, my 9300, my 8300, my E61, my E62. And then the iPhone came out and changed the game. Ok, they shook things up, but what's taking so long?

I really want a credible alternative to a phone provided by either Apple or Google, but until that happens, I won't hesitate to throw money at them for the latest and greatest.

I feel dirty, but whatever, the competition really needs to catch up.

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