Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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Don't freakin buy the damned thing then
by joshv on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:15 UTC
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If you think eFuse is an such an outrage, don't buy the damned thing. Meanwhile, the other 99.9999% of us who've never flashed the ROM on our phone with an unapproved software image, will go happily about our business and select phones based on real futures that we care about.

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fretinator Member since:

If you think eFuse is an such an outrage, don't buy the damned thing.

The problem for many is that it is too late. They naturally assumed that the Droid X was a successor to the the Droid (don't know why they would think that!). The eFuse was a nastly little surprise for these folks.

And, even though they remain a minority (which is always appropriate to ignore, correct?), they are a vocal minority and they drive the mindshare of the Android world. The Android world is not like the Apple world. Apple can kick their end-users directly in the teeth, and their users will always come back smiling (albeit minus a tooth or two). Android folks are a more independent lot.

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Sollord Member since:

I don't get why people are upset or surprised the milestone in Europe has had this sense launch and it should be no surprise to anyone that all future high end Motorola phones would use it also

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organgtool Member since:

Why should we shut up about this problem?! If everyone who was upset about this simply didn't buy the phone and kept their mouths shut, then Motorola would have no idea that they were losing sales because of this "feature". Companies pay good money to figure out why consumers like or don't like their devices and here we are offering that information for free! If Motorola cares about their customers at all, they will listen to us when we tell them why we are buying other company's phones! So don't tell us to shut up!!! To use your own argument against you: if you don't like articles like this, then simply "don't freakin read the damned thing"!

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LighthouseJ Member since:

To use your own argument against you: if you don't like articles like this, then simply "don't freakin read the damned thing"!

I used this argument just previously, below this in the threaded list.

The logical error with your argument is that if we didn't read the article, then you'd still complain that we didn't read the article in the first place and thus wouldn't have any ground to discuss on.

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Coxy Member since:

Here, here

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fanboi_fanboi Member since:

Where, where? Grammar, grammar. Hear, hear.

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LighthouseJ Member since:

Voted you up because the consumer should be able to vote with their wallet.

In the article, I immediately felt some prejudice against Motorola starting from the headline, and continued throughout, explaining how the protective measures are a disadvantage in some fictitious way or another.

Don't like it? Don't buy it. And if you're going to write about, be constructive about the information. Don't spend all that time gathering facts just to poo poo on it.

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sc3252 Member since:

Its more complicated then that. The consumers probably don't understand what this means for them. I don't think if you told someone this was put in place for planned obsolescence they(the consumer) would be happy, but that is what its for. They don't want to support this thing for more than a year so people will go out and buy the Droid Y(as in why would you buy this?) next year.

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benir0 Member since:

Imploring others to "not buy the damned thing" is perfectly good advice. However, the undertone of judgement in your post seems misplaced. Normally, I would assume that if you are on OSNews, you are an OS enthusiast and thereby part of the 0.0001% of users who are tinkerers. In your case, this obviously isn't true. However, you should probably be aware that OSNews is going to be in favor of openness as it applies to user control of devices. Thanks to the reporting of OSNews and other sites (along with thoughtful suggestions like yours), I definitely will not be purchasing a Droid X.

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