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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One would hope that if the situation gets bad, Google will get someone to make a Nexus 2, or hold a manufacturer's hand as they did with the Motorola Droid 1.

As it is, I've decided I need to get a phone based on what it can do NOW, and not count on future updates to make things better. If they happen, great.

That said, I am counting the potential firmware lock against the Droid 2 (it has substantially the same hardware as the Droid X, and Motorola has promised the Droid 1 was a fluke) in my own internal battle of Droid 2 vs Samsung Epic 4G (vs waiting even longer for T-Mobile to get something worth buying)

T-Mobile does not manufacture themselves, they just rebrand like everyone else, in the end they just rebrand something from HTC and Co. So far the safest bet for long term support still is and probably will be for the forseeable future until Google brings out the next dev phone the Nexus One. Google still is going to sell it over the dev shop instead of the official shop and the phones will be sold over the phone carriers also for the forseeable future.

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