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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RE: One Percent
by NemoM on Fri 23rd Jul 2010 13:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: good thing"
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Phones should not be designed around the needs of 1% of the users.

I agree with that. Unfortunately, the phone WAS designed around the "one percent"... The phone was purposefully engineered to allow Moto to block the use of custom ROMs. If custom ROMs weren't an engineering consideration, they wouldn't have wasted time, money, and space inside the phone with the fuse.

If they want to void the warranty if I install a custom ROM, I'm fine with that. I'm sure they could more easily have something log the ROMs running on the phone, and check it if I bring it in becuase "it just stopped working". But making it unuseable if I do install a custom ROM is akin to automatically killing the engine in my auto if I open the hood and install "unapproved" spark plugs.

Here's my favorite part about your argument... Not only was the phone engineered around the "one percent", you paid for it.

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