Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You may not have noticed it, but in the past six months, we've been experiencing a true massacre. Not one written in blood, but one written in microchips and touchscreen displays. The scene of the crime? The United States. The perpetrator? Google's Android. The victims? Everybody else.
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RE: iPhone on Verizon
by cmost on Tue 4th Jan 2011 03:43 UTC in reply to "iPhone on Verizon"
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

If iPhone comes to Verizon, I would seriously consider jumping ship from Android, depending on what features they put into Honeycomb (Android 3.0).

The reasons for this are as follows:

- I'm tired of the crapware that carriers are shoving into OTA stock ROMs, and the OEMs who are putting custom 'trinkets' on top that I don't want. And to get a custom ROM with just vanilla Android and WITHOUT all the crap, you have to wait for your device to get rooted, and then wade through a bunch of half-finished custom ROMs, where random features (such as wifi and GPS) don't work. I know a lot of people get off on this kind of thing and that's fine, but it's just not how I'd like to spend my free time. (Of course, the quality of custom ROMs probably depends on which phone you have, which is a problem in itself...


I really don't know what you're complaining about. Don't buy an Android phone from one of the carriers. I purchased the original Nexus One, which is a powerful HTC Android phone in its own right (still is) and it pretty much meets your requirements. My Nexus One is unlocked which means I am able to take it to the carrier of my choice. It also shipped with a "vanilla" Android 2.2 installation that is almost immediately updated by Google whenever updates to Android OS are available. No wait; no hacked ROMs (unless I want one,) no fuss, no muss. Your other reasons for choosing Apple's iPhone over the more open Android seem flimsy. You can't play a game in arcade mode? Really? That's reason enough to spend hundreds of dollars on a phone that Apple will tightly control? Apple is a phenomenon driven by a popularity contest. iPhone is over hyped. Android is much younger and it has a lot of room for improvement. It will get better and better with each new version. Hang in there. In future, I recommend you choose a Google phone, such as the new Nexus S, which ships with the just released Android 2.3 OS, instead of running to your closest carrier and then bellyaching about the crapware the carrier installs. Your new Nexus S will most definitely be on the cutting edge of Android and will be Google's darling for some time to come.

Edited 2011-01-04 03:48 UTC

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RE[2]: iPhone on Verizon
by WorknMan on Tue 4th Jan 2011 04:19 in reply to "RE: iPhone on Verizon"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

My Nexus One is unlocked which means I am able to take it to the carrier of my choice.


Yeah, assuming your carrier of choice in the US is either T-Mobile or AT&T. So then for me, it's a choice of standing in the middle of the street to get a signal at my house, or deal with a company who consistently ranks in the top 5 companies having the absolute worst customer service.

If Google ever releases a CDMA phone, then we'll talk.

And the Fruit Ninja comment was a joke ;)

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RE[3]: iPhone on Verizon
by wocowboy on Tue 4th Jan 2011 09:50 in reply to "RE[2]: iPhone on Verizon"
wocowboy Member since:
2006-06-01

The unlocked version of the Nexus One will work on any GSM carrier, not just T-Mobile or AT&T. I have one and use it on CellularOne. The only difference is the the 3G only works on T-Mobile's network, not on AT&T. There are many GSM carriers in the US, small regional carriers that have roaming agreements with the majors that will get you coverage over virtually the entire US with the Nexus One. 3G isn't available here from any carrier, so I am quite happy with my Nexus One.

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RE[3]: iPhone on Verizon
by TemporalBeing on Tue 4th Jan 2011 18:30 in reply to "RE[2]: iPhone on Verizon"
TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

"My Nexus One is unlocked which means I am able to take it to the carrier of my choice.


Yeah, assuming your carrier of choice in the US is either T-Mobile or AT&T. So then for me, it's a choice of standing in the middle of the street to get a signal at my house, or deal with a company who consistently ranks in the top 5 companies having the absolute worst customer service.

If Google ever releases a CDMA phone, then we'll talk.
"

Well, you can get several different unlocked phones from Google still - but you have to register as an Android Developer first (for a cost of $25 USD). I'm sure you can pick up a CDMA model if you like.

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RE[3]: iPhone on Verizon
by cmost on Fri 7th Jan 2011 00:43 in reply to "RE[2]: iPhone on Verizon"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

No, no no. The reason the two unlocked phones state they're for either AT&T or T-Mobile is to accommodate those two carriers' popular network protocols. In my case, I chose the unlocked T-Mobile phone so I could use my Cincinnati Bell Wireless SIM card. My Nexus One works flawlessly with my carrier of choice (I wouldn't touch either AT&T or T-Mobile with a 10 foot pole!)

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