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 Laurence on Tue 4th Jan 2011 13:10 UTC in reply to "iPhone on Verizon"
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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.

So buy a Nexus then - they're deliberately released with vanilla Android.

- With the iPhone, you have access to many, many more accessories. I can't even find a f**king armband for my Android phone.

tbh I don't see the point of phone accessories. If I wanted jewellery, then I'd buy myself jewellery.
So long as my phone fits in my pocket and has a headphone jack, then I see little need to extend it's physical capacity.

- iPhone is still the 'de facto' standard for phones, so if there's a cool new app/service coming out, it's probably going to be on iPhone first.

That's really not true:
* AR - such as Layer - came out on Android first.
* Sat nav came to the iPhone long /AFTER/ every other smart phone
* Android handsets had digital compasses nearly a year before the first iPhone featured it
* ...and don't get me started on how late Apple were in implementing "multi-tasking" or even basic features like MMS and copy/paste.

Sure, the iPhone does also pilot cool features too. But it's not nearly as pioneering as many make out.

I think it would be easier/better to keep up with iPhone-related news/blogs, because they're only concerned with one or two phones, whereas Android blogs are always talking about the 300 different phones that'll be out in the next month, or updates/news about current phones that you don't own and have no interest in.

That's a rather silly reason buy one handset over another.

Of course, I'm not an Android hater and realize that it's infinitely more customizable, but rarely (if ever) do I use any of that stuff, such as the battery-draining widgets that most folks seem to be enthralled with. I've played with my dad's iPad and for the most part, I like the way it works out of the box, so there isn't much I'd want/need to change.

I think a lot of the "widget" mentality is users customising their phone because they /can/ rather than because they need to.

If you ignored widgets and custom roms, then Android works much like iOS - and thus works "out of the box" just like iOS.

If iOS supported widgets then I'm sure just as many iPhone/iPad users would play about with the interface as Android users do with their phones.

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RE[2]: iPhone on Verizon
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 4th Jan 2011 14:15 in reply to "RE: iPhone on Verizon"
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If iOS supported widgets then I'm sure just as many iPhone/iPad users would play about with the interface as Android users do with their phones.

The first thing people ask when they see my jailbroken iPhone is: how can I get that stuff?

People want to customise their phone. His Steveness may not like it, but it's a simple and utter fact. Just look at all the cases, case stickers, and so on, you can buy for phones.

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