Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:11 UTC
Google Once upon a time, in a land, far, far away, there were two mobile operating systems. One of them was designed for mobile from the ground up; the other was trying really hard to copy its older, desktop brother. One was limited in functionality, inflexible and lacked multitasking, but was very efficient, fast, and easy to use. The other had everything and the kitchen sink, was very flexible and could multitask, but had a steep learning curve, was inconsistent, and not particularly pretty.
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An honest and thorough, review, but...
by Lava_Croft on Tue 20th Dec 2011 12:15 UTC
Lava_Croft
Member since:
2006-12-24

"My Galaxy SII is a true computer, instead of a mere smartphone."

- A 'real' computer sports something akin to a GNU userland. While Android is certainly more *customizable* than iOS, it remains firmly in the realm where *smartphone* OS's belong.

"Swiftkey X allows me to do something no other smartphone keyboard can: work with two autocorrect/suggest dictionaries at the same time."

- Maemo5/N900 sports dual dictionaries out of the box.

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broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

you can actually install ubuntu on an android device if you want, so you can get access to a full gnu userland.

http://androlinux.com/android-ubuntu-development/how-to-install-ubu...

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Lava_Croft Member since:
2006-12-24

Software == hardware?

Or maybe easier said: If you install Ubuntu, Android still has no GNU userland. So, eh?

Edited 2011-12-20 18:03 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

- A 'real' computer sports something akin to a GNU userland.


LOLWUT?

A computer is a programmable machine designed to sequentially and automatically carry out a sequence of arithmetic or logical operations. The particular sequence of operations can be changed readily, allowing the computer to solve more than one kind of problem.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer

Nothing about a GNU tool chain there or anything that is similar to one.

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Lava_Croft Member since:
2006-12-24

I think I should have put the '' in bold and underlined them.

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sicofante Member since:
2009-07-08

"Swiftkey X allows me to do something no other smartphone keyboard can: work with two autocorrect/suggest dictionaries at the same time."
Nokia E52, Symbian v9.3 (two versions before current S^3) offers this out of the box too.

I'm somewhat surprised to see the history of smartphone OSs reduced to iOS and Android as the heirs of PalmOS and Windows Mobile, especially in an article written in Europe.

I've been a happy Symbian S60 user fo years and I'll be a happy Meego Harmattan user when my N9 arrives.

As a sidenote, I'm not a true geek, but I understand the N9, not an Android phone, is what a true geek would want and qualify as a real computer in the pocket.

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