Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Dec 2011 13:00 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Earlier today, Samsung revealed that it won't update the Galaxy S, its most successful smartphone to date, to the latest version of Android. You might shrug and dismiss that as just more evidence of Android's inherent fragmentation or the need for buyers to beware, but I take grave issue with it. This is a decision based not on technical constraints, as Samsung would have you believe, but on hubris." This. A gazillion million thousand times this. Also: "It's simple: make a large high-end device, a smaller value device, and a QWERTY device. Maybe one or two other specialty form factors, tops. That's it. Update them once a year, and keep the names the same." It would make updating a hell of a lot easier. We don't need the Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch Sensation.
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RE[4]: Speak by spending $$
by PresentIt on Mon 26th Dec 2011 20:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Speak by spending $$"
PresentIt
Member since:
2010-02-10

After warranty expires? Warranty expires right away on a phone?

Also, if the warranty expires and a huge dangerous problem is discovered with the car, they will do nothing?

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RE[5]: Speak by spending $$
by Alfman on Mon 26th Dec 2011 21:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Speak by spending $$"
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2011-01-28

PresentIt,

"After warranty expires? Warranty expires right away on a phone?"

I'm not sure what you are trying to say/ask here with regards to my post.

"Also, if the warranty expires and a huge dangerous problem is discovered with the car, they will do nothing?"

I explicitly mentioned the safety recall because I thought it was an exception to the rule. However I'm not sure this exception applies to mobile devices.


I'm actually agreeing with you that manufacturers should do their best to support after sale products. I just don't think they have much incentive to in the cheap disposable world we live in.


My own take is that open/unlocked devices would not only extend their useful lifetimes for the primary and after-market owners, it would cut back on a great deal of unnecessary environmental and manufacturing waste. Unfortunately, the goal of making the best use of resources doesn't align with the goal of making the most profits. Corporations choose profits, our environment pays the costs, such is life.

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RE[6]: Speak by spending $$
by PresentIt on Mon 26th Dec 2011 21:29 in reply to "RE[5]: Speak by spending $$"
PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

I'm comparing car safety and phone security holes. The car analogy was used to show that car manufacturers apparently don't offer the same level of support that people expect from phone manufacturers. I pointed out that cars are expected to not have major flaws in the first place.

While people expect bugs in software they also expect bug fixes. On the other hand, people expect cars to work properly without updates.

So the car comparison fails.

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