Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Mar 2012 21:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This past week and this weekend I've finally found the time to enter into the colorful world of custom Android ROMs. After figuring out just how insanely great and awesome ClockWorkMod Recovery is, I set about to figure out what the best Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is for the Galaxy SII. While the answer to that question became clear quite quickly, this answer also gave rise to a whole bunch of other questions.
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RE: Comment by robojerk
by WorknMan on Mon 19th Mar 2012 03:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by robojerk"
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There's too much temptation for handset manufacturers to get greedy. They see the walled garden approach Apple has done, and want to copy it. All they want from Google is Android compatibility. They don't want to be just hardware makers. Then add the greedy wireless companies bundling their software onto the handsets since they are the true customers of Samsung, HTC, MOTO, etc...

This is right on point. For better or worse, if you try to differentiate on hardware, then Android phones become just like PCs, where margins are razor thin and its a race to the bottom. Plus, from what I've read, carriers demand the bloatware because they don't want to have a bunch of Android phones in their store running the exact same software, and looking/feeling the exact same way.

The unfortunate side effect of this is that the way most people experience Android is with all of this vendor bloatware and carrier crapware added to the OS, which is the equivalent of buying a new Windows PC that's loaded down with crapware, and has 20 different apps running in the system tray. And so of course they complain about how slow and laggy Android is, as compared with the smoothness of iOS. But if you do the Android equivalent of formatting the hard drive and reinstalling Windows from scratch, then it's fine. Hell, even Gingerbread on my Droid Incredible runs smooth as a baby's ass with CM7.1.

My point here is that you really shouldn't judge Android from an 'out of the box' configuration, unless you have a Nexus phone. But even then, a stock configuration pales in comparison with a custom rom like Codename or AOKP, and makes the iPhone look like a toy by comparison.. In other words, if you want to get the most out of Android, you really need to root and install a custom rom. Otherwise, if you're just going to use it like an iPhone, might as well just buy an iPhone, which is a great phone for tech tards, because 'it just works'. It's not nearly as functional as Android, but most people wouldn't know what to do with all of that power anyway ;)

Edited 2012-03-19 03:57 UTC

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