Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 23:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Bloomberg: "Microsoft, which has tightly controlled the number of ARM-based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality, opted not to work with HTC after initial discussions with the company, said two people familiar with the matter. The world's largest software maker decided HTC didn't have the sales volume needed and had less tablet experience than some of the other vendors it could choose to work with for the first round of devices, the people said." HTC was the first company to build a Microsoft-powered smartphone. Now, they're not allowed to build Windows 8 tablets.
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I've never had a crash on my HTC Incredible. If I had to guess some of you are "power users" installing a bunch of (interesting) apps that tend to mess with your phone environment.

You may have less crashes in more tightly controlled environments (iPhone) or envirnments with less (interesting) apps (Windows mobile).

I'm not saying this is certainly the case, but it's a guess as to why Android has been less than stable for some.

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tanzam75 Member since:

You may have less crashes in more tightly controlled environments (iPhone) or envirnments with less (interesting) apps (Windows mobile).

On the contrary, Windows Mobile was very easy to kill. I had an HTC Windows Mobile phone that would freeze up multiple times a day. Even doing a hard reset wouldn't solve it. Finally, I read up on the XDA forums and did a hard reset -- but also skipped the carrier customizations. That left it in a state in which it was running only stock Microsoft code + drivers, the thing would stay up for a month.

That was when I concluded Windows Mobile had no future. Having OEMs preload craplets on Windows PCs is bad enough -- but doing the same thing on a phone, and preventing me from receiving calls? I simply don't have time to baby my phone like I do my computer.

And that was only the carrier preloads! I didn't install anything else on that phone!

Or perhaps you meant Windows Phone. That falls into the iOS category of "tightly controlled."

Edited 2012-06-07 19:18 UTC

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Morgan Member since:

You're right, it's that tight control that likely leads to the stability and responsiveness of the device. It's a trade-off, and one I'm willing to make when it means the difference between keeping a client satisfied or not. Speaking of, I just got a call from the same client my Admiral had hung up on several times last week, and the first thing she asked was "did you get your phone fixed?" That speaks volumes to me.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:

I haven't had a crash on the Samsung Captivate either. It was just my wife and her Captivate.

At least the iPhone I have for work can be easily backed up to iTunes or iCloud, so if I have to wipe it it's not as much of a chore to get my data and apps back.

To be quite honest, if a single, non-malicious app can render an OS completely useless, in this case Spotify, then the OS has problems. I can understand the app being crap, but that's no excuse for taking down every other app on the phone.

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