Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th Aug 2012 10:27 UTC
Google Fascinating bit of news dug up by The Verge. AOSP's main man, Jean-Baptiste Queru, has announced that he is going to try to add support for the Sony Xperia S to AOSP - effectively turning it into a Nexus-class device. "Over time, AOSP has added files related to various hardware targets. [...] For a new challenge, I'd like to try to go one step further, and to target some hardware beyond the usual categories. I've added a git project for the Sony LT26, i.e. Xperia S. This seems like a good target: it's a powerful current GSM device, with an unlockable bootloader, from a manufacturer that has always been very friendly to AOSP." AOSP support is usually reserved for Nexus devices, so this is certainly a bold new step for Android to take. Coincidentally, I made a list yesterday of possible Android phones to replace my Galaxy SII if the need were to arise, and the Xperia S sits firmly atop that list because of its distinctive, angled design (as opposed to the rounded blandness of the SIII and One X). In other words, this is yet another reason to go with this one (since my SII is doing just fine, I'm actually holding out for a WP8 Lumia to replace my HTC HD7).
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Sony is the Acer of phones.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 18th Aug 2012 12:34 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

The look kind of cool, and for some people they work well, but they aren't as nice or reliable as Samsung. My friend and I both got smartphones at the same time, I a galaxy s , her a Sony X10 . Hers lasted less than a year as did its warranted replacement, mine still works rather well and will soon be cyanogen moded up to jelly bean.

I've heard that their later devices are better, but I'd choose reliability over aesthetics.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

reliability over aesthetics.


I prefer and drive an Italian car. So uhm, yeah ;) .

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, then, you're in luck! those same designers of your cars, design phones too.

I think I just found your next phone:

http://www.examiner.com/article/ferrari-458-italia-exotic-car-inspi...

I'm not sure of the status of the iden network in the Netherlands, but its okay if it doesn't work as a phone, right?

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RE: Sony is the Acer of phones.
by JimProfit on Sat 18th Aug 2012 13:40 in reply to "Sony is the Acer of phones."
JimProfit Member since:
2011-08-03

Regarding statistical significance, your sample is a little bit too small...

Edited 2012-08-18 13:40 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, obviously. With the wide variability of Android phone makers, I'm very careful with my recommendations. If someone gets a bad android as their first android phone, it will reflect badly on android rather than the manufacturer in many cases. The cost between the high end androids and the pieces of crap is practically zero in the US on a subsidised contract. ( If $100 is such a difficult amount to part with, you shouldn't be getting a smart phone plan which bumps up your bill ~$30 a month). So, I recommend the best, which will give the user the best experience. Currently that would be either the Galaxy SII or HTC one X for most people. No real reason to mess with any of the others for most people.

I think Manufacturers in the US are starting to figure this out. Motorola has recently committed to building less middle and low end phones and focus on building the best high end ones.

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RE: Sony is the Acer of phones.
by gan17 on Sat 18th Aug 2012 13:47 in reply to "Sony is the Acer of phones."
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

reliable as Samsung.

Varies with person, I say. Samsung products have had the worst reliability of all electronic products in my household. Only 2 things still working are my washing machine (which I admit is very good at what it does) and my Galaxy Nexus (I replaced the back cover cos I don't want to admit I'm using a Samsung product). Everything else has died, usually just a couple of months after the warranty expired.

I've had Sony products die on me as well, but usually after a lot of use (PS2 lasted 4 years, Discman lasted almost a decade).

Plus, for all the bad rep Sony get, they're nowhere near the corrupting force Samsung is in the Korean corporate and political scene.

On topic;
I'm kind of surprised. Sony have never been known for their "open-ness", as far as I can tell. Wonder if we'll see a Nexperia soon.

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