Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Oct 2012 18:14 UTC
Google While Microsoft is unveiling all about Windows Phone 8, Google ruined the party a little bit by 'leaking' all about Android 4.2, the Nexus 10 tablet, and the new Nexus phone, the LG Nexus 4. There's some pretty awesome stuff in here from Google - except for the fact the devices themselves are kind of ugly.
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RE[6]: Nexus 4
by Alfman on Thu 1st Nov 2012 20:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Nexus 4"
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Your not contradicting anything I'm saying except in your conclusion.

"Sales numbers clearly show this to be false. Accept it, people just don't care."

I don't think you understood the subtle distinction I was trying to point out, let me try explaining it differently...When you vote for a candidate, it does not imply an endorsement of everything the candidate stands for, in fact there may be some areas that you are in complete disagreement with the candidate you vote for. Yet you'll vote for him because you make a holistic decision based on a multitude of factors. It would be a fallacy to assume that voters agree with everything about the candidate they've voted for. Had there been more fine grained choices available amongst candidates, voters would be better able to reflect what they actually want by their vote.

Can you see how this applies to more mundane things like consumer purchases? When you claim "Sales numbers clearly show this to be false.", you've extrapolated each sale to represent consensus about a specific aspect of a device, but you haven't managed to isolate the variables properly. We'd have a much better idea of what consumers want if they had an *explicit* choice on the matter in isolation of all other variables.

Just to reiterate for emphasis, you couldn't draw a conclusion from coarse election data alone about the whether the population believes in an aspect as specific as gun rights. There may be some correlation, but to even find it means asking specific fine grained questions and not just jumping to conclusions based on the coarsely grained votes.

Sorry for the length of this post, I just think it's important to get this distinction right since it's a common misuse of sales numbers.

Edit: In the end though, we can agree that a removable battery is probably not going to be a decisive priority even for those people who would prefer it.

Edited 2012-11-01 20:23 UTC

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