Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jan 2013 12:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Daniel 'Codeworkx' Hillenbrand on why he's not going to work on cm10 for the Galaxy SIII anymore: "Before the release of the Samsung Galaxy S II we were promised support and devices. We received the S2 and the whole community was praising Samsung. To me, that was nothing but a good PR stunt, because there has not been even the slightest bit of support ever since. Actually Samsung vehemently refuses to hand out any information or even a single line of code to us. Our contact at Samsung seems to be willing to support us, but gets blocked by his superiors." His advice to prospective Android buyers is clear. "All manufacturers have an equally bad update policy, so if you like a Samsung device, just buy it. If you want to use AOSP or CyanogenMod on the other hand, you should stay away from Exynos devices, because they just don't meet the requirements. Instead I recommend you to buy Nexus or Qualcomm/OMAP devices that haven't been completely botched by the manufacturer."
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Don't buy devices to root them later
by moondevil on Tue 8th Jan 2013 16:04 UTC
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If you are not happy with a specific device don't give money to the manufacturer and afterwards root it with another OS.

By not buying it you are giving a signal that the product as it is currently offered does not fit you as possible customer. Now if you give them money then the message is completely different.

I never root devices, rather use them as they were designed for. No use giving OEMs money for doing something else with the device.

In what concerns Android, if having a pure Android experiences is valuable to you, then buy only Nexus devices. This will send a clear message to OEMs that insist into changing the underlying OS.

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project_2501 Member since:

I have been burned too often by OEM rubbish sofwtare and rubbish service after the point of purchase - updates, fixes, etc.

I will only buy a Nexus device now.

Now if only that had a Nexus with a pen/stylus ...

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WorknMan Member since:

In what concerns Android, if having a pure Android experiences is valuable to you, then buy only Nexus devices. This will send a clear message to OEMs that insist into changing the underlying OS.

Yeah, I hear that a lot. But when Nexus devices come out with no LTE, no SD card slot, limited storage, no removable battery, no video out option (Nexus 7), no stylus, shitty cameras, etc, people will say, "Well, if you don't like it, there are plenty of other Android devices on the market ..."

So basically, you're stuck with either trying to jailbreak locked down devices, or be satisfied with whatever devices Google puts out every year. Point being, Android users just can't win.

The one bright spot is that Visio is showing off a couple of tablets running stock Android at CES, so let's hope they follow through, and other vendors follow their example.

Edited 2013-01-08 16:29 UTC

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MOS6510 Member since:

I don't understand why people want a removable battery. By the time it wears out the phone will be a few generations old and obsoleted.

My wife and I have owned a number of mobile phones with removable batteries, so have people at work. The only phones for which I ever ordered a new battery were a few BlackBerries.

The battery of my iPhone 3G (no S) still works fine. hell, even my Nokia E90 still holds a charge all day.

Personally I'd give up a removable battery for any advantages that would bear.

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Soulbender Member since:

then buy only Nexus devices.

Perhaps I would have if Google hadn't gone full retard and left out SD storage. A monumentally idiotic decision.
As it stands I would rather go with some dirt cheap local or Chinese phone that's mostly stock Android and at least has a damn SD slot.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

I would buy Nexus stuff IF I COULD.

Not available in The Netherlands, like Surface.

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No it isnt Member since:

I would rather buy a great phone with good developer support than any phone made of glass. Also, I want a good camera. A few talented developers can usually come up with a good ROM, whereas Google can't quite come up with the hardware I want.

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