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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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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WorknMan Member since:

I don't understand why people want a removable battery.

Some people don't have access to a charger during the day (or say you go camping, or something), and with heavy use, can run out of juice. In that case, it's easy to pop out one battery and pop in another.

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znby Member since:

Depends, sometimes a device can be made with a low quality battery that conveniently dies outside out of warranty, and you either like the device and don't want to upgrade it, and/or you can't afford it to replace it.

I've been in that situation at least once before, and if my current phone (HTC Desire Z) were to die, I would be in that situation once more, as I don't feel that any new phone currently available would make me want to spend a few hundred [insert local currency units] when I can get a new battery for $10-20 off eBay from China for a phone that I am very fond of.

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