Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2013 22:53 UTC
Windows Well, this can't be a good sign. Samsung has told CNET that the company will not be launching its Windows RT tablet in the United States, citing a lack of demand and consumer confusion. After I spent an afternoon in my country's largest electronics retailer, it's hard not to agree with Samsung.
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RE[4]: Ouch!
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 13th Jan 2013 21:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Ouch!"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

True... but the reality is, if you get an Android phone or tablet computer, you are effectively buying a locked down system. That was my point; all of Microsoft's competition--the products that are on the shelves to buy--are locked. Maybe the OS itself is not that way stock, but when someone buys something that runs it they are certainly not getting "stock Android."

I'm looking at this from a product/consumer perspective, and it still stands true.

Edited 2013-01-13 22:05 UTC

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RE[5]: Ouch!
by WereCatf on Sun 13th Jan 2013 23:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Ouch!"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

True... but the reality is, if you get an Android phone or tablet computer, you are effectively buying a locked down system. That was my point; all of Microsoft's competition--the products that are on the shelves to buy--are locked. Maybe the OS itself is not that way stock, but when someone buys something that runs it they are certainly not getting "stock Android."

I'm looking at this from a product/consumer perspective, and it still stands true.


But as I said, not all manufacturers do it, and even then not all manufacturers do it for all of their products. Generally the Chinese Android-phones and lower-end ones are not locked, and the higher-end ones by the usual suspects are.

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RE[6]: Ouch!
by cdude on Mon 14th Jan 2013 04:05 in reply to "RE[5]: Ouch!"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

And there are lots of offers on various events to unlock your locked Android device for you. Most times without extra payment even. But you can also grab none of the commercial unlock-offers. See that as additional service offered for those who see a value or even know what unlocked means. Majority doesn't know, doesn't care and maybe its better to protect there phone from them just like I usually not give out the root-password for Internet-computer users if I maintain there system cause that may bring bigger problems then benefits for them.

The point is unlocking Android is easy and even official supported (OHA goals) unlike at WP and iPhone where its a find-exploit vs exploit-closed game all of the time.

Edited 2013-01-14 04:09 UTC

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