Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I think many who extol Android's flexibility fall into the tinkerer category, including some tech bloggers. They love all the ways they can customize their phones, not because they're seeking some perfect setup, but because they can swap in a new launcher every week. That's fun for them; but they've made the mistake of not understanding how their motivation differs from the rest of us.

A whopping 70%-80% of the world's smartphone owners have opted for Android over iOS. You could easily argue that 3-4 years ago, when Android was brand new, that it was for early adopters and tinkerers. To still trot out this ridiculous characterisation now that Android is on the vast majority of smartphones sold is borderline insanity.

Choice is not Android's problem. People who assume out of a misplaced arrogance that they represent the average consumer are the problem.

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RE: Comment by bbap
by dvhh on Wed 16th Oct 2013 12:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by bbap"
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2006-03-20

I still think that this kind of article are click bait,
Of course Android users would mostly disagree that choice is an issue and iPhone user would insist that a well streamlined user experience is what matters most. And both side would be right.
But it seems to me that these arguments are more for justifying their purchase than advising future buyers.
In my point of view the argument for phones/tablet (mostly iOS vs ) sound like debating which is best between Burger King and Mac Donald.

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RE[2]: Comment by bbap
by darknexus on Wed 16th Oct 2013 13:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by bbap"
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2008-07-15

In my point of view the argument for phones/tablet (mostly iOS vs ) sound like debating which is best between Burger King and Mac Donald.

Neither. Jack In The Box ftw, if you really must go for fast food.

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RE[3]: Comment by bbap
by l3v1 on Wed 16th Oct 2013 15:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by bbap"
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2005-07-06

In-N-Out.

BTW, talking about burger chains would make much more sense than about how some people think choice is a problem ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by bbap
by dukes on Wed 16th Oct 2013 16:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by bbap"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

I still think that this kind of article are click bait,
Of course Android users would mostly disagree that choice is an issue and iPhone user would insist that a well streamlined user experience is what matters most. And both side would be right.
But it seems to me that these arguments are more for justifying their purchase than advising future buyers.
In my point of view the argument for phones/tablet (mostly iOS vs ) sound like debating which is best between Burger King and Mac Donald.


I agree, it is click bait. I would say that a problem with Android isn't "choice". It's too much choice. There is a TED.com article on this which hits the nail on the head.

http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice.ht...

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RE[3]: Comment by bbap
by WereCatf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 17:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by bbap"
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2006-02-15

I would say that a problem with Android isn't "choice". It's too much choice.


I don't quite get this claim. It's no different from TVs, cars, bikes, computers and so on, they all have a bajillion different choices and yet only Android-phones are singled out. Why is it "too much" of choice when it comes to cellphones, but nowhere else? I certainly have never heard anyone complain about there being too many phones to choose from, they just go for whichever looks the most appealing to them.

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RE[3]: Comment by bbap
by dvhh on Thu 17th Oct 2013 02:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by bbap"
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2006-03-20

Well, there is also another TED video
http://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_on_spaghetti_sauce.html

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RE[2]: Comment by bbap
by cdude on Thu 17th Oct 2013 13:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by bbap"
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2008-09-21


Android users would mostly disagree that choice is an issue and iPhone user would insist that a well streamlined user experience is what matters most. And both side would be right.

Because both points are not mutually exclusive. A good streamlined user experience doesn't mean you need to prevent choice and choice doesn't mean you need to ship bad defaults. Once users switch defaults the results are received better by them or they switch back.

In other words: That touchwiz is such a mess isn't because of choice or Android, its because of Samsung. But that does not matter cause you have the choice to replace touchwiz :-)

Edited 2013-10-17 13:38 UTC

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