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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Choice is good, but no Gingerbread please
by rklrkl on Wed 16th Oct 2013 18:32 UTC
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Choice is *always* good (but it's important that the "defaults" are good too of course), so anyone claiming otherwise immediately loses major points in any discussion.

Yes, there are low-end Android phones that are selling in droves out there and as time goes on, the specs on those are increasing to the point where the experience of a cheap Android phone isn't too bad.

However, I'm quite disgusted that Samsung are actually still selling their "Galaxy Mini" phone (the S5570, not the Mini 3 or 4) - it's a very poor device that has a small/lores screen, 600Mhz CPU, 384MB RAM, is quite sluggish (scrolling text is particularly horrible) and perhaps worst of all, is still shipping with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). A very bad Android experience indeed.

I got one free as part of the cashback for a Chromebook I bought and I sold it on immediately for 20 pounds ($30) because it was so poor. Stop selling this awful phone Samsung!

Edited 2013-10-16 18:32 UTC

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ddc_ Member since:
2006-12-05

Choice is *always* good (but it's important that the "defaults" are good too of course), so anyone claiming otherwise immediately loses major points in any discussion.

You are simplifying. Choice is good for the person who is supposed to choose; this article discusses choice as the problem for Android - the impersonation of entity providing choice.

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