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[5]: Comment by bbap
by WereCatf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 20:51 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by bbap"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

And here come the inevitably flawed car analogies. Here's the essential difference: cars and/or bikes all have to conform to a baseline standard. The steering wheel turns the wheels, This is the throttle and this the breaks, the throttle increases the flow of gas and the breaks stop the wheels, etc. This is why car analogies don't work for technology. There are no such baselines by which we can compare one phone, for example to another phone.


Actually, I still don't see the difference. There is a baseline standard to phones, too: you need to be able to make and receive phone-calls and do messaging.

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RE[6]: Comment by bbap
by jared_wilkes on Wed 16th Oct 2013 22:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by bbap"
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2011-04-25

I wouldn't describe either of those as myy primary needs from a smartphone.

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