Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Feb 2014 20:03 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

If you ever wanted to know why some people - including myself - have such a negative opinion of Samsung devices, consider the following. Let's take the latest CyanogenMod ROM for, say, my Find 51, and add the latest Google Apps package, and it totals at about 300 MB. That's the complete, fully functional Android operating system with all the Google applications and services.

The ROM on the Galaxy S5 takes up a whopping 8 GB.

No wonder Samsung swears by SD card slots.

1 I actually run OmniROM.

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locked bootloaders...
by bnolsen on Tue 25th Feb 2014 23:17 UTC
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

Stupid me, I allowed my AT&T galaxy s4 business phone to update from an open firmware to one with a totally locked down bootloader. At least I was able to use something called 'safestrap' to get a system with every single piece of AT&T bloatware removed and almost all the samsung garbage gone as well, when I finally had enough of the builtin garbage.

The answer in the US is: buy a phone you can't lose control over and gut the power of the cell phone providers (AT&T and Verizon are both bad guys for locking their phones in this case).

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RE: locked bootloaders...
by WorknMan on Tue 25th Feb 2014 23:23 in reply to "locked bootloaders..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The answer in the US is: buy a phone you can't lose control over and gut the power of the cell phone providers (AT&T and Verizon are both bad guys for locking their phones in this case).


Which pretty much limits you to a Nexus phone, and maybe a couple of others that you have to pay $600+ for. Better to find a way to unlock the bootloaders ;)

And the #1 reason why Thom and people like him don't like Samsung phones is because of the plastic, whether they choose to admit it or not. Personally? I wish the ROMs were a little smaller, but I like some of the xtras that Touchwiz provides that is hard to replicate elsewhere, esp the s-pen and multi-window capabilities on my Note tablet.

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RE[2]: locked bootloaders...
by Anon on Wed 26th Feb 2014 16:39 in reply to "RE: locked bootloaders..."
Anon Member since:
2006-01-02

... or a Motorola Moto G 16GB for around $199.

This phone is phenomenal for the price.

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