From a consumer’s perspective, Google’s Android operating system has been an exceedingly good thing. It’s the only viable competitor to have kept pace with Apple’s iPhone, and in its time it has stimulated grand battles between device manufacturers – first competing on specs, and now on price. All this competition has driven smartphone development forward at a blistering pace, and we’re all profiting from it now, but it has its downsides, too. Today is a fitting day to take a closer look at those.
Odd article. It argues that cheaper, low-cost Android devices are hurting consumers, which I find peculiar. People have a choice. Nobody is forcing you to buy any phone – you actively choose to get something cheap, risks included. These cheaper manufacturers – from shady ones all the way to by-now proven companies like OnePlus and OPPO – provide more choice, not less. Thanks to these companies, I get to choose between sending 40-50%
free money profit margins to Apple or Samsung, or get a similarly specced phone of equal quality for a fraction of the price.
This is good. This is choice. I know a lot of people ascribe to the idea that you should not give people too much choice because their dainty, fragile little minds can’t comprehend it, but I disagree with that vehemently. More choice in the market is always better than less choice – and if that means companies like HTC have to crumble because they can’t keep up… Well, I just don’t care. They’ll make way for a dozen others.