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a great user experience across ALL the devices running the software.

by JJFitz In reply to Maybe that is part of the ...

Correction: "a great user experience across the <b>two generations</b> of the device." Apple tends to abandon iOS updates on devices after that. It is all a strategy to get you to buy the next device or get kicked off the island.
The Android community, on the other hand, helps you keep your older devices relevant with ROM upgrades and modified apk's.
Google is trending towards more requirements control in the tablet market starting with the Xoom and Honeycomb.
Lenovo is taking it one step further by offering their own Android App market specifically tested on their tablets.
For me? I am a DIYer. That's why I prefer the Android platform.
I'm not saying the iPhone approach is bad. It just doesn't fit my needs.

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Another victim

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Maybe that is part of the ...

of 'Take Offline'?

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JJ, you really need to do some research.

by Vulpinemac In reply to Maybe that is part of the ...

Android 1.5 and 1.6 devices aren't getting such ROM updates and likely can't. Those devices are barely 2 years old while I have a 3-year-old iPhone 3G that can run iOS 4 just fine, even though it does lack some of the features that iOS 4 activates. You're already up to 6th or 7th generation Android phones in less than 3 years while the iPhone is only in its 4th generation (iPhone, iPhone 3G, 3G(s), 4) in 4 years. Android and the OEMs and carriers of Android devices, simply aren't supporting the older hardware even though many of them are still in their first two-year service contract. In other words, your comment about legacy compatibility is 180 degrees out of phase with reality. The only way those ROM upgrade and apks work is through a DIYer like yourself doing it.

You might also want to do some research on those tablets, because the Xoom is moving backwards--Motorola is actually seeing negative sales (having to refund purchases more than they're selling new devices.) Honeycomb got nothing but mediocre reviews, quite often the devices reviewed praising excellent hardware with an "unfinished" OS. Ice Cream is doing better, but not much.

You really point out Android's real market base by saying, "I am a DIYer. That's why I prefer the Android platform." The average consumer is not a DIYer--the consumer simply wants it to work, simply. Because of this, barely half of the people who own Android phones are really happy with them while over 90% of iOS users are very happy with theirs.

I'm not saying Android is bad, only that it's really aimed at a different type of customer.

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