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Most people that we meet who are not in technology, wonder at how we keep up with the speed at which technology changes. But technology – and technology markets in particular – are sometimes glacial in the speed of change. Back in around 2002, when we first talked about 3G licences, and ooh-ed and ahh-ed at how much money they …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    People are waking up

    to Apple's walled garden and control freakishness...

    I know several iPhone owners that said enough is enough, sold their iPhone whilst they could still get a decent price for them on ebay, and picked up a high end HTC phone. They have never looked back.

    1. Trygve

      Are you sure? Do you have any proof of that.

      Maybe it's just slack-jawed consumers gobbling up handsets that look as fancy as all the other bling phones but are a few dollars cheaper.

      I've not seen any evidence that more than miniscule number of nerds actually give a toss about how their phones work, or where the software comes from. Any of Android, Win 7 or iPhone will do just fine for most people so long as they look good, have a few fancy gewgaws to demo, deliver idiot-proof access to MyFaceTube, and come for a low, low price on a $40/month two-year contract.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Still keep going back to Blackberry

        I have dozens of phones, it's part of my job to have many phones at my disposal, and so I try them all out to see how well they work. Invariably I always end up back using a Blackberry. There are many nicer, faster phones with better, bigger screens etc. but they don't actually work well for their primary purpose, which is being used as a phone.

        1. Jerome 0


          "they don't actually work well for their primary purpose, which is being used as a phone"

          The primary purpose of my handset is to connect me to the internet. Secondary purposes include playing MP3s, providing satnav, taking photographs, playing games and sending texts. Voice telephony also comes in handy once in a while.

      2. pablo011


        Why are you reading the Register???

        ... sounds like heat magazine is more your thing!

        (oh, and the uptake of Andriod by my friends is proof enough for me, "my friend")

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Isn't that amazing.

      I have friends who bought Android/MS/Blackberries and have all sold them to buy an iPhone.

      The world isn't quite as simple as you make it out to be.

    3. Alastair 7

      Not true

      *I* did what you're talking about, and now I'll never go back to iOS. I can flash custom ROMs, send text messages from my desktop PC, tether without the network operator knowing about it... but do you think any of my friends care about this? Of course they don't.

      My mum mentioned that she'd like to get one of these smartphone thingies, and I recommended she get an iPhone. Android's UI still doesn't compare to Apple's- and she gets confused by Apple's, so lord know what would happen with Android. It's perfect for me, but then I've been using smartphones since UIQ Symbian handsets- I've learnt to cope with crappy UI.

    4. Jay Jaffa
      Jobs Horns

      I'm one of them

      Moved to a Samsung G-S. Mentally I actually fell free and as though I do own this phone - something I never felt with the iPhone.

      The same feelings I had in the Mid '80s when I got hold of MS-DOS instead of the Apple or an IBM 9375 - which was all we had prior to that,

      History repeating itself shocker.

  2. IGnatius T Foobar


    Android is shaping up to be THE smartphone platform. I for one welcome it. It's a well designed and open platform that is going to usher in a new age of computing. Anything that's bad for Microsoft is good for everyone else!

    1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

      Sadly not

      There is one major problem with the lack of a walled garden: practically any animal can walk in.

      Especially from a corporate perspective there is still no phone that is actually trustworthy enough to give it access to the corporate infrastructure. Blackberries need a black box that has access to your resources but God knows what else it does, iPhones take screenshots without telling you - but both have at least *SOME* control if you lose it.

      What I'd really like to see is an open phone I could trust. One that stores information encrypted a la Truecrypt, so that you can examine the design and indeed evaluate for yourself that it's relatively safe. This is what RIM and Apple offer to a small degree: stability.

      Bring that sort of control, security and stability to Android and you will indeed have a winner.

  3. Quxy

    You almost had me...

    ... until the line about "the same way that there was no going back once everyone had a PC with Word, Powerpoint and Excel on it".


    Mine's the one with the Nexus Two prototype in the pocket.

    1. Richard 12 Silver badge

      It was true for many years

      It's still very nearly true, despite Microsoft's best efforts with rearranging the UI to be almost completely unusable.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Okay, Word I understand, and Excel maybe (although the amount of bad 'management' spreadsheets I've seen written in VBA make me want to cry), but Powerpoint? Seriously, I work for a software company and AFAIK, NOBODY uses Powerpoint here, principally because we don't employ waste-of-protoplasm middle management types. If we want to demo our software, we demo our software; customers don't want to see a series of slides which a drone then proceeds to read out loud at them. As far as I can tell, this is all that Powerpoint is used for...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Gates Halo

        Wireframing tool?

        .. seriously, i've lost count of the number of full website wireframes clients have sent me built in Powerpoint. it's just so versatile!

  4. Magnus_Pym

    Hotbed of change?

    all I ever hear from US commenter is complaints lack of infrastructure and poor service.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    god help us from the hotbed of change

    realistically all that seems to mean is operators pre-loading Android handsets with their (uninstallable) crap and adding news fees if you want to tether or use "data" as opposed to the web (who knew email sync was so radically different to web browsing)

  6. Real Name
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    I want to

    Run Android on my iPhone 4. Then I will be happy.

    I've not had good times with Android. It's frustrating to see operators and handset makers raping it for their own good. Keep it standard android and keep everything in line with each other. Stop being a bunch of nonces! THEN I might get an Android phone

    1. fandom

      Remember the nexus?

      "It's frustrating to see operators and handset makers raping it for their own good"

      One of the points about the Nexus one was preventing that. Maybe the rumours are true and we will see a nexus two next Monday.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        I'm satisfied with mine, I bought it a couple of months ago and it is an excellent device, unlike the horror stories one fellow around here keeps reiterating about his Motorola.

  7. Brian 47
    Gates Halo

    Makes me want to gleefully say....

    "Suck it Apple!"

    The Android growth line (if it holds) is appears to be worse than when Steve got pwned by Windows. Of course the Google twins aren't nearly as uber cool as Bill G was. Does anyone else ever ponder if Sergey and Larry tap fists and exlaim "Wonder Twin Powers Activate!"

  8. Dazed and Confused

    Android, a driver for change

    Android also has a strong attraction compared with iPhone.

    It's a fraction of the price.

    I plan to get my eldest a fancy Android phone for his 12th birthday, on a low cost pay as you go deal I'm going to be walking out of the Orange shop with it for an outlay of £40, not about £500.

    He's delighted, he likes it more.

    Me I'm delighted it's not costing me an arm and a leg.

    He's delighted coz his tight git parents will buy him a cool phone.

    I expect the cost of Android phones will come down even more soon. They are already free on low end contracts, but not quite as low as I wanted for a kid.

    Price pays a big part.

    1. Jason Hall


      Being picky I know, but you're not going to get much of a fancy Android phone for £40 are you.

      1. Dazed and Confused


        Sure, as someone else said, Orange San Francisco, but Orange will cough up for most of it if you agree to regular topup.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        Lets see.. that kind of money over here will get you an HTC Desire, or a Motorola Milestone or Backflip.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Et Ceteris Paribus

          Over there you have Sarah Palin.

      3. thecakeis(not)alie

        @Jason Hall

        I don't know about that, sonny. Got me an HTC Desire for $79 CAD*. You can get a hell of an Android phone for not much in terms of initial outlay...

        Bear in mind that's the cost for a 3-year contract. Also bear in mind that if you bought your own phone outright and then put it on a contract the price would be the same. (There are no discounts in Canada if you bring you own device.)

      4. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

        @Jason Hall

        Really? I have an HTC Desire that cost me the grand sum of zero pounds and noughty-nought pence for the handset, for £25 a month, albeit on a 24 month contract (which seems the norm today). Maybe you should haggle more with your operator when getting a new contract - it can be hard work, but may well save you a large amount of money in the long run.

        Now that the Desire HD and Z are out, I would imagine that you could even get a better deal on the 'older' Desire. Whilst it may not quite be as technically good as the iPhone 4 (which is probably a matter of opinion anyway), it certain kicks the shit out of the previous iPhone.

  9. Syd

    Android = Poor Man's iPhone

    This proves nothing except that some Android phones are much cheaper than an iPhone. The only Android phone which is making any traction in the real-world is the Sony X10 Mini, because it is small. Outside of that, I would be willing to bet at well over 90% of 'normal' Android users (i.e. not techies) would swap to an iPhone in a heartbeat if the price was the same. Basically, the Android is an iPhone for people who can't afford an iPhone.

    1. dave 46

      Must be that 10% then

      Got a work iPhone4 and my personal Hero, I mainly use email, the gmail on the Android is far better than the apple client. Hell the java gmail app on my old nokia was better.

      Hero is also pocketable, I wouldn't dare put the iPhone in my trouser pocket.

    2. BorkedAgain

      Should rise to it, but...

      I've just about had it up to here with this assertion.

      Android != Poor Man's iPhone

      I could equally well say iPhone = idiot's Android

      Okay, I'm using an HTC Desire for the comparison, and HTC's Sense UI is particularly sweet; I know that it's been far more intuitive AND reliable AND given me a much better call quality than all of my colleagues who decided to go with the fashionable iPhone option.

      If you've got people choosing the better option measured in several dimensions (including price) then it's a little disingenuous to focus on price as the only explanation. Why would one do that? Possibly because it's a remarkably effective way to catch peoples' subconscious snobbery...

      (gah. Anyone got a pringles lid for this half-tin of troll food?)

    3. styven

      Poor mans iphone, i think not!

      Maybe I also looked at other smart-phones before I just did what most others do and just get an iphone.

      Maybe I researched the cost of owning the various smart-phones available.

      Thats why I paid £165 pound upfront and £10 per month for a HTC Desire on t-mobile.

      TCO over 2 years £405.

      Can I afford an iphone, yes I can. Any one who makes any purchase based solely on whether they can afford it is foolish.

      Could be the reason why when on holiday with a mate, I could afford extra data which my iphone carrying friend then had to use on the wi-fi hotspot I created for him from my Desire.

    4. Wrenchy

      @ Syd

      Keep smoking that Crack and sipping the Cupertino Kool-Aid.

      Do you know what you are talking about? Have you ever owned a high-end Android device? If you did, you would not spout out those lies. Those devices are superior to any iPhone to date. Android is gaining market share at an astounding rate for a reason - Android is good.

      >>> iPhone is for people who can't afford an iPhone.

      If you get the phone on a two or three year contract, most high-end Androids are the same price if not more than the iPhone 4 so there goes your theory genius.

      The iPhone is a nice device but do you ever think that people *may not like the iPhone?*

      Move along troll.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        @ Wrenchy

        The high end Android is a nice device but do you ever think that people *may not like the high end Android?*

        Move along troll.

        ...and cutting and pasting peoples absurd, closeted, hypocritical logic back at them is fun.

        I mean, you could *literally* swap the words "iphone" and "Android" in your post, and it would sound exactly the same as an Apple fanboi post, and it would say exactly the same thing, while adding *nothing* to the discussion.

        Google or Apple...fanboi-ism sucks.

    5. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

      Nice unfounded assertion you have there

      "I would be willing to bet..." == "I just made up..."

      FYI, working as a software dev, I am reasonably well paid, as are the people around me. I know of one person in the office with an iPhone, and at least seven with teh HTC Desire (including myself), so maybe it isn't that Android is teh 'Poor Man's iPhone' but that the iPhone is Android for fashion victims who like wasting their money?

  10. John Latham

    @Real Name

    The problem with vanilla Android is that it isn't good enough in several key areas.

    For instance, there is pretty much sod all support for streaming video from a home media server. Samsung did a great job of making this work with the Galaxy S (@2.1), but the HTC Desire (@2.2) can't do it out of the box (perhaps there are paid apps that will, but they're not exactly easy to find and the quality is a bit of an unknown).

    Also, there was no wifi tethering until 2.2, but Samsung had it working in 2.1.

    Nothing wrong with a bit of innovation provided that it doesn't break the core experience.

  11. Anonymous Coward
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    In the UK you can get Android for £110 pay as you go

    Orange is selling Android (San Francisco) 2.1 fro about £110. You could unlock in 3 months of purchase and put on a Sim only plan. It has a small RAM so will be stuck on 2.1 but is a good tester into the market.

    Will do exchange email.

    1. thesykes
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      err.. actually

      you can unlock it instantly for less than a fiver and already there are several Froyo (2.2) ports available, cooked up by the open source community. 5 minutes on Google will reveal all. Ten minutes of reading for this Android noob and my phone was unlocked, rooted and all the Orange crap removed.

      It also has a fantastic screen, which puts most phones at 2 or 3 times the price to shame.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Thanks thesykes

        Thanks I think I will have a go this weekend at 2.2. How do I get it unlocked for a fiver?

        Orange said 3 months! 20 quid to unlock

        1. Anonymous Coward

          Check the Modaco forums

          Check the Modaco forums, the ZTE Blade section (which is what the phone's called when not being rebranded by Orange). They have a bunch of recommended unlocks with user reviews and pricing info.

          They also have plenty of folk working on custom ROMs.

        2. thesykes

          Look up

          modaco (assuming the mods let this through). the boards on there include one for the phone, all the help you'll ever need.

          1. Anonymous Coward

            It is done. Bought one at the weekend. Now on 2.2

            It is done. Bought one at the weekend. Got an unlock code for 5 quid, installed the clockworkmod, put on the sd card and now Now on 2.2.

            I played around with the modaco 2.1 and then used the 2.2. I just needed to change the screen density for my old eyes. Everything else is great. I am impressed with this little phone. knocks spots of my E61. I just have to make sure my data usage is not too big which NetSentry helps with.

            Now have 2 Exchange accounts ( one pop3 and a gmail junk one.

            Very happy with it. The battery may be a problem, so I'm keeping apps to a minimum especially GPS. The google navigation with satellite images adjusting to the orientation of the phone blew me away!

            Cheers ( I'm well happy I got the San Francisco, beets paying out 300-400 on y first Android)

            All I need now is a vieo play that can cope with full sized mpg /mp4.

            1. The Beer Monster


              Try RockPlayer.

  12. RichyS
    Jobs Halo

    It's not all about units shipped

    I suspect the outcome of the Android and iOS 'battle' will be similar to the Mac and PC world.

    Android is cheap and good enough for most people. The numbers of people buying the top end Android phones is similar to the new GFX card every 6 weeks hard core gamers to the PC world. Frankly small and insignificant (in more ways than one on the gamer side!).

    While Android devices soak up the mass market; those willing to spend a bit more for a better overall experience will continue to go with the iPhone. As a platform, OSX only has about 8-10% of the OS market, but in terms of computer makers, is third only to HP and Dell ( More importantly, of purchases over $1000, Apple apparently takes 90% of the revenue according to research in June 2009 (since which Apple have seen a surge in Mac demand, but anyway, the link is here:

    So, relatively low market share, yet pretty big profits. I'll take that over raw shipment figures any day.

    And the same thing can be seen in mobile here:

    and here:

    and here:

    So, there's no doubt Android is doing well; but I don't think Apple are too worried just yet.

  13. thesykes
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    Don't you just love Apple owners?

    Are they the only consumers in the world proud to point out that the company they love makes huge profits from a relatively small market share?

    That the only way to do so is it to make huge profits on each item they sell?

    That every time they buy the kit, they are being massively over-charged? Ripped-off?

    Apple must laugh every time someone posts how fantastic they are for robbing their own customers blind.

    1. Blue Buddha


      As an AAPL stockholder I'll take profit over market share any day thanks.

      1. thesykes

        would that be

        for the massive dividends you get? You know, like shareholders of every other profitable company... must be earning a fortune with those profits.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Jobs Halo

          @ thesykes

          I think you'll find that dividend paying shares are in the minority these days, with many using the recession as an excuse to cancel them.

          Not that I care - i bought into AAPL at < 200 just after xmas. Will sell at 350, I recon. Go Jobs!

      2. thecakeis(not)alie

        @Blue Buddha

        Indeed! I dislike much of what Apple does...but there's no denying the end result. For now at least, they are suceeding. For the sake of her shareholders, I hope the strategy of ignoring marketshare continues to provide profits. A repeat of the desktop PC fiasco would be bad.

        It's early days yet. Ten years from now, we'll see if Job's strategy was crazy...or crazy like a fox.

    2. lucmars

      You're right but yes, Apple aims at the "elite"

      So indeed, Android help Apple : the more the Android handset will be cheap, the more the Apple products will rise in the sphere of the desir.

      After all, the old "Think different" slogan only means "be different", as well as the slogan "I'm a Mac" cannot state the so obvious "I'm a PC". And yes, you have to pay for that in the same way you have to buy a Ferrari to appear somewhat different, even if you're not.

      That's our life : a lot of fools.

      Remember when you were young. If you didn't wear the brand x, you were mocked.

  14. future3

    The freight train is coming but....

    The big fat gorillas that are mobile network operators are about as clear as Wayne Rooney on a Saturday night in regards to how innovate in network capacity apart form putting monthly data caps on customers. Masterminds.

  15. fidodogbreath

    Well, size does matter

    There have been lots of articles over the years about how the US lags behind other countries in this or that cell technology or adoption rate. One thing that I seldom see cited in these comparisons is the sheer difference in geographical size between the US and, say, the UK, or Japan.

    It takes far less time, equipment and money to roll out a technology in smaller countries, particularly ones in which urban areas are more densely concentrated. I don't think it's reasonable to expect the nationwide carriers in a country this large to rip out and replace their entire infrastructure every couple of years.

    1. Blain Hamon

      Let's take it to numbers in terms of land mass.

      The US can contain 38 United Kingdoms and perhaps an additional Ireland or two. Or, all of Europe, including Turkey, has less land mass than the United States (And yes, the US has less land mass than Canada). Yes, the US still lags in many ways, and there's many parts that are backwards. But if you want to consider something on the same difficulty to grid as the US, and consider the US as a single entity, you'd have to count all of Europe, grouping the UK with Serbia, Lithuania, and Croatia, as a single technological entity.

    2. Robert Forsyth


      Not able to use ready available technology developed outside North America?

      The badly named developing world seems to manage.

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  16. Daniel B.

    Really surprised?

    A good part of the iPhone's success is similar to the iPod's success ... a nice touchscreen phone that's actually easy to use and looks nice. However, it is expensive.

    For those only searching for a phone with a lot of features and a nice interface, Android does seem to be a cheaper alternative that fulfills most of their expectations. Hell, even the Nokia Xpressmusic running Symbian fulfills some of these users' expectations! It is no real surprise that Android handsets are now robbing the iPhone from its target market.

    The Blackberry marketshare has been mostly static in the US, though here in Mexico I have seen the 'berries gain ground among first-time smartphone users. I think that BB Messenger and heavy marketing on behalf of both RIM and carriers (as BIS contracts mean more $$$ to them) are the main drive behind BB adoption.

    The greatest loser in the smartphone wars is actually WinMo; HTC users are switching to the Android-powered HTC's, while other smartphone users are simply jumping to Android because they fulfill what they wanted and have no need for RDP/Exchange stuff.

    Finally, Symbian might still march on, if only because some of the Nokia handsets carry it and so some users not specifically searching for a smartphone will have a Symbian handset without knowing it.

  17. SAP Bod

    Funny take on this whole thing

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Android Hell?

    My HTC Android phone came with more crapware than a PC-World Windows Machine. It ran like a dog, was erratic in its behaviour and failed completely after 12 days.

    I sent it back and broke the contract with O2 under the sale of goods act.

    I went next door and bought a recon Iphone 3Gs.

    As much as I would prefer to use and Android but AFAIK, it don't hold a candle to the iPhone. YET

    It will in time. When? I'm not sure but the bar that Apple has set is pretty high. My guess (An there will be many here that will disagree here) is that in a 12/18 Months it will be better then the iPhone.

    As for Windows? Sorry Microsoft you are late once again.

    My biggest fear is the probable amounts of Malware that will be directed towards the Android Platform. Its very openness is its very biggest weakness.

    Rant over, back to hacking Evnice.

    1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

      I'd blame O2

      for pre-loading your phone with lots of custom crapware. UK operators are well know for this. I was pleasantly surprised when my HTC Desire arrived without lots of Vodafone crap plastered all over it, unlike several of my previous Sony Ericssons. This, however, was only because they got a reaming in the press for previously screwing up people's phones with their '360' rubbish, just before I got mine.

      The problem is that Android allows the operators to put custom firmware onto the phones, by sheer dint of its open architecture. In a way, this is what iOs has as an advantage, it's so tightly locked down, even the operators can't screw with it. This is both a good, and a bad thing. Discuss...

  19. f1rest0rm


    I always find any articles about mobile phones are ruined by the tossers that can't see past their own favourites when responding in the comments section .....

  20. Anonymous Coward

    I hope this is US only

    Americans have weird tastes, when can we expect a Sarah Palin-branded Android phone? There is already a Hello Kitty one...

    1. fidodogbreath

      No iPalin yet...

      but Verizon has a Droid R2D2 edition:

      No word yet on whether the Google Translate app for it will include Bocce.

  21. vidrazor

    Did everyone forget Microsoft?

    MS may have royally fucked up in the mobile arena, but now they have to potential to put a dent in the market. If anyone is going to throw a wrench in Android's machinery, it's MS. How successful they can be at this remains to be seen.

    One thing is for sure: Apple is SO last decade...

  22. studentrights

    What do you have to believe for an Android dominated future?

    Might want to read this before you make a comment. Shows that Android simply absorbed the Windows Mobile (Horizontal Market) market and has made no gains on the iPhone, RIMM or Nokia (Vertical) smartphones.

    What do you have to believe for an Android dominated future?

  23. Ken Hagan Gold badge

    Wait and see

    "But if those graphs continue, and we cannot see anything much getting in their way, then Android will rule for many prosperous years. What happens then to Apple and RIM are anyone’s guess."

    So having opened with a remark about the glacial rate of change in this market, you then want us to extrapolate based on 12 months of data for the period immediately following the android launch. I imagine if you'd plotted the same graphs a few years ago, you have concluded that there'd be three and a half iPhones for every man woman and child on the planet by now.

    Let me be clear. *I* can't see what will get in Android's way either, but that's because it isn't my job. Talk to someone in Apple's R&D department. I bet they have some pretty good ideas about what will "get in the way".

  24. Horridbloke

    iPhone users are gimps...

    ... seriously, Apple's offering is the phone equivalent of a rubber gimp suit. That became clear to me the first time I suffered someone telling me how they could instantly tell what the weather was like in a major city six time zones away.

    I have an unlocked HTC Desire, because buying a phone on credit is stupid and because I don't want my service provider frigging up my phone with branding, disabled functionality and other poo. I just want them to give me internet access and stand aside. The rough edges don't worry me and the wifi tethering function is just so nice.

  25. Wile E. Veteran

    I like my Crackberry

    I had an HTC touchscreen (Mogul) and it never really worked for me. At contract renewal, I got a low-end BlackBerry and it does absolutely everything I want a phone to do.

    Your mileage may vary depending on your needs./.desires.

  26. Andus McCoatover

    That was then, this is now.

    ""It’s strange that the US, which was light years behind Europe, ..."

    Yep, found it peculiar myself. For example(s):

    Friend of mine - US based, but of Pakistani descent (They were early adopters) - didn't want a mobile in the early 'noughties' until I convinced him I wanted to call HIM, not his bloody desk.

    He also thought it reasonable that he should pay ½ the call, until I pointed out that, should I send him junk/empty envelope, he's wasting money every time.

    One bloke (this is the early 'noughties', remember) loved my Communicator so much, he rushed to buy one. Came back to the hotel with a ...Motorola...Sigh.

  27. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge

    Mystic Meg's Mobile Choice

    Unless the general public have been zapped by cluons and have an unusually deep understanding of the technology they use there's some other reason than Android being "open" which is driving uptake, and that's likely hype and peer pressure as it normally is for the latest 'must have' fad.

    Android will likely outlast Tamagotchas, Pokemon and Cabbage Patch Dolls but I wouldn't like to bet money on where we'll be in a couple of years time. I don't believe it will herald the defeat of the other players, but will bring a balancing of market share.

    Then again, I've never been expert at predictions which boil down to end-users' apparent insatiable desires to run "Fart Apps".

    1. Snapper


      "Then again, I've never been expert at predictions which boil down to idiot programmers' apparent insatiable desire to code "Fart Apps".

      There, fixed it for ya!

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

    @John Latham my HTC Desire plays media off my media server over wireless just fine.

    (That's when its not playing Flash off the web)

    The HTC Desire is as good as an iPhone for less money. There is nothing big or clever about paying more for something that does less. Also I can make phone calls with my HTC and hold the phone however I like. I can even touch the sides!

    Choosing a phone is a personal choice. If you want to pay an extra few hundred quid for an iPhone that's fine but don't pretend it is "better" just because it is more expensive.

  29. Wam

    iPhone Ownership

    I would imagine a (relative) reduction in the number of iPhones in circulation would please their owners - they are hardly 'exclusive' devices at the moment. I can't get away from the damn things. A larger variety of Android (or Windows Mobile) devices will make the pub a more interesting place at least.

  30. Anonymous Coward

    iPhone 4 user here....

    Honestly, I don't see what the big fucking hate deal is on this.

    Android devices are in Canada, we don't have a plethora of selection yet (it was pretty bad when I got my iP4 - stuck on Rogers due to work, and there was 1 whole crappy Android based handset available at the time.

    Even today, to a point...the Galaxy X Captivate & Focus are available, but more than I spent on the iP4...Sony has the X10's, HTC the Magic Touch. Of them, the Galaxy X Captivate is the only one I would consider switching to.

    On the other side...I don't love my iP4, but I don't hate it either. The "Walled Garden" doesn't bother me...mostly because I really just don't care whether or not I have root access on my phone. If I really cared about the walled garden, I'd jailbreak.

    What it comes down to for me...I hated Blackberry when I had one...and bought myself an iP3g a couple years ago when there was no Android and I wanted a device that would stop be from buying a new phone, new standalone GPS and new MP3 player...I wanted one device that would do it all, and that is what I still have in my iP4.

    I won't buy a new device for a couple of years to come...because the cost to buy a no-contract phone far outweighs any possible advantage Android can bring to me. Until I'm eligible to upgrade again, my iP4 works fine.

    Honestly, I see the Andriod as the PC and the iDevice as the Mac...Android will win on market share without a doubt, but Apple won't go away either. And honestly, who gives a shit anyway? Use the device you like...and let everyone else use what they like too.

  31. illiad

    Run Android on iPhone 4??

    Sure, it may be 'possible' BUT... AFAIK it is NOT the hardware that makes the Iphone?? how do you know that android or whatever can FIND the hardware, so it can make calls, even display stuff or make sounds???

    Its a bit like getting a jeep, and hoping a Porsche 911 engine will 'fit straight in' ... yeah, just have to weld in some support struts, drill out a few holes, strengthen the suspension, re-bore the drive problem!!!

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Porsches and jeeps

      A better analogy would be:

      Apple are Porsche because:

      - They only use their own engines, and the car is built around it

      - They don't licence engines, and they don't licence out

      - Its about the total experience, even if that makes them a small volumes player.

      - Porsche are at least, aspirational

      - Porsches are re-assuringly expensive

      - Porsches are a love/hate thing too (People who own them, love them...people who don't, hate them)

      Android are jeeps because:

      - Jeeps were built to a budget, and for massive war volumes

      - Jeeps were designed for engines from any 4 manufacturers (...porsche isn't/wasn't one of them, since it was still the glint in a soon-to-be-former nazi-soldier's eye when jeeps were designed), so simplicity and openness were key

      - Jeeps could run on practically anything, and be repaired with band aids and chewing gum if needed

      - Jeeps are simple, functional, modular and upgradeable, even if those upgrades compromise safety or performance

      - Asthetics were not a design requirement

      Which is best? Well, the Porsche is a better drive, but you could fit a machine gun to a jeep, so I'll call it even...

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