When The Truth Finally Comes Out, It Is Brutal

Ten reasons why an Android phone is not a phone for me.

This is excellent. The first truthful account I’ve read.

Some choices quotes:

For whatever weird reason the tech news scene tends to grant everything coming out of Google with premature praise.

Welcome to the Planet of the Tech Gadget Whores. It’s a rude awakening, isn’t it? They’ll open their mouths to any insertion by a large corporation so they can flaunt their early access to shiny things. That’s what matters to them — not you, the reader and potential purchaser.

I don’t consider it to be a consumer’s primary task to fix a flawed smart phone OS

Exactly! People shouldn’t have to fix something that’s supposed to be a tool. I’ve been down this road investigating the Palm Pre. People told me of all the shortcomings and all of these ridiculous patches that would “fix” them. Who in their right mind wants to have to deal with that? I’ve been down this road with the original Palm OS and hacks. Been there, done that. Go get lost now.

It’s Google’s freaking operating system and they should have imposed at least basic means of quality assurance to make sure that Android partners provide a consistent experience to consumers.

This is what Palm isn’t getting: they can offer that. Unfortunately, they’ve retreated into the crowded and cutthroat cellphone space instead of swerving and avoiding it altogether with a mini-tablet. They would have been well ahead of the game by now. The lust of the market would have caught up to them and they’d own the mini-tablet space right now instead of people looking at the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, the Camangi WebStation, and the upcoming Dell Streak, Notion Ink Adam, and the ICD device. Without having to devote resources to the telephony aspects of a device, they could have conquered all the current shortcomings in webOS and it would have been a superior product to what it is now.

Go read that post. It’s the kind of writing we should come across every damn day on the Internet. Instead we are constantly fooled by the hype of self-interested whores.

6 Responses to When The Truth Finally Comes Out, It Is Brutal

  1. Ralf says:

    Thanks Mike, very well appreciated. I’m expecting to next get flamed, hated and receive bad comments like hell from many Android fanboys.

    My hope is that at least some deal with my arguments and help me better understand why Google did such a crappy job when building Android.

    • mikecane says:

      The big difference between Apple and all other companies is that there is ONE person who says Yes or No. That’s what makes fantastic products at Apple and mediocre products from everyone else. Committees compromise. The absolute rule of one person over everything causes things to get done. But that one person must also have a vision. Steve Jobs has that vision.

  2. James Katt says:

    Welcome to the iPhone! It is perfect for the consumer.

    For eBook readers, I look forward to the iPod Tablet and the iPhone Tablet this coming January.

  3. James Thiele says:

    The author of the article you cite is spot on and so are you in saying:

    > Exactly! People shouldn’t have to fix something that’s supposed to be a tool.

    To use an old phrase, most people want something that “just works”. Google Android and Palm WebOS aren’t there yet.

  4. AdamC says:

    I have to agree with you on this let’s call the spade a spade although the fanbois think otherwise.

    • mikecane says:

      I’ve seen rebuttals along the lines of, “Well, the HTC Sense has more home screens” — which is so besides the point. His post was about the damned Milestone!

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