Android is a $#!~ OS
Apr 23, 2010 9:00 AM –
Bare with me regarding the title of the post, the meat of the article is to educate newbies to Android who may be frustrated with aspects of the mobile operating system. This is not the rant bashings of an iPhone fanboy. This is a conversation I had with a pev’d user who made the comment on our Facebook page so I asked why he felt that why and provided Android Advice™ feedback.
Here are J Anil Kumar concerns:
1. There are only basic apps in this phone as a basic Nokia phone (not smartphone) has.
2. Android market was not there in the phone whereas the manual says install apps from market
3. USB mass storage is not found and has to follow certain steps to get it recognized by system. Whereas on other phone it gets recognized easily.
4. Almost all of the Apps that I found from Internet and installed kept on crashing always including the Google applications.
5. USB will not be recognized after installing 5 to 10 apps, the phone keeps on saying charging (if charge is less)/chime sound. I have to reset to factory setting to get the USB working.
6. Samsung was unresponsive even after several attempts to get help from them.
7. Most of the apps were not installable as the OS was 1.5.
8. I tried contacting Google, they were also like dead meat.
I think the basic IPhone is far better than IPhone in all sense even though there is no flash support and not being open. This was my first ever smartphone. I will never ever buy an Android phone so also any phone from Samsung. I was an ardent Google fan because of their Google search, apps, pack etc. But here I felt cheated by Google and Samsung. Google is making a fool of customers by saying OS is open source and the app suite is closed. I feel if they charge some fee for the apps, I am ready to pay. I have repacked the phone and is happily using my Nokia 5310 which was thinking of replacing with I5700. I will be sending this “Great Phone” to Samsung at my cost for them to keep in their showcase as a symbol of best customer service. Hope this will suffice curiosity.
Here’s what we addressed:
1. & 2. Many times it is dependent on what country are you from as that may be the reason you can only see basic or only Free apps in the Market. Some countries cannot get to the Android Market at all so it really depends on your location and sometimes wireless carrier.
There are truly some Awesome Android Apps out there as evident on our website. We even highlight the Best Android Apps in our App of the Week.
3. & 5. It sounds like you a either have the Samsung Moment or Behold 2. I must agree, intuitively getting Samsung phones to recognize the USB storage is a nightmare. You would need to download and install specific Samsung drivers first then it will recognize. Here is a good guide along with drivers to show you how: http://www.junefabrics.com/android/driver.php
4. & 7. This is probably a genuine issue with Android as the OS is currently fragmented with more than 3 major versions on phones to date (Google is working on improving that). Some developers write there apps for specific versions of Android and higher, if a lower version happen to install them outside the Market, they may crash.
8. True, Google won’t respond to anyone unless your Engadget… They only recently started hiring telephone customer support folks to handle issues otherwise they rely on you to search and find the answers on resources like AndroidTapp.com or in their forums.
I’m sorry you had a horrible experience with Android but hopefully a future phone will sway you back as I believe the phone you had was the root of most of your issues. Have you had frustrations with Android? If so express them in the comments and keep up with our Android Advice™ column which solves many of those common and newbie questions.