i was contemplating on getting an android phone for many months. finally in a moment of fiscal imprudence, i bought the HTC desire.

i’ve been using PDA phones/ smartphones since the O2 mini. the ones i used are usually signature products for that specific era of devices, like the O2 mini from the WinMo 5 environment  back in 2005 and the iphone 3g for the app-based market model in 2008.

Currently a duopoly between iphone and android devices has formed in the app-based market model.

Who will win the apps war & why?

undoubtedly it will be apple which will continue to be miles ahead of android in terms of app revenue for both app developers and the company owning the platform. even if we ignore the fact the apple had a head start, the appstore will continue to be focused on getting revenue into the pocket of developers. this in turn will churn out more quality apps which android’s marketplace will be viewed as a secondary market.

Google’s reasonable strategy and poor tactics

Ad revenue is google’s strategy, adding millions of targeted user thru the android platform will definitely be a selling points for sales of google ads. this is reasonable, considering the low overhead for google (no production of handset to capture markets) to create such a big market segment.

But the implementation is extremely frustrating for end-users, for example the SD card’s disk space is designed as a storage mount rather than fully available for system files (im sure not every android users understands file systems linux fundamentals) but user will expect that, if they put a 2 gb card in, they should have 2 gb for any use they have for it. with froyo, i will still need to move app from the phone’s diskspace to the SD card (only works for apps updated to work withfroyo)  . this is one bug that will hamper the app marketplace in android.

Phone build quality

feels sturdy, although loudspeakers do not sound as good as many outhers multimedia capable phones (Sony’s and iphone).

presence of a single dust speck in my desire, although not noticeable. but as a flagship model. thats bad.

since my o2 mini, i alway felt the HTC’s manufacturing quality is very irregular. Certain batches may be flawless, some may have minor non-functional requirements irritance (like a single dust speck under my screen).

Turn of tide

Enter Sony and Samsung.

both are east asian manufacturing giants. relatively weak in their consumer software product offering since they are not really IT companies. if given time to fine-tune their android  modding capabilities. Their offering of handset will probably be very impressive.

HTC Sense – Google’s right hand glove, weighted down by battery inefficiencies

The look and feel of IOS is definitely the selling point of the iphone. android was developed without the strong sense of gui usability. HTC sense has filled up the gap completely.

but despite the promising gui from sense. the extremely inefficient battery is a major disappointment, this is also true for any hsdpa capable phones, the high speed datalink is just really killing the battery.

Multi-tasking – a double edged sword for the battery

the more applications running in background, less battery. simple as that.  but with the openness of android, apps are available to maintain battery life (juice defender, advanced task killer), it hopefully might extend the battery life.

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