Weird Badges of Honor I Have Known

June 30th, 2010  |  Published in etc  |  3 Comments

This isn’t about nitpicking; it’s just to underline that Android phones are best suited for technically proficient high-end users who don’t mind poking around online to get past the hiccups.

David Pogue on the new Droid’s nits

Pogue’s review makes the Droid X sound pretty good, and the nits he’s picking sound annoying, but less about things only “technically proficient high-end users” can somehow deal with than things that sound like annoyances to anybody. His nits aren’t technical hurdles you need mad skills to cope with. They’re bugs. They’re things that do not work as they should, or are inconvenient, or that don’t make any sense no matter your proficiency level with consumer electronics.

I’m bothered by the conflation of technical proficiency with willingness to put up with crap that doesn’t work the way it should. The only advantage technical proficiency confers in those cases comes in the form of knowing with absolute conviction that the device and its idiot designers are wrong, and you are not.

Apropos Android phones, I’m supposed to be getting one to use for an IM app review some time this week. I don’t know which model, so I’m not excited yet. It sounds like Android phones really vary in quality. Having not used Android for more than five minutes ever, I’m very curious.


  1. David says:

    July 1st, 2010 at 4:54 am (#)

    good point. And, I’m afraid I have to agree with Mr. Pogue, there are many things about Android and its apps that obviously need kinks worked out. And, I suppose there is something to be said that the more technically proficient, the more we’ll put up with things. But they are distinct traits. :)

  2. Sam says:

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:49 pm (#)

    I get confused when I read stuff like this from you, Michael. When you bring up your reasonable point about buggy stuff, you bring it up in the context of Android, which you later admit is something you’re not familiar with. Perhaps unintentionally, this juxtaposition implies (or I, as someone who knows you to whatever degree, infer) that said bugs aren’t present in devices made by your personal favorite company. I can speak from personal experience that they definitely are.

  3. mph says:

    July 2nd, 2010 at 5:10 pm (#)

    I think you missed the point of the post, Sam.

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