Droid marketplace's dirty little secret

Discussion in 'HTC Droid Eris' started by acousticshade, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. acousticshade
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    OK, I love my droid eris, it's a great phone, BUT, it has crashed 4 or 5 times in the 2 months I've owned it. Every time it has happened, a hard reset was required to get my phone to even boot up. After reading numerous posts and talking to Verizon reps, I have the suspicion that apps or app upgrades are the cause.

    Since the droid marketplace is an 'open' dumping ground (for lack of a better phrase), there are numerous apps that are probably causing problems, but in most cases, there is no way to figure out if there is a problem until it is too late (unless there is a comment on a particular app).

    So it's downloader beware with no policing and no possible recourse for those of us who download a bad app. In other words, anarchy.

    In my opinion, Google and android, in their quest to advertise XX thousand apps and suck in unsuspecting users, have either overlooked this or turned a blind eye. Bad news to us droid owners.

    So, droid users, be careful. I would check to see if someone you know has had problems with an app before downloading it, unless you want to spend several hours resetting your phone. And Google/Android, the more times I have to reset my phone, the greater chance I will buy an iPhone next time around, even though I dislike that fruity red company.
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    Im swithching to an Iphone for this reason as well. I actually wish my Dell computer would only allow me to download "Dell approved" software as well so I couldnt get any bad programs. This whole "open source" thing is overrated. I:heart::iphone:
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    Not very many problems with my phone. I'm not always to selective when I download stuff. What I do though is download one or two things and if the phone starts bugging out then uninstall the recent downloads to figure out which one is the culprit.

    For me it has been all about being able to customize my phone how I like it. With the iPhone you can not do that. Heck my wife was not totally thrilled with the idea of the Droid since she wanted an iPhone. Once she got it and started using it she realized she liked it better then the iPhone too.
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    Wow. I think I'll take my technology without the fascism.
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    I make it a point not to go in and download everything that I can. I read comments and see if others have had issues. I'm fairly selective in what I download and only recommend to others to do the same.
    I wouldn't trade my android phone for nothing.
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    One big problem is that you might have 2 apps each of which would be great if the other app wasn't in the phone. But because they are together, they don't play nice.
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    Thats funny cause Ive got a droid, incredible and iphone.

    I can customize the iphone more than ANY of the other two phones.

    AND do it easier. People whine because the iphone isnt "open", and they say the droid is....

    Well, you have to root the droid in order to "customize" it, just like you have to jailbreak the iphone. The big difference is in order to customize the UI of the Android OS, you have to code. Which 95% of the people that own a droid cant do...so they wait until someone else does it.

    In order to customize the iphone's UI its almost merely a matter of directories and images.

    Anways, I could go on....I LOVE BOTH phones, I use the iphone for personal and the Droid for work. So dont think Im an Apple fanboy......I own both and believe I have a much more unbiased opinion because of that reason....unlike most people who own a droid and have never used an iphone but bash it anyways. Same as an iphone owner bashing a droid when they have no experience with it.

    In short....here are basically all the differences you get with Android and their so called "open" platform:

    1. Can change your homescreen wallpaper on a stock OS.

    2. Can change you icons (using something like bettercut).

    3. Few applications that actually add nice functionality to the phone....which wouldnt be allowed in the Appstore.

    4. A TON of horribly crappy apps due to the fact that nothing is policed in the Market. I think the Market lacks alot of good apps due to that fact.
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    I had an iPhone and they crash as well... not to mention you can't change anything hardly... want a different sms tone for each contact... nope (at least not when I left a few months ago) you can't even ADD sms tones!!! Funny that SJ thinks android is just for porn considering I haven't and don't think I need to ever use a 3-5in screen for that... I'm sorry but I'd rather have the choice to use and view the things I want...
    In Soviet Russia iPhone apps you!

    oh and lets no forget there are a TON of App Store apps that are useless junk apps as well... how many iLighters do I need? Ultimately its your responsibility to choose what apps you need and android gives you that ability you just have to READ the comments on apps... I've passed up on several apps because the comments were bad only to find cheaper or even free apps with outstanding support and reputations...
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    ^I wouldnt say you cant hardly change anything....JUST because of sms tones, lol. However, yeah you can change those too.

    It all bowls down to the user and what he/she wants. Neither phone is better than the other, just different.
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    the android market may have lots of crappy apps but at least there isn't someone sitting at google deciding what apps are appropriate for me. Im a big boy i dont need apple deciding whats appropriate for me and whats not.
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    ^Like I said....it all depends on the user. Most of the stuff that gets denied on the appstore are either...

    Crap
    Useless
    Cool - and ends up being released for jailbroken phones anyways, so it doesnt really matter.

    There is absolutely nothing I can do with my droid I cant do with the iphone, however there are things I can do with the iphone, that the droid wont do.

    I use and love both phones, I do however get tired of 1 sided arguments from people.
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    The one thing I find wrong with the iphone is it's an apple product.
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    ^Lol, why? The company, software or hardware?

    I happen to think hardware wise, Apple products have a much nicer "fit and finish", Ive also never had a major issue with an Apple product, between ipods, iphones, Macbooks and such. Plus the warranty is much better, 1 year standard on all products where you can (if close enough) walk into a store for an issue.

    Ive swapped my droid twice now since getting it for hardware failures.

    The software isnt for everyone, I happen to like OSX much better than Winbox....but thats me, all depends on the user. OSX is much more optimized and worry free (with regards to viruses and spam) than Win.

    I dont agree with some of the business practices and decisions of Apple....the "short leash" they keep on everything, but thats always been Apple.

    They must be doing something right however, being the only company in the US with 0 debt and always hugely increasing profit margins.
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    D.) All the above.


    Never had a use for anything apple.
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    ^Well there must be an actual reason.

    Thats like saying I hate Toyota....ummm, just because.

    Not trying to be an ass.....just curious.
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    One thing is AutoCAD will not run on the OS.
    I use Cad for work, no Cad, no use for it.
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    ^Haha, well now we're getting somewhere.

    PS- You actually could run autocad in OSX.....if you wanted/needed too.
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    I love it! A guy coming into a Droid forum trying to talk up the iphone, not the best idea. Also, did he say that the iphone is just as open as Android maybe more so?? I don't think so pal. And one more thing, just because apple "regulates" the market doesn't mean that ish doesn't get through. 95% of that market is more worthless 25% of the Android market, I mean, how many fart apps do you need?
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    Dude, you are jaded. I had an iPhone before This and it crashed all the time. Yeah, I could take it to the Apple store, 50 miles away and wait for hours for help. That was a huge bonus. WTF are you smoking? I could only change the hime screen, then once I unlocked the device I had the same stupid black screen as everyone else. I guess if I wanted to sit there and look at my lock screen I can see what you are talking about. I actually don't believe you own any of the Android devices.

    Oh, and by the way, I have had my Droid since November and not a single crash. What kind of crash are you talking about. I don't want to "pile on" here, but you are not making any sense to me.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    cpju sounds like a fanboi in disguise, there are a lot of things you can do with the droid you cant do with the iphone. real time widgets, multi tasking, live backgrounds, fully customized ui, wifi tether, how about ummmm flash? emulators? free turn by turn navi? i can go on and on, i use a touch now, as iphone is lame.

    I use appaware, to see whats popular, then I download from there.
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