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Android Advantage

Yes I go back and forth on the advantages and disadvantages of Android. You have to give me credit on one thing, I’m not a fan boy.

One of the problems I have with my Evo 4G is the generally buggy nature of the included software. Android 2.2 had a lot of troubles with their media layer that were finally sorted out around the release of 2.2.1. The main problem is HTC hasn’t released an update with the new version of Android yet so audio I’ve left paused for a long time is likely to start from the beginning again when I press the play button. This along with a bug that impairs my phones Exchange syncing capabilities (it can’t properly sync with my work’s calendar most of the time and when the calendar sync fails it refuses to sync e-mail as well) has left me rather agitated with Android.

Thankfully Android is an open source operating system and hence anybody is free to roll their own version. Personally I’m far too lazy to do such a thing so I rely on others. For the last several days I’ve been running Cyanogenmod on my phone and frankly it fixes all the issues I’ve had with my phone.

The downside is I lose the ability to use 4G (which I rarely use due to it being a power hog) and HDMI out (which I’ve never used and don’t even have a cable for). Those features will most likely come in a future release so I’m not worried and keep a backup of my old ROM for instances where I need those features. What I like is the fact the features I use on a more daily basis (Last.fm, Pandora, and Exchange synchronization) all work perfectly now.

When people say Android is open this is what they mean. Of course you need to have a NAND unlocked phone in order to install a different ROM so you’re likely limited to more popular phones (as those are the ones hackers work on rooting and unlocking NAND on). Even with that restriction in place the fact of the matter is if you don’t like your current ROM you can swap it out on a lot of phones.

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Written by Christopher Burg

November 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

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