For every story like that guy's mom's Charge, there are 10 more stories about how some techno-crippled mom/grandma/sister/etc has had their Droid for a year or more and love every second without issue.
The problem isn't so much UI consistency, but it does affect stability when they cake on the candy with these thick UI shells.
The good news? ICS is changing that. They are learning.
Case in point. My boss (while an IT manager) isn't super slick with phones. He has had his work Blackberry and a Samsung "flip phone" for years - never a real smart phone. He came to me a month or two back - asking what I would recommend for a smartphone. As always, I told him that I had an Android robot for a bed fellow and that is where my expertise lay. He said he understood, and wanted to know what I thought. I told him that regardless of iOS or Android, he needed to wait because the iPhone 5 (or so we thought) and the Nexus Prime were coming - and he'll have to suck it up for 2 years if he bought now. I explained to him that the Bionic was probably a solid current choice, that my sources (Womp) told me the latest Motoblur was actually decent on his X. I warned him again about jumping the gun when we knew of at least two or three amazing phones coming.
He jumped on the Bionic.
Today we had our bi-monthly "one on one" and after, we waxed about the phone. HE LOVES IT. No issues. No crashes. Full day battery life no problem. LOVES it. The integration to Google blows him away. I picked at him, looking for "negatives" to report back - he said that playing Scrabble with his girlfriend online seems to take a toll on the battery. So - he's been at it a couple of months now - no problems. Talks about how speedy and snappy it is.
Shrug - so there you go.
Why? Why not try a phone on AT&T that might not drop calls when you hold it wrong? Why not jump to Verizon on an Android phone? See, you don't have what I would call reasonable reasons for going with an iPhone. It's like my sister in law - a beautiful woman - that ended up tattoing herself (grotesquely I might add) because (according to my wife) .. "She's always wanted tattoos". They don't even MEAN anything. Just random crap.
People connect with the brand name. Why? Because it's popular and vogue. Snake Oil Steve has sold the community a bill of goods - and no one has bother to check the receipt ...
Again, not true. You have varying CONFIGURATIONS of hardware (screen, size, buttons) but three (four if you count "none" as an option) shells atop the OS. Many people LOVE THAT SHIT too ... Sense is all about social networking ... goddamn Facebook widgets, People widgets all over the place ... sickens me.Now let's look at the Android ecosystem. There's hundreds if not thousands of different flavors of Android phones and tablets, and about 30 different variations of Android depending on who your carrier is and depending on who your phone or tablet maker is. I have been curious to see how you Android guys live, but whenever I look at Android phones, I'm thinking, "I'm absolutely confused, and I'm not even invested in the Android ecosystem!"
If you ask me that right now, I'll tell you "wait for an ICS device". Phone and tablet. Otherwise, do a tad bit of research on Motoblur, Sense and Touchwiz - see what meets your lifestyle the best. I personally think that Touchwiz (Samsung) has the best overall candy shell. Remember, you aren't locked into jack squat. If ANYTHING about the phone pisses you off, you have recourse. Shit man, you have to live with that sucker for 2 years - what is a couple hours dropping CM7 or another custom ROM on there if you are truly unable to find a launcher replacement? With Apple, if something pisses you off, you wait two years for them to steal it from Android and put it inSo Shane, maybe on an upcoming show you can explain (in terms that the Droid curious can understand) what exactly to look for in a Droid phone or a Droid tablet, and cut thru all the cruft that is out there on Android product information.
Seriously, though - listen to the Fire PSR eps. See what you think.