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2011-05-30

A checklist for Android manufacturers

Chris Ziegler’s post “Why do I keep coming back to the Nexus S?” is actually more of a checklist that he’d like Android manufactures to adhere to:
  • Don’t launch a buzzword feature until it’s more than just a buzzword.
  • Don’t launch a product with obvious problems, even if you plan on fixing them down the road with a patch.
  • Keep it simple. Favor quality over functionality.
  • Don’t be fooled into believing that you can’t differentiate in meaningful ways through industrial design alone.
  • Trumpet your commitment to Google’s 18-month upgrade policy at every opportunity.
If I had to buy an Android phone right now, the Nexus S would be a prime candidate, because you have vanilla Android and will get updates for a long time. HTC’s recent move to make rooting easier also has made their phones more attractive to me.

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