Originally Posted by 951socal
Ya its the older 2.3 version no flash player like the newer 3.0 phones
Don't get me wrong the phone functions great its that this os just fails to live up to the hpe like most things. The best way I can put it is that it was marketed as an "iphone killer" and rated as such by all these tech shows and pc magazines when in reality its just a cheap knockoff of the ios/app store google rushed out.
To get simple features like wifi tethering and to change the skins on widgets I had to get root accsess, something simple in linux right? Well you void the warranty of the phone and break just about every TOS agreement that came with it.
Essentially being thrown into what they consider pirates (root phone torrent paid apps and install or torrent leaked paid apps and install) when you want to use a feature the old palm pres had well over 3 years ago.
I don't know if forcing users to root their phones is a gimick to skirt warranty laws/ void any agreements a salesman pushed whilst comparing it to the superior products (apple and windows) or just another backwards aspect of the cluster fuck of an operating system referred to as android.
There are no 3.0 phones--it's their tablet OS. 2.3(.3?) is the latest smartphone version. It does have a flash player. Generally, the manufacturer provides a video player that can play most video files. Using a task killer (and probably a ton of crap like widgets) is killing your battery life; Android "keeps" things in memory to improve performance.
Rooting your phone to access tethering (thus violating your TOS agreement) is only necessary if you don't wish to pay for tethering on your carrier. You have to do the same thing on the iPhone (jailbreak, break TOS agreement, void warranty) if you want to "steal" (I use that term loosely) tethering ability. You don't "have" to root your phone to access the features that you don't "have" to have. You will have to pay for tethering or "pirate" your phone, even with "superior" products like WP7 and iOS. Also, if you attempt to obtain tethering illicitly on the iPhone on AT&T, AT&T has made it clear that they will kindly bump up your monthly rate $20 into the "iPhone data with tethering" plan. So far, AT&T has not complained about me using my phone's 3G for light surfing, from time to time.
Installing pirated apps is piracy. Complaining about it being "necessary" is disingenuous. I rooted my phone and obtained free tethering from a number of different free and legally obtained apps before getting one cooked into a ROM (from a European version of the software for my phone). If you're stealing torrented, illegally obtained apps, you are most likely violating the law; there is no need to steal anything for any of the features you've listed. Free solutions exit for both video playback and tethering, some of which do not require you to violate your TOS agreement.
iPhones are only a single performance category (high), as are most Windows phones. Android spans a range from free to premium. If you get a cheap phone, you'll get shit performance. A bit of cursory research is enough to steer you in the right direction (after all, it's likely a ~$200 down, 2-year contract valued at at least $1200---why would you listen to what a salesperson is trying to sell you without doing your own research?). If you think Android is bad, good luck with a WP7 device in terms of "support", "stability" and "superiority".