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Our Biggest Android Disappointment of 2010

We will have our bests of Android for 2010 next week including our Best Community Member of 2010 which we are currently polling via twitter. The worst though is so much easier to do for  some reason.

We’ve looked at some other sites and while we agree they were some bad turkeys out there, for us, considering the big picture from a user stand point, sales and marketing is hands down the Motorola Devour on Verizon Wireless.

Do you remember the excitement that was drawn up for the Motorola Devour. A quick google search will quickly remind you that around this time last year we were starting to hear the rumors about the Motorola Devour. Not only were their handset rumors but how about a rumor of a multi-million dollar Megan Fox studded Super Bowl commercial (can we say superbowl here)

Not only was the handset an overall disappointment but today Androidcommunity.com had this story which shows the Motorola update schedule and it seems they don’t care too much about the Devour either as it’s staying on Android 1.6

Here are our runners up:

– Sony Xperia X10 for rolling out umpteen months late in the United States and still on 1.6
– The Camangi Webstation. This the only “tablet” we were excited about after CES last year, BIG Disappointment
– Motorola Charm (not the Motorola Flip Out we like the flip out because of it’s unique form factor and almost front facing camera) The Motorola Charm was expected to be the unique Blackberryesque device but just like Blackberry the display sucks and the keyboard is well, not that great.
What was your worst for 2010?
– Bing being the default search engine on all non Droid branded Android devices on Verizon Wireless


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  1. Don’t kid yourself, if you are buying anything, your reasons are not important in justifying if you are a consumer or not. Not the average consumer perhaps, a consumer one way or another. I am not sure exactly what you are getting it. You are repeating what I said. “To be disappointed in a device, when there are alternatives that are on par or better is a waste of time.”

  2. Well, I’m sure you were referring to the rhetorical “nobody” because I would have cared, at least 😉 And I see myself as much more than a consumer. If I don’t like what the manufacturer did to the phone, I can usually mod it until it does what I want. With Android, you often have the option to not take it lying down.

  3. Again, not relevant. If the default search had been google and you were unable to change it, nobody would have thought twice or shed a tear. The great thing with android is carriers are free to tweak and customize their phones as they see fit. It is your job as the consumer to pick what is best for you. To be disappointed in a device, when there are alternatives that are on par or better is a waste of time.

  4. Yeah, and it’s just a default. It’s not like they didn’t give you the option to switch to Google if you really wanted to, right?

  5. My biggest disappointment would have tobe Motorola’s decision to lock down the bootloader on their new phones. They probably have the best hardware but I am done with them because of this. It is anti consumer and makes their phones more like an Apple product (locked down ui with no flexibility).

  6. I’m guessing Garminfone didn’t make the list because everyone who knew anything about Android at the time could tell it was crap from the beginning, right?

  7. “Bing being the default search engine on all non Droid branded Android devices on Verizon Wireless” Not relevant. Android is open to be modified. If a carrier decides to use Bing they can do that. Nothing at all wrong with it. That is the point of android from the root up.

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