I love phones. I love tablets. I love anything that runs Android, at least as long as the amount of time it takes me to hate whatever "it" is due to poor design, lackluster specifications, or bullshit software customization that can't easily be avoided. The passion that I have for this mobile OS and the ecosystem behind it is very strong, and I know that if you're reading this, there is a good chance that you feel the same way.
I am comfortable in saying that I do not have a bias towards any one OEM. I've had a small amount of devices compared to some of you, but they have all been from different companies and suffice to say they all had some really good things about them without their lack of things I hated. The point is, I feel like every single new device is a chance for redemption. So, to put things another way, I won't ever say that Samsung makes shitty phones because the Intercept I owned for about 10 minutes was slower than...everything, or that LG makes shitty phones because the Optimus V I had only sported a 320x480 resolution screen. Market trends change, OEMs try new things, and if I put myself into a box like that, I'll only be hurting myself. With all that in mind, I should be able to stay happier than a pig in shit no matter what I'm using, as long as it can do what I need it to do, right?
Motorola has shown me that even without the unnecessary bias, I can still get just as disappointed in a manufacturer and find myself leaning towards swearing them off for good. The Moto X was supposed to take over the world. Android's version of the iPhone. Beautiful design only enhanced by customization, Specs that, while not top of the line, will handle anything you throw at it, not even taking into account Motorola's unique processor technology which really helps things like battery life and software optimization. Don't even get me started on how excited I am (was?) about the Active Notifcations and Moto Assist.
But, just like every other manufacturer, they fucked it up. Exclusivity on certain models and features, a staggered release, and an unjustifiable price point has ruined any chance of the Moto X taking on the mass appeal that was expected. Watching this play out, as someone who while staying neutral is a big fan of Motorola, is very disappointing. It makes me angry. Why Motorola has insisted on ruining what could have been something so big and so great is beyond me. I can't come up with any reason as to how these practices are justified.
So, all of that being said, maybe there's something to this whole OEM bias thing. I am beginning to feel like I set myself up for so much more disappointment by not being a hater.
What do you think?