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I know that Verizon has been doing this for quite some time. The fact is that the carriers have very little profit margin and upsell over the iPhone so for them, the Android is a very good deal.
This does not surprise me at all. Wouldn't make me happy if I were an iPhone enthusiast though. Sucks to be them.
1 year, 4 months ago on AT&T Reps Instructed to Sell Anything But iPhone
if you really don't care about Windows phones, you wouldn't bother writing an article about it.
1 year, 6 months ago on You Know You Love Android So Here's 101 Reasons Not To Care About Windows Phone
I am. I can't bring myself to pay $200-$300 for a phone so I'll sit out the Galaxy III party. A lot of what I used to do I on my phone, I now use my Kindle Fire for. I'll also still have my DInc around for odd jobs as well.
1 year, 6 months ago on Verizon's HTC Incredible 4G LTE Will Come With $50 Rebate
I won't care if the price is right. I'd happily buy a Droid Incredible But It's Not a One 4G LTE phone for $99!
1 year, 7 months ago on Verizon DROID Incredible 4G LTE Is Denied The "One" Label
I'm hoping this will force the Verizon HTC Incredible 4G LTE down to around $99 since it's not as well stocked as the HTC One X. That would be sweet.
1 year, 7 months ago on AT&T HTC One X Drops To $150 On Amazon, Good For New Lines And Upgrades
1. The desire to provide more waterproof and idiot proof devices. If you can't open it, you can't mess up the innards and can't expose it to the elements.
2. The desire to tie you into cloud based services for music and video.
1 year, 7 months ago on Why Has Flash Storage In Mobile Devices Plateaued?
No. I have zero regrets. It was all of $199. Pocket change. I have already gotten way more than $199 of value out of it. The things that you've mentioned don't add up to $50 worth of additional value in the Samsung over what I have already.
As for the Amazon apps, all of those apps are on my Kindle came ready to use, no fishing around the online store or God forbid xda needed. Getting the Amazon video player on and working on a phone or tablet, especially a rooted one, is a pain. I know. I've done it. Just that grief alone is worth more than $50 of my time. As Googlelover mentioned, the lending library is exclusive to Kindle devices and there are some interactive magazines that also have no plain Android tablet analog (Wired, among them).
Now, I have nothing against "pure" Android. My HTC Incredible phone is running Cyanogen 7.2 RC1 and I'm going to give AOKP a whirl over the weekend. But I have all that fun stuff on my phone, so I really didn't need it all again on a tablet. I was happy to just get a cheap tablet that is a good read/play/watch device. The fact that Google and Samsung arecoming late to the party with affordable tablets with compelling content is their loss.
Again, I'll believe that this Samsung $240 tablet was a great idea when I see this tablet capture back the >50% of the Android tablet market that Amazon has right now. Write back to me when that happens.
1 year, 7 months ago on Samsung Wants You To Know The Tab 2 7" Is Better Than The Kindle Fire
What this shows is specs. Most of the market, save for the technophiles, does not care about specs.
What they care about is content.
For $50 more, does the Samsung have access to more content (music, movies, television programming, magazines, books, apps) than Amazon?
For instance, this past week, I watched some old episodes of The West Wing, a season of The Wire and read, for free with my Prime membership a loaned copy the Amazon lending library, The Hunger Games. Can Samsung meet or beat that?