Originally Posted by Corrections
So in the last 2.5 years that Android 3.0 has existed, you've gone through half a dozen different tablets? And you cite this as an example of how great Android tablets are? This is a curious argument to make. A tablet should last at least a year or two. Why are yours needing replacement every few months, because they are so great?
As for your ebay claim about the Xoom II selling used for the same price as new: bullshit. In current auctions, a 16GB 10.1 WiFi Xoom 2 new is $698 and a used one is asking $250. This is a model that's less than a year and a half old.
The Xoom was so underwhelming throughout 2011 that Google went to Asus to pop out the Nexus 7 in 2012.
And Google isn't even rolling out last year's Android 4.1 to most Xoom models, let alone the latest 4.2 jelly bean.
Oh, I have the LTE version, forgot to mention that, it holds it's value. I buy a new tablet every 6 months regardless of the state it's in, I sell them for 100 - 150 less then I paid for them and for the same price as one tablet I can have 4 in two years. Some tablets like the Samsung 7.7 were sold for the same price as I bought it, I buy tech from the US which is always cheaper then in Switzerland. I have an addiction to tech, I don't do it because there was a problem with the device. I did keep the Xoom II though as it's one of the best tablets I have ever owned.
I never, ever, use the default Android install for any of my tablets. I always use a small footprint ROM, the one I'm using now only uses 96MB of space, Android 4.2.2, has telephone and SMS functionality and is extremely quick(overclocked CPU & GPU with only 5% reduction in battery). The notion that only geeks do custom ROM because it's difficult is no longer an issue. There are now apps that install custom recovery software within the OS making it as easy as downloading a ROM, navigating to the download directory, selecting the ROM, clicking install, reboot. XDA has everything you need, it's fun, makes your tablet really fast and you'll always have the newest Android version. They make Android 4.2.2 ROM's for the 2009 HTC HD2 which was originally a Windows 6.5 so you can imagine that your devices will have support for at least 5 years. Even more extreme, do you have the original Android phone, HTC G1, no problem. Android 4.1.1 is available now with 4.2 to be released soon. This notion of once you go Android you will be stuck with the same version for all eternity is bogus.
Yes this isn't for everybody(requires a little tinkering), yes everyone on this forum will probably be better off with an iOS device but some of us still like Android regardless of your hatred. When I'm tired of Android I will probably install Ubuntu Touch, maybe Arch Linux, maybe Tizen, if it runs on ARM I can install it. By the way I feel the same way about iOS, Windows 8, Linux, Unix(Solaris, Irix, AIX, HP-UX, OSX), Amiga, RiscOS, BeOS, OpenVMS, I love OS's, I have never used an OS that I didn't appreciate or couldn't use, well maybe Windows ME but even that had it's uses. You might like one better then the other which is cool, but if you say you absolutely hate one then you just don't know how to use it or most likely never used it.
Edited by Relic - 6/19/13 at 2:21pm