Sony love…

Despite this week’s PR disaster for Sony Ericsson, their new Android phone (due out soon) looks fantastic:

Personally, I am convinced that Sony Ericsson makes the best Android phones available, bar none. e.g. although many people prefer the X10 full size, I still think the Xperia X10 Mini is one of the best phones I’ve ever used (modulo some terrible software, because Sony can *never* seem to get software right).

As a consumer, I love it – it’s almost perfect (I just wish it had a high-quality camera, instead of a pre-iPhone quality camera).

As a developer, I’m frequently impressed by just how much it packs into a tiny form-factor. Every time I think “ah, crap – this isn’t going to work on the Mini”, I’m pleasantly surprised.

Apart from one thing, of course … Sony’s refusal to ever support current versions of Android OS.

2 replies on “Sony love…”

Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but if you buy even one more Sony/Ericcson Android phone given the shafting they have already given you, then not only do you deserve what you get on the developer side, but you, sir, are a part of the problem. Sony is adopting the Detroit-style planned obsolescence model, and if you buy or promote their stuff anyway you are justifying their decision. That makes you, as an enabler, just as responsible for their misbehavior as they are. Seriously. Think about it. It’s not like there aren’t any alternatives out there!

That’s a fair point.

I’ve got an excuse though – we do Android development for clients, so I need a variety of popular phones at all times for testing, and for designing new apps.

I probably switch phone once every 1-2 months, so i get a good feel for each of them.

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