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10 Things I Hate About Android Smart Phones

After doing a nice little hit piece on the 10 things I hate about BlackBerry, it's time for me to do one on Android. While I struggled a bit coming up with flaws on the BlackBerry, I didn't have much of a hard time with this list. Just a quick overview, Android is the new OS on the smart phone block. It's very flashy and flamboyant. Android is a highly customizable platform and the main competitor to Apple's iPhone and iOS. Google's brainchild has reached mainstream status penetrating into the top 3 smartphone OS. Some people would say, being popular doesn't always make it good. Case in point: Justin Bieber. Because Android has made its way to one of the top 3 smartphone platforms, people are bound to have opinions. People love to hear the pros but lets take a minute and look at the cons.


Android's growth is remarkable. In just a year, they went from 15% market share to over 25%. I was even a part of that statistic last year when I owned an Android smartphone.

1. Freezing/Force Close

No time to waste, lets get started. The first thing I hate about Android is the constant freezing and “Force Close”. Whenever an app freezes up or doesn't respond, you are prompted to force close the app. I wish I could say my experience was an isolated incident but it's not. Just by browsing some Android forums, you will read of many annoying incidents of force close. Even though Android is based on Linux, it feels more like a smartphone version of Windows Vista. Always crashing and freezing.

2. Terrible Keyboard

The stock Android keyboard is terrible. I know there are plenty of better soft keyboards out there. One of my favorites is Swype. Why can't the standard keyboard be good? The soft keyboard on Apple's iPhone is much better than Android's. The predictive text on the stock Android keyboard is terrible. The point of using a soft keyboard with predictive text is so you don't have to go back and fix all the jumbled words.

3. Fragmentation

One of the more serious problems with Android is their fragmented platform. Most apps depend on a newer version of Android which means you either have to upgrade your OS or buy a newer phone. Since most carriers take their time to release an upgrade, you are left behind while newer phones enjoy these cool apps. I suspect most carriers delay their upgrades in order to provoke people to buy newer phones. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised. Besides the different versions of Android, you also have manufacturer specific skins on top of Android. HTC has SenseUI, Samsung has TouchWiz, and Motorola has MotoBlur. Each manufacturer takes Android and turns it into their own unique version. This makes the experience on each device different. The result? Fragmentation.

4. Accept/Reject Meetings

Accepting meeting requests on BlackBerry is simple. After you get an invitation, you can either accept or reject it. This is a problem on some Android phones but not all. I don't want to dwell on #3 but this is another example of fragmentation. For me, the problem was specific.

5. Poor UI

The next problem I have with Android is its user interface. At first, I thought it was great. It felt like having a little computer in your hand. After using it for a while, I had a chance to objectively look at it. I found it to be very counter intuitive. After a while, it did become like a computer. I would often times have icons littered across my home screens. It reminded me of saving all your files to the desktop and quickly seeing lots of “trash” that needed to be cleaned. After I cleaned it, they were still unorganized in the huge menu. One could say that's my own fault and it may be so. Lets move on. Lots of Android apps function differently. When you hit the “back” button, you would expect to go to the previous screen. Keep hitting back and each app acts differently. Did the application close? Some apps will close when you hit back all the way but not all. Now you have to open up a task killer to see if this app is closed or not. Each app behaves differently from the back button and also the menu button. Each settings for each app is different so there is nothing intuitive or uniform about the UI.

6. Memory Hogging Widgets

Part of the reason I think Android has poor UI is widgets. Widgets are like micro apps that run on the “desktop” of Android. These widgets are memory hogs and they add to Android's messy interface. Lots of apps comes with widgets that you can put on your home screens. Android has some preloaded and HTC has many SenseUI widgets. These widgets are like early HTML pages. When the web was in its infancy, many people thought it was cool to build webpages with flashing text and neon colors. That's how I describe Android widgets. Some are plain, some are functional, some are ugly and some are just stupid. All of these widgets look out of place unless you follow a strict color scheme. Even then, consistency is still hard to achieve unless you have a theme. I used to have tons of widgets on my home screen until I found out they bogged my phone down, it was almost unusable. Widgets may be cool for computers but for now, they suck for phones.

7. Awful Battery Life

Probably my biggest complaint with Android is its terrible battery life. It's pretty consistent across all manufacturers. When I had an Android phone, I would be lucky to get a full day's use out of it. I had to buy extra chargers for work and the car just to trickle in a few watt hours into these little lithiums. 8 hours of use is common. I would pull my phone hot off the charge at 10AM and it would be red by 6pm. What good is a huge touch screen and all these smartphone luxuries when I have to turn off WiFi every time I leave my home? Why do I have to turn my brightness down just to squeeze in an extra hour? Why do I have to get a task killer and babysit these background apps? Probably the biggest question that comes to mind is why do companies make these awesome smartphones and put tiny batteries in them? All touch screen smartphones should have at least a 2Ah(2000mAh) battery. At LEAST! Most smartphones have at the most, a 1500 mAh battery which is pitiful considering they're powering GHz speed smartphones. Those that say their Android's battery life is fine is kidding themselves. No one should expect 8 hour of real-world usage. A smartphone should last at least a full business day. Each person has their own requirements but suffices to say, 8 hours was not good enough for me.

8. Feels Sluggish On Good Hardware

Speaking of GHz speed processors, I still feel new Android phones aren't living up to their spec sheets. Back when 528MHz processors were the standard, we should be thankful we have 1 GHz processors. The problem is things still feel sluggish with 1GHz Snapdragons, Hummingbirds, OMAP's, and whatever the new Arm A1000 architect they've released. I love watching countless 'iPhone 4 vs Latest Android” videos. The iPhone often holds its own with weaker hardware. I'm not an iDrone by any means. I don't even own an Apple product. However, I can appreciate Apple optimizing their software with their hardware. This means many Android phones feel sluggish with good hardware. Yes, the new breed of GHz speed processors are fast but I always detect a hint of stutter here and there that bothers me like a hangnail.

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9. Shady App Opt-ins

Most third-party Android apps have a weird opt-in that requires you to give up your privacy. These apps often get access to your data and location. Why does a third-party app need to know where I'm located? The problem is you cannot install these apps without giving them access. After a while, it becomes so common, you don't even think about it anymore. Click next, next, accept, install. You want access to my GPS location? Sure! Why not...

10. Illusion Of Being Open

One of the bigger things I don't like about Android is the illusion of open. Android is free and open-source. The phone carriers and manufacturers lock down the OS. This isn't exactly a new thing. RIM and Apple do it too but it's not a secret. When they install preloaded apps like SprintNav, VZ Navigator, and other bloatware, its not a surprise. With Android, I can't remove this bloatware unless I root my phone. Rooting is Android's equivalent to jailbreaking an iPhone. In Linux talk, getting “root” access means getting administrative access. Think sudo. For example, I can't install software unless I am root. This requires me to type in a password. Back to Android. They market themselves as being free and open but that is only half the story. In order to get root access, you'll need to perform risky ROM flashing that may brick your phone if not done properly. I had to root my Android in order to get a flashlight app to work because it needed root access to control the LED flash. The procedure was easy to follow but it can be intimidating for newbies. Because Android is so “open”, cell phone carriers are capable of modifying and locking it down. Don't believe me? Look at AT&T's first Android device, the Motorola Backflip. They modified Android's default Google search and replaced it with Yahoo! search. I'm sure you can think of other examples. The point is, if Android is so open, why do I have to Flash a different ROM in order to get administrative access? Last time I checked, I purchased an “opened” phone. That's their illusion. Their marketing. Sure the platform is inherently open but the carriers lock it down. By the time it gets into your pocket(literally), it's closed. Don't like having a Vcast app? Too bad.

Final Thoughts

These are the 10 things I hate about Android. While some are more serious than others, I think it's a good thing to evaluate the flaws before we, as consumers, make expensive purchase decisions. No platform is perfect and I don't claim that. I wrote this in order to inform consumers and possible fanboys that Android is not perfect either. Lots of people develop an emotional attachment to their phones in which they'll defend it with prejudice. While being popular doesn't mean it's good, I cannot deny the huge impact Android has on smartphones. I hope they work hard to improve their platform for consumers. Enough about what I think. What do you hate about Android?


I still hate it.

Update #2:

It's late 2013 and I decided to give it another shot.


Michael on July 05, 2019:

This article is misguided. Android battery life blows apple out of the water, there is no debate there. And yes, if you get a budget android, the performance won't be that great. But iphones are around $1000. They perform great, but are obscenely overpriced. Pay half that for a real flagship android and it will, yet again, take a FAT dump on iPhone. I use a pixel 2 xl after having an iPhone XR and for $350, and older than the XR, it is so much better.

Adam on January 30, 2019:

i have an LG fortune (android) i hate it to no end because of everything here. Super bad camera too

KAREN BELL on February 05, 2018:




Huen on October 14, 2016:

go for iphone its way better if you have a problem with mp3 just download google music and store your music on it in the cloud and listen to it without needing a copy on your phone. Its 2016 now why need to literally store all your music on devices when you can just store it one time on google's free music cloud storage up to 15 gigs I think then just listen to all your devices. As for apple iphones they just work, no need to worry about fragmentation man I downloaded apps for my nexus 7 only to find they didnt work. stupid Android is not refined. Android is laggy and your paying premuim prices on sub premium products now. The author hit it bang on with hardware even if some android devices on paper outshines the iphone but optimization and good design from apple actually in real life scenarios out performs android. With a self proclaimed and android fanboy support that samsung is premium producer with their exploding phones proves they are sub premium but u pay premium price. just go iphone and it will just work great out of the box and no crashing issues no headaches. Oh and they dont explode and kill you.....literally.

Dr. Shtick on January 25, 2014:

Since apple had sued Samsung numerous times for various things it doesn't really surprise me that my Galaxy's keyboard can't autocorrect. I preferred the autocorrect the iPhone had, but other than it being simple enough for an old person to use I definitely prefer my galaxy. As for the battery life, close your apps and clear your ram when you're done using crap. When you're done using your PC do you open fifteen browsers and just minimize them? Close that crap. My battery life lasts just as long as an iPhone. You just have to take care of these things. Iphones are annoying. You can call, text, and browse the internet. Big deal. Can you click on an application and have it open up like it should? Probably not. Big flaw. I'd rather not have to DL another app just to store an mp3. OR you could just dish out that .99 cents every time you hear a song you want and pay iTunes. Only morons buy that crap. Free vs Pay.

Adroit Alien (author) on January 24, 2014:

I've written an update on my opinions liked above. Keyboard IMO still sucks. Stability has improved. Forced closed is still an issue(YouTube app) on my Nexus 7. One thing that needs to be on this list is security. The NSA front aka Google is great for security. Just not yours.

Nick on January 17, 2014:

When was this written?! Most of these reasons are n/a at this point. Samsung/Google both have great keyboards, force closes are a thing of the past (mostly), Sluggish!? really? I have iPhone 5S, MotoX, and GS4 and all are great performers. The iPhone actually has more app crashes than the other two (looking at you Safari...) Don't get me wrong, love all 3 devices, but things like keyboard and stability are now strengths of Android.

URDRWHO on January 14, 2014:

Android? Try deleting the frequently called list in Jelly Bean. There used to be an App to do it but Jelly Bean no longer works with the remove frequently called list.

Far too many times I've touched a name and it went into auto dial then the number is added to frequently called list.

Adroit Alien (author) on January 10, 2014:

You own probably the only Android I would touch. The Maxx HD is in a class of it's own with it's awesome battery. Too bad other manufacturers don't put battery life as a priority. Anyways, I now own a Q10 and it's better than any Droid I've played with. I've dabbled back to Android with the Nexus 7 and it was junk. Like you said, a toy when you're "bored at work." Well, when I needed it to be a tool, it couldn't cut it. Reliablity was terrible. Force closed on critical tasks. And that shitty Android keyboard. I had to buy switftkey tablet version and even that couldn't cut it. My friend's Z10's keyboard blows any Android keyboard out of the water. After that, I reached for my BlackBerry. A real tool.

Freakshow on January 09, 2014:

I wish the Symbian OS was the major OS instead of Android. Faster, smoother, less errors, more implementations.

This list, imo, is the worst of the worst, and you don't necessarily have all these problems at once, or at least not every day haha.

HmAboutThat on January 06, 2014:

Phew, I couldn't create a username fast enough so I could vent my two cents on this subject. First off, I want to say that I am a working professional that uses my phone for all necessary needs (including emails and calendar updates) and for the occasional "I'm at work bored as hell, so I'm going to play a game" whim. I have had every kind of phone that you can think of, and I have done just about everything you can do with each of them. The Android OS is the best. If you do not believe so, then you haven't quite figured out the OS. It's not the most simplistic OS (ie Apple), so you have to do a little digging. I own the Droid Razr Maxx HD and have had this phone since the day it came out. If you have performance issues with this phone, then you need to get a Surface Pro 2. My battery lasts forever, and I am constantly e-mailing for work, texting friends, playing high definition/computing games, and sending inappropriate snap chats. Yes, on some instances the phone force closes an app, big deal! If you have ever been around computers, then you know that’s a part of it! Apple phones do it, Windows phones do it (A LOT), as well as Android. I don’t place BlackBerry in this race because, well its BlackBerry. My colleague, who owned a BlackBerry, couldn’t keep his hands off my phone. Key word of that last sentence, OWNED. A couple days of playing around with my phone had him beating the door down at Verizon. If you are serious about purchasing a windows phone, then be prepared for a boring and lonely phone. Even if you find an app that you like, no one else will be playing it so have fun! Apple is Apple. I can see them now, “Hey lets change the color of the phone and call it the iPhone192838293723 color! – Did you change anything internally? – Nope – Excellent!”, so enjoy your overpriced obsolete in two months paperweight.

malek on January 04, 2014:

I started off android with a samsung galaxy s2. it was fine had it for a year. then moved onto a iphone 4s they where both obviously worlds apart.

here's what i thought out the box s2 was quick as hell then bam 2 weeks in its like a cars turbo died out and it was at 'meh' speed. the 4s was consistent on whilst switching them both on the 4s took long but it felt like you where turining something important on whilst samsung tried to woo people with sparkles and sound.

Over the years i have seen lots of people carrying ipod touches and iphones with the chunks of it gone or screen shattered this is not because iphones are crap but vice versa other phones out their get destroyed and stop working whilst iphones dont give a doo doo and carry on.

back to OS androind depends on your phone but if whefre gonna compare stock androind with ios they both win in certain categories. ios has the easiest interface and most premium one (although it has chaned a some with ios7) android has a lot of hidden features waiting to be unlocked while ios has it all there infront of you so you can appreciate their work.

and for statistics people that say 85% of market is run by android, well there are hundreds of android phones and 6 iphones in use so if you do your division iphones win by a long run.

iphone are beasts they have smaller specs than samsung galaxy S's yet their silky smooth whilst samsung lags because they only care about what there going to write down on the spec sheet.

Iphones being apple and ios being apple get updates straight away whilst android phone manufacturers keep you waiting months, and that is if your lucky to get update. look at iphone 3gs it got updates for so long its amazing.

Im currently on iphone 5 and looking at htc 0ne as it sense 5 UI looks quite good and the phone does pull off a kind off iphone appeal.

anyone reading this dont go for androids until they get their software shit sorted out. hopefully samsung tizen will be the one.

trent on December 22, 2013:

I love android I have not had a problem with the nexus 4 yet I don't hate iPhone but I perffer android nexus 4 is like iPhone a lot for all u ppl who get tired of iPhone try a nexus or Samsung phone best ones I know of my opinion

Dean Walsh from Birmingham, England on December 13, 2013:

I definitely agree with you on the freezing / forced close problem - this is something I've been experiencing myself. But it sounds like many of your other problems are due to a bad handset rather than the OS. If your phone requires root access to use the LED light then that is ridiculous, and nothing to do with Android itself. Also newer Android phones like Samsungs don't have the same problems with speed / performance or battery life, and if you do have a problem with battery life you can get an app which will improve the situation massively (I've actually written a hub about these apps if anyone is interested).

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on December 12, 2013:

Well, I believe that Android has proved to be a boon for the mobile users and I just can't imagine how can someone dislike this..

sTevyHD on December 12, 2013:

Not sure how accurate your list is. I came here with my own frustrations with Android, but 9 out of 10 of your points rarely apply. I have had Android from almost the very begging with the Droid, D2, Bionic and now the RAZR.

Other than the fact the Android phones are horrid, at least on the Moto side, the main problem and one that you mentioned is the sluggishness of the OS.

The first day you use your new Android it is fast, ninja quick. About a week later, not so quick. 6 months later and forget about it. Even after you uninstall everything on your Android, it is still so slow that is it barely useful.

Now I have always hated Apple products and to be honest the day my wife got here iPhone 4, I went to the store and bought a brown turtleneck to go with it... no, she didn't think that was very funny.

Adroit Alien (author) on December 02, 2013:

Ha, don't own an iPhone so sorry, can't hub about it.

iCool Monster on December 01, 2013:

Next hub: Things i hate about iPhone!

Adroit Alien (author) on November 29, 2013:

Thanks for the comments guys! I've updated this hub and posted a link at the end to my recent experiences with the Nexus 7(2013). Check it out when you have a chance.

jenp123 on November 19, 2013:

Haha, this is a refreshing article! I'm not a huge Android fan, either. Thanks for saying it.

oldiesmusic from United States on November 18, 2013:

Even iPhones have force close issues, but it's more frequent on Android phones.

Fragmentation? I don't exactly know what is, but at least in my experience: my younger sister has an Xperia (that runs on Gingerbread) and doesn't have any problems downloading apps, which are also present on my phone (that runs on ICS) -- for the exception of some software updates which my phone gets the upper hand. iPhones have a bigger issue when it comes to that -- my old iPhone 3G couldn't run on apps on my older sister's 4s unless I upgrade it (and even if I upgraded that 3G into a newer version it won't go smoothly cos it has an entirely different hardware). Android's better when it comes to that -- even old versions could still run many apps supported by later versions. That's why many cellphone retailers are still selling many (brand new at that) older versions of Android phones, they're not pulling them out yet. Maybe many Android apps are made for almost all versions, I dunno.

I also feel short in terms of my phone's battery life (mine is 1530 mAh) -- I had to had to buy a power bank. Even if I turn my phone off for a while (just after re-charging it), and when I go back and turn it on again, I'm taken aback that my phone's battery has drained a little bit. But many phone brands have come up with later models with better battery life -- 4500 mAh is excellent for me.

Very interesting article! Despite all things I still love Android. Thank you for posting.

WRONG on November 18, 2013:

Now most of this has changed lol. android has around 85% market share, apple less that 15%. google it. clearly android is doing something right.

Nightshade on October 16, 2013:

Sorry I was late to this party AND I CAN spell just don't TYPE well!

Nightshade on October 16, 2013:

@ Adroit Alien & @Joe; I am not in any way shape or form experienced, as I am a New smartphone user, Android jelly bean!! ZTE Imperial us cellular I HAVE to do some extensive desktop cleaning! putting things in folders to organize and such, also, I Hate that fact that a 3rd party needs to know where I am for this & that. but what I HAVE studied Extensively don't have the degree yet( but Man do I have the Experience!) Is PSYCHOLOGY and Joe needs to get a life. His rant was not necessary and unduly harsh. These people usually have an inferiority complex of some kind. He most CERTAINLY WAS suggesting superiority, OTHERWISE he wouldn't have felt the NEED to state he was a software engineer (so is my baby sister!) And when you called him out it infuriayed him thus the LONG venting letters over so trivial a subject. I mean it's NOT life, death, religion, or even Politics!! As far as GRAMMAR Pleas! I am a (small time, college underground mags etc) published poet and I know PERFECT Grammar but rarely USE it! So Adroit Alien Carry on, other people like to know they are not ALONE in their frustrations..especially WE whom don't HAVE a degree as a SE! Thank you!

Zak on October 12, 2013:

I don't know what you talking about!, android is pretty good, works perfect , yeah sometimes it stuck when i use 3-4 apps together but still.. it works perfect

Livan on October 09, 2013:

I find it pretty annoying that I have to force close an app if I don't want to use it all the time. Also hate that I go to contacts, click on one to call and I get the pop up to select which app I want to use... If I did it from the app, OF COURSE I WANT TO USE THE APP. Having to select which application to use to make a call is annoying. If I want to call someone from my cell phone I don't need my provider to ask me if I want to use my home phone to call. Even worse, if I select always by mistake I have to clear this to be able to use my phone again, otherwise it will always use that app. If I open magicjack, I want to call using magicjack, and when I finish my call, if I want to close the application, I want it to STOP, not go to the background.

Brandon Hart from The Game on August 27, 2013:

This is an interesting page. I personally love my Galaxy S3 and while I know it has problems, I honestly don't see a better solution to fit my own needs.

Josh on August 17, 2013:

Jesus Christ, mate. As soon as someone disagrees with you you seem to go in an all-out rage, desperately trying to defend your point. Just because your article is all about opinions doesn't make it invulnerable. In fact, it makes it even more so because your opinions are guaranteed to clash with those of others. As such you need to be open to discussion. However, you are not.

David Martin from London, United Kingdom on August 14, 2013:

A recent study shows Android has more users as compare to iOS and other OS. It simply suggests that Android is the KING. You should adapt it :)

sisrace on July 22, 2013:

Well i still use the Sgs2,

The thing about android is that you are able to customize it for your harts desire, Something really cool happened in android 4.1 jellybean

Performance whent skyhigh, I love it even more now, i liked the keyboard first but then i got Swiftkey for a even better keyboard again CUSTOMIZATION! When i compare now since i customized my phone a bit, my phone plays games better that iphones, it does not have more lag than a ios device. im owning a ipad and my phone feels quicker in many ways, the batterytime is awesome since i downloaded juicedefender, i now get around 15 hours batterylife AND when the battery gets low i just change it out to a fully charged one ( have a backup batter) so i can have 30 hours of batterylife :P

So i just whant to say: dont say shit until you have played around and customized your phone, you will love it if you just take your time with the phone

Mrinal Saha from Jaipur,India on July 10, 2013:

I had an android before , but then i lost it now i am using black and white nokia handset,HAHA

papa on July 09, 2013:

Smartphones are not smart in any way at all

Distant Mind on July 07, 2013:

You've made some very compelling points. I'm still quite happy with my brand new Nexus 4 though.

Rebecca K. on June 24, 2013:

Hahahahahahaha, stupid Android fans, I'm sharing this all over the internet! iPhone 4evaaaaa!!!!

Adroit Alien (author) on February 23, 2013:

@Chakradhar Rao,

For the desktop, Debian-based Linux running on KDE DE.

For my phone. BB OS7 at the moment.

Chakradhar Rao on February 18, 2013:

What is your favorite os

Ahanwijaya on December 30, 2012:

Good post, and agree completely. Since the day I start working, smartphone are never out of my sight. My first smartphone is Nokia Communicator 9300. It was great! Then apple came with the iPhone and it was mind blowing. I bought it, enjoyed it and gave it to my wife because it was not business oriented enough. Its just a cool phone, but lack the effeciency of my communicator. Then android came, but I am still skeptical and waited while iphone came with 3gs and iphone 4, and me? At that time I am using bB bold. Finally I enter the android world with the droid x by motorola, the Optimus v by Lg, bought a tablet galaxy tab 1 and tab 2. To get to your point, happy at first, frustated next. The tab2 really annoys me.. When trying to show a client of a product in my tab, it freezed. What an embarrasing moment, furthermore In the past I encouraged him to buy android products, really a bad moment. I sold all my android device, and I bought an iPhone5. So far so good, loving it every minute. Good battry, lots of apps, good keyboard. Cheers

Tami on December 07, 2012:

Ditched my Android for a Blackberry. Best thing I ever did!

Vegeta on November 03, 2012:

Verizon right now is defending themselves in court against Google who is figting for the right for our phones to be open source software wise. Google filed a complaint claiming Verizon locking down our phones is an FTC violation now that the FTC has rulled on the LTE spectrum case against Verizon.

Adroit Alien (author) on October 25, 2012:

so you agree on most of my post? My rant on #10 makes perfect sense if you did your research. Google is notorious for "borrowing" open-source projects and turning it into a "product" they can sell one way or another. I bet you didn't know Chrome is actually an offshoot of Chromium which was a browser developed for Linux. And the fact that Android is built on Linux, now, it's turned into one big google environment with all the money funneling into the Google Play store.

I know what open source means. You don't. Ohh, and #4 is not lame. If you use your phone to organize your life instead of playing fruit ninja or angry birds, you'd understand.

Jelly bean 4.1? How many android users have that? With Android, there's lots of incremental updates that most people won't ever see. With Apple and BB, they are supported with the major updates. For example iOS6, bbos7, etc. From 1.5-4.1, how many people have the newest latest and greatest? Okay then....

Jaicon on October 18, 2012:

Hey I just wanted to share my opinion regarding your hateful posts. I understand that you list down general things you hate about Android. By the way Im using S3 now.

1. Freezing/Force Close

I agree that there are force closes,

2. Terrible Keyboard

The stock Android keyboard is terrible. I know there are plenty of better soft keyboards out there. One of my favorites is Swype. Why can't the standard keyboard be good? The soft keyboard on Apple's iPhone is much better than Android's. The predictive text on the stock Android keyboard is terrible. The point of using a soft keyboard with predictive text is so you don't have to go back and fix all the jumbled words.

3. Fragmentation

This is not hateful. I like fragmentation, it gives you choices. You don't need to be stressed by different UI's, it's up to you if you want to stick with one manufacturer.

4. Accept/Reject Meetings

This is lame. BB is indeed good for you.

5. Poor UI

I agree with you only with "back" button. It's not really consistent.

6. Memory Hogging Widgets

Very subjective point. It's up to you how to organize widgets in homescreen, remove widgets if you don't want to. Simple as that. Just like me who removes stupid panels, leaving one panel for homescreen.

7. Awful Battery Life

I agree in general, but not with S3. I really have good battery, although it takes huge mah just to have good battery.

8. Feels Sluggish On Good Hardware

Apple indeed mastered optimising hardware and software. Have you tried Jellybean 4.1 in Android? Feels smooth.

9. Shady App Opt-ins

Apple is more scary in terms of security. They just hide it. But then again I can't agree no more.

10. Illusion Of Being Open

Whether you're agree or not, it still OPEN. Android has no problem with it, carriers just make it difficult. Android has nothing to do with locking phone. Open source means, you have all the access to the codes that built in Android. Your rant about this one has no sense at all.

Hope you understand what I'm writing. English is not my mother tongue, sorry for that, lol. Cheers!

Darren on October 11, 2012:

i come from a third world country and i am poor even by my country's standard. i own a galaxy nexus. and i'm just happy with what i can afford. what i love about android is that it offers so much more for less of a price and it's highly cuztomizable. i nvr own any apple products because they are luxurious items. they are just too overpriced. what's great to me is when a company makes a well polished product and offers more bangs for the buck to reach the masses. good balance between the price and the features of the product is what i'm trying to say. there are cases in china where teenagers sold their kidneys just to buy an iphone. that is just ridiculous.

zeeshan ali on October 09, 2012:

my htc eplorer is getting hot and also hanging

Roxytronics on September 13, 2012:

Maybe I am just too darned old, but I just hate newer phones in general. Why? Because I have to do hours (yes hours) of research online going through a bunch of blogs and comments filled with a bunch of lingo I don't understand (and thus must also look up) just to figure out the most basic freakin' things (i.e. how the heck do I get to my call logs? how do I get my phone to actually tell me when I have missed a call? Why can't I download a ringtone that my deaf ears can actually hear without talking to three different customer service reps? Why do I have to download an app just to do simple things like having a keyboard that allows me to text a message in under two million years?).

I can't wait for my next paycheck so I can go back to my incredibly user friendly-as in I can figure it out in about thirty minutes by simply playing around with it and reading a user manual that isn't laughably general-simple, clean texting flip phone (which, I might add, doesn't take a million years to type into because your ever so futuristic touchpad screens still absolutely suck for anyone without either very small fingers or long fingernails). You kids keep your "smartphones" and your androids with your ridiculously low battery lives and overly complicated interface.

Shaka on July 12, 2012:

Im a iPhone guy! Most people I know that own androids always talk bad about Apple. But it's just their opinion. All I gotta say is after reading your report it clearly explains to me why android phone(s) is always constantly upgrading all the time! The funny thing is, the android has multiple brand phones while apple has only one! It just goes to show that one android is not good enough to compete the iPhone & that's why they need more than one because most android phones suck..,but hey it's just my opinion

Adroit Alien (author) on July 07, 2012:


I did. Nothing wrong with criticism.


Get iphone, get new problems.

Greg on July 03, 2012:

I hate it when the clock updates every time i press the "wake-up button"

Saskia on June 26, 2012:

Jeez, i am about to fall a sleep with such long dimwitted comments on such small devices. Just switched from android to iphone and your comments? are like from pictograph from B.C. LOL

Get iphone. End of all problems.

GITHINJI on June 24, 2012:

oh you hate android this much! hey if you hate what other people have made, and there is no law forcing you to use and love it, the stop using it. make you own OS, hardware that works the way you desire. all OSes are evolving, give a wish list, or contribute. how do we make the word better if we only post hates, and do not participate in improvement of things. please contibute!

Adroit Alien (author) on June 08, 2012:

Android gives you choices? Don't you mean carriers? All android phone, minus the Nexus lines are unrooted from the factory. And being able to root it doesn't count. Try going to your carrier with a jailbroken iphone or rooted Evo and getting help.

reggjoo on June 02, 2012:

No os is perfect, ios, blackberry, or andriod. I stick with android, cause you can make it what you want. Even with the cheapest droid, you can get into the guts of your phone and change it all. No battery life? adjust the lowmemorykiller, bad ui? download one that fit you, including ones that work just like the other os's. Don't like widgets? take em off, you don't have to have a cluttered screen. If you hate how an os works on a particular phone, dowload a rom that you're may like! There is always a developer that can help you. I use debug bridge(ADB), ECLIPSE, and a graphical interface program called QtATB, on top instead of a terminal (which, even that has a built in terminal). I like to tinker, and always have, with whatever os I may use. I like choice, and want to customize what I have for me, not have a company tell me what I want. These phones are computers now, and android is just like windows used to be, and what linux still is. Everything came from unix anyway, Android gives me choice, t'he other ones do not. They all are good os's, heck it's 2012, for gosh sakes! All get a grip, I responded to this cause, just like politics, there's truth, but frequently lies. If you like what your phone does for you, be happy, I like choice, but that's my own bag.

Adroit Alien (author) on May 30, 2012:


My advice is to use what works for you. I know that might not be the answer you're looking for, but if you have 1300 contacts and using Android is hurting your relations to them, then drop it and get a BB. I'd imagine if I was in your shoes that time is money. If you're looking at solutions to make Android "work" for you where there is already a working platform, then you're losing money. Make that money my friend.

Ken on May 29, 2012:

my biggest frustration is that i have about 1300 contacts and with my BB when i received a call from a client it would show the name of the person AND the name of the company that he/she was from. With my android, i only get the person's name and do not remember every one's name and where they work. Any solutions?

kev on May 20, 2012:

I Don't suffer from a messy grid of icon's, slow down or things crashing.. I own a wp7.

Ralph on May 18, 2012:

I would lik to add one more to the list:

Android is a disaster to develop for. I has difficulties to render even the most basic coded webpages. Developing for Android, is like developing for Internet Explorer 6, so hereby I declare Android... IE6 compatible. Android can pick up its prize at Microsoft. Thank you!

Kieran c on May 12, 2012:

I have a ZTE blade with a 600 mhz proccesser(currently over clocked to 691 mhz) running Android 2.3 my phone isn't used for business or work purely for personal use.

If I start browsing the web and synching every app all day my phone is going to have a shot battery life, but for every day use when I'm working my phone is hardly used, when I'm out with my family is hardly used ,when I'm at home with my kid it's hardly used, yes I have a phone but I also have a life so I usually get a day to a day and a half from my phone 1250 mah battery.

jailbreaking your iPhone is risky so is rooting but people still do it because it adds functionality that you can't have other wise.

Android is always developing and changing, how much has ios changed since the first iPhone? Not a lot .I've had an iPhone 3gs and a HTC hd2 and a Nokia n8 and a few Androids. I always come back to Android because it's what I like, other people like ios and others like bb and others like Nokia, I wouldn't say their sh!t because what works for every body else is different.

So every body get out get a life and enjoy the other things life has to offer like your kids girlfriends and wives a and family.

In a year or two you'll be all saying how the next smartphone OS is your favourite and its competitors are crap and then simmering new will come along again and we will be having the same debate again

So buy a phone that works for you and get on with life, you'll all be much happier

I love my ZTE blade

Adroit Alien (author) on April 23, 2012:

Jordan, thanks for the comment.

I worry about the current state of Android. I've noticed that the newer Android phones, especially flagship phones do not offer any more microsd or removable storage. Another trend I'm seeing with Android is not having a removable battery like the droid razr. This "apple-fication" of Android has made me a bit worry where they are going.

You remind me of the ongoing joke about android support. "Google it." I remember searching for solutions and sifting through pages of forum posts. Not fun.

I agree with you that WP7 has the best UI... for now. I'm still holding out for BB10 to see if their UI will top Microsoft's. BTW, using the phone as a mass storage device can be done on BB too. Thanks for the comment. I didn't know about Chevron for WP7.

Jordan on April 22, 2012:

After reading the comments (yes, I read most of them) I realize that I have to first point out that I am not a professional. I have dabbled in Linux, Windows, RIM, and Apple mobile operating systems. They all have their flaws. It is impossible to say that one is better than the other. However, some are more stable, others have more "eye candy". My main gripe about WP7 is that you are very limited with the apps you can get. Android and Apple have more flexibility and variety with the apps available on their app markets. Out of everything, I feel WP7 has the most intuitive (and prettiest) UI. Apple is more mainstream and simple, and Android is the most customisable. Blackberry is great for business-oriented people, but for today's standard consumer, Apple, Android, and Windows are the best bets. Personally I favour Android for it's customisations. Yes, there is more instability with Android, but there is also more support for it. If an iPhone has a problem, you bring it in to the shop and you might have to pay for it. With an Android phone, you google the problem which is a pain in the neck, but it saves you (most of the time) on replacement fees. What I personally like about Android is that you can swap external storage devices, ie micro sd cards. You can not do that with Apple or Windows devices. For both Windows and Apple, you need specific software to load content onto your device. For Apple, it is iTunes. For Windows, it is Zune. For Android, it is your file browser. You can use Android as a USB stick. You have full access to the file system. You have to jailbreak an iPhone and use iFile to do this. You have to use Chevron to do this on a Windows phone. This is just a specific point, but it's a very significant one.

Kwipster on March 29, 2012:

I am huge android fan, have used it for years. I got the G1 when it first came out. I have finally reached the same point of view. I got my wife a 3GS and jailbroke it and the phone is amazing. I was never an apple fan but they make a great phone that always works and has great battery life. I always here about widgets and while they are cool how hard is it to open an app to get the information you want. I feel that if android is going to work Google needs to do business the same way Apple does. Make there os for one phone that they develop and stop making an os for these other companies to put on their phones. If they did that they might truly challenge the iphone. It should not be hard with all the patents they are buying up.

Daved on March 28, 2012:

Samsung phones are the worst I think at freezing I've had 3 my newest is this junk they call the samsung galaxy indulge no more samsung for me

Sal Saldana on February 03, 2012:

I can say I've add both the iphone and android, well my opinion android sucks!!! On iphone Ive never came across apps freezing or and thing like that, but a few months with dorid apps freeze and keep me out left and right. I thought I made the right choice to switch from iphone to droid but boy was I wrong. My biggest dissapointment was with its Dorid market, App store is 1000 times better then dorid and why you may ask? Well thats because the app store apps all work!!!! The dorid market seems to put up anything and everything regardless if it works or not. So with being said goodbye dorid iPhone I'm sorry for leaving you and I want come back to you!!

Hari on January 28, 2012:

I still use an ordinary mobile phone. Not so dumb for me. Battery is great, platform is stable and it does have the features I want. So what if it's not a computer? A phone is meant primarily to make and receive calls and messages.

Everything else is frill.

Adroit Alien (author) on January 10, 2012:

Joe, I'll have to break my word give you another response since you raised some interesting points. I understand that iOS and Android are very similar in terms of UI and I didn't bring it up to start a flame war. Ergonomics and Fitts' Law are topics that deserve their own articles and I didn't think it was necessary to bring absolute science into an article about my opinion.

It's true that I have written about BlackBerry and they have their own articles. I didn't want to even mention Windows Phone 7 but I felt it was necessarily to use it as an example.

There are several reasons why I skipped Apple products. For the record, I am not a fan of Apple products so it's not because I'm a fan-boy. I have never owned an Apple product and my experiences with them are limited. That's why I don't write about them. I don't feel I have the experience to have a say. Even if I were to write something on them, my opinions would be drowned by a sea of articles that are much more informative.

You said, "I genuinely believe that as users get more acquainted with their Android device, they begin to use it more precisely."

That is a true statement. However, I don't want to confuse familiarity with efficiency. I didn't use Android for a day and gave up so it's not a matter of familiarity. I'm all for capacitive touch screens and new technologies, but I don't confuse the poor(yet familiar) use of computer-style icons with efficiency. As a Linux fan-boy, I'm not embarrassed to say Microsoft got it right. WP7 and their large, live "tiles" adhere very well to Fitts' Law. If I was out to prove something in this article, In hindsight, I might have answered your question earlier and saved all this drama.

As far as some of the loose strings, I don't put my real name on this because this is the Internet. Most people don't put their real names and other personal information because they value their privacy. I'm not sure why you brought that up or why it's even an issue. People learn to take everything they read with a grain of salt and using a pseudonym shouldn't be a talking point.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my other articles. I don't spend much time on hubpages because I'm working on my own website. As much trash I get to say on here, there are some things hubpages won't let me say. I come here to moderate some of the comment and your posts has taking me out of the usual grind. Thanks.

Joe on January 10, 2012:

If I could convey emotions textually without typing a * at the start and end I'm not sure how it would look, but I can't so here goes... *sigh*

@Androit Alien

I'm glad it's your final response as this is mine. Fiddling semantics does not make your opinion any more or less valid and trying to discredit mine by over-analysing the way I've worded it just proves my point. Of course, I could systematically dismantle your wording too, along with the rather remedial grammar but the reason I commented was actually to do with the article content rather than giving an English lesson.

I am allowed to write an opinion. You allowed me to. You made this article publicly open to comments. You remind me of these kids on YouTube (I consider it as somewhere between arrogance and Fascism) who upload videos for comments then don't like it when someone writes negatively. Hell, some even have this 'review' activated, so they can personally make sure each individual positive comment is published while negative ones are deleted. Of course, they're happy for some douchey fanboy to write a lot of congratulatory bile (Thanks for the shoutout Deon).

Of course you don't have to be qualified to have an opinion. I was voicing my opinion on articles like this when I was at school. The only reason I raised the fact I'm a SE was to justify WHY I read the articles I do. You've taken something I wrote totally out of context and made it out to be a massive thing (probably because you can't respond to any of my points without resorting to pettiness).

Thank you for addressing your 'Poor UI' point. It's taken three posts but you've eventually done it. Your main worry seems to be whether the hardware will respond correctly to touch input. True enough, hardware buttons are more consistent than touchscreens, but this isn't really a fault of Android. Higher quality capacitive touchscreens found on better phones generally provide a greater user experience. My particular Android phone has an excellent response and is very accurate, but my Android tablet is not so good as it's one of the lower end models. Hardware buttons also have their cons so I guess this one is down to personal preference. Apple iPhones have NEVER included hardware buttons (aside from the Home button of course, which my Android phone also has). To go Back on an iPhone, you have to 'trust' the supposedly inaccurate touchscreen and for many other features, you have to do the same. iOS shares a lot of UI similarities to Android so I'm surprised you haven't done an article criticizing Apple's method of user interaction. Is it only Android? In the interest of equality, I believe the same problems exist on all models of the iPhone, but I like how you've ripped Android while blissfully skimming over Apple products. Just Nokia and Symbian now (you've done Blackberry), then you have the full arsenal of Apple evangelist articles. Regardless of that, I understand your point but I genuinely believe that as users get more acquainted with their Android device, they begin to use it more precisely. As I said before, we could always return to resistive touchscreens and those problems in the most part would go away, but who wants to?

Of course I realize the bicycle engineer part was a joke and my response was as equally crass and unforgiving as always. For what it's worth, I'll say this, all I've done is address what I think was wrong in your article. There's nothing to say I'm not allowed to. As a blogger, you've repeatedly resorted to name calling and sarcasm which is pathetic (considering you clearly aren't stupid). Pettiness personified. That said, I've enjoyed writing my 'novels' (a novel is usually fiction by the way lol!) and quite enjoyed reading your responses. I've also checked out your other articles and actually enjoyed reading some of them. Cheers anyway.


Well done. I'm glad you threw a perfectly good phone against the wall. Now that you don't use an Android device, you can bask in the glory of being free from the evil oppressive regime. Why not get another Apple iPhone and then you can feel even smugger than ever. Backing up an un-rooted Android phone is easy enough and if you find it that hard to backup/restore numbers, perhaps you should stick to telegrams. On a rooted Android phone, you can backup absolutely everything very quickly and much more efficiently than on any iPhone, jailbroken or not.

tedwilder23 on January 06, 2012:

This is why im gping with a windows phone when my contracts up my friend introdice me to the windows phones and i fell in love.

Jane on December 16, 2011:

I went into AT&T yesterday looking for a new phone. My contract with TMobile was ending and I wanted to see what they had to offer. I had an old HTC MyTouch but I was getting sick of Android. I went in looking at all the new Android and was quickly familiar with it. The new crop was faster and more responsive but I feel like my initial problems with them will eventually surface. Phone not responding to call pick-ups and bad battery life. I was looking at the Windows Phone and new Bold. I like the tile design of the windows phone. I'm thinking about picking up the Bold. A friend of mines never had a problem with her blackberry so I'm tempted to jump ship.

Adroit Alien (author) on December 15, 2011:


you continue to move the goalpost. First you said I had limited knowledge of computers, then you said just because I know use a linux distro doesn't make me a pro. Which one is it? You can't have both. Either way, you continue to move the goalpost for which this will be my last reply to you.

My opinion is so worthless, yet you write another novel. You're the professional here. Don't you have some apps to program rather than inserting walls of text on an "Anonymous rant" as you put it?

Anyways, the reason I emphasized "software engineer" is to prove a point. You don't need to be a profession to have an opinion. And you're whole Volkswagen argument is a strawman. I never claimed to know a everything about android. Just what I hate about it. Ask 50 random people if they know how an internal combustion engine works. I bet nearly all wouldn't know everything single aspect about it. Does that mean they are unqualified to drive? Does my not knowing every ins and outs of Android make me unqualified to have an opinion?

Okay, let me explain why "poor UI" IS factually correct. Ready? Most newer Android devices now have full touch screen. Relics have trackpads. I'll use the Galaxy Nexus(a flagship Android phone) as an example. Fitts Law of ergonomics states it is easier to hit a large barn that is close than a far shack. All forms of UI follow Fitts Law to some degree. That's why start menus are in the corners, close buttons are also in the corner, panels are on the edge, etc. You can "hit" larger icon better than small ones. The Galaxy Nexus, one flagship android phone, relies totally on touch screen and touch sensitive buttons for input. No hardware buttons with tactile feedback, no trackpad with greater accuracy. This forces the consumer to "trust" that the phone will respond to the input which it sometimes does not. Without feedback, the phone is prone to mis-press, double presses, and such. This is the inherent flaw on all touch screen devices. They tend to relieve this issue by vibrating on keypress or making an audible sound. Back to UI. Without a "proper" pointing device like a trackpad or tactile buttons, the user must rely on his/her fingers to hit small icons and they are prone to mis-taps as well. Sure you can leave your home screen bare but then you have to hunt them in the cluttered applications menu. This is alleviated by organization but the problem is still persistent for certain consumers, say one that downloads lots of games. Windows Phone 7 tackles Fitts Law by relying on swipes and gestures. Android mainly have icons that are not fit(no pun) for touchscreens. Happy now?

Anyways, I did work as an entry level mechanic FWIW a few years ago but since I never did any engine work, I'm probably not qualified to have an opinion on cars. You know when I said "Bicycle Engineer", it was a joke, right? Your response to that proved my point. Hold onto your title Mr. Skezza. That horse of yours is very tall.

@ Deon,

how dare you have a negative opinion about Android. You probably don't have a..... DEGREE in Software Engineering. You are not qualified to speak on the subject. Anyways, enough of that crazy talk. I totally get why you threw it against the wall. My sister is about to throw her android away also.

Deon on December 05, 2011:

@Adroit Alien, just ignore "Joe". I've had my Samsung Galaxy S for more than a year (after the iPhone 3G) and unfortunately I threw the damn thing against a wall just a week ago.

I won't go into the details but just know that part of the reason was almost exactly everything you've mentioned here. The final straw was the fact that Android doesn't have a decent, consistent desktop application that instinctively backs up all your important user data. And because of the fragmentation and inconsistency in Android even backup utilities tend to give problems, one slip, and you lose tons of customization and user data (phone numbers not stored on Google, Notes, app. data etc.)

Android needs to "grow up" before I'll use it again. It has many great options etc. But the problem is that as a mobile OS I need something that's more consistent and stable, otherwise the copious amount of time spent constantly "babying" it just doesn't justify the benefit of having a smartphone in the first place.

Joe on November 30, 2011:

"Thanks for the book Joe "Shmoe." Forgive me if that's your real name and not an "alias." Raise your hand if you use your real name on the Internet. I didn't see your hand up Mr. Professional Software Engineer.

If you read the title, you will notice that this was an editorial piece, therefore everything I've written is suppose to be taken as an opinion."

You know, that's a brilliant response and I enjoyed reading it :) Joe "Schmoe" haha, you could have been a little more creative, but if I'm not careful I'll digress (bit like yourself) so let's keep to the matter at hand.

Yes, it's an editorial piece, it's an opinion. If you end it with a name, you immediately stamp your seal of approval, your backing that you wrote this article with prior forethought and with the intention of expressing the opinion of you... Jonny NoName. If you leave it anonymous, your opinion isn't worth shit. It's basically equivalent to some turd on a forum telling you how and why Pentium II's are still better than Core i series processors. If you put your name, you immediately authorize the journalistic haven of questioning. Why? What made you think that etc? Instead, you made it anonymous, which just made it another worthless rant with no credibility (see anti-immigration rants on various blogs).

Example in a more literal sense: If someone posts their opinion on some certain topic through my front door without a name at the bottom, I usually put it straight in the bin. Anonymity is worthless unless you are specifically trying to circumvent a law. If you're expressing an opinion, you may as well put your name to it. The water might get murky when it comes certain sensitive issues but most of the time, putting your name by an opinion gives it way more value. Yes, Joe is my real name, and skezza is my nickname from school based on my second name. I have no reason to hide my name.

I don't really understand why you put emphasis on the fact I said I'm a Software Engineer by profession. It's not hard... go to College/University, work hard for a few years, get your degree. The market is full of jobs for Software Engineers. If I sucked dick in a back alley for a pint of vodka, I'd be a prostitute... but I don't, I sit in an office, typing in mostly C++ (and some Java) getting paid an okay wage. What's the issue?

Isn't Android a Linux OS?

Yes... yes it is.

Having such limited knowledge of OS in general, I must not know a damn thing about it. If you browse through my other articles, you will notice that I am somewhat familiar with Linux. I use Linux every day. In fact, I'm running Kubuntu at the moment.

Excellent point and with that kind of transitive property, that means just because I own a Volkswagen and know how to change the cylinder heads means I'm well and truly qualified for Formula One vehicle maintenance and servicing. No. It doesn't work like that whatsoever. Just because you've used Kubuntu, doesn't mean you know a damn thing about Android... or Linux for that matter. 'Linux' is just a kernel, it does nothing without the relevant layers of API's above it. Android works completely different to (K)Ubuntu (Debian with a few programs). They share very little in common aside from the fact they both use a Linux kernel (not necessarily the same Linux kernel either). The car analogy still holds here... stick an engine on the floor and it does nothing. Stick the same engine in two different fully built cars and you will get two very different experiences.

While certainly not a "Software Engineer," I know my way around the GUI and command line. Are you going to continue to stroke you e-peen and pretend to be superior? Because you are addressing an editorial.

You don't have to be a software engineer to know the points I'm making. Most of them are common knowledge with a few just being common sense. It doesn't take a genius to Google "Android Activity Stack" and see that your paragraph on that is inaccurate. At no point did I claim to be superior because I'm a Software Engineer. At no point did I claim to be superior at all. I simply pointed out my reasons for reading articles about modern technology and the fact that I read a lot of them. I didn't have to justify it at all... I could have pointed out the mistakes in your article before I had a degree in software engineering, so again, enough with that.

Your book is invalid if your read the title. I really don't feel like answering all of your points (I simply do not have the time), but I did enjoy reading them.

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it, as I too enjoyed your response. The title is 10 Things I Hate About Android, correct my 'book' is totally invalid... IF I was addressing the title. I'm addressing the content. The factually incorrect content. No doubt some of what you have written is perfectly valid, but there is a lot of things you claim as fact without really understanding the details. At no point did I address the title or your personal qualms with Android aside from the one about the keyboard (which just seemed very Apple fanboy'ish). Most of your opinions are littered with incorrect facts and it is those that I have addressed. Take your point 'Poor UI'. If you'd said "I don't like the pull down menu, it doesn't offer anything"... That is an opinion. It's personal, subjective, and something which you personally endorse without including any factual content. Instead, you included some dross point about how you'd placed too many icons on your desktop... barely a point at all really and then you'd included a totally misinformed explanation on how Android deals with activities and the back button. You actually didn't say it was a Poor UI, because you don't like this or don't like that. You tried to wrap misguided facts in a rant and that is why I wrote what I did.

I'm still waiting on Konion cells, LiFePO4, and even Lithium Nano Phosphates to power our cell phones. That way I could bare with Android a little more. It just so happens that Konion cells are made by Sony. A dodgy Japanese company. I used Cheap Chinese LiFePO4 batteries to power my e-bike. Took me 40 miles per charge. I guess you can say I'm a "Bicycle Engineer." I wouldn't. Thanks for the comment.

Firstly, I never said anything about 'dodgy Japanese companies'? To clarify, I actually said dodgy Chinese companies... and trust me, there are plenty of knockoff companies that will sell you a low quality Lithium Ion battery that is labelled as being bigger than the stock product and yes, they are mostly located in China or Hong Kong. I'm glad your Chinese battery worked out well.

I wouldn't say you're a bicycle engineer either. Engineer's usually have the letters BSc, MSc or PhD in front of their name. I guess at a stretch you could call yourself an amateur mechanic.

For what it's worth, I lost no sleep over this article, but thanks for showing concern :-)

nikashi_designs on November 29, 2011:

Great list, have purchased several high end Androids all with the same end result, returned... I do like the whole interface and the selection of apps. The majority of my phones have always been Blackberry with no problems ever. My main problem with Android is battery life or I should say lack of battery life. When a phone doesn't even make it to lunch time with basic usage then that is when it stops being useful. Just recently I purchased the Blackberry Torch 9810, second version. Hands down this phone kills Android. It has almost as many apps available, comes loaded, fast touch screen, and keyboard. I use it all day, max out the apps, use excel, and make a couple dozen phone calls. By the time I get home in the evening, my phone still has half the battery left. So Apple and Blackberry are both masters of battery conservation, why is Android so far behind? Thanks

Adroit Alien (author) on November 16, 2011:

The rest of you. Relax. Don't lose sleep over this article. LOL, learn from Joe.

Adroit Alien (author) on November 16, 2011:

Thanks for the book Joe "Shmoe." Forgive me if that's your real name and not an "alias." Raise your hand if you use your real name on the Internet. I didn't see your hand up Mr. Professional Software Engineer.

If you read the title, you will notice that this was an editorial piece, therefore everything I've written is suppose to be taken as an opinion.

Isn't Android a Linux OS? Hmmm... what's Linux....? Having such limited knowledge of OS in general, I must not know a damn thing about it. If you browse through my other articles, you will notice that I am somewhat familiar with Linux. I use Linux every day. In fact, I'm running Kubuntu at the moment. While certainly not a "Software Engineer," I know my way around the GUI and command line. Are you going to continue to stroke you e-peen and pretend to be superior? Because you are addressing an editorial.

Your book is invalid if your read the title. I really don't feel like answering all of your points (I simply do not have the time), but I did enjoy reading them.

I'm still waiting on Konion cells, LiFePO4, and even Lithium Nano Phosphates to power our cell phones. That way I could bare with Android a little more. It just so happens that Konion cells are made by Sony. A dodgy Japanese company. I used Cheap Chinese LiFePO4 batteries to power my e-bike. Took me 40 miles per charge. I guess you can say I'm a "Bicycle Engineer." I wouldn't. Thanks for the comment.

Joe on November 11, 2011:

Being a software engineer by profession I do a lot of article reading (and some writing) with my primary focus being on technology, software, hardware and modern conceptual thinking. Reading this article made me laugh for a number of reasons. The biggest being the almost militant comments flying in over iPhone, Android, even BB. Second being the complete lack of understanding shown for certain aspects of the Android Operating System and architecture.

So firstly, why the anger? If you have an iPhone, great. If you have an Android, great. Only if you are unhappy with your phone should you be bothered. Why should you care about what some two-bit journalist using an alias thinks. He is entitled to his opinion whether they are based on fact or not. For what it's worth, rather than dispense bile, I'll address some of his more humorous points.

1. Every phone has 'Force Close' like issues. I've seen plenty of iPhones with app's that crash, or freeze. I've seen plenty of Blackberry's that... well, just don't work in general. At the end of the day, this point is completely invalid. You're talking about something that is far too widespread. Are you talking about OS functionality crashing, or apps you downloaded from the Market? Sure, if you look through the Market. Sure, if you go looking for the most obscure apps in the world and find ones with 100% 1 star reviews, you can fabricate this point. As it is, I've downloaded well over 50 apps and very few have caused regular Force Close.

2. The Android Keyboard is like most other soft keyboards... sh*t. Replace * with appropriate letter. iPhone's soft keyboard is just as bad. Part of this comes from using innacurate capacative touch screens. We could all switch back to resistive which would be much more accurate yet less sensitive and less fun (no multi-touch).

3. I'm not sure you quite understand the point you are trying to make. If you do, then it's not a sound one. New apps, depend on a newer platform. Word 2010 won't run on Windows 95. Just like plenty of apps for iPhone 4 won't run on iPhone 3G. This isn't because of a 'fragmented' operating system. This is because of a natural evolution in technology. Hardware improvements, software improvements, API differences etc etc. For what it's worth, you'll find that older Android phones have a much greater chance of running new apps than iPhone. Android phones loaded with the 2.1 Eclair tend to have no problems running apps made for Gingerbread 2.3.3. Even phones loaded with Donut 1.6 are able to run quite a lot of apps compiled for Gingerbread. When was the last time you saw an iPhone 3G running an iPhone 4S specific app...

4. I've never used this particular function so I can't comment.

5. This is where your limited understanding of Android (and OS's in general) completely invalidates your argument. Lets address your first incredibly watery point. Littering icons across your desktop is a choice you made. My desktop is quite clean with only a clock and icon to the settings. You do not HAVE to use icons just because they are available. You don't have to use it LIKE a PC because it offers functionality you associate with your home computer. The 'huge' menu you talk about was a concept designed years ago. Symbian OS, iOS, webOS, etc all use a similar concept. I suggest e-mailing your opinion to their mantainers and seeing what they think. Your final point truly exposes your lack of understanding. Android uses a stack based system whereby the most recent Activity is placed on top of the stack. If you press the back button, the OS simply pops the last Activity off the stack. Simple as that. Nothing to do with Apps acting differently or whatever. You'll find the API specifically states that any interaction with the back button end with a call to the superclass, to allow provide back button operation. In simple terms, if you open an Activity up, whether it be the root (first) activity or not, pressing the back button should pop it off the stack. If it's the root activity, that closes the app. If it's not the root activity, but the last remaining activity of a particular app, that closes the app. If its not the last remaining activity on the stack for that particular app, you will pop it off and the previous activity will become active. Simple hey?

6. I've already addressed this. If you look hard enough, yes, you can find crap Widgets. But if you download good apps with an excellent reputation, you'll find Widgets pretty useful. Widgets are like programs, if you have too many open, they will slow your machine down. That's just the same as your iMac... sorry home computer.

7. Now this is the only point you've really made where software and hardware interlinked cause poor performance, and yes to those commenting saying battery is hardware only, software does affect battery performance. However, it is by far the most context sensitive point you've made in the entire article. It's affected by absolutely everything. Battery size, phone type, software version, software running etc etc etc. To answer your questions:

What good is a huge touch screen and all these smartphone luxuries when I have to turn off WiFi every time I leave my home?

Regardless of the device you use, you should turn off WiFi when not connected to an access point. If you are connected, most devices are able to place WiFi connections into a sleep state that preserve power. Leaving WiFi enabled but not connected usually results in constant scanning or scan intervals both of which use more power. This can actually be disabled in most OS's by the way and Android is no exception.

Why do I have to turn my brightness down just to squeeze in an extra hour?

Not sure, but the way I have my phone setup means that the brightness is dependent on the conditions it's being used in. This way the device is able to conserve power when lots of light isn't necessarily required.

Why do I have to get a task killer and babysit these background apps?

Good question. You don't need it. So long as you use the back button, safe in the knowledge that what I told you stands true, Android OS is very capable of suspending and terminating tasks correctly. For your information, the last 7 or so apps are kept in a suspended state after they are quit. This is primarily to increase the speed if you need to return to them. They aren't running and use little, if anything in terms of battery. That is probably why if you use ATK, you see those apps even after you have quit.

Probably the biggest question that comes to mind is why do companies make these awesome smartphones and put tiny batteries in them?

Physical size restrictions? They can stick a battery in that will last for a week, but do you want a phone the size of a house brick? You can't compress energy. That is a reference by the way to these dodgy Chinese guys in eBay selling batteries with patented 'Japanese Energy Compression Technology'.

For what it's worth, here are some simple tips to genuinely improve your battery life. Go into Settings, Accounts and sync and turn off:

Facebook Sync (you don't need it, everytime you load up Facebook it syncs posts etc), Skype sync (you don't need it, Skype uses a service to deliver messages), GMail all three sync options (E-mail is sync'd when you load GMail App, Contacts rarely need to be sync'd yet use a lot of battery, Calendar can be sync'd manually via the app) and others using a bit of common sense in the process. If you turn them all off, I'd suggest turning off Background data as well. This simply turns off Sync ups. Apps that uses services like Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp will still work perfectly, and you will still get push updates.

Second tip, turn on Power saving mode in Display if you have it available. This uses image analysis to adjust the LCD Brightness to represent the colours in a power power efficient manner.

There are plenty more and if you want an entire list, feel free to e-mail me skezza at inbox dot com.

8. Never used a Samsung Moment so I can't speak for your experience. It's difficult to be objective on this particular point. Sluggish is a weasal word and what c

Julz09 on November 05, 2011:

Great information for what to watch out for before purchasing an android phone.

Adroit Alien (author) on November 04, 2011:


Yes, iPhone will solve all these problems while bringing some more of its own.

Yon on November 03, 2011:

Get an iPhone, problems solved. :)

Adroit Alien (author) on October 29, 2011:


BlackBerry(RIM) does have a tablet. It's called the PlayBook. It is actually really nice. For every RIM "debacle" there's an Android security flaw or worm/malware.

Xenonlit on October 29, 2011:

I'm like danatheteacher. I love my Android, but cannot disagree with your complaints.

I hate having been robbed by Apple so many times that I will never buy their instantly obsolete products again. I never had a crack berry. I like my Android because it is what I have.

Next January, I plan to get a tablet and will probably go with an Android platform. Maybe Blackberry needs to make a tablet!

Blackberry seems to be incredibly popular, even with the RIM debacle.

Adroit Alien (author) on August 31, 2011:

@ anonymous,

Please don't take offense. This is just my opinion. Battery life is a perfectly legitimate reason to complain. When I have to turn brightness down all the way, install task-killers, turn off all the radios except the network, I think I have a valid reason to complain. Granted my experience was on a very old Samsung Moment, my friend just gave his G2X to his brother and had similar issues. Desktop appearance looks pretty but at the end of the end, Android is a computer OS trying to be a phone. I can't stand the lag when trying to pick up a call only to have it hang up. Then I have to play phone tag with the caller just to get start the call.

I understand that Apple is not Android but as long and the two are still making phone OS, they will be compared. And I'm not an Apple fanboy. I currently use a BlackBerry. This baby can last me a full day without having to hunt for a charger. I've gotten as long as 4 days. like powerful Alienware laptops, what good is all that power when their batteries only last 3 hours? Same thing applies on phones.

Why get offended because someone doesn't like your phone's OS? I'm not hating on you, personally. It just doesn't work for me. If it works for you, that's great, but no need to get offended. Thanks for the comment though.

anonymous on August 29, 2011:

I take this to offense because I have a droid phone and I love it, though I do agree with some things you put (the freezing, memory hogging widgets/apps, the fragmentation) but the battery life being short shouldn't be something to complain about because I don't, but that's because when you use apps, web, etc. your battery life is going to be shorter and if you don't like it see if you can get a larger battery but I am not sure on how long those last. I don't see a problem with the force close I rather have force close than freezing, but maybe the force close inturrupted you with something important which is understandable. What's so wrong with the fact the soft keypad shows you what your typing so you don't have to fix it? That was one thing that attracted me to my phone because I'm not use to touch screen phones. The desktop appearance it has is nice and why put that under something you hate about the phone when you clearly mention it could be YOUR fault not the phones. Also stop comparing droid to apple. The iphone has a shitty battery life like the droid and for the same reasons. Just because apple happens to make good computers doesn't say much for their phones especially I hear and see more iphones and ipods with broken screens than about droids. I don't hate the iphone and I can't say much about them, but comparing the droid to apple is silly, well at least to me because same goes for them, just because they're popular doesn't make them good. Sorry, but I really like the droid and I don't have any problems with it except a once in a great while it freezes, but I also have the latest droid phone.

Jenna on August 29, 2011:

Instead of Android get the iPhone because it is way better than stupid android

liquidvortex on June 02, 2011:

You nailed it dead on the head! They give you the illusion of it being open. I have a few apps that I don't want but I cannot delete them.

Adroit Alien (author) on May 30, 2011:

nicomp, it sure does apply. The "software" is heavy and requires a lot of energy. Widgets running in the background still draws power.

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on May 22, 2011:

Android is software, hence battery life doesn't really apply.

Adroit Alien (author) on March 19, 2011:


I was in a bad mood when I wrote this. As cool as Android can be, it can also be very frustrating. As a supporter of open source, I hope Android gets its act together.

You "Other Android" envy is all too familiar. It feels like you only have a month or so to enjoy the latest and greatest feeling as a new "top droid" enters the market. Suddenly your "new" droid is out-dated.

Dana Rock from Pacific Northwest on March 18, 2011:

I love Android, but I also find zero fault with your list ;) Its a great list! I hate the fragmentation too --- this is probably my least favorite part of the Android experience because I have constant "other Android" envy and the frequent version updates makes me feel pretty left in the dust at times. I have little doubt, however, that the market will sort these weaknesses out in a few years of vetting. You are so right --- no phone is perfect. Objectivity and recognizing faults is the first step to making the device and software better in the future.

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