Just wondering, is anyone on here as fed up as I was regarding the general bullshit about this phone?
Specifically, the nonsense from Orange saying there being no information on the ICS update, then the ICS update coming out two days later?
Or Xolo saying on Twitter that the ICS update will be out soon, with "JB to follow", then the CEO of Xolo saying there are no plans for JB a couple of months later?
Or the occasional posts on here from a "good source" that JB is coming out in "X month!"... And it never happens.
Like most of you, I brought this phone with my eyes wide open. There was bloatware, there was a locked bootloader, there was a no root (at the time), and ICS was probably the only update we'd get. But I didn't realise how all those little things added up, and how annoyed I would be overall.
So I must confess, I jumped ship about two weeks ago, to a Nexus 4.
And I can tell you, it is so so nice to just have the updates without all the BS around it. It's so so nice to have the option of root whenever I want it, and it's really nice to have an unlockable bootloader. Oddly, for the first time since owning Android devices, I've had no urge what-so-ever (well, maybe a little!) to root or unlock the bootloader. But I know I can, if I want to.
I sold the OSD for £120 on eBay. Not terrible, £80 loss for a phone for about 6 months. No great either.
When my contract with Orange ends (March 5th!), I will be getting that PAC code and jumping to Ovivo. If Ovivo are useless, I'll jump to somewhere else (possibly Virgin or GiffGaff). It's extremely nice to have the choice. A choice that costs another £20 on the OSD...
I must admit, this will be the last time I buy a carrier-branded phone. Once I got the Nexus 4, I really saw Android how it is supposed to be, and it really is much nicer over here!