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I'm starting to become a defeatist on open platforms. I'd love to see them succeed but it just doesn't seem like the quality and usability is there. If it annoys me it must drive the average person totally insane. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go back to trying to figure out why Dolphin on my Android phone crashes on startup and how to restore the original built-in browser which I must have deleted.

I couldn't agree more.

I would LOVE to use something that's open vs something that's closed. Ubuntu instead of Leopard. Android instead of iPhone. OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office. Gimp instead of Photoshop.

Problem is, all those things are inferior compared to their closed-source counterparts (my opinion only), and don't let me do the job I need them for nearly as well, or in as much comfort.

I am a "tinkerer", programmer, tech geek, etc. Am I going to sacrifice my iPhone just because it's closed-source, and start using something else? Never in a million years. I have enough things to tinker with in my life.

Some people may disagree, and that's fine, but for me and majority of others it's just not such a big deal if the damned thing works as it's supposed to and I'm happy with it.

This seems to be a fundamental problem of open source: people contribute because it is fun. However, the stuff that brings value to your average user, i.e. nice UI and good documentation, is boring.

So, OS is great for hackers, some of the best technologies are open source. But, it tends to suck for the end user.

I have to agree with you on quality/usability. I ended up going back to the iPhone after 2 weeks with the Droid -- mostly because our Exchange server just didn't want to play nice.

My big take away after two weeks, though? Android Market apps have a long way to go to catch up to iPhone apps in terms of polish. Even some of the stuff Google supplies just isn't as nice to use. That makes me sad, since I'd like to see a little more competition.

XScope is a lesser known alternative Android browser that has a lot of potential. I particularly like its "pin zoom" gesture.

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