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Topic # 56740 22-Jan-2010 10:53
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I saw this "The Robot" android phone on Trademe and Googled it. I found it wholesaling on for NZ$250-ish. That's cheap. 

The specs are pretty mediocre, with a slowish processor (Samsung 400Mhz), 2.8" screen, no 3G, and only two GSM frequencies (900/1800). Almost all web sites talking it up use the same boilerplate text. 

The phone will do what it says. In NZ, you can make calls on VF or 2D. You can surf the net via 2G/GPRS. You can use it like a mini-netbook computer. I'm tempted to buy one just to see how good (or bad) it really is. 

The only mention of an app market urges phone buyers to go to the And App Store. This isn't the Android Market, but if millions of people with cheap phones go there looking for apps, it may well grow quickly. 

"The Robot" is just one example. There are others

Fascinating to see this happening. Feels a bit like the early PC open platform growing like a weed in every nook and cranny. 


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  Reply # 292148 22-Jan-2010 12:10
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I was blown away last year by the number of "imitation" phones coming out of China. Not saying that these are imitation phones, just that when the price of a device is really low you can't simply take it for granted that a so-called Android phone is in fact running the Android OS.

I don't really get why they did it, but last year I saw some devices that were running an imitation Android OS. Looked exactly like you were running Android but you couldn't use Android apps etc. Since Android is a free open source OS it didn't make a lot of sense to me. Maybe they just liked the UI but the OS itself was too heavy for the hardware they wanted to use? Maybe it was simply cheaper to make their existing OS look like Android than adapt Android to work with their existing hardware?

Best regards,
Aaron Davidson.

SimWorks International Limited - New Zealands leading developer of mobile applications

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