Android Data Usage: Finally, A Network Operator Tells It As It Is

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Android fanboys are quick to jump to their favourite OS’ defence when we mention its data guzzling weakness.

I have published articles here to show that Android OS guzzles much more data than any other mobile OS – even when it is idle. I have owned and reviewed several Android devices and seen data consumption that is simply outrageous even when I am not doing anything with the devices.

I remember a particular discussion on this blog during which someone said that he had been using Android and had never had data issues. However, several comments down the line, he mentioned that he managed data consumption on his Android devices with certain 3rd party apps. That was hilarious! I was quite decent and let it pass without a comment from me – till now.

Well, here is news that finally a network operator is calling Google out on Android’s data consumption levels. Japan’s largest network, NTT DoCoMo is reported to be asking Google to reduce the amount of data its mobile OS consumes after a recent disruption to their network caused by an android app.

If anyone should know about data consumption, it is DoCoMo. You see, they are one of the world’s most advanced networks. They are also a network that have had tons of Symbian-powered devices used on their networks (Japan’s advanced mobile networks have been mostly dominated for years by Symbian-powered phones).

DoCoMo knows the difference.

Now, this is not a Symbian versus Android article. It is an article to make a case that is so obvious that NO-ONE should be arguing it – Android is a data guzzling beast.

An excerpt from the news item:

NTT DoCoMo Inc will ask Google Inc to modify its Android operating system so that smartphones running on it will generate less data traffic, the Nikkei reported.

The leading Japanese mobile phone service provider identified an Android application, which enables free-of-charge voice communication, as a major cause behind a service disruption that occurred on Wednesday, the business daily said.

This is probably the first time that any mobile operator is approaching a smartphone operating system provider to amend how its software operates. Telling.

But does this make Android a failure? No.

Does this mean that Android is a terrible OS? No.

Should anyone stop using Android phones because of that? Their choice.

But facts are facts.

It is better that potential users and buyers know upfront what they are getting, so that they can make informed decisions. Nothing more. Android guzzles data (and power too). Yes; it can be managed. If that’s okay with you, buy. If not, get something else.

Now, where is my Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro? I was in the middle of a WhatsApp chat….

Source via TNW

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  1. I know that android devices consume more data than any other mobile os platform but its a choice I have made and ready to live with it.My issue is not data guzzling weakness of android phones but the battery consumption.To me there should be a trade off between the two.I am completely in a state of ‘don’t care’ as far as data consumption is concerned on my android device.

  2. Android fanboys are quick to jump to their favourite OS’ defence when we mention its data guzzling weakness.

    Every one does that including Symbian, iOS and Blackberry fan boys, so that’s not peculiar to Android users.

    Now, this is not a Symbian versus Android article. It is an article to make a case that is so obvious that NO-ONE should be arguing it – Android is a data guzzling beast.

    If it is so obvious, I’m wondering the point in reporting it. People have been warned repeatedly to lay off Android, but majority of those that have tried it have sworn not to go back to Symbian notwithstanding being better in data consumption.

    The leading Japanese mobile phone service provider identified an Android application, which enables free-of-charge voice communication, as a major cause behind a service disruption that occurred on Wednesday, the business daily said.

    Sounds more like the problem is the money they are losing through voice that is the problem rather than the surposed service disruption. Operators worldwide are known to show displeasure at these VOIP services that circumvent their voice call services.

    It is better that potential users and buyers know upfront what they are getting, so that they can make informed decisions. Nothing more. Android guzzles data (and power too). Yes; it can be managed. If that’s okay with you, buy. If not, get something else.

    If the core of mobile experience is all about data efficiency, then all of us will be using Blackberry devices but we know that is not the case.

  3. I need a clarification is this a mobile review site, mobile news site or just a personal blog?. If it is a personal blog, then I have no issue with what is said has it’s just the thought and opinion of the writer because this is neither a review nor a news item.

    That been said, I have used a iPhone 3GS and an iPhone 4 and recently switched to a samsung galaxy S2 and I can say for a fact that my iphone guzzle up more data than my Android phone (this is my personal onservation). I have been using both an iPhone 4 and Galaxy S2 simultaneously for about a month now and I can barely run through 250MB/month of data on my iPhone 4.

    Data usage is a subjective issue and the article you quoted talked about an an Android application, which enables free-of-charge voice communication, how does that make it a FACT.

    You use individual app consumption to label the entire OS. If you make VoIP calls on your phone, you will obviously consume more data regardless of your phone.

    If you spend all day making free Skype calls, watching youtube(in HD)and browsing desktop grade website (with flash) like I do with my Galaxy S2, you will consume more data and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  4. Data guzzling by Android phones was never a state secret. This article is just like stating the obvious. NTT Docomo however shouldn’t have based its conclusion just on one VOIP app that for one day freaked its network. Despite stating the obvious, that incident could just be an exception instead of the norm. Perhaps on that faithful day, hundreds of thousands of users were making calls with that app and it subsequently mitigated their bandwidth. Methinks Any platform could act this way, especially when multiple users do a particular data intensive activity, like downloading movies, VOIP, video Chatting, etc. The catch word here is number.

    But I doubt, this will ever discourage Android users to jettison the platform.

  5. But does this make Android a failure? No.
    Does this mean that Android is a terrible OS?
    No.
    Should anyone stop using Android phones
    because of that? Obviously No.
    But facts are facts. Android remains a wonderful OS to use.
    I switched from Symbian to my SGS2 and i’m loving every bit of it as the days go by.

  6. The Android guyz, like me r out this morning… in life we make choices, based on facts or emotions or whatever informs d decisions Android devices r data thirsty, some say battery thirsty, all these can be managed… I’ll stick to Android no matter what. it’s just a very practical device.

  7. Me , i would never knowingly buy a car that would do 5km/litre when I can buy anothedr (offering similar facilities} that does 12km/litre.

    Only a fool would willingly burn up his money (even if he does not work for it / can afford it} ~when there are ways to get similar service for the money spent.

    A fool is of course entitled to his foolishness. The key thing is that he get satisfation from his folly…

  8. @Eye.Bee.Kay

    Only a fool would willingly burn up his money ( even if he does not work for it / can afford it} ~ when there are ways to get similar service for the money spent.

    A fool is of course entitled to his foolishness. The key thing is that he get satisfation from his folly…

    There you are wrong. You spend N1,000 every month, and I do the same so this talk of foolishness does not apply here. You might be wise, but I know how to make decisions that suit me just fine. Your sticking with Symbian does not make you any richer or wiser.

  9. @ Dave
    I can say for a fact that my iphone guzzle up more data than my Android phone (this is my personal onservation). I have been using both an iPhone 4 and Galaxy S2 simultaneously for about a month now and I can barely run through 250MB/month of data on my iPhone 4.

    Is there an error above, or are you implying that you use less than 250MB on your Samsung galaxy SII?

  10. @Eye.bee.kay you have no right whatsoever to call anybody a fool just because of the choice he/she makes. You do not make money for me niether do i make for you & thats where it end. Over time I see how you on this blog tries to put Yomi & Harry at odds even when not necessary. Must you go overboard & enter into the realm of name calling.Lets be matured in what we post.

  11. While I agree that Android is a data abyss, its not a very good reason to bash android. I used a symbian phone for a long time and recently got an android phone. The only thing I miss about symbian is the turn by turn navigation offered by Nokia with Ovi maps. Even at that, I know its only a matter of time before google maps activates it for the nigerian market. We got android because we wanted better services and we are getting that. Using the mileage example is just off point. If you want mileage get a Kia. If you want top specifications, get a mercedes or ferrari. Complaining about android data consumption is like complaining that HD streaming consumes too much data or that air travel cost too much.

  12. @Harry Echemco, I reiterate that it is FOOLISH to throw money away if you can avoid it. It is an opinion. You do not have to agree û or even feel offended. Be sure no offense meant!

    If you claim you spend N1,000/month û on Android, then you are obviously a smart guy. Or you do not use the phone much. The claim of course, is inconsequential. It is like you saying ‘I spend N7,500 /month to fuel my fuel_guzzling car’. I may also spend N7,500 / month on my hybrid car- does it mean we drive the same number of kilometers?. You are a man of indisputable logic, so analyze that!

    When you are chatting on your Android phone, your data connection has to be on. How do you stop the continuing decapitation of data during that period? If you must do push_email, the same situation applies. So û why stick your head in the sand by claiming that your Android does not waste your money (UNLIKE symbian)? If I forget to turn off background data (overnight), what do you suppose would happen?

  13. @Arumob, read my comments to Harry Echemco (above). Saying it is foolish to KNOWINGLY waste money foolish is not ‘immaturity’ (YOUR SUMMATION) û it is merely calling a spade a BLOODY spade. The truth.

    By the way, I never knew you were an advocate for the very capable Harry Echemco & Mr. Mobility HIMSELF. You are waaay too serious about this. Loosen up. We are just learning here (and having some fun). Poking jibes once in a while and ‘knocking heads together’ – just spices up the blog.

    If you are offended, just take a chill pill, you hear?

  14. @eye.bee.Kay
    A critic is someone who is jealous or uninformed.
    Your glueing with Symbian for years based on your reasons does not mean that others should. If what you have can only afford golf or Kia, it does not mean that others who can afford Peugeot or Mercedes Benz are not fools. I think we are old enough in this blog to avoid this kind of unnecessary comment.
    Whatever is the case, I moved from Symbian to Android and I’m loving it.

  15. A critic is someone who is jealous or uninformed.

    huh? Come again?

    I think we are old enough in this blog to avoid this kind of unnecessary comment.

    I see you and @Arumob are identical ornithological specimens! Traeding the same path of malapropism!

    Whatever is the case, I moved from Symbian to Android and I’m loving it.

    Good for you, bro!!

    Knew the Robot herd would come out, laser guns biazing!

    It is Just surprising those guns are so IMPOTENT!

  16. Aw… You guys should leave Eye.Bee.Kay alone. He is just voicing his opinion. Data gluttony isn’t a rare occurrence with Android. That said, it is still inconsiderate for people to drop Android all because of that, when there are apps to help control the wanton data prolificness.

    When I was on Android, “AppKiller” served me just well. The app kills all background apps once the phone goes blank.

    Qualitatively, Android is a more “modern” OS compared to Symbian with better user experience and a richer third party apps ecosystem. Reports I’ve read suggests that Android 4.0 (or Ice Cream Sandwich) corrects the data problem of Android. You can be able to tell what each apps do from the Settings. To me, That’s a great thing!

    So let’s see what Galaxy S III has to offer in the MWC Barcelona next month. IMHO, the Galaxy Nexus isn’t a “True” Flagship because the earlier SGSII is still better than it in features. Maybe the Samsung Galaxy S III will be the one device to rule all the Droids like its older siblings did!

  17. @Afewgoodmen
    You are telling us to leave eye.bee.Kay alone, some body that is always talking from crappy Symbian S60v5 not even symbian Belle, something some of us dumped long ago.
    Anyway, Android OS is a wonderful experience of which data consumption is not an issue for me.

  18. I’m not convinced this is not personal based on comments I’ve been following for the past few days. Neither is the article as objective as it could be – there was no need to mention Symbian as an example. Comparing to iOS would have made more sense to me.

    Having said that, I read an artcle on infoworld.com recently about the most data guzzling phones: iPhone 4S, Google Nexus One/HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, Samsung Galaxy S and S2. The question for me is what exactly are they dong with their phones?

    My brother has one of those phones and watches films and listens to music. A friend with another chats on IM and does VOIP calls. On mine I hardly do anything on it as the situation in Nigeria makes most of my apps redundant. Data will disappear with nothing to show for it.

    Fact is that Android phones – like iOS phones – allow people to do things they wouldn’t have done with previous phones. If people want to spend their money streaming music and videos and chatting, I’m sure they’re smart enough to know what they’re doing and are willing to pay for it. That doesn’t make them foolish unless they complain aftterwards. Most are simply enthusiastic (sometimes overly so!) about what they can now do with their phones.

    As for me, I will use my phone whenever I travel to where I’ll have more options. For Nigeria I will make do with a Blackberry.

  19. @Eye.Bee.Kay

    I’m not taking offence and I don’t think I have to. Your insistence on your previous comment only shows how narrow minded you can be sometimes if you are out to win an argument. Let me follow your line of argument for a moment and also presume you are living in a flat. Wouldn’t you in your narrow-mindedness think you are wasting money since a one room block would still contain you and your family?

    If the network operators start offering 5GB for N1,000, I will still have nothing left at the end of the month. Would you still think I’m wasting money then for going Android way?

    If people are still using feature phones and it is still serving their purpose, what are you doing wasting so much money on a smartphone?

    You have always tried to defend why you have to frugal which is for obvious reasons, but you are sometimes simply absolutely irrational with your reasonings. You argue in a manner that contradicts your lifestyle sometimes. For instance, if we agree that you should be using a smartphone as a matter of need, why the choice of Nokia 5800XM when there are cheaper Symbian alternatives. Why waste so much money?

    You simply end up being the fool when you think others are stupid for not seeing things the way you do.

  20. waoh. This is so hilarious. I’m having fun here mehn. By the way. 90% Of the comments on this thread are from android devices. Seems like most mobilitynigeria geeks have dumped symbian and moved to android…i guess i should follow suit oh….can anyone suggest and android device at 35k with a camera flash? All the ones have seen dont have a camera flash…

  21. @shayman

    Samsung Galaxy Ace will be an option though the price would be between 38 and 42 K.

  22. Yomi. The devils advocate, am sure you are smiling with the effect of the opening of the pandora box. When people say your a symbian fan you will blow fire. Anyway enjoy the drama, i know i am.

  23. They probably have being looking at it for sometime and voiced out when they could not take it again.

  24. @Harry Echemco

    Let me follow your line of argument for a moment and also presume you are living in a flat. Wouldn’t you in your narrow-mindedness think you are wasting money since a one room block would still contain you and your family?

    You are presuming? On what basis? how foolish can such presumptuousness be? You be the judge!

    If people are still using feature phones and it is still serving their purpose, what are you doing wasting so much money on a smartphone?

    Another demonstration of foolishness here. Can a feature phone serve as a smartphone? No. Can a symbian phone be a more parsimonious replacement for your Android? Say ‘YES’. See the difference?

    Also, when i bought the Nokia 5800, it was the cheapest symbian touchscreen smartphone I KNEW . In hug a transformer!

    But that is beside the point. Why foolishly waste money – when avoidable? Answer me that simple question!

    You simply end up being the fool when you think others are stupid for not seeing things the way you do.

    Getting abusive just detracts and takes the shine off you! Big time.
    How about trying pervasive / superior logic, if you have ANY left?

    So far, all you have demonstrated is appalling ILLOGIC!

    I will round this up by reiterating that it is one foolish act to willfully purchase a clear liability (Android phone); it is even more DISAPPOINTING to attempt to prove your to the contrary by LYING to yourself.

    I obviously UNDERRATED your aptitude for ILLOGIC!

  25. Guys, lets just leave this eye.bee.kay’s issue of ‘fool’, ‘foolish’ ,whatever he wants to call android users and focus on the discussion itself.

    A lot of people have addressed the main focus of the complaint. Its an app usage that caused the high data traffic and not the OS itself. And this can happen based on how many people that were using the app at that time.

    True, android can be data guzzling. However, this is relative. I don’t think users in the US or UK complain about this. Whenever you read android reviews I hardly get such comments.. But in a society with unstable, ineffective and costly data service like ours, every kilobyte will matter.

    I love the android OS but a better data efficient one is desirable. This will also improve on battery usage as well. Google too has obviously been thinking in this direction. That was what brought about the data monitoring feature in ICS. This will definitely help reduce data usage. Such is already available on the MIUI roms. But better integrated in ICS.

    Symbian may be more data efficient than android. Millions of users(including here) that have upgraded to android from symbian sure do have more reasons than just being ‘fools’.

  26. Data usage can be managed in Android 4.0(Ice cream Sandwich), if you have a phone that is upgraded-able, you’ll be able to see which apps are sucking your data and you’ll even be able to turn off background data access for any app. Even if your phone is not officially upgrade-able, you can search for a custom rom for your device on XDA-Developers(hhtp://xda-developers.com), i myself already flashed a stable working version of ICS onto my Galaxy S.

  27. @Eye.Bee.Kay

    Another demonstration of foolishness here.Can a feature phone serve as a smartphone? No. Can a symbian phone be a more parsimonious replacement for your Android? Say ‘ YES’ . See the difference?

    Also, when i bought the Nokia 5800, it was the cheapest symbian touchscreen smartphone I KNEW. In hug a transformer!

    But that is beside the point. Why foolishly waste money – when avoidable? Answer me that simple question!

    Before buying this phone, I seriously considered buying a Symbian device, but now that I have used an Android phone, Symbian is not really a choice anymore. For Eye.Bee.Kay, it might be such a wise choice to buy a Symbian phone, but for Harry it is sublime inanity buying a Symbian device now that I know that Android phones exist.

    You have probably been so cash-constrained all your life that you view everything in life from a parsimonious perspective. You should know that there is what is called choice and that is why you will find Symbian users who will prefer N8 or E5 instead of your 5800XM and that is based on personal preference. Maybe you will consider any Symbian user who is not using your model a fool because it is the cheapest touchscreen Symbian device when you purchased it. So much for your parsimony!

    Your insularity is really alarming! Mr. Wisdom, you make choice based on a number of considerations. In the case of a smartphone, you consider the features of the device, the OS that is powering it, its price etc. When I’m due for an update, Symbian will simply be out of the question and I’m not concerned how that affects you or what you may think about it.

    I will round this up by reiterating that it is one foolish act to willfully purchase a clear liability (Android phone); it is even more DISAPPOINTING to attempt to prove your to the contrary by LYING to yourself.

    You are wrongly presuming that my Android phone is a liability to me when I have rhapsodized a number of times here how much I am enjoying the phone. Your narcism has eaten so deep into you that you try to impose the devices of your little mind on others. Do you think it would be logical to say your wife and kid(s) are liabilities to you because you have to fend for them, or that your house is a liability to you because you have to pay your house rent? Eye.Bee.Kay, I believe you can do better than this.

  28. @harry ..lol ..@ been cash strapped all my life? Hmm. You think being WISE is ‘narrow_minded ? Clap for yourself!

    End of discussion!

  29. Mark,

    Yomi. The devils advocate, am sure you are smiling with the effect of the opening of the pandora box. When people say your a symbian fan you will blow fire. Anyway enjoy the drama, i know i am.

    Me, devil’s advocate? Me, Symbian fan? Where?

  30. I dont know why you guys are bothering yourself with eyebeekay’s comments. If u have been here for long you will notice He likes to impose his sometimes awkward views on others..

    You hear him make comments like symbian can replicate android’s UI with third party apps so android UI is not ‘better’ since third party apps can replicate it On symbian……or UC BROWSER is the best browser in the world…cos it has a download manager far better than operamini and as such everybody should use it. Forgetting that some still wanna see d beauty of the Web and care less abt download manager!

  31. Harry the galaxy ace poor video recording is a big let off. But i guess thats the trade off Sha. Will consider it

  32. Hey guys

    Am enjoying myself big time here.

    @EyeBeeKay, @Echemco, shayman, et all. Pls keep em coming. Shoot your stuff… Hehehe…

    But truth be told. Android guzzles big time and the fanboys keep loving it.

  33. i spend on the average N100k monthly to feed my dogs.when i see them on duty in the night,especially barking,i’m very happy;i say thats my money.i have it and its my decision to spend it how i want it.

    nobody has the right to direct me on how to spend my money.people spend N5k max on their dogs monthly.its their business na.people fly to a shop in UK just to pick a shirt/shoe dat just came out and fly back.they have the money.

    all these abusive words flying here and there cos one chooses Android are totally un-called for.

    with financial freedom you can do almost anything and everything you can think of. i’m loving my SGS2 every blessed day.dats exclusively my choice and business. waiting to order the SGS3 once it hits the stores.

    i left symbian for Android.for now Android rules. frankly speaking it meets my mobile needs seamlessly.anybody who has tasted Android can attest to its versatility.

    Drop your guns and bombs and concentrate on the topic of discussion in a sane manner pls.

  34. @ deoladoctor, doesn’t it have to do wihat you use your phone for? It’s been said that iPhone4S guzzles more data than the Samsung Galaxy S2, but that doesn’t stop people from buying or enjoying or wanting either.

    If the climate in Nigeria was like in other places that offer unlimited data bundles at less extortionate prices, the complaints would be about battery life, not data consumption. By comparison, the iPhone’s battery life is definitely better than any Android phone.

    But what I do on an Android phone is very different to what I’ve ever done on a Symbian phone but close to what I’ve achieved using a Blackberry. Which goes back to my original question: what are people doing on their phones that consume so much data?

  35. Noni,

    Which goes back to my original question: what are people doing on their phones that consume so much data?

    Which is why you should listen to people like myself who test these phones under exactly the same conditions, running the same services, etc. So when I tell you that Android OS consumes more data (and more battery) than any other mobile OS on the market, that is authoritative.

    Others who run similar comparison tests have said the same thing. There is no controversy there. Saying it doesn’t mean I don’t like Android. It is just the truth.

  36. @Harry

    I’m really disappointed at u, in fact, I’m simply alarmed. How on earth could u be joining issues with someone that attempts a comparison between the symbian OS and the android OS. U take ur time to respond to every word that is said in this desperate and lame comparison.

    Someone is basking in the euphoria of the symbian OS in the 2012 (not 1912), and u think it is worth ur time to respond to his ‘parsimonious wisdom’? He who refuses to get on the fast lane and jet off with the times, preferring instead to stroll along, should be left alone to enjoy the oblivion.

    I’m not bothered by Mr. Parsimony’s distracting posts but I’m pissed that u respond at all. Please, talk about the subject matter (so one can learn from) and stop dignifying this daft comparison.

  37. Yomi, I think you’ve missed what I’m saying. Android consumes more data than Symbian, fact. Depending on who you read, either Android and some iOS phones consume more data than the other. But reading more, it was highlighted exactly what users were doing that led to high data consumption.

    In Nigeria I can see this will be a big issue because, as fortespy rightly pointed out, every megabyte in Nigeria makes a difference. In my experience outside of Nigeria data consumption doesn’t bother me. Why? Because I have loads more connecting options than just mobile internet. I’m more concerned about where my nearest power supply is than data consumption.

    Even then my usage by comparison to others will be lower because of what I do with my phone. The only other phone I can compare my usage to is a Blackberry I used in a similar way to how I used my Android phone outside of Nigeria. Those were the 2 phones I regularly used mobile data to do things I never did on Nokia or Samsung phones.

    That is my non-authoritave experience and I am very aware from friends with both iOS and Android phones that those have opened up whole new world of usage not experienced with previous phone OSes. As far as they’re concerned, higher data consumption is accepted as part of ownership of these devices.

    One network may ‘tell it like it is’ but trust me when I say that networks right now are more interested in making money from the mobile device market because of all these nice shiny devices that consume extra data in addition to the usual netbooks, laptops and pcs. Why do you think more networks haven’t made the same complaints or issued similar statements? Remember they can change the rules for users any time they like – and they won’t limit themselves to just Android users.

  38. This argument is useless. Android consumes more data. No doubt about that but it does that while offering better services. Granted, services may look.similar but android is better. For example, Standard Definition television show the same things as High Definition television. An HD wont add scenes that are not there. In fact DVDs offer near HD like quality but High Definition.takes more space, uses more data and is more expensive than SD. Does it mean that those who prefer HD are fools wh just want to waste money? A kia car can take you anywhere a Mercedes or BMW will take you. In most cases, you would drive them at the same speed, but one will surely consume more fuel than the other. Does that mean the man that opts for the more expensive car is foolish? Only a man who cannot afford the.mercedes will say that. From experience, those that make noise about new OSes while using Symbian obviously havent used Android. Give the most ardent symbian fan an android fone and his tone will change. The same Eyebeekay will sing a different tune in a short while. Just watch out

  39. @efe
    money is good.people buy a V8 powered engine strictly for school runs (to ferry the children to and from school). the fuel consumption is more than twice a 4cylinder engine.are they complaining..
    when people begin to “cry more than the bereaved”,silence is the best answer na.

    But does this make Android a failure? No.
    Does this mean that Android is a terrible OS?
    No.
    Should anyone stop using Android phones
    because of that? Their choice.

  40. Efe & fortespy, i thought we have buried this topic?
    Ok, let us ressurect it!

    Your analogies, both of you,are sheer baloney!

    You first Efe..
    (
    Android consumes more data. No doubt about that but it does that while offering better services?
    )
    Care to llist those better services?

    (
    .In fact DVDs offer near HD like quality but High Definition.takes more space, uses more data and is more expensive than SD. Does it mean that those who prefer HD are fools wh just want to waste money?
    )

    Yes, they are NICOMPOOP$ if there is no appreciable or marked difference between the two.But- i know there IS a difference! Why pay more for a service that is not markedly different from a cheaper one? Android is not markedly different in functionality from a Nokia Belle.

    (
    Only a man who cannot afford the.mercedes will say that
    )

    O yeah? Do u know what kind of car Warren Buffet drives? He probably can buy up a Car Manufacturing Plant

    (
    Give the most ardent symbian fan an android fone and his tone will change. The same Eyebeekay will sing a different tune in a short while. Just watch out
    )

    Please give me on oe. I will probably give the phone to my daughter to use as a CALCULATOR. Or I could use it as an alarm clock.

    Fortespy:
    (
    people buy a V8 powered engine strictly for school runs (to ferry the children to and from school). the fuel consumption is more than twice a 4cylinder engine.are they complaining..
    )
    I will not say much to you.
    We obviously belong to different continents in more ways than one

    You are saying it is not FOOLISH to waste money, JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN AFFORD IT? Okay!
    You are entitled to your……

  41. With money There is a minimum threshold to what one can consider being wasteful. Ghadaffi was caught with a hand-gun made of pure gold. we know how much that costs. probably he never even got to use it but thats his business. he can afford it a hundred times over. I’m not trying to insult any part here but my point is ; with financial freedom, you look for what to spend money on and are less concerned on how you spend it. its your money my brother.

  42. @fortespy, i am trying so hard to follow your line of reasoning.

    This is the second time you are mentioning financial freedom. Now that is a topic that interests me HUGELY.

    The Ghadaffi example is not salient here. He can. afford’ it because it is technically Not his money he was spending. It was Libya’s money.

    I have not said it is not okay to spend money on diamond despite its being intrinsically worthless as regards ornamentation. It is your choice.

    BUT-and this is the crux, it is foolish.

    That is my opinion. You are free to disagree with it.

    Talking of financial freedom, you said,…

    (
    with financial freedom, you look for what to spend money on and are less concerned on how you spend it
    )

    Spend? or WASTE.

    ASK Mr. Bill Gates how he is positively affecting mankind return his philanthropy!

    The way to demonstrate ‘financial freedom’ is to affect life positively, not indulge in. wanton waste.
    THAT is my philosophy. I leave you to yours..

  43. @Eye.Bee.Kay

    I have not said it is not okay to spend money on diamond despite its being intrinsically worthless as regards ornamentation. It is your choice.

    There you go again. Well the truth is that nothing is really worth anything until we human beings give it value. If we attach great value to diamond, then it is not worth nothing intrinsically but the value we attach to it.

    It is us humans that determines the value of anything around us. Remember that you and the rest of other Symbian adherents believe that Symbian is as capable or even more capable than Android and yet the people that move the world forward rightly decided otherwise and the value and worth of Symbian vanished.

    I could take this to a different height but I think this much suffices to give a broader view on the subject values.

  44. While i was using the ipad, i usually get by with glo’s 3GB monthly plan. Not that i couldnt do more than that, but glo’s data speed was frustratingly slow. Much has not changed since i switched platform to Honeycomb, my last month data usage read about 2.76GB. Personally, i have not seen any difference in the data usage between both platforms, maybe i am just not observant. Apart from the influence some particular apps may have on data usage, like the IOS Siri is being accused of, a lot may also depend on the user who in most cases, is the data guzzler and not some innocent apps.

  45. The very core of your writing while appearing reasonable originally, did not sit well with me after some time. Somewhere throughout the paragraphs you were able to make me a believer unfortunately only for a very short while. I still have a problem with your jumps in logic and one might do well to fill in those gaps. In the event that you can accomplish that, I will surely end up being impressed.

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