What is user-friendly for you may not be for me

Posted by Mister Mobility

For the regular guy who commutes within the city, an automatic transmission is Godsend. Minimal effort. Maximum returns. driving through traffic lo9gjams suddenly becomes a whole lot less stressful. There is none of that old school clutch-brake-clutch-move cycle to follow.




All other things being equal, the driving user experience with an auto transmission vehicle is unmatched in regular driving conditions.

But shall we depart from the city roads and get on to the race track a while? Auto transmission may be nivirna on city roads, but it makes for a poor and frustrating driving experience out on any race track. An auto transmission car would just not be as responsive as a manual (shift stick) equivalent.

Manuevering and pulling those insane turns and tricks on a Formula 1 track would be extremely frustrating, if not impossible, with an auto drive vehicle. Where possible, they would be certainly less enjoyable and more frustrating for the typical adrenaline-driven racers.


Yes; the shift stick requires more steps to get anything done by way of comparison with an auto-drive, yet is clearly more user-friendly in a racing environment than an auto drive is.

This is the reason why almost no getaway driver chooses an auto transmission vehicle for use in a heist. It would frustrate the heck out of him and ensure that he and his pals cool off in jail.

Moral of the story: What is user-friendly for one may not be for another. When people say that a UI is more user-friendly than another, think again. They might just not be looking beyond their nose. It may be user-friendly for them, but may just be what the doctor ordered for you.

Disclaimer: This post has a strong element of truth in it, but it is also written tongue-in-cheek. Y’all can interprete it anyway you can – and then have a good fight over your different interpretations. Let the fun begin!


31 comments

  1. Sir, this certainly more appropriately titled than the previous argument that evolved from the something different.

    Permit me to draw the following inferences. First, your analysis is very realistic and plausible. Now going by your analysis, regular phone users would represent or be likened to users of cars with automatic transmission and also ply the city roads, speaking generally while geeks and people that like to tinker with their phones would be likened to a racers whose business would be more on track roads than on city roads.

    The analysis is perfect up to this point no doubt but if we want to bring it home a little bit by including companies serving these two segments of users, it became clear why Nokia most abandon Symbian that’s tailored more for geeks than for regular users. For a company that is out there for the sole reason of growing market share and making profits, targeting geeks mainly is not a viable option. How many geeks are there out there?

    Sure when there were no automatic transmission systems in cars, everybody uses what was available then. But now that more fluid OS like Android and iOS are available, tinkering should be left to the few geeks that thrives in tinkering. Any support for such segment should be more of a niche than mainstream.

    My argument here has not in any way weakened the excellent analysis you presented here, it only stressed why Nokia must and did kill Symbian.

    Someone might argue that Symbian is not dead yet. Sure it is not, but it is as good as dead. Actually in coma.

  2. Symbian is not really that hard to use…-you dont necessarily have to be a geek to call, text, use multimedia on a symbian phone! You guys just try to blow things out of proportion with the symbian bashing…

    Symbian is not a mordern OS But it gets the job done! And thats what matters….

  3. When I hear ’user-friendliness’, the thing that comes to mind is how easily you can get your tasks accomplished .

    For what things do I use my phone? (do not end a sentence with a ‘preposition’- English 101)
    How (comparatively?) easily / efficiently do I get those things done.

    Well, I use my phone (Nokia 5800)primarily for browsing. I send most of my sms’ through the web. I minimize voice calls to the barest minimum. I have no interest in photography. It is chock-full of apps to make life easy for me.

    How easily do I get these things done? Veeerrryyyy easily. To get to my browser (which is left running almost permanently – anyway), I merely click on the icon for that Browser.
    I use JBak TaskManager- with the most ‘often_used” applications arranged neatly on the phone homescreen. Getting to ANY app on this phone is a piece of cake. ‘TaskManager allows me to arrange often called contacts (me ke?), often used urls, often accessed documents right on my phone screen.
    With Youlu Address Book, I get threaded sms functionality. I can easily recall the last calls (all with the time of call initiation / receipt). When an sms comes in, it gets displayed instantly on my phone. When I miss a call / sms, ‘Best Reminder’ beeps intermittently to alert me.

    Conclusively, when people keep talking about better (than Symbian) user-friendliness on the iPhones and Androids of this world, I just shrug dismissively, and I plod on with my trusty Symbian.

    I do not feel like I lack anything. If a Symbian phone (no hardware QWERTY o) – with a display size of 4.5” comes out, I am likely to go for it swiftly (na you people sabi about Symbian being comatose!)

  4. I’ve been using Linux alongside Windows operating system since 2003. Even installing it on the same hard disk as the Windows OS then was one hell of ordeal. But using it on a day to day basis is another trouble. It’s relatively easy to find apps for Linux on the web, but installing it on an existing Linux OS is always a big challenge.

    After close to a decade now, most of the rough edges has been smoothened out but installation of application is still not easy. I can handle that relatively easily but this is not what you’ll expect a regular user of computer to start fiddling with.
    These days with internet connection, it’s even a whole lot more easier than before, almost as easy on Windows.

    Now I’m not really talking about Linux. Why I brought this up was that then I do have issues with the Linux OS and I’ll rush to a Linux discussion forum only for the geeks to rattle of how easier it is to use Linux, How it makes life a lot easier. As a matter of fact, they most of their time on their computer typing out commands in terminal windows rather than the conventional window that Windows user are accustomed to and more comfortable with. (sorry I did it again).

    So when I here Eye.Bee.Kay say things like, “I do not feel like I lack anything.”, I begin to visualize a Linux geek. Of course he won’t be aware of this because is already indoctrinated with Symbian. Symbian is now flowing in his vein that he won’t know the difference. The mainstream phone users are not geeks and they are ready to use any better alternative and they sure are doing that now.

  5. Oga, Harry (yes, I am calling you names already – my blood is boiling!), what is SO geeky about using Symbian phones?

    Your analogy with Linux/Windows is tendentious as well as contentious! Not to add preporterous and aggravating (yes, get that dictionary now!).

    Wheras Linux is nerdy quite allright, Symbian elegant in its simplicity! Call. Sms. Play music. Launch apps. Take photos. anything convoluted in that on Symbian?

    My friend’s 6-yr old daughter loads credit and calls her mum on a Nokia smartphone!

    As Pirelli likes to say, ‘power is NOTHING withous CONTROL’. Symbian is POWERFUL, and also furnishes control by allowing day2Day ordinary tasks to be done withous stress. things like bluet2ting files from one device to the other. Uncomplicated bidirectional file movement between phone and pc.

    Can anybody truly convince us that Android & iOS have the power of Symbian? Under_the_hood power, that is.

    To revert to automobile terminologies (again!), an autostick gives you POWER without CONTROL. Apart from convenience, in what ways is it SUPERIOR to the manual drive? None!
    In what way is manual superior to auto? Multifarious!

    About Symbian being obsolete, what is wrong with obsolescence, as long as it gets the job done? See FirstBank standing ‘gidigba’!

    Wine gets better with age. Maturity comes with age.
    Newer is not necessarily always better. See oldversion.com .

    Conclusively, let us embrace functionality over meretriciousness.

    iOS & Andy are still trying to pull tricks that Aunty Simbi has been doing for many many DONKEY years…

  6. I’m with you there, EyeBeekay. While I’m itching for another smartphone and eyeing a BB or droid, I’ll keep using my symbian N8 til it dies

  7. I for one do find the analogy used to describe the differences in mobile OSes in the market an overshoot, it only helps to buttress the gaping differences in the UX in iOS/Android against Symbian. Having used all OSes I don’t think that symbian is a manual transmission when compared to newer OSes, all it is too me is a vehicle that required a new paint job (UI improvements & QT) to make it more appealing to the customers out there and more developer attention.

  8. @Eye.Bee.Kay:

    Thanks for admitting that Linux is “nerdy”. Like I said before, you grew up with Linux, oh sorry I mean Symbian so you won’t know the difference. Your entire system now oozes Symbian. It is actually bemusing that anyone could use those terms like “elegant in its simplicity” to qualify Symbian. Please permit me to point you to the Linux magazine site so you can get just any copy, read and judge for yourself if there is no uncanny correlation between the terms used there and ones used here by Eye.Bee.Kay. “ftp://ftp.linuxjournal.com/pub/tux/”

    My friend’s 6-yr old daughter loads credit and calls her mum on a Nokia smartphone!

    They always say that, I mean the nerds. And what will you likely expect from one born with genes that have undergone mutation through the use of Symbian. lol. On a serious note, a child that has seen nothing else other than Symbian in her life will only learn the hard way, sorry I mean the Symbian way. Now are we to deny that it can’t be simpler simply because the daughter of a nerd naturally became one?

    As Pirelli likes to say, ‘power is NOTHING withous
    CONTROL’. Symbian is POWERFUL, and also
    furnishes control by allowing day2Day ordinary
    tasks to be done withous stress…

    Now you’ve been stuck in the world of Symbian for the greater part of your mobile computing life. You really don’t know how powerful the words POWER and CONTROL can be outside the Symbian world. Let me show you. On my LG Optimus One P500 Android phone:
    * want to switch on or off the WIFI?
    swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the WIFI icon.
    * want to want to switch on or off the GPS?
    swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the WIFI icon.
    The same process for Bluetooth, data connection and silent mode.

    I can tell you a host of other easier and simpler ways of doing things outside the Nokia world only I’m afraid the only true Nokia customer – apart from Yomi – will leave them so soon. I would have done a review of Android using this phone here only I’m afraid it would hasten the demise of Symbian.

    Can anybody truly convince us that Android & iOS have the power of Symbian? Under_the_hood power, that is.

    Not that you’re going to admit it, but let me show you things I can down with the phone out of the box:
    * Send and receive files to and from. any. bluetooth enabled device.
    * Copy text from almost any application and paste to any text input field.
    * Connect the memory card of the phone directly to any computer that supports USB flash drive.
    * Share the data connection of the device to any WIFI enable device without additional software [WIFI hotspot].
    * Serve as both Bluetooth and cable modem.
    * View and edit MS Office applications and also view PDF files.
    * Facebook, tweeter, video, YouTube, weather, audio and all those location based apps are integrated.
    * Gmail and Email are two push email client apps also integrated in the device and sure I can browse the web, take and view pictures and listen to radio and also perform calendar related activitie.

    With third party apps:
    * I can browser, copy, paste and edit the content of other bluetooth enabled devices.
    * I can lock files and folder as well as application from unauthorized access.
    * Serve the files and folder on my device as http or ftp webpages to any device that is WIFI enabled has a browser that supports those protocols (no proxy browsers please!).
    * Read numerous ebook formats.
    * Emulate Linux terminal on my device
    * Bible and dictionaries are always handy.

    And someone keeps taking about versatility, power, control and funnily ease of use of Symbian. Can you show me any of those attriban?

    Let’s not try being ambiguous please. What is UNDER_THE_HOOD POWER? If the power you’re taking about is so hooded that the average smartphone use cannot see or use them, are we not saying in effect that Linux, sorry Symbian is for smartphone geeky users?

    Regular users have agreed that every thing is wrong with Symbian and that’s why they are jumping ship. The Symbian gene is too old for the present generation of mobile computing. It had tried mutating into relevance but failed woefully. That attempt has resulted in it developing cancer and other malignant ailments. It is now in coma.

  9. ((( And what will you likely expect from one born with genes that have undergone mutation through the use of Symbian.
    ))
    Haba! Haaa! LWKMD !
    Yeee ! Yomi come to my aid oo. Harry has finished me!

    Seriously…

    (( On my LG Optimus One P500 Android phone:

    * want to switch on or offthe WIFI?

    swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the WIFI icon.

    * want to want to switch on or off the GPS?

    swipe down from the topof the screen and tap the WIFI icon.

    The same process for Bluetooth, data connection and silent mode. ))

    NOT IMPRESSED.

    On my Nokia, I tap the menu key, with Jbak Taskman rimming, i tap the bluetooth, wifi,,whatever icon. And I am rolling! Trivial.

    (( * Share the data connection of the device to any WIFI enable device without additional software [WIFI hotspot ])).

    So what? JoikuSpot does that for me, too!

    The other things you listed in that chunk of paragraph- symbian does too. Easily. so?

    (( That attempt has resulted in it developing cancer and other malignant ailments. It is now in coma. ))

    I am sure you know patients in a comma often come back to life. How about some optimism?

    I have not been told anything earthshaking enough to make me feel like jumping ship. Seriously!

    (( I can tell you a host of other easier and simpler ways of doing things outside the Nokia world only I’m afraid the only true Nokia customer – apart from Yomi – will leave them so soon’

    Please do tell us those easier snd simpler things.

    When you hear ‘…and much more…’, it usually means there is NOTHING more…!
    That ‘tip-of-the-iceberg’ trick leaves me UNmoved!
    What more things do you have under YOUR Android hood?

  10. My very dear Yomi, this post reminds me of your previous article relating to Apple and Nokia sales. Yes, beauty is in the Eyes of the beholder. However, you’ll need to cOnsider “A Majority” of people’s like. And not
    Just a few eccentric people. Why? Let’s look at a Gaussian curve and try to appreciate what probability that 95% of the respondents will like Manual over autOmatic or Vice versa. The other extreme who are in the 5% of this curve are regarded as insignificant in statistics.
    I, for instance have always preferred a manual transmission over an automatic one. Why? I love to imagine that I’m on a race track while driving. I also want to feel in control of my car. Automatic just simply makes me feel I’m not doing enough driving; that ME just lazing away. This not withstanding, one of my friends tells me that the new automatic transmission engines can match manual engines in acceleration. But I’m yet to prove him right.

    However when we narrow down ultimately on mobile smartphone platforms, the sweeter the UI the more endearing it is to more. The hardware or features of a phone MUST complement the UI. This is very important for me for enhanced productivity!

  11. (( Let’s look at a Gaussian curve and try to appreciate what probability that 95% of the respondents will like Manual over autOmatic or Vice versa. ))

    Sure, the majority carries the day.

    As ‘NTA television station’ would tell you, ’30 Million viewers can not be wrong, right? Yes; they CAN be!

    The fact that’most people just parrot opinions from figures of Authority does nnot mean they are right, or that the ‘Authorit’ is right either.

    There are no truths; Nothing is ering and nothing is right – it is just a matter of perception and your point of view. Anything that can not be empirically proved will always be subject to opinion.

    For people who insist on an ECVT autostick over old reliable manual drive, good for them.

    We are mostly just bantering’ on this. No one can dictate to amy other what works for him. Or what is beautiful, or better.

    It is all about your reality, even if that reality is distorted..

    AfewGoogMen >> (( Yes, beauty is in the Eyes of the beholder. However,you’ll need to cOnsider “AMajority” of people’s like. And not
    Just a few eccentric people. ))

    what is eccentric about being in the MINORITY. Idiosycratic, yes. Iconolastic, sure. But ECCENTRIC? Hmm..

  12. @Eye.Bee.Kay:

    I’ve told you things an Android device could do out of the box, instead of defending Symbian on its strengths you ran to mercenaries (third party apps). An average Symbian user wouldn’t know of these mercenaries you employed to attempt matching the strengths of Android.

    NOT IMPRESSED? A Linux nerd will also say that. Meanwhile you’re yet to tell me the “UNDER_THE_HOOD POWER” you talked about Symbian.

    [When you hear ‘…and much more…’, it usually
    means there is NOTHING more…!]

    When I said and much more, what you probably didn’t know is that I was only getting warned up. Now let me give one more killer feature in which mercenaries cannot help you match. Pop in the SIM of any of the four GSM operators in the country and Android detects the MCC/MNC and configures the phone automatically for data connection (both internet and MMS services) except for Glo that you need to have your SIM enabled by Glo. Now I’m not talking of the normal settings you receive from operators like MTN and Etisalat. These configurations are baked in in the Android OS, courtesy of Linux.

    [I am sure you know patients in a comma often
    come back to life. How about some optimism?]

    Even God in His infinite mercy allows the luxury of dreams, how much more a mere mortal being like me. To start with, I’m too ordinary to even have a say on that. Besides, even if I have the power to deny you the benefits of dreams, I’m not a sadist to deny an injured Symbian lover his only possible source solace.

    [I have not been told anything earthshaking enough to make me feel like jumping ship. Seriously!]

    My people say that the leaves of a tree does not start drying up the moment it is cut down. I understand how it is. A seed has been sown, it would only take some time to germinate and produce seeds and then you’ll be raving on the beauty of Android and be wondering how you could have been ignorant for so long.

    [The fact that’most people just parrot opinions from figures of Authority does nnot mean they are right, or that the ‘Authorit’ is right either.]

    What I’ve said here is all I’ve experienced on my phone not what I got from any other source and you’ve not told me any of them is wrong all you did was employ mercenaries to aid your army.

    And finally I don’t think we have any other authorities here except Yomi.

  13. @Eye.Bee.Kay; I hope I got this iteration of your username. Reminds me of P. DIddy. Hope I got that too?

    By the way, being in the last 5% of a Gaussian curve for any population or any characteristics you wish to define makes you different from the norm. If you are looking at birthweight at delivery for instance, it is an important indix to predict neonatal survival etc.

    So what am I driving at? idiosyncratic, iconoclasm, eccentricity; they are all ways to define non-conformity. Mind you there is nothing bad in not going with the majority. There is nothing even absurd in doubting the way certain aspect of society works. Like one of my Psychiatrist friends who is an Atheist tells me that Jesus Christ was probably hearing or seeing auditory or optical hallucination. That is his point of view. He may be right or wrong but definitely not eccentric or idiosyncratic. One thing we must realize is that a Gaussian curve or any other theory is made from assumptions. That is why a small-at-birth baby or underweight may survive while a healthier normal weight baby may experience early infant death! It’s rare but plausible.

    What am I driving at? Well, now let’s talk mobile. A 7 year old girl whose parents use Symbian should be expected to use Symbian well. My 2 year old daughter for instance can unlock my iPhone and go to the music video or music folder and play. She goes further than that. She could even turn off applications, surreptitiously delete (uninstall) some apps too in the process and culminate her mobile experience by opening a Children’s Doodle app and draw funny shapes. Needless to say, my 4 year old Son has a better prowess of iOS and Android too (His mother uses an Android)!

    Concerning UI; Symbian is still in the dark ages compared with iOS or Android. I can get things done in Symbian but I have to dig in more than 3 or 4 menu/submenu items to execute some basic task. That’s what Harry is trying to say. I use a Symbian device too so it is not as if I am talking without trying things out.

    In the past, Symbian used to be the “Hard Way, and the Only Way”, so you MUST put up with all its shortcomings. You just HAVE to put up with its different nuances. I was also a very great critic of iOS when it first came out. But with some hands on with the OS I decided to give it a try and I’ve loved the UI ever since. As a Geek, no one OS could actually satisfy me, so I’ve dabbled into Android, Symbian Series 40, Samsung’s Touch Whiz and others. At all times I use at least 2 smartphones at a time! Deoladoctor has at least 4 different mobile OS phones at any given time. I am not exaggerating! Although he has called it quits with Symbian finally.

    What this boils down to is that Even Nokia themselves say in no ambiguous terms that the Symbian OS is outdated and they need to move to a modern platform. Surely Eye.Bee.Kay, you don’t believe you are more catholic than the pope? Or more Symbian than Nokia itself? No Offence meant. Lol.

  14. Harry, I am not easily intimidated o! Be warned!

    That attempt at obfuscation by getting cryptic with that MCC/MNC bazooka did not crack any eggs with me!.

    Allow me some illumination.

    MCC/MNC talks about country code / carrier id and the network/cell tower in use. I had to google on that (see, I am honest). You are obviously an Android programmer – but we are not all.
    There are several symbian applications in existence that can easily detect the cell tower in use. For example, ‘Handy Profile’ allows you to change your phone profile automatically depending on your location. That way, when you get to your church on Sunday, this uber-smart Symbian Phone can turn itself into ‘silent mode’ (that assumes the church is in the same location and not on a moving yacht ).
    Detecting the country code/ carrier is also trivial.

    Agreed Symbian does not automatically detect those when you pop- in your subscriber identification module. But then – that is the crux of the whole matter. Symbian is capable of anything Android has been able to dream up (and the ones it has not been able to!). See, the power is UNDER THE HOOD.

    Like have emphasized severally in the past, expecting an OS to do things like automat detection of the carrier – is a welcome convenience. Yes, I agree. But it is not and will never be enough reason to jump ship. That is my e-pinion.

    You said you were warming up to inundate us with a deluge of features that Android has – that Symbian does not have. The MCC/MNC is just ONE. ‘One item’ does not represent a ‘deluge’ in my lexicon.

    So go on – what other ‘killer features’ has Andy over Simbi? Am waiting to hear them… You are planting an Android seed, you claim. It is yet to take root, not to talk of germinating!
    I am using living_legendary Mohammed Ali style – give out all the punch you pack. But you know what happens after that, of course….

  15. When I first read this post, I knew that would come to Symbian vs the rest debate. I want to move the motion that Eye.Bee.Kay be appointed as the official symbian spokesman for Mobility Nigeria Symbian community. He articulates our views so well, that sometimes posting would just be a repetion of what he has already said. #teamsymbian

  16. Afewgoodmen– Surely Eye.Bee.Kay, you don’t believe you are more catholic than the pope? Or more Symbian than Nokia itself?

    Of course not. But we all know that, asphyxiating Symbian is just Elop’s idea Not Nokia’s as an organization.

    Hypothetically, if Elop gets shoved out of Nokia, and there is a volte face on the unpopular decision to murder Symbian, I assure you the likes of Harry will need to beat a hasty retromingent retreat! on their postulations
    .

  17. @Eye.Bee.Kay:

    Nobody is trying to intimidate anybody. I believe we’re just having ourselves some friendly intercourse. I wouldn’t have known that I was being obscure with those terms given your knowledge and pedigree in mobile computing. My apology.

    By the way it’s obvious that if anyone is trying to be foxy, then that’s you. I’m yet to learn what you mean by “under the hood power”

    Well I could begin to talk about how I make calls send messages (email, text, mms), search through my contacts with ease, but we’ll need to hear from you first. I’ve heard a lot about Symbian power, control ease of use and under_the_hood power.

    Let’s hear from you. Shall we?

  18. The intimidation part – do not take me SO seriously. It was meant in a friendly way.

    As to your last statement, see / revisit http://is.gd/oF0Z8J

    I hereby cap my pen at this point…

  19. @Eye.Bee.Kay:

    I’m liking this guy by name “Eye.Bee.Kay”. Now on a serious note, I can tell you that what Yomi put down there was as a result of his limited use of and lack of interest in Android devices. For someone who will always find a workaround for his Symbian devices, why is it so difficult to to look for a workaround for the Android device? Simple. Lack of interest or absolute desire to discredit Android.

    Now, I can’t say anything about that of email attachment. I know I’ve never had issues with my device regarding attachments though I’ve never had the need to attach a file worth 19MB in size. I’m certain that there are easier ways to have copied those text from the forwarded email rather than using a Nokia phone and then coming back to complete the job on the Android device. This is all in an effort to discredit Android. I’m sure all Symbian devices will not pass this test if we take it as a yardstick for versatility. I’m also sure that some Android devices will pass the test.

    You were honest with me when you went Googling for some technical jargons. I’m also going to be sincere with you now. Copying in the push email clients that are still on my phone are very similar (Gmail, Email and K-9 Mail. I’ve since uninstalled Yahoo! mail client). Now, if I’m copying text from say Opera mini and start highlighting from any point down to the base of the browser, the page will start scrolling automatically highlighting text as it scrolls up. With those push mail clients, I can only copy one visible screen at a time. If I start highlighting text down to the base of the client window, it just stays as it is. I also tried forwarded email and the case was the same.

    I think what Yomi wrote in that article was an isolated case. Again the Galaxy tab he used to generalize the performance of Android devices in attachment handling shouldn’t have been in the first place because the tab was running the OS version that is strictly meant for smartphones. He should now try a Gingerbread tablet device to reach a conclusion.

    By the way, those two cases presented there, how well will you assure me that your device will handle them?

  20. Now on a serious note, I can tell you that what Yomi put down there was as a result of his limited use of and lack of interest in Android devices. For someone who will always find a workaround for his Symbian devices, why is it so difficult to to look for a workaround for the Android device? Simple. Lack of interest or absolute desire to discredit Android.

    Harry Echemco,

    You make presumptous statements about the interests and motives of people that you know nothing about. That’s both wrong and sad. I was of the impression that you were someone more tasteful than that.

    I drove from Lagos to Ibadan to get my hands on the very first Android device, the T-mobile G1, in 2009. Since then, I have spent my own personal money to purchase and use the following Android devices: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, HTC Desire HD, and Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510, alongside having extensive hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

    To put things in perspective, that’s 4 Android smartphones, 4 Symbian smartphones, 5 Windows-based, 2 iOS devices, 1 Maemo device, 1 WebOS smartphone, and 3 Blackberry smartphones since the G1 was released. I am sure that clearly sounds like a lack of interest in Android or a deliberate desire to discredit that platform.

    If you won’t take the time to understand and address issues, don’t comment on my person or my motives. Please get off my case or I will get on yours. Count that as a friendly warning. I won’t have this sort of nonsense from you or anyone else on this blog again.

  21. User friendliness redefined.

    Understanding humans, how changing a daunting task.

  22. The following was submitted by Harry Echemco at 5am this morning:

    I’ve been to other non-Nigerian blogs. Seen comments even harsher than what we dish out here but no threat from any of the blog admins. They always attend to comments with, I believe sincerity of purpose.

    Well this is Nigeria. I guess MN has turned to military zone.

    Apparently, its okay for him to be irresponsible with his comments, but not okay for me to call him to order.

    How I run this blog is my business. How he comments is his. One would think he’d be more interested in his business than mine.

    This fella talks of “sincerity of purpose” when he has no qualms mindlessly maligning others. He can head for those non-Nigerian blogs where people are allowed to be as irresponsible as they want without being accountable. Such irresponsibility has no place here for anyone.

  23. It’s good I come in at this point. It would be expedient for contributors here to face issues and ideas and not malign others. Or read meaning to other peoPle’s action for that matter. 

    I for one believe that MobilityNigeria is not Yomi’s but for us all and for every Nigerian and for all Earthlings too who care to associate. However, there should be a level of decorum. Mutual respect should be encouraged while we trash out diametrically opposing points/ideas. 

    For instance, when one says “Now on a serious note, I can tell you that what Yomi put down there was as a result of his limited use of and lack of interest in Android devices. ..” It is clear that he is presuming the actions of another contributor. This is an obvious error of “ad hominim” Or a fallacy of being too personal. What could’ve been civil was “I do not agree that the conclusion Yomi reached has merit because This device or OS has such and such features that you ignored…”

    In like wise when another commenter says; “By the way, there have been comments from a couple of sad sorry losers…” it also shows an attack on persons… What we discuss are just issues and we all learn from one another. Sometimes it’s difficult to change the point of view of another. At other times superior arguments with references changes opinion. Let’s all learn to be better debaters. Thanks!

  24. Afewgoodmen,

    You have spoken well apart from the second instance that you quoted. It wasn’t just anyone who made the “Sorry losers” comment. It was I, the admin of this site, and that description was used in response to the irresponsible actions of some mindless people.

    When people are having an intelligent discussion and some obscure fellows jump in mid-way to post comments to the effect that I am defending Symbian because Nokia gave me two of their devices for free (mind that I have written scores of articles that are critical of Nokia on this blog, and mind that I have been spending hundreds of thousands of my own money buying devices from nokia and others for years), such fellows are nothing but sorry losers. No apologies.

    I was not the one doing the mindless attacking of persons. I merely called the attackers’ actions for what they were – the actions of sorry losers. Those guys were not debating.

    Actually, they are more than just sorry losers, but I chose to reserve the use of some of the more severe adjectives. Cheers.

  25. I am happy to say here that I received an apology via email from Harry. We are agreed that we do not have to hold the same opinions but that his statements about my interests and motives were out of line.

    So, that’s that, and we can dig our trenches further on opposing sides of mobile platforms and debate all we want.

    Thanks Harry! Wish more people were man enough to do as you have done.

  26. Harry Echemco ;>> I’m liking this guy by name“Eye.Bee.Kay”.

    Now…

    I’m liking this guy by name“Harry Echemco’!

    Great articulation on a great article, by the way!

    My regards to a worthy wordsmith and mobile platform WARRIOR !

    Hoping to cross swords with you some time soon.. 😉

  27. (( New Android Trojan Records & Send Calls to Remote Server ( http://is.gd/aTUYkN ). A new type of Trojan has been discovered which is able to record user phone calls…))

    Now, this is off da hook!

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