I mean v2.3. I picked up a new Samsung phone two days ago to replace my 2-year-old Nokia (which was the cheapest and most basic smartphone available when I got it). After a couple of hours I gave up and put the SIM card back in my old phone. Now the only decision is whether to try to change it for a replacement, argue for a better deal or to put the Samsung handset on eBay...
Why don't I like it? Firstly because it forces you to register a Gmail account, which I don't want (I already have a Google account, I don't want Gmail, and I don't want it to force my Google account to use a Gmail address that I don't want as its primary email with no option to switch). Secondly because the contacts folder is less capable than I had on my Nokia Brick in 2005 - one number per short name and nothing else – whereas my Nokia has a full address book, multiple numbers, long names, you name it. And it can play different ringtones or show pictures when each person calls. Thirdly because there doesn't seem to be any obvious way to sync it via my PC or to access the phone memory/memory card from my PC. Which means a lot more work to access music/podcasts and pictures that I've already got. If it can even play them, but I lost interest before even getting that far. Fourthly, it has such limited 'profile' options, I want more than just noise/silent, I want to be able to have 'normal', 'quiet but vibrate', 'quiet but no vibrate', 'no noise at all' and to be able to access them all quickly. Fifthly, it doesn't support multitasking – one app running and that's it. Sixthly, the one app (apart from Opera Mobile) that I do use has been totally emasculated and has lost a load of functions that I consider essential. Seventhly, I don't like the threaded conversations for text messages, I want to see all messages separately – maybe that's just the control freak in me, but it's how I like to manage my messages. I hate the way Facebook lists every message you've exchanged with someone in the last six years for the same reason. Eighthly, I really don't get on with the text input methods. The QWERTY keyboard is too small and fiddly (not helped by the screen being finger-sensitive rather than touch-sensitive, I much prefer the precision (and lack of grease) of a fingernail or a plectrum to a big fat fingertip) but in numeric mode, the predictive text I find unhelpful and confusing, the routes for capitalisation, numbers and symbols is awkward, and the whole thing just makes writing the simplest of messages into a tedious chore.
I think that some of those – like the contacts issue – have been fixed in 4.0, but equally I'm certain that others are endemic to the Android setup and can't/won't ever change.
Here endeth the rant.
For the moment.