editorkid wrote:There's nothing wrong with Froyo. What users need to worry about is ensuring that they have access to all of the features in the apps they use, and for Google's apps, you very much do, including the cloud-based Music player.
I've used Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each, but it comes down to liking or disliking the quirks of the user interface on each one. The last stat I saw, within the last couple of weeks, is that over 60% of Android users are still on Froyo. You're not going to be frozen out by developers dropping support for it for a long, long time.
Developers, no. Samsung? Maybe. For the moment, Froyo is fine, but as apps continue to be made to utilize advancements in Gingerbread, and eventually ICS, it's going to become more apparent that an update is necessary, and quite frankly, Samsung sucks in the update department. The hardware looks quite good, but this thing looks like a device that doesn't quite know what it is. The stock music player and video player on both Android and Touchwiz is lacking. There are better options in the Marketplace, but if this things claim to fame is a media device, then it's a letdown in stock configuration. This doesn't quite look stock and doesn't quite look Touchwiz, so how much difference is there in the software that could potentially be a problem with app compatibility and general use? If it's trying to be a mini tablet, then Froyo is lacking. It's a phone OS, pure and simple. There are things it will do well and things that it will fail at. I can't say whether the price point is enough to overlook the shortcomings, but it's something to be aware of. From personal experience with a Samsung device in the past (Captivate), I'd be hesitant with this purchase. An iPod touch is a better media device. It doesn't seem like a great substitute for a tablet. The option to upgrade the OS seems sketchy at the moment.