Originally Posted by WoodDraw
iPhone's certainly hold their value much more than their Android brethren. It's easier since Apple can claim complete control, cutting the carriers out of everything effectively. And they have the experience, having dealt with developing operating systems for their hardware. Imagine if Apple only offered new versions of OS X to their upcoming refresh of laptops.
But when you have carriers, who care most about progressively locking users into contracts, and manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, who have never dealt with OS-style upgrades before, Apple starts to look good. Google has the Nexus S I suppose, but that's very different.
And I do think that will hurt Android over the long run. When Google has to rely on users buying new, very expensive phones to rollout their software upgrades, how can developers handle that? Look at Gingerbread: it's currently at 0.4%. Some companies are still releasing phones with 2.1!
I agree with this and I love Android. My company bought me a Samsung Captivate to test out back in October with the promise from AT&T that Froyo would be released that month.
Well 5 months later it looks like today is the day that it finally gets updated to Froyo. JFC.
I will never recommend anyone to buy a Samsung mobile device again after this debacle.