More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Hi, I’m Russell, the New XDA Portal Admin
Not many of you will know who I am right away. My name is Russell Holly, and I have been asked to fill a need here at XDA. The XDA Portal has, for a long time, been a great resource to bring new users to the XDA forums. By offering brief little nuggets of information about the comings and goings of the XDA forums, all neatly packaged and boiled down so all can understand it, the Portal writers stand as the bridge between the average user and the crazed gearhead. I’ve been a user of the XDA forums for quite some time, and have often appreciated the ability to link someone to an article on the Portal to offer an explanation as to what exactly I was so excited about. Like all things, however, XDA needs to adapt to the needs of their users. I hope that as the new XDA Portal admin, I can help facilitate that change.
XDA is not a website. The name inspires far more emotion than can be described with such a simple label. It’s not a forum, or even a news resource. Every day, thousands of people performing their every day tasks find themselves back once again to take solace in the warmth of this community of like-minded individuals. We own our devices, in the most literal and meaningful sense of the word. We have come together to rid ourselves of senseless limitations like bootloaders and tethering restrictions and ridiculous small-minded companies that think it is alright to drop in on our devices whenever they see fit. We are the few, who challenge the many, to question everything.
My vision for XDA is that it continue exactly the way it is right now, but everywhere. Users who live the XDA lifestyle need the tools to show with pride that they have made this choice. I want the rest of the world to see XDA as the resource it is. I want XDA to be able to definitively stand and exist as a respected source of information. The XDA developers are ready to exist as a voice for what makes a device great, I think. All that is necessary is the tools to make that clear.
All of these devices, these phones and tablets of every shape and size and OS–they all suffer from a pretty critical flaw. They lack a complete hardware analysis. As an example, we use flawed tools that deliver varied results for our benchmarks. Instead of relying on incomplete utilities to base these devices on, why not make something that is ours? I would like to see an XDA approved series of benchmarks that truly put a device through its paces. I would like to see the world turn to XDA for the definitive answer on how good a device truly is. From processors to pixels, the XDA developers deserve to be called the experts.
I am looking forward to a long and exciting relationship with XDA.I plan to dedicate my combined skill set to work full time in improving the quality of writing on the Portal, creating new and interesting content, and making sure that the outside world knows who the XDA developers really are. It is my deepest wish that this community continue to flourish, continue to grow, and continue to break as many rules as possible. As of December 28th, I will be taking over as the Portal admin, and I encourage everyone to be as direct with me as possible. I appreciate honest communication above all, and I look forward to working with all of you.
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