Originally Posted by funpig
The LG Shine Plus running 2.1 v10D is an excellent phone for what it is. I had no problems with that version during the 10 months before the 2.3.3 update. And after I got a refurbed warranty phone witn v10D, I have not had any issues in the last 2 months.
I have come to the conclusion that the Android OS will probably always be a work in progress. The nice thing about Apple is that when they update their OS, there is a 99% chance that it will work properly on all its phones/devices. With Android, there are so many different hardware manufacturers who tweak the OS to work on their particular phone model(s). It is my understanding that different phones from different manufacturers with the same OS will have different features enabled. And when new versions of the OS come out, people expect to upgrade their phone, but it is clear that this is not easy to do.
If I want a phone with 2.2, 2.3 or 4.0, I will probably just buy one with the OS already installed or one of the more expensive higher models which probably receive decent support. Updating a low or mid level Android phone may be more trouble than it is worth based upon the experience with the LG Shine Plus.
Having owned 3 iphones, 6 android devices, 2 blackberries 2 Symbian phones and 1 Windows Phone 7, I can say that iphone and android live the same issues... iOS has bugs, has instability issues, but considering it's one phone, one OS does simplify things for them. The problem with Android is not Android itself, it's how third parties like LG handle their programming. They do botched rush jobs, try to integrate "SPECIAL" features which frankly not many people care about and cause more instabilities than anything else. Even Google phones aren't always stable, but they get patched faster.
If you take a look at my Galaxy S2, updates kept rolling out. There were some bugs, but overall all updates were pretty decent. We're moving to Android 4.0 right now and we get leaked ROMs constantly, tons of bug fixing and we can see Samsung working hard to get it on the phones.
I do agree that v10d is more functional than v20a right now. The problem with v10d though is it doesn't have some features I require in a phone. I just bought a second Shine Plus to fiddle around with and it comes with v10d (THANK GOD)