A lot of people have forgotten about the origins of Android. It wasn’t the prettiest OS, nor was it the most complete. I remember that one of my biggest reasons to avoid it was that the first version of the OS was launched without support for a virtual keyboard. Another was the fact that the UI just looked cheesy even when compared to the Windows Mobile that we had back then. We all knew of the plans that Google had for this OS, but its first couple of iterations were anything but promising.
OEMs like HTC changed that. I still remember how special the HTC Hero was, [...]