I am a 921 customer and though I understand you point I personally don't agree with it. I am definitely not going down the road of what Beta means.. That was covered in another thread a few days back.
Ron Agreed but the reason why so many 921 users feel they are beta testers is because, IMO, the 921 beta program was completely inadequate. as in - major bugs were not found and many that were were ignored by the developer as they released the software to the masses. The entire beta program for the 2 years was just completely an open ended non-scientific social experiment in finding how much a developer can annoy its early adopter users to the point of breakdown.
From some of the insider reports I had about mid way through the history of the 921, official beta testers were also being ignored and left in surprise as releases they thought weren't ready were streamed and at other times a release was streamed that never even saw the beta team. It was a disaster and the problems we users had shows it. Most of the official bugs were discovered by the user base, not the official beta testers as it pertained to the OTA channels and that reason was simple- E* had a completel;y inadequate beta test team where most of the testers were all in two broadcast markets, the alpha team in England. That was the reason why it was a disaster! They should have had a beta test site in at minimum each of the top 20 Broadcast markets to see the range of issues we users all uncovered and, ... I said this all along but too many on this forum felt I was picking on Mark and quickly advised me he was a nice guy. Sheesh, I'm sure Mark is and was a nice guy but that has nothing to do with his not being in every major broadcast city to test. He could only physically be in Denver and that was true whether he was a nice guy or a complete bafoon. Many people just didn't get it. Every user out there is quite justified as thinking of themselves as on a lifelong beta team for E*. That can change when E* is able to release product that comes with a known and complete list of operational issues we can find no more. What they do, however, is release software that has no list of known issues and thereby is considered perfect. Then the users discover otherwise and that leads to a feeling the ones running the hardware development and testing are all bafoons!