Re: That's weird...
That's a typo and my mistake, the resolution is 800 x 1280 rather than x 1200.
364 posts • joined 30 Mar 2007
That's a typo and my mistake, the resolution is 800 x 1280 rather than x 1200.
In a word, yes. I managed to misplace all my spare SIMs recently so ran the P8000 on Wi-Fi only for a few days until replacements arrived. Everything worked perfectly. Just couldn't make cellular calls.
Yes, it has GPS.
Granted but the general consensus seems to be < 5.4 inches = phone, > 5.5 inches = phablet. But with so many 5.5-inchers on the market now you could argue that the term phablet should be restricted for 5.7 inches and up.
Yes, The caller comes through on whichever speaker is at the "top" and the microphone/noise cancellation microphone swap functions too. It even works if you flip the phone during a call.
I define bloatware as something preloaded that you don't need. Good luck using a smartphone without a keyboard.
It's not the weight that makes it a little awkward the open, just the closeness with which the body and lid fit together when fully closed. The Asus' lid does take a little more effort to open/close/reposition than a MacBook Air granted, a product of the hinge action rather than the weight of the lid, but I prefer more resistance in that department than Apple offers with the Air.
Fair point. I always use a USB adaptor for my camera SD card and sometimes forget not everyone else does the same! My main issue with the UX305 on this front is that you can't leave a memory card in it for extra storage. A full depth, spring-loaded SD card slot would be my preference but in the absence of that I'd still prefer a microSD slot to the half-depth SD slot Asus has opted for.
Review machine had 8GB.
I did. Drat.
"CyanogenOs is the same as Touchwiz, or Sense, or any other OEM Overlay - they've been through google certification, and no separate install of gapps is needed"
Exactly. I should have made that point more overtly in my review rather than taking it as read.
Bloody hard to prove that any consumer item was designed and developed where the maker says it was.
It's not on sale until Sept 22. See last line of review.
Play Store, Gmail, Chrome, Drive, Maps, Google App, Hangouts, Photos, these all come pre-installed on the Swift.
The Swift is not rooted and all banking apps work just fine.
That's the Storm spec sheet. I've just reviewed the Swift. The Swift supports two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time.
I've used many a cheap machine over the years: netbooks, Chromebooks, tablet transformers of various sorts etc. The Flip's keyboard is one of the best. Granted it's not full size and there's no backlight but other than that I can't fault it.
Natural order up creek again.
Don't recall saying any of those things in the review. On the contrary re. handling and performance.
As for being unsuitable for British roads, the world doesn't actually stop at Dover.
The 3.5mm jack is uncovered. A quick dunk in the kitchen sink didn't show up any issues with water ingress but then again nor did it when I did the same thing to a Z2 Tablet last year.
It has McAfee and Skype and the usual HP programmes (HP Connected Music, HP Connected Photo
HP Games by WildTangent, HP SimplePass, HP Connected Drive) all pre-installed so it's no more a virgin Windows install and any other HP laptop I've encountered.
Saw Hicks in London back in the day, the Goat Boy part of the set had me on my knees I was laughing so hard.
Have to put my hands up here, I flat overlooked Xiaomi's MIUI ROM pages when writing this review. If you head over to the MIUI site at http://en.miui.com/download-263.html you'll find a Global version of the Mi4's Android ROM that includes the full Google framework and English versions of most (but not all) the stock apps. Just download the ROM, copy it onto the Mi4 and then launch it using the Update app. That didn't actually work for me, I had to boot the phone intro recovery mode (power/vol up for 5-10 seconds), wipe everything it and then reboot into the new ROM. Once done the new ROM fired up perfectly.
Hence my use of the word "seem". Am I recommending you do this? No.
As for APK permissions, yes I did go through them. Nothing looked out of the ordinary. If I was planning on using this device as my own, I'd flash a new ROM to be 100% sure.
Those screen grabs are of the "installer APK" that I found on-line. It installed the Google Services Framework and then offered me the option to install the various Google apps. Or you an download them from the Play Store.
The "Google installer" app that appears in the third screen grab was not pre-installed on our review device.
What is the ground clearance?
200mm. That's in the review.
Can it drive through 30cm deep mud?
Wading depth is 500mm (also in review) so 300mm of mud shouldn't be an issue.
What is it like negotiating dirt road washouts?
Assuming you have the right tyres it should manage what I take to mean a rough and muddy unmetalled lane.
think ajar with an added k
That's my daily commute and then some. I only go looking for extra miles when I'm road testing for El Reg. Obvs.
I may have over egged the pudding with the "anchors" comment. Even with the recuperation set to maximum there'd be little chance of getting rear-ended unless the following car was much, much too close. No matter what the setting the brake lights don't come on you you take your foot off the gas.
You're probably right, though I have trouble convincing myself that that anyone who actually bought a PHEV would forget to hold enough charge if they planned on heading into a ZEV zone.
That's the highest resolution Crysis will output. Don't think screens like this were all that common back in 2007.
That should have read microSD card slot. Apols
"There is nothing to catch up to"
In terms of build quality and design there most certainly was.
You are more than likely quite right about muppets and lemmings, but it doesn't alter the fact that the average punter British seems to think in terms of Apple, Samsung and Other Stuff.
Probably, but using the given weight for the battery pack the arithmetic doesn't work out. I'm guessing the calculation is based on the battery weight minus the control hardware but since I couldn't lay hands on that info for the Soul or the Leaf or the Zoe I can't make any comment as to the accuracy of the statement.
That's exactly right. I should have said "rather than purely with good old discs".
Fair point but as Toyota/Lexus refer to the transmission in the NX300h as a CVT system I thought it best to stick with their nomenclature but include a short para about how the system actually works. As you say, it is extremely complicated.
Complexity aside it feels very much like a belt CVT system from the driving seat.
You can change the overall screen rez but the result looks pretty dire. You can change the size of content text in the browser panel but not in the menu, tab and bookmarks bar. That's the stuff that looks too small to my eyes.
"for such a pricey phone"
I'd not call £420 pricey for a mobe with this spec.
The reflections look much, much worse in the pics than in real life. More a testament to my lack of photographic expertise than anything else.
No space for a multi-paragraph analysis of the respective qualities of the webcams in the iP6 and the Alpha but a quick comparison demonstrated to my personal satisfaction that the Alpha's camera has the iP6's beaten in terms of both colour accuracy and image brightness. The extra pixels are the least of it.
This feels more like glass than whatever was on the back of the Z2 so yes, I'm (pretty) sure it is toughened glass rather than some sort of plastic.
Hmm...that drop down spec list wasn't there when I wrote the review.
Probably all the same data they glean from your Clubcard?
Yes, Ingress runs just fine
Yup, spot on,.
Not as you'd notice despite the way it looks. You are aware that there is "something" lurking above your right eyebrow but you soon forget it's there as you would a thick pair of spectacle frames.
Re. getting a headache, surprisingly not. I longest I had them on continuously was just over two hours (while driving) and though I expected a headache, none arrived.
In regard to the vignette with the satnav showing, the navigation box actually appears a little larger than that by a factor of about x 1.5. Also, as you move your head to the left and/or down the box appears to move more into the centre of your line of sight.
Incidentally I wear contacts (+2.25 left, +2.5 right) but found that this caused no issues with Glass.
You may be right, and sadly it's nothing to do with Glass.
When I ran a few dedicated graphics benchmarks like GFXBench 2.7 the Tab S 8.4 didn't perform as well as the Snapdragon 801 Galaxy S5. I didn't go into greater detail in the review because frankly it's a bit irrelevant. Sorry for any confusion.