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334 posts • joined 30 Mar 2007
"Epic fail #2: Can shoot video in 1080p and the reviewer benchmarked with a 720p looping video and yet the screen only has 600 pixels vertically and cannot view 720p+ videos without dropping whole chunks of lines. Scooby says huh?"
The reviews says...
I tested the battery life looping a 720p video as I do with all smartphones that land on my desk. As a "benchmark" it was purely to demonstrate battery life, nothing more.
Why 720p? Simple. My entire video collection is encoded 720p MP4 because they play on most Android phones, don't take up too much space and look OK on a HD telly when played back over HDMI.
As for "whole chunks of lines" missing, that simply was not the case. Yes the image was down-scaled from true 720p but it was still pin sharp and to the naked eye near indistinguishable from the image you see on a handset with a 1280 x 720 display. Even down-scaled 1080p looked good.
I'm taking Orange at its word that an ICS update in imminent.
As for the games, not everyone plays games on their phone. If you are desperate to play Shadowgun on your blower then the SD is clearly not for you at the moment which is why I emphasized this failing, drawback, call it what you will, in the review. That caveat aside it's a very fine device for the asking price.
Yes you can.
I thought it made more sense to draw a comparison with the V based on the similar contract price from the main high street vendors rather than with the S which shares the same number of CPU cores.
If you can find the One S on a similar price/allowance tariff I'd suggest you buy it.
I should come clean here and admit I spent most of my week driving the Up with my right foot buried in the carpet - it being someone else's car and petrol. Had it been my car and fuel I'm pretty sure I could have got 60+mpg from it. My actual figure of 52mpg is probably the very worst you would get.
Sadly yes and at the cost of £325,000 to the taxpayer,
Could this app do it?
The problem is not one of the "problems" mentioned after the last update has manifested itself on my Desire HD or on any of the Android phones I've tested recently (it's one of the dozen or so apps I always download just to see how it runs on any phone I'm reviewing).
Scanning back over the first half dozen or so pages of user reviews the ratings still look pretty consistently 4 and 5 star to me.
As I seem to be getting quite a few e-mails about app permissions recently, this is what IMDb asks for.
COARSE (NETWORK-BASED) LOCATION
Access coarse location sources such as the cellular network database to determine an approximate tablet location, where available. Malicious apps may use this to determine approximately where you are. Access coarse location sources such as the cellular network database to determine an approximate phone location, where available. Malicious apps may use this to determine approximately where you are.
FULL INTERNET ACCESS
Allows the app to create network sockets.
PREVENT TABLET FROM SLEEPING PREVENT PHONE FROM SLEEPING
Allows the app to prevent the tablet from going to sleep. Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
Allows the app to control the vibrator.
VIEW NETWORK STATE
Allows the app to view the state of all networks.
RECEIVE DATA FROM INTERNET
Allows apps to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app's service. Using this service will incur data usage. Malicious apps could cause excess data usage.
There is actually a 184bhp turbo version due soon. To be honest I'd rather like a Veloster with the 134bhp 1.7CRDi turbo-diesel motor out of the i40.
This is the best I've found, called Skydrive Browser. It's not bad for a 3rd party app. Decent amount of functionality.
I remember the days spent playing this on an Amstrad PCW while at university in Leeds. Just started playing the version for PC, forgotten how difficult it was!
You don't have to pay for the app - it's free and add-supported. I just think that a fiver is a lot to ask to get rid of the adverts when the app itself can be had for nothing. 99p fair enough, but 4.99?
Most tablets make perfectly good satnavs but you need to buy a separate screen mount and many won't take a charge from a 12v socket.
Well spotted, should be £40 not £140. Apologies for the typo.
Matt, I hate to disabuse you but that AC comment had nothing to do with me. I always post under my own name for all to see.
As for "reasoned counter arguments" though I found your "fat girl" comments not a little puerile and childish.
While on secondment to the Paris office of a record label I worked for at the time I had plenty of opportunity to zip around town on one of the fleet of scooters the company ran for staff to get between offices and studios so it's something I can comment on from experience.
To touch on another point visibility in the Twizy is very impressive. Yes the back is a blind spot, but a small one thanks to the large side mirrors which are much better than anything I've seen or used on a bike. Otherwise visual and aural awareness is helped massively but not having to wear a helmet.
Whether or not the Twizy will find a home in the UK is open to debate - I'd agree that we don't have a scooter culture in the same way that France or Italy does but that doesn't in any way detract from my appreciation of it as the fine execution of an interesting idea.
"I survived the Arc de Triumph on a motorbike"
As have I, but on a 50cc Yamaha moped.
And I've driven a Twizy so can make a direct and first hand comparison between the speed, visibility and maneuverability of the Renault verses that of a moped or a 125cc bike while wearing a crash helmet.
That's a first hand comparison I'm going to assume you can not.make.
Renault's comments on this are that "Renault's rigorous safety standards were applied to Twizy to the letter, well beyond the requirements demanded by quadricylce legislation."
Personally I can't see Renault selling something that will fold like a wet cardboard box when thumped by a black cab at 20mph.
But even if it got a 5 star Euro NCAP rating you would still be toast if you got hit by a Range Rover doing 70mph just as you would be on a scooter or in a small hatchback.
Let me put it this way, I've ridden a scooter around central Rome but I'd have been a hell of a lot happier in a Twizy.
I'll have to put my hands up to that one, it is of course a Home button not a track pad.
It just looks so much like one....
Yup, works a treat with Google Navigation as long as you remember to pre-cache the map tiles.
I'm guessing that's a new model. The one I had on test - the YP-G70CW to use the Samsung product code - didn't have DAB/+ or a TV receiver.
Well, it's a media player. The clue is in the title.
Dijit's product page in Google Play does indeed say 2.3.7 but that's clearly nonsense as it works on my Desire HD running 2.3.5.
Slight case of reading spec sheet with brain in neutral.
Nothing screwy about it. It's my experience that sonically Android music players are much the same and that the real benefits are found by A) using a decent pair of 'phones, and B) having a comprehensive and competent sound modification suite. Point A is beyond the remit of this review, Point B is covered.
Also sound quality is subjective. I like the effects the N7Player's 'reverb' setting produces. Others may disagree.
If the sound the app produced was in anyway below standard, I wouldn't have rated it so highly.
Fair cop #2. See above.
The Playbook is the better machine on balance, but it's got a much smaller screen. For reading ebooks I'd take the ViewPad. Horses for courses.
Fair cop. I should have said that it's the only one that shares the iPad's screen size and aspect ratio.
I've left mine plugged into the 12v socket on my old Merc 240E for 10 days between drives with no ill effects. That said I've never left it plugged while connected to a charging device. Living where I do a half-eaten packet of gum is the most valuable thing I leave in my car when I'm not sitting in it.
I've owned an Omniholder. Not a bad bit of kit, but I didn't find it as robust or versatile as the Exogear so that's what gets my recommendation price notwithstanding.
The Griffin charger pumps out 1A through both USB ports. I've used mine to charge an HTC Desire HD, BlackBerry 9860, Samsung Galaxy S 5.0 and Sansa Fuze, all in the last few weeks. Yet to discover a device it won't charge other than tablets like the Motorola Xoom 2 ME but that only charges properly with the 1.6A bundled mains power adapter anyway.
My apologies for overlooking the needs of German cabbies. As you say, tablets are pretty common in taxis in several countries but a 10in tablet still takes up a lot a space when mounted on a windscreen, space I'd rather see used to keep an eye on the road.
I know. The humiliation!
I didn't miss them, they just didn't manifest themselves on my review unit.
The GPS worked perfectly, ditto the camera (capturing a QR code is one of my standard tests). No problems to report with the micro USB port or power button either. In ten days of use I didn't suffer a single random reboot.
Maybe I was lucky with my sample, but I can't comment on things that are not there, no matter what the internet scuttlebutt.
If 18 months ago - even 12 months ago - someone had asked me if should they should buy an Android PMP/smartphone or an iOS PMP/smartphone but that the key determining factor was that they wanted a wide selection of games, I would have had to say iOS was the way to go.
Now there is far less - if anything - in it.
That was my point.
You download game, you don't pay money. That's free in my book.
Yes - it costs nearly £3.78 and is almost as old as me!
Ice Breaker has indeed vanished from the Android Market, but I'm happy to report it is still available from Android Zoom as well as through the link now shown below the review.
Sorry about that.
Folks, the dm1's boot time from switched off to running and looking at a loaded page in Chrome is 1:24. That's more than fast enough for me.
You can disable the notification bar icon in Settings - just scroll down to Show Notification Icon and uncheck the box.
I tried various Flash players on the SF2 and not one of them would play video in the browser. Not saying it can't be done, just that I didn't manage to get it to work.
Indeed you can. The hinge and dock connector are both very robust. With the tablet locked in place you can treat the Prime in exactly the same way you would treat a netbook or laptop. Actually I'd say you can be more brutal with the Prime because the hinge joining the tablet and dock feels far stronger than most laptop hinges I've comes across.
All updates are over the air - out of the box my review unit was running Honeycomb but it downloaded and installed the ICS update and a camera firmware update without any problems.
For what it's worth I've always been of the opinion that a tablet could never replace a laptop. The Prime has changed my mind - it can easily do 95+% of the things I do on my Ubuntu netbook.
According to the Leaf handbook they are fog lights not side/running lights. I consulted said handbook while chatting to the police office at the road check. We both agreed that if they were running lights there were the brightest set either of us had seen.
That's why they pulled me and not the other cars driving past with their running lights on.
Yes it can.
I was watching a film on the Xoom 2 last night and had to re-charge half-way through when it suddenly dawned on me that yes, you can rotate the device through 180-degrees which at least puts the ports where you can see them.
The only problem is that the volume buttons then migrate from top right to lower left and the speaker grills are too easily covered by your hands. I'd much prefer the ports to be on one side or the other.
Folks, I thought a few words of explanation would be in order.
The 48 hours figure was arrived at using the Note as my day-to-day handset in place of my Desire HD.
My average daily usage regime involves 30-45 minutes of cellular calls, leaving the Wi-Fi on continually, having the screen at 75% brightness, setting K9 to poll every 15 mins, 30-odd mins of web browsing and an hour or so of ebook reading. It doesn't include watching full-length feature films or any serious gaming beyond 5mins of AB here and there.
That regime drains my HD in 12 hours but the Note regularly got me through two full days. That didn't come as shock to be honest - the Note has twice the battery capacity and though the screen is larger being OLED rather than back-lit LCD it should be more efficient.
The Note's battery performance was easily the best I have even encountered on an Android "phone".
Happy to be proved wrong about this and thanks for all the comments about what the stylus can do if you spend a little more time fiddling with it than I did!
PS..in slight mitigation my review unit didn't have a box/manual/quick start guide etc.