16 posts • joined Tuesday 10th April 2007 11:51 GMT
Hello and welcome to 2006.
Bye bye battery
"It's like the early days of 3G. Back then, the new network was criticised for hammering handset batteries. Chipset and handset technology has solved that problem"
Really? I must have missed that one - if I need more than a day of battery life for some reason, I ditch 3G and drop back to 2G only and *that* solves the problem.
Or is a battery that gets me through til a teatime topup considered good enough these days?
"The regulator has shown a careless disregard for the best interests of consumers" says Vodafone.
As an ex-customer, I'm fairly confident Vodafone couldn't give a rat's testicle for the best interests of consumers, so it's hard to give much of a toss what they think.
Anyone bothering to even debate the absolute merits of one against the other needs to grow up. Anyone who refuses to do so needs to be put against a wall and shot.
The more I read about Steve Jobs...
...the more I believe the bloke was a 24-carat world-class arsehole. And this article does nothing to change that.
"May no longer be able to hide" ?
As you mention elsewhere in the article, it's dependent on privacy settings - you can adjust these to completely hide your profile from search results even for registered and logged-in users. Hiding is a doddle.
Vodafone seem to hate them
I called Vodafone twice a couple of weeks ago, asking about an upgrade, and both reps I spoke to had nothing nice to say about the N95. Battery life in particular seems to be a major complaint (the Nokia 9000i I had almost a decade ago sported similar battery life, ffs) as does the uber-buggy OS/app suite.
Not taking Voda's word for it, I asked around, and of the acquaintances I could find who'd one them already, all had sent them back after a week or so as unfit for purpose.
Not quite the near-glowing recommendation this review suggests.
If I wanted to carry a calculator...
...I'd carry one. And probably buy a pocket protector too. But I don't, and my phone has a calculator built in anyway.
My employer already foists a second phone, two smart cards and two RSA tokens on me, none of which I particularly want to carry, but I do because it's part of the job. If a supplier (which is all a bank really is) wants me to carry more crap around, they can stick it.
Half the appeal of online banking using a web browser is that I can access it from any machine I choose, wherever I happen to be. If banks start to make physical devices mandatory for access, that convenience evaporates in a moment.
Two-factor authentication is fine and dandy, but to be workable it needs to be a) portable, and b) require some common token for multiple services. If I have to start carrying separate tokens around for my job, my bank account and anything else using a similar mechanism, my pockets are going to bulge in no time.
Maybe the answer is a man-bag...
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