17 posts • joined Tuesday 1st July 2008 21:46 GMT
Why list by manufacturer?
If the problem is carrier bloatware, surely listing vulnerabilities and excessive privileges by carrier would be more relevant than by which handset/manufacturer they've put them into?
Re: "doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."
Given that it takes a lot more energy to make the antimatter than you get out of it annihilating, you're not likely to see an antimatter reactor ever.
If you have unlimited energy to spare, antimatter could make a very intense energy _store_, but it will never be an energy _source_. Coal and uranium work for that purpose because you can just dig them out of the ground - if you had to make them yourself first it would be a different story ;)
Well Google don't make their money from licensing (as Microsoft do) but from advertising.
As for the Intel comparison, how are ARM and Qualcomm doing out of Android? I suspect not too badly.
The real inspiration
Not actually cheaper
You finish by saying that it's cheaper than the competition and offers twice the storage. Well if you define the competition as a 16GB iPad Mini that is correct. But if you take the obvious comparison - the Nexus 7 - it's the same price and has the same storage.
The only reason I can see why this will sell is that the front-page promotion on Amazon will push it to people who've never heard of the Nexus.
The obvious comparison for a 4" Samsung would be the Nexus S rather than the iP5. But 4" is just the new budget-to-midrange size right now: HTC started selling the 4" Desire X this week, for example, though sounds like Sammy are claiming this one will be higher spec (not yet checked that Engadget link).
Pros, cons and corrections
The article cites 4.1 as a possible drawback, but fails to mention that most apps written for earlier Android versions will work perfectly well on it.
Comparisons with the Kindle Fire and Amazon's content library miss the point. Sure, Google *want* you to get your media from the Play Store, but there's nothing to stop you installing Kindle apps or even (if you live in the USA) the Amazon App Store on the Nexus. In contrast you need to root the Fire to get past the Amazon lock in. So I don't see any advantage to the Fire here.
Having said that, some of us do need more than 16GB, which is where Google seem to have a blind spot (the Galaxy Nexus is the same).
No card slot in any of them, so just the built-in storage. Could probably cope with the X's 32GB, but 16GB for the S is too little (I'm using a 32GB card in my Desire), and 4GB in the V???
They've cut a deal with dropbox, but that's not the same as having stuff actually on your phone (when you are in a weak signal area, have a limited data bundle, are abroad, or just plain don't want to wait while you shuffle music between phone and cloud). Seems to be a trend with a lot of recent androids, and not a good one.
Best Mini-Series Never Made
Some of these could work well as films (Altered Carbon for example), but many really need a bit more space to breath and not be compressed into an incoherent rush.
So if anyone from HBO is reading this, how about a 6-10 episode version of Consider Phlebas?
Not just for linux
RawTherapee is cross-platform - I also run it on an old Windows XP box.
It's free, but if you use it do make a donation to the developer (who I have no connection to).
Early April Fools
That's my guess - someone's playing a joke on the gadget sites and it's got out a day early.
Though it would be in line with Apple's attitude to comments on their products:
"You don't give enough mouse buttons"
- we'll get rid of them completely
"We don't want a phone with a fixed battery"
- you can have laptops with fixed batteries as well
In which case this model would be the answer to complaints that the iPhone 3G doesn't have enough battery life - a version which has no battery life at all..
D300 "Entry Level"???
Nikon's "entry level" SLRs are the D40 and D60 - the D300 was one from the top, below the D3, until the D700 was announced (and still is if you want to buy one this month).
Now if you are offering to sell one at an entry level price, you have my email address :)
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