3 posts • joined 19 Feb 2009
per a previous comment of mine on El Reg
Choose a bright screen and data or long battery life and good radio performance. You can't have it all
Have some sympathy for terminal vendors
Our experience is that radio performance varies significantly across manufacturers and across each manufacturers terminal platform. You need to reflect on how much is going on in real-time within a terminal and have some sympathy with vendors. One one hand, the industry is asking for ever increasing functionality but at the same time not funding the extra bells and whistles that vendors are putting into their phones. The problem with smartphones is that they still have feature phone type batteries and radios whilst at the same time have large bright colour LCDs and a reasons for people to keep the radios switched on i.e. data. I suggest the characteristics reported in this article relate to the way in which the baseband radio is programmed to behave. Significant power savings can and are made by devices like the iPhone simply by taking acceptible shortcuts in the use of radio signalling. What do you want? Features, convenience and good radio performance with rapidly depleating batteries or be able to make calls all day? You can't have both!
It's time for a change
Numbers are definitely down and there are far fewer tyre-kickers which is good. If it's any consolation, the lack of titillation provided by the purveyors of images with excessive skin tones is easily made up for by the aggressive prostitutes outside of the show that make you feel like you have to choose between a dose and death. As usual, lots of people have lost laptops and had their pockets picked. This form of theft has also been supported by another form of theft called Hotel tariffs.
I’ve been attending this show for 10 years and I have to say it’s brilliant for business, networking and learning about what’s new. Perhaps, and given the reduced attendance, it could be moved to somewhere other than Barcelona next year. I appreciate the benefit hosting it in a warm’ish climate so maybe it could stay in Southern Europe, perhaps by the Sea, somewhere like ... errrmmm .. .Cannes!
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