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I just bought a Lumia 820 last weekend and I'm quite pleased with it so far. The interface is fast and responsive. and the phone itself has a pleasing solidity that's been lacking in my previous handsets. More applications need to take advantage of the Live Tile feature though. I understand Live tile is supposed to function in a similar fashion to widgets in Android but aside from providing shortcuts, they don't seem to offer much else. I'm still getting used to the phone so I might have missed something.
Re: An idea springs to mind
Ninja'd by an entire goddamn Reg article. Wow.
An idea springs to mind
To get around the whole charging point thing, why not just have wireless charging built in to the parking spot? No need for adapters or power cables that way. =)
Re: Yes but
I think electric cars have potential for those that live in cities for short frequent trips to work and back, or going across town. I'd be a little dubious about taking even the very latest one on a long trip (say London to Wales or even further). The only catch with that is that London has pretty good public transport compared to some of the other places I've lived, thus rendering an electric car somewhat pointless. =/
Plus I don't have a garage, so I'd need the world's most monster extension lead to reach the car park next to my flat.
Re: I must defend American coffee drinkers
I went to stay with an American friend a few months back and she made me a coffee. It was divine. She uses a locally grown bean and goes to all the extra lengths of grinding it herself, using filter papers and the net result is like drinking dark silk. <3
Of course, when I got back to Blightly and had Costa Coffee from my local shop it tasted like poison. So essentially she ruined coffee for me. =(
Re: Nice article!
Hmmm, I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say Thorntons. You see lots of their bars and boxes in Tesco and WH Smith, so why do they need their own independent shops? Anything that they can't do via their partners they could convert into an online business like Montezumas.
But we shouldn't fret about the loss of another High Street chain. After all it's been at *least* 50 metres since I walked passed a Costa or Starbucks - that's prime shopfront space going to waste there.
Could do with something really classical
Dante and Virgil?
Named after the The Divine Comedy, rather than the Devil May Cry series.
This was an extremely cruel joke
You raised Max Brook's hopes and then utterly destroyed them, all in the space of an hour. Bravo!
Re: The government are VERY worried about zombies...
Bloody zombies, rising up from the ground, taking our jobs and claiming benefits....>:(
With logic like this, this could be really successful
I have a 40Mb fibre optic line at home. What on earth do I need such a large amount of bandwidth for?
"It must be piracy".
I have a tower PC with two 1Tb hard drives. What on earth do I need such a large amount of space for?
"It must be piracy".
I have BitTorrent installed on my computer. Why on earth would I need such a program?
"It must be piracy".
I have a computer. Why on earth would I have such a device?
"Release the lawyers!"
Thought exercise for the day
Well, if one was going to go into prison and needed to conceal a mobile phone, which would be best suited to the task? Things to consider:
* Battery life
* Rounded corners
* Ease of cleaning
I'd probably go with either one of the early Series 60 Nokias. Other strong candidates for rectal phonage include the Sony Ericsson T68i (just make sure the camera and MP3 accesories aren't attached!) or possibly the Sendo X.
It's not a pretty picture, is it?
Someone's got to pay for the technology we want. We just don't want it to be us.
Re: Assam only
My perfect tea is also Assam:
0) Get a large mug and I do mean a large mug. I like my tea delicious and in gargantuan quantities. Tea cups are for folks that want to sample different blends of tea, rather than brewing a drink. Besides, Assam is the way to go. Samples are unnecessary.
1) Boil a kettle and make sure the water is *actually* boiling, not lukewarm.
2) Add *two* bags of Twining's Assam tea to the mug. The double bag ensures a rich strong flavour permeates all through the water but more importantly does so *rapidly*, so that you don't lose heat while waiting for the flavour to build in strength.
3) Add the boiling water to the mug. Ensure space for a small amount of milk.
4) Add one or two teaspoons of sugar depending on the gargantuan-ness of the mug.
5) Stir the tea bags in a circular motion at first and once the water starts to darken, then squeeze the tea bags with the spoon, probably no longer than about 30/45 seconds worth of stirring.
6) Remove the bags and add the milk. Ideal colour should be a slightly-pale tan. If it's starting to look even remotely white, you've screwed up.
7) Sit at desk and enjoy. Feel free to make contented slurping sounds if it will irritate the asshole working next to you.
Pro tip: Never, ever add the milk before the boiling water. If you do this, it causes the tea leaves in the bag to clump together and you lose most of the flavour. Don't ask me why it does this, it just does.
Looking for some Windows Phone advice =)
Good morning El Reg,
I could use a little guidance with regards to getting a new phone tomorrow. I've settled on Windows Phone 8 as my OS of choice (I politely ask that we refrain from discussing Android / iOS / Tizen / BB10) but I'm uncertain as to which type of Windows Phone I should go for.
My two front runners are the Lumia 820 and 920. I like the cheaper price, Micro SD and changeable covers on the 820 but the tank like quality of the 920, combined with the high quality camera is also a big draw. For those that have used either of them, I'd love to hear your experiences of them. The poor battery life on the 820 is a concern, the hefty price tag of the 920 is another.
The other alternative is the HTC Windows Phone but I confess I don't know much about them. Is the build quality likely to be the same as the Nokia phones? Is there a considerably better battery life with the HTCs?
I'm also free from the hellish clutches of Vodafone so now I need to decide who I'm going to leap into bed with for the next 24 months - Three or 4GEEOrangeWhatevertheHellTheyreCalled?
If anyone can offer me some advice with regards to these, I'd really appreciate it!
Re: This would be good
Weren't there a couple of Android attempts at something like this? The Padfone and something that Motorola put out?
I was thinking of going with EE in order to get a Lumia 920 but if they're already going to be bought out by someone, this can't end well for punters. Or at least as far as my actual understanding of these things goes. I could be wrong.
But still not as good as Nort
Huh. That's weird. My keyboard won't let me finish typing that sentence for some reason.
It's nice hardware, if legit but I still don't know about Chrome OS though. How much room do you have to fiddle with a Chromebook, upgrade it, etc?
I forget who it was that said something this
No-one knows who the world's greatest hackers are, because you've never heard of them. They leave no abusive messages on the system, they mess with as little as possible and above all they keep their mouths shut.
Hiring someone from Anonymous or Lulzsec will be as much use to you as a chocolate kettle and considerably more noisy.
Re: Get Facts Right!!!!!
"In your article you wrote about not having a home button, who cares, "
Someone that wants a home button might.
Had a brief play with one in my local O2 store. It didn't strike me as being very intuitive and the way things kept hiding off the edge of the screen was something of an annoyance.
But this was an extremely brief look and YMMV.
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Have to agree
I only have a Bamboo Fun drawing tablet but it works very well for what I need. A Samsung tablet, with Wacom stylus tips and tricks....the only thing missing is a tablet adaptedversion of CS6 and my happy places would most definitely be tingled.
Re: Windows 8
Why didn't they put Win Phone 8 on a Surface instead of Windows CE mark II?
What exactly stops someone taking a screenshot of the fine pop up window, either with a camera or print screen and then taking the PC to the cop shop? It'd be strong evidence in your favour that some bastard dumped it on your PC.
Those prices are very interesting. Hitting that sort of spot makes the Lumia 920 look extremely expensive (about £70 more) and the Lumia 820, while £100 cheaper, lacks 1GB RAM and has an inferior screen.
Could we be seeing a price drop on the 920 soon? You can see the effect of the Microsoft licencing fee for Win Phone 8 at work here.
All that said, I'm looking at either the Z10 or a Win Phone 8 of some sort for my next device. Which would you lot go for?
Re: I really wish people would stop doing this
You make a good point about price but then you might also have to factor in a 24 month contract as well with some of the devices.
Don't get me wrong; having seen some of the gaming phones are capable of, there will be a few 3Dses and Vitas unbought as a result (Sony, why did you have to make such a f*** up of the Xperia Play? >.<) . I guess my point is that not everyone buys a smartphone purely for the gaming capabilities of it, whereas everyone buys a handheld gaming console for pretty much only that, so comparing sales figures is misleading.
I really wish people would stop doing this
"The 3DS fared better, with Q4 sales up 11 per cent year on year, from 11.43 million to 12.71 million. But that’s still far behind 217 million smartphones that shipped in the last three months of 2012, according to market watcher Strategy Analytics."
When you can make phone calls, plan appointments & meetings, send emails, send texts and take camera-quality photos with a 3DS, then it will be a fair comparison. But as it stands now, it's like comparing a car with an iPod. Both have the capability to play music but they're for two completely different purposes.
Compare like with like, please.
Hmmm, I can think of a few worse candidates for Star Wars. Michael Bay, M Night "Talentless Hack" Shyalaman, Uwe Boll, George Lucas....
So essentially what you're saying
Is that Mircosoft is being run by Cersei Lannister?
In this grey world of ethics
...I take comfort that I have such a noble and moral company as *Apple* to show me the path to righteousness.
Hardly the scientific approach is it?
What exactly does the term "pornification" actually mean? Is there some kind of scale for measuring pornification? Perhaps something in boners, milliboners and PSBs (porn star boners) might make acceptable units?
Re: Rick Champagne
Or "Rick French Whine" as appropriate.
I'd feel rather hurt by the implication...
....but fortunately I'm an emotionless void with a lump hammer.
This isn't funny
Classing these books as fiction is disgraceful - they should be moved to the biochemistry section.
Re: why is there an Apple forum?
Several months ago, there was a board meeting at The Register offices, with Mr Orlowski and the sub-editors in attendance. The meeting covered opening up the comments section into a full-blown forum. They discussed the pros and cons of such an action; increased page hits, potential liabilities and so on.
At the very end, one of the sub-editors said, "This "dogged" guy, what can we do to troll this bastard as hard as humanly possible?" and bingo, an Apple sub-forum was born.
This is just the start of them coming for the porn.
Nope, far, far too obvious really.
In other news
A Tesco Express was razed to the ground in Westros by Dothraki screamers, after traces of pork and beef were found in horse burgers.
Re: But what of the
What about the Spork version?
A question of worth
To Mr Taxman: "These patents and trademarks? They not really worth the paper they're written on. Mere trifles, pay them no mind."
To somone looking to license them: "Prepare to remortgage your company HQ."