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Re: So like the new iPhone
Er no... I beleive that I said I was wrong. You see, not being a fan girl, but a grown woman I can admit to mistakes.
What I said is that I think this years machine is lacking.
I admitted my mistake, are you adult enough to so the same?
Re: So like the new iPhone
Oops :) I just re-read the review... My bad I thought that the Air was 2009, not 2008. I stand corrected (and in which case, yup I can see that it was pretty impressive for the time).
So yes, it seems to have beaten the TT...
I stand by my comment that the current one isn't that great when comparing with the alternatives though.
Re: So like the new iPhone
Re: So like the new iPhone
Bull! How many other 11" laptops from the time had HD Ready screens, built in optical drives, full connectivity and real processors instead of Atoms?
There is a reason it was many times more the cost of a NetBook or 15" laptop - because it was a full computer in a tiny, carbon fiber case! Before I killed it by dropping a large peice of metal on the screen (Oops!) I ran VS 2010, TFS Server 2010 and SQL Server 2008 on mine so that I could develop on the move. If you can say which other 11" laptop from the time would do that I'd be impressed!
Re: So like the new iPhone
Err, extrememly small, light, ultra portable, with a good screen.
They are the factors that seperate the TT and the Air from other machines. At least until Intel introduced it's UltraBook standard.
The point I was trying to make is that contrary to what the review says the Air was not the first laptop to bring this type of machine to market.
So like the new iPhone
Less features for the same or more money, but it's (supposedly) pretty.
The original Air was a cheap and heavier take on the Sony TT (Released around 2008 or so IIRC). Hardly revolutionary.
If screen real estate is what you need Asus has a much better option in the same bracket. If power and screen real estate are what you need Sony's Z series without the media dock comes in for a similar price these days with full HD not just 1400*900. Much better SSD, memory and processor (a full spec IvyBridge rather than the U version) - and at 2lb is even lighter, whilst keeping the 6+ hours battery life. (And personally I think the Carbon Fiber Sony looks oodles better...). Oh.. And all the connectors you need for day to day without having to buy an adaptor.
Why does this score so high?
What's fun is that half the people defending it on here are saying read the patent - it's design and so is valid! And the other half are saying read the patent it's not design and so is valid!
Though I have no proof (having never dismantled a carbon fiber laptops) I can't beleive that no one has ever added a spine to a carbon fibre structure to it to increase it's rigidity.
I want to quickly and simple pass a file to a friend who also has NFC.
Should you be that way inclined to use your phone as payment at kiosks and things (as is being trialed in certain countries I believe) - I wouldn't BTW, but some people would like the option so why not give it to them?
Or how about doing something really innovative and thinking about how it could be useful...
My Xperia S comes with two NFC tags, which can be set up to make the phone do certain things. Kind of like a macro.
So for example I have a different options that I want on my phone in my house than in my office.
: I have a tag on my monitor and a tag on my coat stand. A quick swipe and dozens of settings can be set to what you want. You don't even need to unlock the phone!
Are any of these 'needs'? Of course not, but then I 'need' a phone that makes calls (actually I don't even *need* that - I managed for 17 years without a phone after all). But they are sure nice to haves!
No doubt (as the article stated) once the iPhone does have NFC the fans will suddenly declare that it is the best thing since sliced bread.
The real killer for the iPhone 5 for me is the amount of fanbois (and I use that deliberately, not to confuse them with sane people who buy Apple products) who shout loudly that no innovation is a good thing! Ouch.
Re: 'The thinnest, slickest, fastest iPhone yet.'
Yup, the 3G was great - as much as I wanted to hate it when I tried a collegues I brought it.
The only thing in the article that I thought was non biased - the interface when it was released was great. But the others caught up so quickly, after even 18 months it was outdated to the competition.
Since then... Not so much has changed...
Re: How is 1355*768
How is 1355*768
Re: Sad thing is, I wouldn't bet on it
It also depends on the tablet. If you take the top of the line model that was in the article then it has a full HD screen. Assuming that the screen is pin sharp you should be able use excel with no probolem.
When RDP'ing to my desktop using my infinity O can use Excel just fine.
Re: put a lock on the OBD port
Unfortunately they will, but I am not sure what else you can do...
I know for my R6 it's even worse. I have a 'red' key. It doesn't start the bike, but does put it in learning mode for if you need a new key.
Should you lose the red key and then break your black keys you need to replace the ECU to get the bike working again. Gulp!
My red key is in a safe place!
Re: put a lock on the OBD port
I don't know about BMW's - but my V70 has a key hidden in the keyfob that is used for nothing except unlocking the car when the battery is dead and locking the glove box when it's serviced (if you want to do that).
Why not simply use that to secure the ODB port. No special tools are required as per EU instructions.
There again, how long would it take them to force the lock and just gain access anyway? Would making key setting a main dealer only item then make fall foul of the EU law?
Could you have a two tier system:
- program key from key = non main dealer
- program kays from nothing = main dealer
Is not the price, or the controller for me
It's the games.
We have a PC and an XBox for the block type buster titles.
We had a Wii for the more family centric titles - then they died off and the Wii usage died off with it.
If they bring more family orientated games out then I'll buy them, otherewise I'll stick with the Xbox and PC
Re: Pricey! - Right Click Test
Sure - I just did :) Typing this using Jump to talk to my development machine now. Right click on the track pad works the same as it does on my mouse.
Thankyou! I have a couple installed, and they work fine for what I needed, but were not perfect - plugging a mouse into the Infinity I now have a 1920*1122 RDP machine that has pin sharp letters and works like a regular RDP machine - making it even better than I thought it was before. That good I may even put my credit card into the play store to buy the full version (something I thought I would never do!)
To use yoru words... Not even slightly true :)
At least not in Holland. My infinity came in a box resting on the rubber pads of the keyboard dock. (Which is the TF201 as you have said)
Really nice machine
I've been using one of these as a note taker for the last week - it's a fantastic peice of kit!
RDP to a windows machine and having a better resolution that the desktop it is connecting too, whilst still being readable, is really usefull!
Movies look just absolutely stunning
Working on documents and presentations, comfortably, whilst out and about is great (actually the reason I brought it).
And it fits in my handbag without being too heavy (which is just one reason why I would not a crappy notebook for the same price)
Re: Oh I do miss Apple at times...
On the box for the Xperia S was the sticker for 'Upgradabe to ICS!' It was promised, and came (and did a great job of improving the phone too) - it just took too long.
@They promote slacking off
Where? I read the posting and nowhere does it say that.
It just sounds like they want honest programmers to me. Some of the best programmers I have met, and employed have not been people who class themselves as shit hot. Some of the worst have.
And I would not take a developer who wanted the job just because of the salary - in my experience they are without fail the last people you should want to employ! Sure it's a factor, but I'd take a lower paid (but still suiting my lifestyle), better atmosphere job over a higher paid crap environment job anytime.
Re: Pretty solid case
What does this say about best buys customers? They went into a shop and picked up a box that said 'Samsung Galaxy Tab' on it and with a picture of a tablet with 'Samsung' written on it that is even readable on poor quality low res youtube videos; let alone in real life! They then returned it saying they thought it said 'Apple iPad'...
Are their customers really that poorly educated that they can't read?
I was wondering whether to get it
Until I saw that some features are artificially disabled for anything other than the expensive new models. (I mean really, why do you need an SSD for powernap?)
Hmm... I know people love these machines but I just can't see why - after not quite a year of ownership I have come to loathe the damn thing...
This kind of thing just add's to the list of reasons why... Shame really becuase it does look and feel much better than my day to day Vaio that I use constantly...
Re: This whole episode proves:
Some do, I don't know about all. A couple of years ago brought a pair of CM9 speakers for home. The seller showed me lots of speakers and then said if I had more money to throw at a system... Don't. The difference between the 1800 CM9's and the 7000 800 series is negligable at best.
Then again I have been using the same shop now for many years as they have always been briliant in both pre and after sales. My first half decent stereo came from there and they also recomended a set cheaper than my budget as the difference between the two was the amount of lights on the amp :)
No... OSx can't get infected. I am running Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro perfectly fine, and in accordence with licensing (hell, Apple even provide most of the drivers!) so the Mac can get infected quite easily!
So that would be 300,007 for the Mac then... Wow, 7 more than my Vaio!
Re: "Once the novelty of an interchangeable lens compact has worn off"
I think that either you missed the poin that the author was trying to make, or I missed your point :)
I have a 5D, and three Sigma EXDG lenses for various uses, as my main camera and I am really very happy with it.
But... I go on special trips with it, or I set it up for photo shoots at home. It is not something that I can carry arround with me constantly.
Compact cameras on the other hand can be carried around with me, but the quality of the sensors is terrible. Good for web use or snaps but when you get up to poster sized prints you start to see too many artifacts (for me anyway - these things are subjective). And of course you have no control over the shot - it's point and click, exactly what it was designed for - and what my other half likes about their camera.
The new range of CSC provide a nice inbetween step. Small enough to be caried, versatile enough to make some nice shots. Well some of them at least (the Sony NEX range with their larger sensors look interesting, as does the Panasonic range. The Nikon on the other hand produces the same artifacts as the standard compact camera from the shots I have seen as it also uses an extremely small sensor).
But... Do you need the hassle of interchangable lenses on the CSC ranges in order to get the control or quality? If I can get a handbag sized camera with a good lens, sensor and manual controls do I care that I only have the one that it came with? 120mm seems a little short for some of the shots I like to take, but I wonder if I couldlive with it...
Re: A 13" notebook with retina display would be great @9 Circles
That looks stunning! Actually, that may have just sold Apple a machine... (Sorry it wasn't until I got further in your post before I realised it was actually an anti decent resolution post). I take the review as something positive to be honest.
I doubt the eye strain issue. if you have good vision, and the display is as crisp as it looks on that photo it it will be fine. I've suffered more eye strain on crappy DPI early learning monitors (17" 1600*900 for example) than I ever have on crisp small screens.
Re: A 13" notebook with retina display would be great
I don't agree. I hade a Sony Ultra Portable (TZ21) with 11" screen with 1368*768 was a joy to use - until I dropped something on the screen and it shattered :( Upping it to 1600*900 at that size would have not been an issue either (in fact I wish I could have done!)
As long as the panel is good quality and your have good eyesight you don't need your screen scaling to early learning font size.
I'm actually considering one of the 15" machine just to boot camp it to windows and use the extra pixels to see extra information on the screen. If I can get around the issue of having to splurge now as it's not upgradable...
Re: @AC: Embrace, Extend, Extract money.
And yet people claim that Macs are expensive because they run forever!
As to not buying a Mac if you want to upgrade - the 13" MBP is a doddle to upgrade (mechanically that is, software wise is another matter - it hated the new HDD and Memory until I found some tricks online to making it like them). I've heard people love the Mac Pro's as they are nice to work on on the inside unlike HP machines that try to cut your hands to ribbons everytime you open the case. (But I want to say that I loved your comment anyway ;p)
@AC: Re: Embrace, Extend, Extract money.
Because it's a very expensive laptop computer, not a "cheap" phone. (Cheap as in a good quality phone is less than one quater of the cost of this laptop)
I don't know about Apple laptops, as the one I own is only a year old (and was upgraded with a new HDD and RAM within 2 weeks of buying it to replace the crap it came with) but my Windows machines last me on average about 6 years before the chip becomes just too slow for the tools I want to run. I that time I generally up the memory to the max the machine can take and upgrade the HDD at least once.
Ergo, I do not want something where I can upgrade from one supplier and one supplier only - making the machine obsolete long before it's time. I want something I can upgrade myself in my home after picking the best part for what I want and need.
Shame really as the screen really does sound great (though it doesn't sound like I can use it for desktop real estate)
Re: that's a lot of money
Or less and the Xperia S - 32GB and 720P screen...
I was really dissapointed in the resolution that this Nokia has... I hate it when companies come out with a bigger screen when they mean a screen with a lower DPI... (And then pretend it's a good thing!)
I'll go with the last window opened part - I do think that's quite cool.
I have to ask though - did you do A/B tests or put the machines next to each other? And were they are the same quality - or an el cheapo Windows machine (and I include expensive HP machines there too!) vs the Apple? These things make a difference.
Re: Optical Digital...
I have a system that is aimed more at music than AV (centred around a Cyrus AV Master for DAC and Sound Processor functions, with several AMPS to drive the speakers). No HDMI, just 2 Optical, 2 COAX Digital and 2 analogue.
The music reproduction is amazing, but the lack of inputs is a pain in the neck!
I hadn't though of a splitter though (I was concentrating on Optical to COAX converters, expensive and difficult to find) - I'll have to search for one; thanks for the tip!
Not that you would ever believe someone who says something bad about Apple / good about Windows...
But, it's a mid 2011 Sandy Bridge MacBook Pro 13" i5 - installed with Snow Leopard and with the free upgrade voucher for the Apple Store for Lion (about a week or two after Lion was released). It was expanded from 4GB to 8GB and had a faster, bigger HDD fitted when I assumed the performance was from the slow, small HDD Apple fitted as standard. With the upgrades it was much faster, but still not a patch on the Windows machines I have.
The screen, whilst a terrible resolution is at least better per colour reproduction than the 4 year old machine. But not as good as the Sony.
Oh, and by faster wakiing up from sleep I mean usable. The screen comes on much faster with the Mac. Within a second or so. But you can't enter your password for another 10 seconds or so. The Windows machine is ready to go when the screen turns on. After about 2 or 3 seconds.
Re: See my comment from above
:) TBH I wouldn't feel right selling it to you for that price. I think I'd be ripping you off!
Lion straight from the App store to installed. No messing, no nothing.
Windows straight from Sony / OEM Disc (depending on the machine), no messing, no nothing.
The MacBook Pro takes a little over a minute to boot. The Windows 7 machines take a little under a minute to having El Reg in the browser.
I wanted to like the Mac (You fdon't spend that kind of cash in the expectation that you are not going to like it now do you?), but after trying to like it for 9 months I've given up. It's a 1300 euro web browser (and even that isn't fun).
The POS HP I have to use in the office *is* slow as hell. But then that goes back to my point about comparing crap computers or decent ones.
Having not tried Linux I couldn't say...
See my comment from above
Me and my other half prefer working on a 4 year old Core2 Duo (admitedly top of the line when it was brought) running windows 7 than our 8 month old MacBook Pro i5 Sandy Bridge with double the memory as well. Let alone the Sony i7 Sandy Bridge that we have as our DTR laptop. In fact it lies in the study unloved and unused most of the time.
People like Macs compared to the (cehap) tat you can easily buy from shops with Windows on it. Not for similar computers!
I thought I'd try it out when I needed a new machine last year. We won't be trying another. I hear similar stories from others who use good quality windows machines and then try Macs. Only cheap windows to Mac seems to return the 'Wow!' response.
Nah, after wanting to throw my MacBook Pro out of the window too many times in the last 7 months I've owned it I can't think of anything to like about it.
Slower to boot than windows, slower to wake from sleep than windows, more updates!!! (WTF - I was not expecting that!) and more system crashes.
Mac's are good because people who would not be prepared to pay 800 euro for a 17" windows laptop will pay 2500 euros for a 15" MacBook Pro. Because it's Apple. Then they act surprised that it's so much better than the awfulness they had before (which I advised against buying in the first place as I knew it was going to be awful and I was going to have to support it!)
How can a player of this price not include a coax digital as well! (Nothing against optical digital, just that I have two inputs of each and it's nice on the expensive components to pick which to use, so that the cheaper ones can take the optical inputs where you don't get a choice!)
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