554 posts • joined 21 Aug 2009
"Those surprising gizmos just wouldn’t be mobile phones."
That's a big assumption. There isn't anything stopping them making phones again in two years time. I forgot where it was said but I'm sure someone can fill in that information.
Viewing angles and PhotoSphere
I've read elsewhere about viewing angles being poor but it sounds like a pretty nasty issue given how good everything else is and that's a shame. I was considering this as a potential upgrade option but as I have about 4 months left I think given the downsides I can wait.
PhotoSphere is limited to Nexus devices and unless / until Google announce it being available to all I don't see the point of mentioning it in phone reviews. I've owned a Nexus 4 nearly a year and I haven't used it once.
Yandex - no thanks
As much as many will chastise Google I'd prefer them to a Russia counterpart..
Given my recent experience with the Nexus 5 and its puny 2300mAh battery I'd pick this over it. At least I would if I wasn't now set against owning any LG phones.
Re: Snapdragon 600 Chipset????
Indeed. GSM Arena has it listed as "Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800". I came here to point the same thing out myself. Bad reviewer, bad! No supper for you.
Re: Close to a final nail in the coffin?
I don't need to look it up I have HTC phones, I know how slow the updates have been and more importantly how often they abandon phones. I like HTC but I'm not going to ignore their bad treatment of customers.
Close to a final nail in the coffin?
I very much like HTC because their products appeal to me even if they can be a bit slow with updates and abandon phones early. I really hope this isn't a potential final nail in the coffin for them as they don't deserve to go down.
Satellites not likely affected
I'd like to point out that if, in 100,000 - 200,000 years we're still relying on the same technology something has gone drastically wrong. I would hope that things are vastly improved so is mentioning current tech relevant?
LG - Lame Goods
I have limited experience with LG products. Specifically I've only used the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5. Both phones have serious WiFi problems and battery life that isn't good enough, especially the Nexus 5 which I'm returning. Sorry LG, first impressions count for a lot and I tried to like the Nexus 5 but you skimped with battery and have awful WiFi again. I won't be touching your products again.
Increase prices for faster speeds?
Er... isn't that what they higher tariffs are for? I already pay a ridiculous amount for 60Mb and can't reduce it or the wonderful deal (read: slightly less expensive) will no longer apply. I was happy with 30Mb... hell I was happy with 20Mb, even 10Mb.
I don't need more speed especially when the increase comes with no real tangible benefits. I don't ever recall downloading something and needing it within a set time limit. The benefit of faster speeds is generally faster downloads and higher quality streams without buffering but if I can't get that with 60Mb often what chance does a faster connection have? It didn't change going from 20 - 30 - 60Mb.
Re: So fix it! @RyokuMas
I know practically zero about programming and despite trying on numerous occasions to learn via Visual Basic I get frustrated very quickly and lose interest. Why? Any tutorials I found online ended up being for older versions of programs and when you have to spend 5 - 10 minutes hunting down the thing that has moved / changed in the UI just to get to the next step it's hard to keep going. I imagine that isn't a lot when you must run into problems that take days, weeks, months even to resolve but it doesn't take a lot to discourage some people.
The only way I can see myself learning is by it being a taught thing in a classroom environment and I'm almost scared to contemplate any type of courses since they will most likely have people that have already done plenty of coding. I don't mind saying that I am actually scared to not have a clue when everyone else knows what they're doing to some degree.
Re: Ditch the aluminium
So many people thinking similarly regarding Star Trek IV and Scotty. I feel very much at home.
I'm curious to know what it's like living in your cave where there isn't anyone to point out how wrong you are.
There have been meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima only, Three Mile Island was a partial metldown. Chernobyl was human error coupled with bad design, Three Mile Island was a mixture of human error and equipment failure and Fukushima was a rare natural disaster. Out of the three, as the article says, the only deaths have been recorded at Chernobyl.
Lessons are learned through things like this. Would you have cancelled all plane flights after the first ever accident? One large plane crash kills more than all these major nuclear incidents have combined. Human error, mechanical faults and natural disasters affect planes too. That's even ignoring the fact that the reactors at Chernobyl, the worst incident, were a bad design and have not been used (the reactor design) long since.
Don't let facts get in the way of your crazy trolling though!
Re: I would be interested to see if their censorship guidelines can be found online
That was so painful to read.... do they still teach English at schools? English was my best subject at school but I find myself being dragged down through a combination of exposure and osmosis. I try to fight but there are so many....
Hands up anyone that didn't see this coming
Anyone? Thought not..
Pretty much gonna echo what others have said and wonder just how this sort of crap is allowed to happen. Buy patents, sue the company that tried to buy them and a large portion of the contributing Android manufacturers. I'd be very interested in seeing if Sony were willing participants in this sueball. There has got to be some law that if a patent isn't defended despite supposed infringement for X months / years then it's voided. I refuse to believe Nortel just sat on the patents and watched Google et al infringe them for all that time.
Feel free to downvote or just correct me if I'm wrong (it is after 3am) but isn't this the sort of thing MS want other companies to build their games around? Cloud processing etc of part of the game I mean. If it is then this just shows all those that said it was a bad idea were right to worry. Down globally = no games for anyone if they rely on this.
Again, correct me if I'm wrong but be gentle.
Some people really don't like 3D
When will this hatred for 3D stop?
Wait for updates to 4.3?
"Sadly that feature is only available on some Android 4.3 devices, so the vast majority of fandroids will have to wait for an update before they try it."
I can't confirm this as I haven't made a series of small movies while waving my arms in a car but I have the updated APK installed on two separate phones running 4.2.2 with no issues. I have the other things the new APK brings like the Photos icon replacing G+ Photos so unless they specifically have a setting that refuses to do the "Auto Awesome Movies" unless a device is running 4.3 or above it should work with just the new APK.
@Longrod_von_Hugendong Re: Here we go again...
You mean like this one? Seems appropriate as well that I use it now.
Re: file type reassignment?
Shift + right-click on a file in Windows still shows "Open With" in Windows 8.1 whereas shift + right-click on a folder gives very handy shortcuts such as opening a command window as it has since about WIndows 7 and possibly Vista.
We were told Cameron's comments had "nothing to do with reality."
That sums up everything this pathetic excuse for a human has ever said. I'll stop here or my rant will be longer than the document in question.
"a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip running at up to 2.3GHz and equipped with 2GB of Ram to play around with, as well as a 4.95-inch, 1920 x 1080 display to draw pictures on."
"There’s nothing particularly impressive about that spec"
I've got to ask, what do you call impressive if that isn't impressive to you? I know it's about normal for a top range handset but it's still impressive and that isn't even taking into account the fact it'll cost around half the price of a Galaxy S4, HTC One etc.
I find myself still not caring. Why can't all networks, mobile or internet, accept that they are there to provide a set service and stop trying to branch out to offer tons of things? For example, I don't see electric companies trying to sell me a Lovefilm subscription. If you're good at something then stic..... ahhh now I see the problem. Carry on.
Re: Native Instagram and Vine?
3rd party clients generally offer a better experience anyway and you get to live without ads and other meddling the companies like to force via updates. The only reason to use native versions is, for example with Twitter, push notifications.
Re: Finally the wait is ov.... wait in line?!
Yeah sorry about that I need to get in the shower.
Finally the wait is ov.... wait in line?!
Sonnuva.. I signed up for updates before the failed launch and I'm not in the list... grrrr!
I ... wow....... yeah...
How can it be invalidated one time, have no changes at all made, and then suddenly be valid? Just how much were they paid to decide on this valuable reconsideration?
Re: NO NO NO!
You know I almost said RAM is technically storage but volatile and shouldn't be thought of that way...
NO NO NO!
"with 8gb of memory"
8GB of STORAGE! Memory = RAM, RAM is not storage, the two are not to be used as interchangeable words. I expect better on a tech site. *sigh* I'm fighting a losing battle...
What? Oh, I misread..
MPs always thinking of the children
Shouldn't something be done about that?
Nexus 4 fragile glass
I've dropped mine quite a lot and it hasn't broken. Admittedly the drops tend to be on softer surfaces like carpet or wooden flooring but they do so at quite a speed as I stupidly stand on the charging cable and send it flying when I stand up. In fact the only damage it's sustained is a small <10mm long dent where the colour has also been knocked off. I was expecting the screen or back to be cracked or scratched when I saw that but they're both fine.
Do I want another phone with glass back? Hell no! This thing is ludicrously slippy on any surface! They could use Nexus 4s as lubricant for large machines and see massive improvement.
Re: Brilliant! Turn all other mobile OSs into WinPho
I know, I was laughing at the absurd suggestion of its use. Splashtop does far beter even if it's slow as hell in performance and I get far greater control. I just don't see anyone installing this because they must have their Windows apps as opposed to wanting to grab a file or something else beyond looking at a tile that flips.
I wasn't the one that downvoted you btw.
Brilliant! Turn all other mobile OSs into WinPho
I like the suggestion that it's so you can use "Modern Apps" because what I've really wanted from my Android phone was to be able to remotely connect to a computer and effectively turn it into a Windows Phone device.
140 character limit on IM?
What? It's bad enough with tweets being limited to 140 characters (still..) and while that may have been part of the charm it quickly became annoying to me. I know there are alternatives and services such as TMI and TwitLonger but they feel like sticking an extra piece of paper to the bottom of an essay when you ran out of room.
Ignoring the potential of a 140 character limit IM service I can't wait to be using it so I can talk to someone and suddenly a conversation goes like this:
Me: hey, you up for <popular activity> later?
Them: sure. what time?
sponsored IM: looking for a new boiler? we can help and we do insulation too!
Both of us: wtf?
Top Tweet: Random unfunny account: Don't you hate it when something happens in your life? #obligatoryhashtag
Me: I'll call you...
Re: what a let down given the title
Have a thumbs up for getting one of my favourite actors into the discussion.
Warning for those updating
It will finish and then proceed to give you 15 minutes before it forcibly restarts with no way to postpone that restart. After the restart it took around 5 - 10 minutes to finish before it finally let me use the computer. I noticed that I also have a previously banished IE icon back on my taskbar. Rest assured that I will be removing that piece of crap as soon as I finish clicking Submit.
Hate Windows 8, still hate 8.1
I feel dirty saying this but as a hater of Windows H8 I've actually become used to the dirty Start screen. I don't use it or any apps but the speed with which it finds installed programs comes close to that of my favourite launcher, Launchy. The downside is that I still have to take my hands off the keyboard if I'm trying to change a setting in Control Panel.
On my old laptop Windows H8 noticeably slowed it down to the point that even after I doubled the RAM (2GB to 4GB) it crawls along a lot more than it ever did under Windows 7 with 2GB. With the new laptop I got recently it's a lot faster but given that it's quite a high spec I'd be very surprised if it was anything less. It's sad that the biggest benefit of a new system now feels like getting the old speed back. I'll be very interested to see how fast it is when I throw on a Linux distro later.
Re: Not Funny!
I can't decide if you're reacting to this having only just found out or reacting to it in general. It's been known for quite a while that this is all the Start button would do when you go to Windows 8.1 but I do like your solution.
"According to Facebook's press release, the changes are being made to made to keep Facebook competitive in the social media market, a widening field that now includes not just traditional websites but also mobile competitors such as WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger."
Ah good. I'm glad to see it isn't a frivalous reason.
N97 - the beginning of the end
I always went for Nokia phones from my very first mobile phone. Admittedly it wasn't really a choice I thought about a lot but they were usually quite solid phones and my last was the sturdy N95. I briefly considered getting an N96 and then even an N97 but dodged he latter by getting my first phone with a keyboard - the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1.
I've often wondered what would have happened if they'd gone through the Maego / Maemo / Mee...... whatever.... earlier and pushed it with the N97. The phone looked ok but running a horribly mashed together Symbian + touchscreen interface it was, from what I've read, a truly awful experience with sluggishness being a generous term for it. By the time Nokia announced and had the 5800 XpressMusic handsets available I think most people had lost faith in them. The N8 had promise but was too late to matter as the iPhone had been out a few years and Android was starting to look very good.
Oh Nokia.. if only you'd been less obsessed with keeping your steady income with incremental advances (N85, N95, N95 8GB, N96...) and taken the risks a few times maybe the N8 would have been the device to wow crowds in response to the original iPhone, especially with its camera.
Think of the wonderful possibilities you're missing out on! Today we have Day 1 DLC, season passes that don't cover all DLC or only a limited amount but tomorrow you cou..... actually I can't think of many ways it would be much worse. I'm sure a publisher will manage to make me see that I'm very wrong.
More and more I'm liking the idea of buying games six months or more after release. You get the game, most / all DLC and still pay less than the game at launch. All you get by purchasing games at launch with pre-orders is a bigger hole in your wallet.
You're kidding right?
There's no way they'll miss the chance to offer region X only phones while offering some thinly veiled excuse that using more frequences will somehow reduce signal strength allowing them to only enable, conveniently, those in a specific market.
I was referring to the app not the website.
Even with the permanently running Ad Block Plus on Android you will still end up seeing those wonderful "promoted tweets" and the new annoyance of "top tweets". No wonder they started cracking down so hard on third-party apps. It's the only way to avoid the constant stream of money spinning ideas thrown at you in their desparate bid to make more money.
Forget roaming I want cheaper out of plan costs!
I've made this comment before but roaming now works out cheaper than calling when you've used up your monthly pittan.... allowance. Short of business people that travel a lot and the rich few who are flown about for fun I don't know many people that travel abroad often enough to care too much about roaming charges. Yes they're a big deal if you get caught but the practice seems to be buy a local prepaid SIM. While this goes on we're subject to ludicrously high local charges but that's ok apparently. It only matters when it happens across borders.
Re: Premature smugness
Reducing with a view to eliminating them as far as I remember.
Apple ban - bad for competition! Samsung ban - not bad for competition.
Regardless of your thoughts the fact is Samsung won a ban that was vetoed because it would apparently affect competition. The products weren't the newest available from Apple but that didn't matter as it would still somehow affect competition. Now when the opposite happens it won't affect competition? The clearest message here is that the US will protect US companies even when they fall foul of US law.
Not really big news
Samsung have been suffering a little of HTC's fate it seems. They've released so many phones and done very little innovating on their flagship S4 that a lot seem to be ignoring their new phones. I don't think it's as clean cut a case of Apple doing fantastically. For what it's worth they always sell a truck load when a new model comes out regardless of how lacklustre it is but the same can be said about most high end devices now.
- One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers