343 posts • joined Friday 21st August 2009 10:57 GMT
Motorola? No thanks.
It's a good deal if you're after a usable tablet for a fairly low price. Unfortunately for me it has that one word that will always be poison - Motorola. The tablet may well be able to go to ICS via unlocking and flashing the US firmware but after past experiences I will not be touching their hardware. If Google are successful with the purchase it may change but for the near future I'm avoiding them completely.
For anyone else it may be a good deal, my point of view is from bad experiences. That and I have an Advent Vega which may not be top of the range but does what I need it to for the time being.
Figures we can use please. Throwing around information such as, "HTC Desire S users typically shifted out 3.23 times as much data as iPhone 3G users." means nothing if you don't know how much data an iPoop 3G user consumes (in this survey). Of course I'm taking this to mean that the figures aren't what you'd call high but saying "OMG IT'S THREE TIMES MORE THAN THE 3G!" is more sensational than saying it uses 300MB a month compared to 100MB. Remember that most UK networks think 500MB is more than enough for a modern smartphone over the month.
One other thing that seemed to me like pointless information was saying Nokia and BlackBerry users use less data than their counterparts. Nokia and BlackBerry phones don't come across as the most user friendly phones and haven't for quite a while. I don't know about BlackBerry but Nokia phones have been awful for a number of years now and I used to love their phones. It feels like saying a netbook owner won't watch as much HD video as someone with a mid-range laptop.
FUD about dual-core, battery draining and Android
Look, I have a single core Android phone with a pathetic battery (1230mAh) but it runs smooth all the time. I know there are bad phones out there and some with awful customisations but a vanilla Android will run smoothly and very happily on a single core phone. A dual-core handset will not drain more battery and, if anything, should use less battery overall.
I don't count Sense as an awful customisation even if others do. It gave Android the first useful copy and paste and adds a lot to stock Android but I know it isn't for everyone.
Last point to note is that I have a Windows Phone 7 (Samsung Omnia 7) and while it's smooth in use and I quite like it the battery life is somehow less even with a larger battery than my Android phone (Desire HD) - 1500mAh to 1230mAh. Both are a year old yet less than an hour after I took it off charge the Omnia was showing 6% battery gone and I'd barely used it.
I will never understand why people feel the need to put something down or spread FUD.
Counting iPhone 3GS too?
If you're going to throw in silly things like a two year old Apple handset then we can safely throw in all varieties of the original Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate etc in he USA) and the newer Galaxy Nexus. Even ignoring this I've never heard of this company and a sample size of 5,000 is tiny. This is almost as bad as some survey on TechRadar that was run on a few thousand people and ended up claiming 24% of the world now uses NFC. Pointless findings from an insignificant company that has far too much time on its hands.
Lovefilm, hate streaming
I took Amazon up on their one month trial with a £20 voucher at the end. I looked at the offered selection, opted for a few Blu-ray movies and decided to see what was available to stream. The selection of streamed movies vs the physical copies is pitiful. I'll be very glad to see a full streaming only service that has at least a similar quantity of titles available to stream as they do to get through the post.
I'll miss Karen but not that guy. He irks me, always has.
Naturally the Apple patents are upheld (granted not all of them) while HTC had their own case thrown out despite violation by Apple. I hate all these patent claims and suing. It serves nobody except the lawyers because the cases inevitably drag on and on with appeals, more appeals, maybe a countersuit or two.
Yes, I like HTC phones and Sense and it's sad to hear they're losing ground but I can only put that down to the sheer amount of new handsets they push out frustrating and upsetting existing customers. Nobody likes to see a new version of their handset within six months, I'm thinking of the Sensation, XL and XE specifically there. Minor updates, new handset, annoyed customers. I know, I know.. it happens with all tech. but you'd hope for at least six months before your handset is updated.
There are also the two HTC drawbacks that are making me consider an alternative manufacturer at update time: poor camera and poor battery life. They appear to be trying to improve battery with capacity increasing, far better than my Desire HDs 1230mAh. They also seem to be trying to better the cameras although at a much slower pace. 8MP is nice but lens and sensor size are far more important.
User intelligence tested
As awful as it is with apps like this getting around it's an approach I'd prefer to the Apple approach of telling me what I can download. Permissions are listed for all apps but as a few people have said they're not always clear on why those are needed. As a suggestion for Google I'd require all app developers to make available, either in the app description, a page online or on request, a full list of permissions with reasons why they're needed.
Troll or really poorly informed?
I would hope you're kidding and just trolling. Vista was an overhaul and look how much that pissed people off because manufacturers wanted to push new hardware rather than write new drivers for the old stuff. Sure Vista was painful but it was a necessary change and Windows 7 improved on it quite a lot. Dropping all the 'old' stuff would upset a vast amount of people and not just end users.
You say that DOS was run in a VM on Win 9x... I just can't believe that's meant seriously. Win 9x were shells that ran on top of DOS. They didn't need it quite as much as previous versions of Windows but it was still used a lot. That was one of the big changes with Vista, moving away from DOS.
I can't comment on the rest of your poorly informed post and what I wrote is based on what I know which may also be wrong (feel free to correct me people that know better) but it's a lot closer than what you posted to the truth!
Indeed.. it was a fantastic program both on the desktop and on phones with regular updates and features people liked (deck.ly for one!) and prior to this the only update I've seen in roughly six months has been to remove deck.ly and image previews from tweets. It's made worse by the fact prior to the buyout they had mentioned a completely new version for Android as the old look had been the same for quite a while with no real improvements and now that, like many other changes, has been canned apparently. Way to go Twitter! Just kill it off if you're going to turn it into a clone of your official (and utterly useless) mobile client.
I don't particularly care for anything that came into being by working with Monster. The audio enhancement itself can be installed on some other phones such as my Desire HD. It may not be quite the same but it sure beats getting a new phone for slightly different sound. In addition to that my Desire HD also has SRS and Dobly. I don't see any reason to upgrade any time soon with this apart from the battery.
Not angry about entitlement, disappointed at poorly planned sales
As the title says, I'm not and never was angry about it, I was just completely disappointed that after seeing it happen countless times in the past with online sales crashing sites they somehow still didn't plan properly for their own sale. As an IT company you would hope they could plan for this but it's probably more a case of marketing not giving IT enough time to get any additional hardware online in time.
To put this into perspective just look at Amazon UK and their Black Friday week (yeah.. ) and how that ran. Not once did the site fall over and if you added an item to your basket you had 15 minutes to pay for it and then it went to someone on a waiting list. There weren't exactly massive savings but the majority of items were still useful and widespread going from fitness, to games and all things in between. Having seen their sale last year I knew that it wouldn't have too many amazing deals and it didn't but there were still some good offers in general.
eBuyer sent out their marketing email offering (clearance) items for £1 with perhaps seven or eight good products through the whole seven (eight?) hours the sale was ongoing. You had no idea if you had a product even if you had gone through the buying process without a glitch which was an achievement itself. The fact that so many got "out of stock" emails after thinking they had an item shows how little stock they had too but with it being a clearance sale that's to be expected. Add to the fact their website had such issues and then they had their Facebore drone posting a new offer that was coming up and any chance it had of recovering was shot, stamped on and kicked while it was down.
£1 laptop deals? No. £1 CLEARANCE deals
There are no laptops on sale for £1 at all. The biggest offer I know about, due to the servers dying so much, is a Samsung Syncmaster monitor. They are offering a few new deals an hour with the majority of items being cheap crap that you wouldn't even want to pay £1 for anyway. The worst part is that if you do somehow manage to get to order something (I did, the Syncmaster) you can generally expect an out of stock email to follow the order acknowledgement. Oh and let's not forget the minimum delivery fee is about £5 as well.
To say that this has been a spectacular failure and showcase for how *not* to run an online sale event would be an understatement of the highest order. It also appears they're deleting some unfavourable posts off their Facebore page to try and hide the scale of the mess.
I have 30Mb from VM and I can stream just fine thanks. I have no problems with my connection speed and regularly getting just over 30Mb on speed tests. Sure it gets slower during busy times but it's still far better than most BT customers will get at around 16 - 25Mb. I don't know how you can be thankful for Sky broadband...
I put an idea to HTC (I've got an HTC Desire HD, a Motorola Milestone and a G1) about updates but unsurprisingly I heard nothing back from them. They like to throw their Sense UI on any new version of Android that appears which adds extra time to the already long update process. The idea? A simple one that I think would generate massive positive feedback.
Google release a new Android version
HTC build the new version WITHOUT Sense and offer it as an optional download
HTC build the new version WITH Sense and offer it as an OTA download when it's ready.
I don't know how difficult it is to build from source but I imagine it will be far easier for HTC than a bunch of coders doing it in their spare time. Imagine the joy as people get the latest version sooner and then, should it be made available for their device, a Sense version at a slightly later date. The obvious benefit is happy customers who come back to your brand. It would also extend the life of handsets that can't handle more bloated... sorry, more 'feature packed' versions of Sense.
You don't get many new customers by shafting your existing customer base, you get them by treating the existing customers well. They, in turn, recommend your brand and you get positive publicity for going against the grain. I only have to look at my Motorola Milestone to know that I will never touch another phone they make. A great handset that was ignored in favour of pushing new models onto the same people they ignored.
Battery life - will it suffer with WiFi presumably being enabled 24/7?
I'd be interested to see how battery life is affected from this scenario since I'm sure I've read somewhere before that a phone switching between signals and constantly searching for a stronger signal (in low signal areas only?) uses more than conservative use of WiFi. Either way I'll be curious to see how the switching between networks is handled during calls. Will it drop the call during the switch?
Checkerboard scrolling, no flash, no thanks
I've been following Firefox on Android since the first few betas and it still amazes me that after all the releases they still have it doing that awful checkerboard mess while scrolling. No other browser does it and Opera Mobile made a point to kill it and it shows. I get the feeling that Android is a lesser priority for them despite what they say as new releases have done very little that I can see. The most obvious things missing are smooth scrolling, text rendering (still) and Flash although I'd hate to see Flash running in it if they can't even manage smooth text scrolling and fast rendering without it.
Honeycomb browser needs a few changes
Normally I shun news about Opera but after buying an Advent Vega and being stuck with FroYo at the time I found the mobile version was very good. After the Vega got the unofficial Honeycomb and hardware acceleration I stopped using it but the performance was always great even without hardware acc. Unfortunately, the tab management is still the same as the mobile app and I hate that. I browse and use quite a few tabs even on my tablet but in Opera you always have to tap at least twice to switch tabs (as far as I know!) and closing can take up to three.
Before I'm flamed for taking a massive *three* taps to close a tab and switch tabs I just find it inpractical. The stock browser uses tabs like Chrome* and I can close them with one tap and switch with one tap. The whole point of using it for me is the immediacy and with performance of the stock browser now being up to speed I don't have to tolerate the tab management.
*I'm aware Opera used it before others, I'm not suggesting otherwise.
One of the better? One of the best!
For those who don't know about it I think the best way to describe it is stock Android on steroids. I've been running CyanogenMod on my phones since my G1 and have it on my current phone an HTC Desire HD. It's so fast in use and over the years the testing process has improved a lot, especially from the days of it being mainly Cyanogen where a small mistake meant lots of .1 builds quickly released after the stable versions.
For anyone wondering about the version this is Android 2.3.7 which surprised me as I was only expecting 2.3.5 but it's a good surprise. The tweaks in the ROM are fantastic and it's silky smooth in use no matter how long I've been using it. There are other ROMs, including some Sense-based builds for HTC phones and they are generally smooth to start with but some have a habit of slowing down the longer the uptime gets.
The new phones listed are mostly newer models but a few (Defy and other Motorola phones) are older phones, if you count September 2010 as old. Motorola pretty much said they wouldn't be getting updates beyond Android 2.1 so these custom ROMs are great for breathing life into an aging product. Madness really, abandoning a phone like that but that's what put me off Motorola in a big way as I own a Milestone. HTC and Samsung in the future, HTC preferred but they need to work on battery life.
Respect or surprise?
I'm willing to bet both Google and Samsung were expecting a lot more than the iPhone 4S and when it was released they kinda went, "That's it?!" It may well be a step up from the iPhone 4 and earlier models but comparing it purely from a hardware point of view Android phones have had better specs for months already. The new Google phone was supposed to be something new and introduce ICS as well so perhaps they are taking extra time to do last minute checks of the software now that they don't have an iPhone 5 or similar to outdo.
That's my first thought, the second is that combined with a relatively lacklustre iPhone 4S they have a potentially far bigger fish to go after with Nokia supposedly announcing their first Windows Phone later in the month / early next month. Why waste time pounding on Apple and iOS when they can stick it to Windows Phone AND Nokia?
I suspect numerous downvotes are incoming now, just my thoughts.
Fail on your part
HTC initially gave up the Gingerbread / 2.3 release on the Desire but a rather large outcry saw them cave and suddenly decide they could release it after chopping out some crap. It's available now if you have an unbranded phone and depending on your network it may be able even if it's branded.
As for affected or not as someone else mentioned this seems to be a Sense 3 release and the Desire is still on an earlier version (2.1 I think).
Sense 3 and now Sense 3.5 - upgrade older phones?
I remember when the Sensation came out with Sense 3 (I think..) and it was mentioned that the Desire HD couldn't handle it because it needed a dual-core CPU. This was obviously shullbit from HTC and most knew it as such. Now this new Sense 3.5 has all the same functionality of Sense 3 with a few little extras thrown in and it's on a phone that has practically identical specs to the Desire HD.
Will the Desire HD see any sign of Sense 3.5? I doubt it. Will HTC admit that the Desire HD could run it easily? Hell no. Customers remember how you treat them and if HTC had any real sense (hah!) they'd upgrade phones that are capable of running it for as long as possible. This is what a customer remembers and that is what earns repeat business. They don't go out and buy a newer phone for a few new features when most are tied into 18 month or longer contracts, not unless they're quite well off.
Increased battery size?
1430mAh is an increased battery size? What the heck is powering the current iPhone?! That's approaching acceptable battery size, which I consider to be around 1500mAh, but I thought it was much larger than that already.
When will they (phone manufacturers) get over this fad of making things so thin you can use them as a knife and realise that there's a point when making something thinner that battery life suffers as a result? I have an HTC Desire HD and it's quite slender but the battery is a puny 1230mAh. I'd happily accept a slightly chunkier phone for increased battery but as it stands my only real option is to buy a PowerSkin cover which more than doubles the thickness of the phone.
Still doesn't recognise "mum" or "mam" and instead changes it to "mom". Localisation fail!
Steam is ok most of the time
I tend to use Steam for most of my game purchases but I have seen a few times where Game have had a cheaper price for a boxed version and / or download version. If it's a difference of a few £ I would likely go with Steam but a few of the times I've gone with Game it's been about £5 - 10.
Covered in pixels
If this is covered in pixels you could switch this over to the car industry and you can customise your car with a quick play in Photoshop or your image editing software of choice. No more expensive paint or fixes for small scratches. Instead you can pay for expensive pixel panels.... oops.
SHUT UP ALREADY!
I'm so sick and tired of Opera fan(atics) insisting on posting that it had everything in the world before someone else did. I DON'T CARE! Opera may be a nice browser but the air of desperation that comes up with every "Opera had that first!" post is enough to get a thousand violins playing sorrowfully.
You like Opera? Great! You use it because you like it yes? Other people prefer other browsers, hard to believe I know with Opera being so awesome in every way. Personally I do not care if Opera had invented the internet, computers, electricity etc because I do not like the program despite trying it numerous times. Why do you care? Opera aren't going to thank you for it and if they have a problem with it they can take Mozilla to court.
In conclusion SHUT UP ABOUT YOUR DAMN OPERA BROWSER!
Restrictions as an excuse
I wonder how many other apps will go down this route purely because of restrictions. Losing 30% of the revenue is quite a big chunk so I suspect that will be the main driving factor in any others doing the same. As much as I'd like to believe this is the restrictions Apple place on developers it's much more likely to be the developers seeing that they can get 100% instead of 70%.
Only problem encountered - hidden dockbar?
"In two weeks, I only encountered one issue with CM7: every so often the dock would partly vanish. A quick re-boot always fixed things so it wasn’t the end of the world, though even locking the homescreen didn’t prevent the problem occurring."
Are you perhaps talking about the hidden dockbar that is part of ADW Launcher? It hides some extra icons in a bar that shows where the main launcher buttons are if you pull up from the launcher bar. I've had many issues where it wouldn't give me back the launcher bar due to me not knowing how to close it so I disabled it. If it isn't this then I'm at a loss as to what it might be.
Honeycomb 3.2 on Advent Vega
I'm surprised that such a tech savvy site would miss such an incredible custom ROM. There have been VegaComb ROMs available for a few months at least now and the latest which is based on 3.2 is the best yet. Full flash in the native browser, hardware accelerated and smoother than any other ROM I've used on it. C'mon Reg, get it together!
Looking at those prices they're dropping more than a third with the Tesco price at half the original cost! £260 for a 3DS at launch from Game because they wouldn't let you pre-order in store without taking one of their 3DS + game(s) packages down to £145 now. I think this is the first time I've seen a price drop in £ that is MORE than the price drop in $. We're seeing almost £100 cheaper whereas it's about $60 in the US.
I'm more than a little annoyed, I don't care if they felt it necessary. I'm far from happy about their offer of some ancient NES and SNES titles that will cost them very little to push out..
German court ordering EU wide blocking of sales - how?
This is unrelated to the article but related since they're talking about blocking sales. I know that we're (sadly) part of the EU but since when has one country been able to apply court orders to the whole of the EU without some long, drawn out headline grabbing waste of money?
Android nicked the whole of it?
I wasn't aware that notifications on iOS were accessed through a pull-down bar at the top or that they had widespread use of widgets on the home screens. What exactly did Google and / or Samsung steal from Apple? Using a touchscreen? Having icons to open programs? All have existed prior to the iPhone and iPad. Technically Apple stole copy and paste. Their implementation is quite good but improving on something you copied is still copying it if you're going to be this broad in your claims.
Ugh! Personal Injury Texts...
Out of nowhere I started to get these over the past month. One was the initial text that included the mandatory "reply with STOP to receive no more messages" then, to my surprise and annoyance, I received another reminding me I still hadn't claimed and again offering me the chance to use "STOP". Both messages came from a mobile number and I've been registered with the TPS for many years now.
Is there some way to track down which network a mobile is registered to? I really want to report this as spam and for ignoring the request to stop.
Anyone got specific details on recording legalities?
Until reading this I was sure that as long as you informed they other party you are recording the call and they agreed (by not hanging up) then it was fine. After all almost every single thing I call where I'm required to speak to a person these days has a short message stating that calls may be recorded for training (HAH!) purposes.
I've not yet needed to record a call but with the way contract calls go I'm almost inclined to do so when it's time for renewal next year. I'd be interested to know what has been said if anyone has specifically told a company they're recording the call.
Brand loyalty is ajoke
Why should anyone have loyalty to a brand when almost all have shown that as soon as they have your money they only care about shoving their next product out and selling it to you? Having brand loyalty is as stupid for consumers as it is for businesses. They're out to make money, we're out to get what we want.
Hold on there
I'm not an Apple fan at all, far from it, but iTunes music is DRM free now. I seem to remember that clearly from something I read here on el reg a while ago and being able to play the files without issue using good old Media Player Classic proved that it had no DRM. I realise it's about more than music now so I'm only commenting on the music side.
There is a 'good' app for it but it requires root
The ROM I use on my HTC Desire HD has an integrated app called "CallRecord (ROOT ONLY)" by "skvalex". It's available on the market as far as I can tell and I know from my own basic testing that it records both sides of the conversation.
A loss (of profit) on every 3DS
Perhaps that's a half truth they've let slip. I highly doubt they're selling at a loss like Sony did with the PS3 originally so perhaps it's a loss of massive profit they're talking about. Still, with the millions and millions of Wii consoles sold they can afford to lose some money for quite a while given that the price stayed as high as it did for so long.
Wii U? I'm not too impressed really. The graphics are brought up to current standards with a gimmick of touchscreen controller that could be useful and work well in some games but I really hope they hire someone that can come up with a better name by release or for their next console.
PC Version (possibly PS3 version too)
I was pretty annoyed when I found out the PC version isn't due out for another three weeks, around 13th August, so I went to rant on the official Facebore page to post about it. Someone called "Simon Nicholson" replied stating......
"Hey Paul, the reason the Console version was released earlier because it has to be toned down to run on Console hardware (limitations and such)
Whereas the PC Version has to be built to run on multiple different types of Architecture. The game also gets superior graphics and hopefully more content.
I also believe the PS3 version isn't out yet aswell."
I don't know if they are in any way related to the game but it makes a little sense. I still would have preferred a 'normal' version release at the same time as the 360 with updated graphics a little later.
"You really need 8GB Ram to run Windows 7"
You do? I guess my laptop is from the future then because it runs Windows 7 HP 64-bit with only 2GB RAM and runs it well. Just as it ran Vista before it (briefly) and will no doubt run Windows 8 as well when that's available. Except my laptop isn't from the future it's about 4 years old now and has a Core 2 Duo CPU running at a measly 1.5GHz.
You say you run it in parallels and that it's a bit sluggish... Any virtual machine running a new (read: most recent) Windows OS will struggle for speed against an older OS in the same situation unless it's running on a powerful computer with plenty of RAM for the virtual machine. Sharing the system RAM with a virtual machine and expecting it to run as well as the host is stupid. You even shoot down your own claims by saying it would run fine on Bootcamp, just as XP would, but chastise Windows 7 for struggling on your Macbook Pro in a virtual machine.
If MS did this there'd be a massive uproar
Effectively killing legacy apps like this for no real reason seems very harsh. Leaving out earlier dual-core CPUs too is equally harsh but it isn't unheard of for Apple to do this and still have people singing their praises.
The whole apps suspending thing..... isn't that just Hibernate? I can't see it being used when the computer is still in use so that is what it sounds like to me. The only real thing that would appeal to me is the price. Download only? I doubt that'll stop people with Hackintosh computers since it'll still be an image you can burn.
If they put a price as high as the original Galaxy Tab then it really will be D.O.A. I don't know how they thought that price was sensible when they released the original last year and it sounds like they're trying to price up the newer Honeycomb Tabs similarly over here in rip-off Britain. Prices were already stupidly high compared to other countries (not all, granted) but with the VAT increase we're paying an ludicrous amount for the same thing.
Home and reload are moveable
You can move home, reload and the stop button if you choose to. It isn't entirely obvious but if you right-click the bar and select "Customise" you'll see that in the address bar you now have a separate refresh and stop button. If you drag these out they stay as separate icons instead of the contextual stop or refresh button. The home button is just off to the right for some reason and again that can easily be dragged back by using the customise option. As for the status bar it's still there but turned off by default.
For others asking why the rush... did you read that this is *not* a major release? They're upping the release schedule so they can get features out faster instead of adding huge amounts of features in a longer development process. It's a better idea in my opinion and means that we don't have to wait for a year or more to get features that other browsers might have by offering more frequent releases.
You made me happy
I'm so glad to see I'm not the last to refer to memory as RAM and flash / hard drives etc as storage! I'm so tired of seeing supposed tech. companies using the term memory when they mean flash storage and confusing the issue. Sometimes their specification pages make it difficult to distinguish which they're referring to
"She said "existing privacy settings" were always respected."
Except for the last big change where they suggested big changes to my settings which would have left my account wide open for all to view. Then there's the time before that and the one before that ..... it's been said by others and will be said by more after me but they just don't care about privacy. I have an account there, yes, but I detest having to check privacy settings to keep it in check.
VegaComb Beta 1.4 is very good
Considering what they have to work with, similar tablets, SDK images and the like, it's incredibly stable on my Advent Vega. I was previously running CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds and while they were good this is possibly better. The speed and smoothness are good as is stability with this Beta 1.4 build.
There are some issues such as Flash not working properly (audio, no video), the camera doesn't work (no great loss there!) and a few other less serious issues I've had but otherwise it's a great achievment for the people working on it. From what this article says it sounds like the Vega is ahead on features working and stability but it probably won't be too long before the Folio catches up.
Now we can have a keyboard that detects how hard a key is pressed and go from normal, to bold, to caps then increase the font depending on the rage .... I mean pressure applied. Angry caps lock typists rejoice.
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