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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.
Puzzled public on 3D? No..
Perhaps it's that some are finally seeing that Nintendo are trying to release a new handheld which is essentially a DSi, which was essentially a DS Lite which in itself was a better looking DS. There are no major new advantages or reasons to replace a DS Lite or a DSi especially when you consider the serious loss of battery life you get with the 3DS.
Nintendo - stop releasing the same thing with slightly revised spec. and cashing in on the puzzled public.
Makes sense, might get one myself
I've always been a bit conservative with drive space despite being a gamer of many years. The desktop I have only has 750GB internal space and that's on 3x 250GB drives with a 1TB external drive for backups and the laptop I use only has a 160GB drive.
I have plenty of space on all drives but the performance boost I'd get from an SSD boot drive is becoming very hard to resist. They're still just a little too expensive for me but I'm looking to upgrade in the near future so I'll probably cave then and get one.
Great, more Symbian phones! /sarcasm
The last device, the slider with keyboard and touchscreen (E7) looked ok but from reviews and reports I've seen it seems very much like a case of the same problems that have been slowly killing Nokia for years: decent hardware, seriously underperforming software / interface.
I struggled when looking for a replacement for my aging N95 and ended up settling for the T-Mobile G1. It wasn't the greatest phone and the interface was pretty clunky during the early days but each update showed that it was going in the right direction. Nokia, on the other hand, were going in the opposite direction by trying to adapt Symbian. It might have worked had they done it far faster or gone with Maemo. Even Microsoft saw that trying to update WinMo 6.5 was a mistake and started fresh with WinPho 7.
How the market leader can fail so badly can only be down to massive mistakes with little / no direction from the people in charge. The E7 also has what looks to be a major flaw with the poor responsiveness at times making it dangerous if you ever need it in an emergency where every second counts. That's ignoring the fact that Nokia will stop developing Symbian as soon as they reasonably can so you're paying for phones that will lack updates for security flaws that may appear. If the devices allowed alternate OS installs, such as Android, they may have more appeal.
Full of concepts, devoid of a good product
Nokia hardware has generally been pretty good but they tend to throw out ridiculous concepts that are perhaps a decade away from any chance of being a real product. Folding displays are around but not to the level that Nokia would need to make a real product from these concepts. If I was a shareholder I would really love to see how much money is wasted on this pointless crap.
Speaking of pointless crap, why the hell did they bother with the E7? It's an N8 with a keyboard and all the problems Symbian brings to a touchscreen and all the niggles (menus inside menus with more menus) that made me and many others finally give up on Nokia.
You sadden me
Pinch to zoom works, double-tap to zoom is also there and is just not mentioned since it was always there; pinch to zoom was added in a later version of Android. The soft buttons are fine but they do suffer from accidental activating although that only tends to happen if you're really not paying attention.
The clue is in the screencap
It says "3G" on the end for the £399 version but I doubt I'm the only person to point this out. I'm glad to see a Honeycomb tablet at a price that is reasonable for the WiFi only version and not stretching it too far for a 3G version. Roll on the sensible pricing!
Priced too high, released too late
The 7" Galaxy Tab was an 'OK' product that could have sold really well if it had been priced right and released sooner. Unfortunately for Samsung they went with the polar opposite and released in November 2010 with plenty of chatter surrounding upcoming Honeycomb tablets (with no real products to consider) and at a price that made the iPad a cheaper option. I was very interested in the Galaxy Tab when it was announced but it seemed to take an age to get the product on shelves and the price was ridiculous at launch. It still isn't much better in March, hovering around the £399 price point the last time I looked which is a good £100 - 150 too high for what it offers.
Given the limited available options I opted for the Advent Vega which cost me £250, has a Tegra 2 CPU and larger display. I'm well aware it is very limited in stock configuration but it's relatively easy to get the Android Market on it. I would happily have paid another £50 - 75 for a better quality screen but for what I paid it's more than adequate for my needs until something better comes out for a somewhat sensible price. Judging by the prices I've seen touted for the 8.9" Tab Samsung might be getting the message. I hope Motorola's pricing burns them deeply regardless of hardware quality, they have nothing but contempt for customers.
It starts here then. Be careful on their forums lest they stop you playing a game you physically own. Or in this case ALL games of theirs that you own... A perfect way to discourage piracy, yes?
The price has been on their website for quite a while now and it's only just being reported here now? The price is stupidly high, even £500 for a WiFi only version is too high. Given Motorola's attitude to older products like the Milestone (STILL no Android 2.2 update...) I am 99% likely to say "fuq ov" to them and their Xoom. When any company releases a product that makes Apple the cheaper option you know they've lost the plot.
"Only" has 512MB RAM...
Are you kidding me? The original iPad only has 256MB, chances are that the iPad 2 has that or at most 512MB RAM yet this counts as a negative point for a budget tablet? Widescreen is a problem too somehow! Laptops, monitors, TVs, non-Apple tablets ... all new ones are widescreen. Only the iPad has a 4:3 aspect ratio in the market that I'm aware of so again you're comparing it to the iPad when it's a budget tablet and marking it down due to personal preference. It was released in November last year when Honeycomb was still quite a way off so of course it has Android 2.2 and not Android 3.0 but what do you expect?
What happened to reviewing the thing on its own merits? I can only see about half of the review doing that with the majority of the rest being nitpicking. Yes there are bad points about the Vega, it has an awful viewing angle in portrait and not much better (but usable) in landscape, the market is M.I.A. out of the box and like all touchscreens it's a fingerprint magnet. However, the screen is very responsive, it has very good battery life for the price point, it's very easy to install custom ROMs to get Market access and it comes with both a full USB port and HDMI port.
I'd consider about 70% fair for what you get out of the box at this price because if you just want to browse the internet, play videos and listen to music then it's very capable. If you want to put another ROM on it at a later time you get a very functional tablet for over £150 cheaper than an iPad. Not everyone will want to or be able to but if you buy this expecting it to have the market then you've not done your homework in reading up on it. That's not the fault of the Vega though.
I'd forgotten about that!
I had the exact same thing happen on my backup handset, a Motorola Milestone, and as you say it stops you doing anything since your launcher is the way you do everything. At most it should tell you that it's expired, let you do things still and maybe a nag screen to update. This is one of a few reasons I went with ADW EX instead.
Launcher - launches other phone actions
If it can't access your dialer etc. then it can't launch them. Having access to directly call numbers is not the same as actually dialling numbers but, and I could be wrong, it might need access to do it so you can launch the action.
Casual games seller in casual games promo shocker
I don't know if the NGP will be a massive success but the way this fool is talking you'd think the original was a total failure. To some that might be true but in reality it's done well enough to have three revisions and to get a successor. The addition of dual analog sticks and the rear touch panel look like good additions, especially as the sticks are actual sticks and not nubs like on the original PSP.
Apple make a nice device but there are only so many casual games you can sell and only a limited amount of controls you can use without having your hands all over the screen. The NGP offers more, it isn't aimed at casual gamers and never has been. There are casual games available for it but that isn't the same thing. It's also worth pointing out that it's been compared to PS3 level performance with plenty saying that's rubbish. They said the same thing when the original was touted as being on a level with the PS2 and it turned out to be very much like PS2 in terms of performance.
The biggest advantage Apple and game makers for iOS have is the app store. Quickly get a game and playing it in a few minutes. Perhaps Sony will offer that but even if they don't I think it's very stupid to be calling it DOA.
OK with all the talk about cloud-based gaming I thought "no chance" but gave this a look after reading the article. I already own it so I picked and played the Mass Effect 2 demo. If it wasn't for the menu bar at the top (tells you connection quality, options to close game, pop-out of browser, fullscreen) and the not-quite-fullscreen aspect for my HDTV I wouldn't have known the difference. I saw no lag and it was the same experience I've had while playing normally. Great stuff!
24 month maximum, small but good step
To see them have to stick to 24 months as an absolute maximum is good because I had seen a few creeping up to 36 months, Vodafone I think. Seeing 12 month contracts mentioned at all is ok but the point that they don't have to make them attractive and can price them to nudge people towards longer contracts makes it rather pointless.
A good example would be the old HTC Desire which was priced at £370 up front at £30 a month for 18 months but at 24 months it dropped to around £100~ up front and £30 a month. This was at a time when the handset itself only cost around £350 SIM free. Until some sort of control is put on things like that it won't make much difference.
Don't forget the full web!
I remember the spiel about it being the full web experience or something to that effect during the official launch event. Then the distinct "HA!" effect hit when I noticed that familiar "where's the Flash plugin?" icon appeared on one of the sites (NY Times?) the bespectacled one was using to demonstrate the iPad.
He can hate Flash as much as he likes, and as much as a large amount of other people hate it too, but he's being very foolish to ignore how widespread it is across the web as a whole. Until something better comes along it will very likely continue to be this way, no matter how much his ego might think otherwise. Not even his ego and power over Apple fanatics will change that.
Prices... ANNOUNCE THEM ALREADY!
I've been patient, I've been frustrated, I'm now sick of waiting. They know what they want to charge, they know what they have to charge so what the hell is with every manufacturer suddenly becoming so quiet when it comes to tablet pricing? Are they all really hoping that if they hold back until a week before it's due out that a price of £stupid will be acceptable? It didn't work for the Galaxy Tab, that's now hanging around the £400 mark and was around £360 briefly on Amazon. Just announce a damn price already!
Doesn't meet the hardware requirements?
If true, which I doubt given the way Google have denied minimum requirements in the past, the only thing it could possibly be is a minimum display resolution. The thing has a Tegra 2 processor, what else could it be? I still highly doubt it's true and as many people suspect is just a way to try and force early adopters to buy the newer and vastly more expensive model.
Microsoft not to blame? How?
"For once, Microsoft may not be to blame. It's said network operators and device makers are demanding changes to code that was complete before the end of 2010."
How do you come to that conclusion? I was under the impression that because all phones had a minimum specification, which most used as the only specification, Microsoft could happily push out updates without interference from networks. I'm sure that this was one of their points for having a dig at Android about fragmentation. I know this isn't fragmentation but one of the main reasons for it happening with Android is networks wanting to stick their crap on phones, holding back updates to sell newer phones etc. whereas Windows Phone 7 was supposed to have none of that crap to allow smoother updates.
A number of points I had to correct or comment on.
Nobody forces you to share your contacts with Google, it's an option you can easily disable in the settings if you look in the sync settings area, don't make it out to be locked and forced. Fragmentation isn't an issue for Apple because only they can ship the iPhone so keeping it up to date and keeping older phones updated is in their interests. The more phones running their latest iOS the more likely they are to use the app store and the more revenue they make from it.
Other companies on Android, such as Motorola, have far less incentive to maintain updates on older hardware and that's a greed issue, not a hardware issue. They like to spew out new phones and abandon the old ones yet still expect you to buy their phones. A perfect example of this is the Milestone XT something or other, no future updates as far as I've read and it's barely six months old.
How do you stop fragmentation when it's motivated by greed? The best option I can see is to make it a condition of using Android that the handset manufacturers have to provide at least the next two updates within a six month period of their release. The more workable option is to give people the option to pay for updates, giving the greedy companies an incentive.
A day of heavy use is GOOD!
I was surprised to see near the end that the reviewer mentions barely getting a day of heavy use from the phone. I'd put that as a good point for the phone as some other brands will not make it a day with moderate use. With that said I wish that battery technology could advance at the same pace as other technologies so a day of heavy use keeps barely gets the phone to 50%.
Overall I like the Desire Z but I opted for the Desire HD for the larger screen. I miss the hardware keyboard sometimes but putting my old Motorola Milestone (also a 3.7" screen) next to the DHD it looks a lot smaller. The Desire Z does have the better graphics chip of the two phones which seems odd to me but there you go.
Made from unicorns!
Yes, a 2048x1536 resolution, Oct-core CPU, 128GB RAM, 10.1" screen and powered by a unicorn tear and blood battery mixture.
With that out of the way I've got to wonder not only who makes this shit up but also why somewhat sensible people report them even as rumour. 2048x1536? Higher resolution than 'Full HD' TVs on a 10 inch screen, right? Even if it was made from the specs I put up above it'll still be an Apple controlled device with the artificial limits imposed by Stewpid Jobs and his ego. I've no doubt it'll be the best <superlative> ever when it's announced too. I mean look at the original, it's magical!
Ugh, damn you Motorola!
I swore I'd never buy from them after their atrocious update policy with the Motorola Milestone but this is currently the front runner in the tablet game for me, where Android is I mean. The others that have been revealed so far don't give me more than a "meh" response but this looks quite nice. I'm loathed to admit that I might end up getting this unless there is something else around with similar appeal.
I'm off to shower because I feel so dirty.
SIM cover gap
The SIM cover gap is one of two things.
1. Not fitted properly.
2. Hardware issue related to hardware seating in the unibody case.
If it's the first then you have to pay attention when you're slotting it on due to a small clip that needs to click in place. If it's the second issue you will also notice a slight misalignment of the camera in the case, mine isn't centered so I know and have this issue. It doesn't interfere with images though and I have a protective case from OtterBox that practically seals the rear of the phone up.
There are some notable issues that are still to be addressed by HTC but I'd consider them to put the score at 80% from a higher base score. Listed below.
Intermittent notification LED issue - turns itself off seemingly at random, other times fails to go off at all.
Default camera sharpness is too high, set to -1 or -2 for more accurate results.
Quiet volume on the speaker, no real fix for that unless it can be tweaked by devs later.
HTC Sense website is generally unresponsive but as noted by another commenter they are aware of it and supposedly working on it.
There are other issues that I can't remember, full list on the XDA forums if you're interested. The phone itself is still a very good phone and I'm glad I got it but I would like HTC to get a move on with either fixes for the bigger issues (notifications!) or at least state they're working on them and will be either releasing a fix for FroYo or that they will be fixed in Gingerbread.
Updates to it differentiate it more
The DHD has a newer CPU revision with all the bonuses that brings (power efficiency, faster operation of the same tasks etc), higher colour display at 16m vs 65k, more RAM at 768MB vs 448MB, massive (for Android phones!) internal storage at 1.5GB, 8MP camera vs 5MP, and the newest Sense UI.
While I appreciate how great the HD2 is and how awesome it is that it has been given extra life by developers putting Android on it the DHD is a superior phone. That's not a slight on the HD2 by any means and if I had the HD2 I wouldn't upgrade but I had a G1 and a Motorola Failstone. The G1 had updates via developers on XDA but it was slow and the Failstone, while a great piece of hardware, is stuck waiting for Motorola thanks to their locked bootloader.
Default keyboard has arrow keys
It isn't an ideal solution but having used various trackball and navipads I don't miss them at all. Add in the fact that holding your finger in a text area (text entry or all 1st party apps) brings up a magnified view of the area under your finger so you can easily move it around and I'm glad there's nothing like a trackball on it. The magnified view trick is also used to select text to copy / paste and works very much like the iOS version, albeit slightly less polished. Compared to all other pre-2.3 versions of Android it's a very welcome addition to Sense.
Two (or more) horse race means a degree of healthy competition
"iOS provides a method of actually making at least the cost of your development back." That's assuming your app is approved and left there as opposed to being declined with no reason given or removed after a month due to some minor change that has no effect on how your app works. I'm not speaking from personal experience there but there are more than enough examples of this and worse out there. I don't recall Google pulling any app for arbitrary reasons and I can only think of one time where something was pulled for being somewhat malicious.
Both platforms offer something different with similar functionality mixed in. Android has the greater freedom for both developers and users, Apple and iOS are for those that don't want to mess around much. You can jailbreak and do a lot with an iPhone and other iOS devices but not in the same scope as Android. I've yet to see a custom iOS ROM developed by users for example but there are people putting Android on iPhones.
Same as the Milestone?
Is this as locked down as the originaly Motorola Milestone? I'm sitting here 29th December with that phone and after months of waiting for a promised Q4 2010 initial roll-out of FroYo it got to around 22nd December and Motorola announced that it would now be Q1 2011, at least four or five months after the identical (bar the radio) Motorola Droid. That experience alone has put me off Motorola phones for life. It's a shame because the phone itself is very solid and with a processor clocked at 550MHz that can easily manage 1.33GHz yet due to a locked bootloader the only real software upgrades available will have to rely on Motorola.
No import duty on phones?
Where is this information?! I never knew about this.
Seems about right
Having pre-ordered the game and played it for most of the time since then I can safely say that the review is pretty accurate without going into too much detail about flaws. There are some really frustrating and frankly amateur decisions in the game that have had me literally screaming at the game. Yes.. a grown man screaming at the game. There really is no other way to describe how annoyed I was after racing through a championship in the "Extreme" category, winning three of the first five races and coming to the last two only to be defeated by the same AI from the first GT causing me to finish last in both races and losing the championship.
I am, of course, talking about the same AI that never faulters, never leaves the racing line and if you dare so much as try to overtake or take any different driving line you can be sure that the AI will help you find the nearest wall by delivering an almost perfect PIT manoeuvre at 200mph+ on an oval. Failing that it will be at a lower speed on a tight corner you thought you'd use late braking on and be nudged off followed by cars ploughing through.
The "Premium" and "Standard" cars is ludicrous. I don't mind that I can't drive from the driver's perspective in the "Standard" cars but it's a massive step back when you can't even change the wheels or paint the wheels in those cars. Yes it's a minor thing but GT4 had it and possibly GT3, I can't remember that far back.
Something the review only briefly touched on I found a big surprise and an unwelcome one - levelling. As a new person to the game series I could understand it but I've been playing them since GT on the original PlayStation. I was a little rusty but after an hour or two I was back into the swing of things. The problem comes when you can safely beat most of the game and race comfortably in any category but the levelling system means you're stuck in that same set of races, tracks and..... cars.
Level locking the tracks and competitions is somewhat ok and feels like the old license restrictions of the older games. Level locking the cars you can drive and purchase is dumb. I can see the point of restricting a level 20+ car from competing in a level <10 race but why can't I buy it?! "Premium" cars it isn't a problem, they're always there to buy later but the used car area changes often. I've missed out on a few that I could easily afford due to this stupid limitation.
I could go on but I'd be writing a whole review myself if I did..
That's for a reason
I wasn't comparing the XBox to the PS3, I was basing what I said purely on the Kinect vs Move debate, which is what the article was talking about. PS3 may not have as wide an appeal but since I was commenting on the wider use of Kinect, such as with PCs now, as increasing the sales beyond just the console gamers.
Galaxy Tab price drop
I saw the price of the Galaxy Tab when it was announced and like others nearly fell over. I looked a few days back and it's going for roughly £100 less than it was before, hovering around the £450 mark. It's still expensive and costs more than the basic iPad but it looks a better deal now at least. The "must have" price point for me is still probably around £350 - 380 though and if PC World can do their 10.1" Advent Vega for £250 I wouldn't mind paying the extra for a more solid and well constructed tablet.
Kinect has wider appeal
This is just like the Wii all over again. From a technical point Kinect is impressive but the Move is far more accurate and better for a wider range of games. In the short-term though Kinect will appeal to families and people who have friends come around a lot for a drunken time jumping around in front of the TV.
Ignoring the XBox and PS3 for a moment the Kinect has wider appeal than just to console gamers because of the technology it uses as shown by the open source created projects and implementations appearing all over the place. I imagine quite a few sales have gone to people who intend to do that too, I've considered buying one myself for it but the price is too high currently.
I'd be recommending it too but don't follow it blindly. I had my router set up and running fine but wanted to see what it would recommend and it suggested using a different channel for better performance. I promptly did as it suggested and noticed my 20Mb connection drop to averages around 4 - 8Mb (cable broadband). I puzzled for weeks (yeah.... dumb I know) why it was happening and thought it was Virgin Media having issues until I remembered I'd used WiFi Analyser. As soon as I switched back to the original channel I was using the speed shot back up and has been there ever since.
The article mentions the N95 8GB so I assume the earlier N95 will work too since they're essentially the same phone. That works for me and I'll give it a shot sometime, thanks Nokia!
Small download, big install
I'm giving it a try since space isn't a real issue for me but it's very deceptive that the download is 6.5MB but after installing it the space used is around 21MB with no cache space used. That *was* the size of the initial Firefox beta 1 apk but with Firefox beta 2 I'm sitting at 18MB with about 4.5MB of data cached. Both are still in beta and both have their plus points but so far I'm sticking with the WebKit browser since it's part of the Sense UI.
Out of the two betas I haven't used Opera enough yet but it looks good although Flash wasn't working when I browsed the BBC website. It might not be an issue to some and realistically isn't for me but it's puzzling when the WebKit browser and Android 2.2 support it. Firefox looks smooth and performs well for me (key words being "for me") but those damn sidebars are too keen to jump out when scrolling. I'd like to see normal scrolling hit a block and then require a conscious extra scroll to pop them open. Still, competition is good and as much as I dislike Opera on my computer I'll give it a fair run on my phone.
Progressing fast, seems better
I'm reserving judgement based on people with lower spec. phones since the first beta seemed smooth and relatively responsive on my Desire HD so the second beta seems similar with a few changes. I like it but if it ends up like the PC version, sluggish due to add-ons, I'll be back to the stock browser which is pretty fantastic in my opinion.
Someone above asks why you'd want to try it when Opera blah blah blah. Opera isn't out yet, this is out. When Opera comes out I'll test that too, it isn't the same game as the desktop. On my computer I hate Opera no matter how many people claim it's fast but on mobile I want the fastest app with the lowest footprint and features. If that's Opera then I'll use it, if it's the built-in WebKit browser then I'll use that. Having choices is nice.
Flash ads? Safari?
I looked at this with curiosity and wondering how Flash was doing anything to battery life if it wasn't running and then I saw three magic words that explained it. Safari, Flash ads. If battery life is that important to you but you want to use a large portion of the internet's websites then try installing a browser that blocks adverts like that! High CPU use is another issue entirely.
I like Flash enabled sites when they're done well, I hate all ads and don't remember the last time I saw some on Firefox. I don't like Jobs(worth) but if his whining can get Adobe to do work and actually optimise Flash instead of releasing bloated updates then it's a win all round.
Lots of bad information, plenty to go around!
Why would you want multi-tasking on a phone? Did you really ask that? How about so apps like Twitter can update in the background? That's the basic example of one that relies on being able to run in the background in some form. Microsoft apps are able to do it so playing music and a game or other standard features such as text messaging, browsing and maybe calling doesn't count as multi-tasking. The same could be done on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
There are two main things putting me off being an early adopter with a third lesser annoyance.
1. Cost. For a new OS, even from MS, the phones and plans are exceptionally high.
2. Old hardware used. The Omnia here is a good example, the CPU is a first generation Snapdragon. Their Samsung Galaxy S uses their own Hummingbird CPU, why not the Omnia too?
3. Earlier mentioned issues like multi-tasking for third party apps and missing features that will come later.
As a platform it looks to have a good future and the smoothness of operation in videos is quite fantastic but I'm well and truly on the Android train. Got myself an HTC Desire HD and I'm loving it.
Motorola on self-destruct outside the USA
I don't know what the hell is up with Motorola but after coming back from near death with the Droid in America they appear to be purposely shooting themselves in the foot. The Motorola Milestone only recently got confirmation that it would be getting an update to Android 2.2 / FroYo, about six months after the Motorola Droid got the update. The only difference between the models is the GSM radio... Worse still is that there are other regions outside of Europe that won't be getting the update for some bizarre reason. Similarly this phone and numerous others have been updated in the US but outside it's either planned sometime later or not at all.
Motorola, why are you trying to piss off your customers so much? I bought the Motorola Milestone about a month ago but after seeing how poorly you view non-US customers I upgraded to the new HTC Desire HD. The Milestone is a great phone and I absolutely love it but it will be my last Motorola phone since I'm not a US citizen and therefore a second class customer.
Give me the craft from Avatar and earlier C&C games!
I realise these are games and don't need to play nice with physics, reality and other small issues but have the designs been looked into at all in the past? If it was possible I imagine they would be a lot more usable than this thing looks.
What is going on with this product? I've never seen such a confused mess for such an obvious thing with just over a week and a half to release. Normal products you know the price at least a few weeks in advance with some idea months before. Carphone Warehouse's price of £529 is the first concrete price I've seen for the Galaxy Tab but naturally it has no subsidy and at that price is going to put a lot of people off, myself included.
Is there some agreement with Samsung that they can't release price details until the last minute? I can't think of any other reason why the price and deals are still absent.
Free if you pay for it for two years...
It seems that we're finally at the stage where all new phones are being pushed as 'free' as long as you sign up to two year / 24 month contracts at £35 - 40 a month. It's been sneaking in for a while but all the WP7 phones I've seen so far are like this, hardly a good idea when it's such an unknown entity.
iPad 1024x786 @ 9.7", Galaxy Tab 1024x600 @ 7"
iPhone 4 960x640 @ 3.5", Galaxy S 800x480 @ 4"
Does he say the same about the Galaxy S and the forthcoming HTC Desire HD but instead accuse them of being too big?
It would be so much smarter of Jobs to consider how stupid he makes himself sound when saying such things. Granted I've seen a size comparison of the iPad and the Galaxy Tab and it does look a lot smaller, surprisingly so, but saying you need to sand your fingers down to use it? That's idiocy.
Vodafone 360 - removing trash causes a delay
That's got to be the funniest thing I've seen for a while but with that said at least they are communicating with their customers even if it was sneaked in after the massive uproar caused by the same deal with the HTC Desire. I'm due an upgrade and I'm waiting for the HTC Desire HD but tactics like this put Vodafone at the bottom of the list for potential networks to move to should T-Mobile decide I'm worth less than new customers. This and the bright red Vodafone logo they love to stamp on all their phones.
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