466 posts • joined Friday 21st August 2009 10:57 GMT
All are signed and locked, some manufacturers now allow you to unlock them for free. Encrypting them as well is what started a lot of people rising up against it since prior to that it was just a case of finding an exploit. It still isn't ideal unless you own a Nexus device but it shows that enough of a backlash can make them think about stupid choices. Will it affect Microshaft? I doubt it but I'm pretty confident that a way to install what you want on the ARM tablets will be found.
Re: Why is battery life not a desirable feature anymore?
In a word, Apple. Like a lot of things they do with their flashy advertising they push how thin something is like that's a feature. Sadly this leads to other manufacturers following suit and they all get stuck on this endless fashion of producing thin phones where you can do so much but doing so will kill your battery in less than a day. I know for a fact that at least HTC view this as a market trend so it's safe to assume others do too. Software optimisations can only take you so far and with higher resolution screens, multi-core CPUs and other tech. inside batteries just haven't improved as much as the rest in order to keep up.
I own an HTC One X and the battery at 1800mAh is an improvement over my Desire HD's pathetic 1230mAh but it's software tweaks (some annoying ones) that apparently help battery more than increasing the size. I'd prefer to see a combination of battery and performance tweaks because if you just keep increasing the battery you'll end up where we do with Windows requirements - they just go up and up for the same performance as last year.
One of the power saving tweaks that bothers me most is also not something you can change using the default Sense skin. When it goes past midnight all data connections are disabled until around 8am. In fairness when I wake the phone up and unlock it the data connection is usually enabled before I can launch any apps but it also means any notifications are missed. I happen to be awake a lot past midnight and I could see it being a problem for others. Some manufacturers seem to be realising that people who own a smartphone would like to be able to use it and the RAZR MAXX was the first but hopefully not the last. After all, what's the point in owning a phone that can do so much if you have to disable everything to make it last a day?
Re: You would be wrong
Ahhh fuq! Google, why?? Now I'm lighter in the .... wait no, now I'm deeper in debt. Need it? Nope, got an iPhad 3. Want it? Yes.
Sad but true..
I've run into many sites that refuse to accept a password as valid while you have special characters in it. It wouldn't be so bad but then they limit the password field to something like 12 characters so you can't even make it all that complex.
Apple ploy, iPad proximity destruct code
As the owner mentions owning an iPad I have to wonder if this is some supah sekrit, Apple patented, short range pulse wave bomb. It scans the near area pretending to look for wifi signals but if it detects iPhone beating tech. the bomb goes off.
Re: On upgrades: Well I have to give it to Apple
The Galaxy S3 will most certainly get the next version of Android. To think otherwise is just looking for reasons to bash Android and Samsung. Yes, Apple may do better with updating their products but it isn't like they have a large product line to support. Most Android manufacturers are now supporting devices for 18 months which is a step up from what it used to be but if they don't you can usually fall back to the community produced ROMs. It isn't an ideal option but it's still an option you won't get with Apple or MS.
Re: excellent for devs....
I'm guessing you don't know that this is to prevent programs breaking that rely on OS version numbers. I don't understand it fully but it's something along the lines of programs only working on version 6.x and if they released Windows 7 as version 7.x it would break a lot of them for no good reason.
No WinPho 8 on existing hardware? Thanks for that.
I don't know where to begin. Nokia and MS made a big deal out of getting the Lumia line out there after other manufacturers struggled to make a dent in the market and as a 'thank you' for buying into the Windows Phone market MS now says existing customers won't be getting the new version. Nice way to build your customer base MS!
Isn't this like saying they knew WinPho7 wasn't good enough but they wanted something in the market that wasn't Windows Mobile until they could decide on a better strategy? Regardless, what's to say next year they won't do the same with Windows Phone 9? They can offer all the promises they want but the chances are, at least in the US, that most who did buy into it will be stuck using a dead end OS and at upgrade time (or before!) will be going elsewhere. You can say what you like about Android but almost any mid-range handset released in the last few months will get the next update. Can you say the same about Nokia's? No. In fact all current Windows Phone handsets are now boned the same way Symbian was with the Nokia announcement.
This next bit I'm talking about something I don't know so this is questionable and open to correction. Doesn't having the same kernel on a phone and your main OS make it easier for malware and viruses to spread to / via phones? That was the first thing I thought when I saw they'll be using the same kernel. If so doesn't that just scream of more bad decisions? As stated, I'm clueless about this so open to correction.
Strange to think Nokia killed Symbian and other projects to concentrate on Windows Phone 7 handsets for MS and now MS have effectively killed Windows Phone 7 handsets and all of Nokia's current lineup when it seemed to be gaining traction. No wonder MS were so quiet over updating to 8 on current handsets, they've likely been dreading this information coming out.
Actually he asked where he could share photos to a strict set of people, I gave a suggestion that allows that. I make no claims to know what Google plan if it ever becomes more widespread than it is currently and I rarely use it myself.
Re: The figures are real - Mark told us
I believe you mean "they're" :>
Google+ will allow that. It's such a shame they launched so late in the game that people are too attached to Farcebook to change or are against it for not being Facebore / another social network / Google.
Galaxy S Advance vs One V? Fair? No.
Forewarning I prefer HTC handsets but I also know an unfair comparison when I see one.
If you want to compare similarly priced phones a better comparison would probably have been the Galaxy S Advance and the HTC Sensation XE. The One V is the budget handset of the One series whereas the Galaxy S Advance is an updated former flagship phone so comparing them, despite both being new and costing similar amounts per month, is hardly a fair comparison. The Sensation XE is a dual-core phone, it has a qHD resolution and has a larger capacity battery. I have nothing against the Galaxy S Advance but come on, be fair.
Re: Toolbars? We don't need no stinkin' toolbars!
It isn't a toolbar you install, it's one of those "oh hey you're on our site, here's a toolbar to help you get spammed with ads!" toolbars. The clearest way to see it, should you wish to, is to go to either justin.tv or twitch.tv where it's at the bottom of the screen. A combination of NoScript and Adblock Plus has always kept it at bay.
@ukgnome Real names, real people!
I find it hard to believe for one crystal clear reason. I have an account with the name of the famous East European poet Goan Fuqurselv. I was tempted to go with the German Hanz Up but it wasn't the mood I was going for at the time.
S3 didn't impress me
I'm an owner of the HTC One X and at the time I got it one of the thoughts I had was along the lines of, "I wonder if I should wait for the S3." I've owned three HTC phones, that includes the One X, and I'm a fan of the Sense overlay they use in general but if a rival handset came out that was unbeatable I would likely jump at the chance to own it. Compared to a stock Android experience Sense adds quite a bit although prior to Sense 4 the home screen wasted a lot of space on three, non-customisable buttons.
Unfortunately for Samsung their big S3 launch spectacle was just that, a spectacle. Nothing on their new phone made me go, "Wow! That's going to sell millions." I can still see it being a popular phone just as the S2 and original Galaxy S were but it isn't going to tempt me from a phone I'm very fond of now. The biggest stand out feature to me is one that I can easily see being somewhat widespread in a year and that's the one that keeps the screen on while you're looking at it.
I don't see non-Samsung Android owners looking at it and being all that impressed. It feels very much like the iPhone 4S in terms of slight updates in specs compared to the previous release. One thing I don't see mentioned anywhere is what happens if Apple lose their cases. Are they made to compensate HTC, Samsung etc for lost revenue, missed sales targets and share price loss?
Metro for servers too..
I read the other day that Windows Server 8 / 2012 is going to have the Metro UI too with it being the only option for a graphical interface. The same article also mentioned MS removed legacy parts so the old, familiar desktop can't be put back in by users.
Just how stupid do you have to be to force not only desktop users but also server admins. to use a touch driven interface? I can just see it now..... network and server admins. flocking to the new version and loving the interface. Flocking to the new version of Linux or UNIX I mean.
"And we don't currently have studio rights to stream HD on iPad®."
"And we don't currently have studio rights to stream HD on iPad®."
And the movie industry wonder why people pirate stuff... why the hell do you need a separate set of rights to stream on a different device? Is this just an excuse from LoveFilm or are the studios really that greedy?
*coughsplutter* Hahahhaha! Good one..
Wait... you're serious?! In your opinion a big grid of small icons is dated but a small grid of big icons, sorry 'live' tiles, isn't? Ignoring the laughable excuse for notifications of "30 minutes background updates or nothing!" I know Windows Phone is relatively slick but background tasks, app switching etc is far from fluid. The lack of customisation is jarring too and I just can't get used to it. iPhone is what it is and that's pretty simple to use but again that comes at the price of customisation. Relatively recent features like having different wallpapers and the copie.... I mean innovative new notifications, add to it but it still lags far behind what Android offers.
To clarify my opinion I prefer Android and own several Android phones with the latest being the One X, a budget Android tablet with ICS hacked onto it (Advent Vega), a Samsung Omnia 7 with Mango on it, a 1st gen. iPod Touch and the 'new' iPad. No single device is perfect and I can say that even with my preference for Android.
Moore's Law - it's not a law, damnit!
I get so bothered by seeing "Moore's Law" mentioned. It isn't a law, it's a prediction that has been true for a while but I don't see it being illegal to break this law or any threats of arrest should it not be upheld. It's a stupid, asinine phrase that gets mentioned almost all the time when talking about new CPU technology.
NB: I sense that perhaps I have deeper issues than "Moore's Law" but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.
Re: kiddo might have been a Reg reader...
It's also known as a rimshot and this very handy site will perhaps give you an "Ahh!" moment.
Re: Just about as sensible...
Sounds (somehow) worse than Facebore and their "anything you post we can use for free, forever" terms. I don't do a lot of photography but some I do like to show. You have to look painstakingly through T&Cs of any site in case they're allowed to use your stuff without having to ask permission. Sites like Facebore may make sharing things easy (too easy?) but I bet a good % of people have no clue that they're giving up rights to photos by posting them.
I'm glad this was pointed out really although I doubt I'd use it much / more than Dropbox which is mainly for passing files between computers / synchronising things between devices to me.
Re: 4G... just what we need!
You could had I not heard of nightmares dealing with problems :/ From many things around both 3 and GiffGaff are great until you have a problem and need to contact their customer service. Even if you ignore that I just signed up to a 24 month (UGH!) contract despite swearing I never would previously. For a communication company they sure have a hard time keeping up with what should be obvious by now. Some people want more data allowance. Minutes and texts aren't that important to me and I'm fine with 100 mins (I have) and would be ok with even 1,000 texts (unlimited currently) if it meant I could get what I had back. T-Mobile, why did you change your smartphone plans from 3GB a month? :(
4G... just what we need!
With current phones having barely a day of battery life in them do we really want a 4G radio in there sucking down the juice so hard that we go to barely half a day of battery life as normal? Technology advances are fantastic and as someone that loves technology in general I'm always keen for improvements and new things but it feels like far more effort is put into making things faster, smaller and thinner than is put into making longer lasting or more capacious batteries.
It makes me angry to see EE whine over this. The current network isn't what you'd call speedy but I do get around 2 - 3Mb/s on average which suits me fine. What makes me angry is that data is capped as such tiny figures and they're pushing for 4G which has higher speeds and consumes more data but their highest plan (T-Mobile) is 1.5GB a month. I'm stuck on a 750MB a month deal and don't consider myself a heavy user but even after doing all app updates and installs over WiFi and cutting down on what I do I'm averaging just over 25MB a day. That just about keeps me in my cap and means I'm now afraid to use the phone in case I go over.
Data has become the new text messaging for networks - stupid limits, prices that aren't really that good and costs if you go over. Withat said, and in T-Mobile's defense, they do say nothing happens if you go over and you can keep browsing but that just adds to my frustration. Mobile Twitter / other sites you use is not why I got a smartphone. I could do that on my ancient N95.
Oh dear.. I recommend a lot of strong drugs before Manos and Birdemic or at the very least watch the MST3K version of Manos and get a Rifftrax to help with Birdemic. If you choose to watch it without commentary might I suggest having a friend or relative check on you after a set period of time?
Re: Actually quite like it
I had to send my HTC Desire HD off for repair at the end of last year due to a hardware fault (speaker blown) and the only backup phones I had were a G1 and a Motorola Milestone. I took the opportunity to buy a second-hand Samsung Omnia 7 for £150 on fleaBay because I had been curious about WinPho7 and almost bought into it instead of Android when I got my G1.
I figured it wasn't a bad price for a fairly new handset with no marks on it and I got it within a week. Unfortunately, coming from Android I was used to being able to set things up my way, how I wanted and customising it to suit me and WinPho7 has very little in that department. The choices you seem to end up as, "pick one of these options", with no third-party customisation. Is that a bad thing? That depends on the user and what they want really. I can see the appeal in terms of simplicity and keeping things consistent through the phone experience but it won't be for everyone.
In the end I decided that it was a pretty good phone, my first experience of of Super AMOLED left a lasting impression, and the OS was ok but that it only had the potential to be more. Right now it feels like a lot of recent games - sell the core product and then add DLC / updates later. The only difference is the OS updates are free (to date). They need more functionality to attract customers, you can't sell minimalism as a feature when people are used to having tons of choice with Android and the shiny-shiny of Apple. Yes there will be people who it will appeal to but not in massive numbers.
Nokia hardware has generally been pretty good, it's the software side that has let them down since the N95 onwards and even that was a mess in terms of options hidden in menus within menus and more menus. Nothing was intuitive. I haven't owned or used an N8 so I can't comment but I hear a lot about how it was a fantastic camera and decent UI experience. It says a lot when I'll be looking to pick up a second-hand Nokia N8 over a Lumia and WinPho.
From Android 4 (yes I know..) you can disable bundled apps and preinstalled crap. One of the first things I did when I got my HTC One X was disable Stocks and Teeter. Damn I hate Teeter..... it just won't die!
Service status pages - ever updated?
Over years of using the internet and various services I've never known service status pages to be all that useful because they're hardly ever updated. The idea of them is pretty good but with that lack of updating they may as well not have them.
I'm happy to be proven wrong but I believe the point of the One series is that this is supposedly the only three handsets they're releasing this year. I don't know where this was said, I'm going by what someone else said so it could easily be wrong. If true though it would point to them taking last year seriously. A high-end, quad-core phone. A middle tier dual-core model. The budget model.
I've heard how bad HTC support is (was?) but it isn't really an issue for me. When my Desire HD speaker broke I took it to T-Mobile, they sent it off for repair and it was back in a week. That was at Christmas. The battery size could've been larger but I'm hoping the Companion Core will keep battery drain down even if that screen wants to slurp it down. I think the lack of SD card is down to MS and their FAT tax as much as design limits too.
Would I like a larger and removable battery? Hell yes. I've been pushing and pleading on an HTC run site for a minimum of 2000mAh battery in future phones, not to mention the return to a multi-colour notification LED, and a lot of others are screaming for more battery over thin phones but we've yet to see anything. Then again this has only been up and running for a few months so even if they take everything we say into account it wouldn't have made it into the One X. I think last years lacklustre phones really hit them hard so they're trying to listen to criticism. You only have to look at the new Sense to see that too.
Upgrade time for me and as with quite a few around here I'm using the Desire HD so this is going to be a pretty huge upgrade for me. Do I need quad-core? Nope, and I don't play many games on phones, but I do think its best to go for the best available. It means it's more likely to be updated than if I opted for an older dual-core model.
There's an Undo option?!
It's perhaps telling that I'm asking the reviewer how you Undo things on this app. As they noted it has a lot of potential but needs work. They updated the app yesterday from v1 in response to it crashing a lot. There's another app done by some people who worked on the Courier project called "Paper" by Fiftythree. The app is a lot more polished and intuitive but lacks the browser, image pasting etc of Tapose and while it's free you have to pay for all but the basic erase and pen.
Seems like Google changed so much in ICS that it's proving very difficult for all manufacturers to update it on existing hardware. I'm not sure why as I'm not a coder, just someone reading about the issues slowing development of the CyanogenMod ICS release.
WiFi isn't what I'd expect from anything using an N signal. I was surprised when I lost connectivity near the front of the house last week. I wanted to see how the screen would handle bright sun (quite well actually) but losing signal completely had me confused for a minute until I realised why pages weren't loading. If I use my Desire HD I can still see the signal half way down the street.
Both devices can access wireless N, one is new, one is around 18 months old. If I had to guess which had the worse signal I'd be picking the 18 month old phone but it isn't. Even sitting in the same room as the router I don't always get full signal and while it isn't really an issue for what I use it for it doesn't bode well.
I'm specifically asking for T-Mobile as I'm currently with them and my contract is up for renewal right now. I can see myself having to leave to get a better deal but until I know their prices I can't haggle or say, "X have it for much cheaper, can you match it?"
"while Vodafone's and T-Mobile's prices start at £41 per month."
START at £41 a month?! That's likely over 24 months too...... I know the networks have to make money on handsets and that top range models like this don't come cheap but what are they smoking? If it's a 24 month contract that comes in at £984, £738 if it's 18 months.
I'd be curious to see where these prices are from as the T-Mobile website still lists it as "coming soon" with no hint on price plans yet. I've asked a fair few times and the only information given is to check the coming soon section for updates. This would be a smart thing to do but it isn't exactly updated promptly. They had the Xperia S on there for a few weeks after it was available and had phones available in March still listed in the middle of the month long after they'd been released.
Naming of ARM chips
The naming always confuses me with ARM chips. The new S4 Snapdragon is a Cortex A15 CPU but new 64-bit chips are v8? Don't we already have v8 and v9? Damnit why can't they just use normal, logical numbering?
I didn't mention the Xoom 2 because it's, frankly, no big change over the original. I'm talking specifically in terms of Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, screen size etc. The top option for Android is probably the ASUS Transformer Prime but ASUS shot themselves in the foot by refusing to sell the lower capacity model or allowing the keyboard dock to be an optional extra.
I was considering the Prime when the new iPad was announced but I don't want to pay £500 for a tablet that offers similar to what I already have, albeit with a nicer screen and longer battery life. Quad-core may do more in the end but for the time being I was more than happy with the Tegra 2 tablet I had. Comparing the feeling of slight upgrade with a £100 difference I wasn't prepared to pay it. ASUS is harming itself with dumb moves like this because I would have happily bought a 16GB model for £300, maybe even £350.
Lack of real information from a UK view
I can see why this article was written but it has a distinctly American feel about it even though all prices are listed in GBP. Why do I say that? The Kindle Fire is mentioned as £199 when there is no such tablet available and as much as Apple may think £329 is a good deal compared to £399, it isn't. If you look around now you can find some of the first generation Android Honeycomb tablets (most updated to ICS) for £250 - 300 such as the Xoom for £280 online.
The two markets are also pretty different. With Apple you know what you're going to get more or less. A nice looking UI that works well but is limited by Apple to what they see fit which means short of jailbreaking you can only run apps from their app store. With Android (oft updated? Oh please.. they're released as often as iOS updates now at around once a year for major updates) you get an improving OS that you can tinker with, customise and set up in a way you really like. Apple charge a premium for their products but with tablets they're showing just how ridiculous other manufacturers are by thinking they can charge more for, in most cases, less useful devices.
To put this in perspective I own three Android phones, love Android, own an Advent Vega with ICS on it but I went out and bought the new iPad. Why? As others have said, an Android device is good and you can look at it like a project to get it working how you want etc but I just wanted something simple and with as little hassle as possible. Granted, Android has this too but as much as I love Android in general I can't argue that iOS is still the more polished experience overall.
Re: Who paid
How to wind up Apple staff? Ask them what version of Android it runs perhaps.
RAM != storage
I'm sorry but you're a bit confused. The Desire HD has 768MB RAM, not 1GB. It has around 1.5GB internal storage and any extra you add with an SD card but it most definitely does not have 1GB RAM.
ICS on older devices = Sense 3.6
As has been mentioned earlier the Android 4 released will be using Sense 3.6 which is a bit of a mixture of what was seen on the HTC One series and the older Sense 3. They claim that's to keep familiarity and from looking at some early tests it performs a lot better so it may be worth it. I don't remember where I read it but I'm sure HTC said that only new devices such as the One series will be getting Sense 4 ICS.
Server team should do the desktop OS too.
I read a lot before about how the server team was doing a better job than the desktop team, especially when it came to security. It'd be a great thing to see them build the desktop product as well, it would save me running the server OS and getting the "This won't work on a server OS" error message.
Re: apple.com down so can't get my order in
Not as much as you think. ASUS has been working on an HD Transformer tablet that's due out soon. I can't remember for certain but I think it'll be 1920 x 1200. Is it as high as this new iPad? No but it's a big step up from the current set of 1280 x 800 tablets. You can't claim it was done to copy off either as it was (stupidly) announced just after the release of the Transformer Prime.
Re: And still
I would dearly love to know what my WP7 Omnia 7 does that sees the battery life remaining after 7 hours say over 1 day and then a few hours later it's down to about 12 hours. It must be something to do with the OS as I've had very similar to you where it can last a day with a little charge left sometimes and then seemingly struggle to last 16 hours. The really scary thing about this is that even though I have a couple of background task apps they're all restricted to running once every 30 minutes by MS!
Re: Making a new game
I had no idea and neither did a friend of mine. I would gladly give you many more upvotes for this news but you'll have to settle for one. Some of the concept art on the blog looks great! Actually I take that back, it ALL looks great.
Quick, license our patent for corners! They have more ammunition!
Is it just Steve's death or is it also a realisation that other companies have been in this business for a lot longer and can likely hit Apple harder than Apple can hit anyone else? I honestly don't care about the reason if it means an end to the almost daily "Apple sues X of patent for <obvious, despite prior art>" and even "X sues Apple over <being an asshole>".
Let the downvotes commence!
I realise I may be in the minority here but calling this phone huge more than once seems a bit harsh considering there are plenty of other 4.3" screen devices with a handful larger still.
I was seriously considering this until MWC came about and reminded me how bad Sony are with OS updates. This phone was announced a while back and ICS has been available for all to tinker with for over three months now yet it still ships with Gingerbread. HTC have just unveiled their One series of phones, likely been in development about the same time if not longer, with an April launch and all will come with ICS. Sony's update is likely still months away at best. The camera in the Xperia S still tempts me because I'm tired of "8MP" cameras on phones that are worse than 3MP cameras on phones years old, HTC are very guilty of poor cameras.
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