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4G speeds? WOWOWOW!
I'd settle for HSPA speeds slightly higher than they area now. I regularly hit about 2Mb/s with my phone on T-Mobile and if it got up to around 6Mb/s I'd be over the moon. The only reason I might want higher speed is if I have to download a huge amount of data like some of those games require. There aren't a lot of those and I'd prefer to do it at home over WiFi where I have a faster, more reliable connection and where I can charge the phone at the same time.
Re: Re: Nah- this is the iPad 2S
ICS has been around four months now. The sad fact is that they changed so much in some areas that until hardware manufacturers release updated software for things like the camera (biggest hurdle) then we're stuck. Even the mighty CyanogenMod is stuck for the time being with that problem. I don't know what is required and who should be hassled whether it's Qualcomm, Samsung, HTC etc or Google. Newer phones are likely to be ready before older ones like my Desire HD due to having similar hardware to the Galaxy Nexus.
Re: Re: Please wait...
Ahh that's right! The speed made the "Please wait..." loading screens appear. Wait, what? You claim I don't get it but missed that part I take it. I know the PS Vita isn't a phone or a PC but it runs an OS, it has RAM, GPU, CPU and....... loading times.
RAM speed is important but quantity is just as important for a device that is supposed to have a 10 year plan. How can you justify only including 512MB when RAM price is so low? Would the extra 512MB really have pushed the price that much higher? We're talking DDR2, not DDR3. I know it isn't a PC part but if a three year old phone can have that much I would hope that a brand new, quad-core etc etc gaming device would have at least 1GB since.
Newer Android phones are coming with as standard. I'm not saying Android phones are the thing to measure against, I'm using them to prove that it isn't that big a stretch.
I watched a long video review (45 mins roughly) and the thing that stood out to me was how often the words "Please wait..." popped up during use. This is a device with a quad-core CPU, why is it taking so long to do things? Then I noticed the specs. which listed 512MB RAM... DAMNIT SONY! I have an 18 month phone with 768MB RAM, three year old phones have 512MB RAM. If this is supposed to have a 10 years in it you should have included at least 1GB RAM and 256MB for the GPU.
Use for a PlayBook as a remote?
That has to be one of the most stupid uses for a tablet. Controlling a PS3 from it to do what? Anything you can do will be infinitely easier with a normal controller and why would you use a tablet to control another tablet or, more insanely, an Android phone? That ignores the fact that the article says a use for the PlayBook and then goes into great depth while only mentioning using a phone. If the tablet works just the same then why wasn't that described instead of the phone? I'm confused now and wondering if both work or if the article title was wrong. Not that it matters as I wouldn't be willingly seen to own a Blackberry.
I can only see positive aspects of this going to the wrong number from a receiving point of view.
"I sent you £10 for the party."
"Who is this?"
"Oh sorry, wrong number. Can you send that money back?"
Popularity affects law?
I'll likely get a few downvotes for this but it's a genuine query of sorts. Why should the popularity of a device / any product affect whether or not it can be banned? If it's against the law or found to be in violation of some trademark shouldn't it be banned regardless? The Apple hater in me wants to say, "Typical, one rule for Apple and their money, another for everyone else." but I'm trying to avoid downvotes :P
I'm stuck in the same situation really. I have the DHD and have since it was released in November 2010 but aside from the Sensation XE none of their products really make me go "I WANT THAT PHONE!" in any way. I'm due for a contract renewal in March and while the XE is a nice phone it feels like a 'good enough' upgrade for a new release but not a big release.
When I look at what's out right now the only two that appeal to me are the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note. HTC cameras are gradually improving but at the same rate as their phones are adding new features, ie slowly but often. It makes a potential user look at how often new phones are released and wonder why they can't slow the release schedule down and push out a few big new phones each year instead of a dozen or so mediocre phones.
It's available on a very limited amount of handsets like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S currently, along with a few tablets. You can get a hold of other builds based on CM9 code but CM9 has not been released fully yet. The main stumbling block seems to be camera related and they're waiting for drivers or source to be released so they can build the drivers. It's something like that anyway.
Quick note to mention that other builds based on CM9 are using a hacked in version of the Gingerbread camera to function and while it works most of the time it has issues (graphical artifacts showing on random pictures) and only supports basic image shooting right now. That means no camcorder or panorama mode and definitely no Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) mode.
I hate the site and the owner as much, if not more than everyone else but you know things like this were happening long before the internet and Facebore were around, right? It isn't like murder is a new thing that only came about with the launch and popularity of the site. Don't let that stop you from your "think of the children!!!!!!!!!!!!!" mentality and running around trying to get everything under the sun banned because bad things happened.
Here's a news flash for you, shit happens. It happens whether people are on the internet or not and just because something happened on the internet doesn't make it the only reason. To be blunt, if a moron is so unstable that an online removal of friendship sends them into a murderous rampage it's safe to say that they were a timebomb waiting to go off.
Erm.. No phone has a version of Honeycomb available to it. I've only seen a tiny few custom ROMs built using it as most ignored it and have gone for ICS instead. Did you get mixed up with your versions?
Voting for quickly mocked up image
I know Samsung are a little bit silly with designs sometimes since the Galaxy SII has more than a passing resemblance to an iPhone but I doubt even they would make a handset this similar. That and the previously mentioned capacitive buttons scream out to me. I'd like the MWC event to hurry up so I can see what, if any, phone will tempt me more than the Galaxy Nexus as I'm due an upgrade in March.
@Jim Coleman... last reply......
You just keep grasping at that straw, I'm sure you'll catch it eventually. For the third (and last) time now, yes, I use Android and that is the only reason I'm aware of long-pressing. I'm not criticising anything, I am saying it isn't obvious if you've had no other smartphone experience like Android. Are you likely to stumble onto it? Eventually, yes. Not while looking at it in a phone shop which is where most potential buyers will be looking and doing their research.
Get a grip. Just because *you* are aware of something doesn't make it obvious. Want a non-phone example? Try asking a non-computer user what a default option is and see if they know.
Sadly I wish I knew the answer to that. As much as MS might like Bing, I don't. I'd like the choice to use an alternative search provider but you get no choice at all. Granted I don't think there's an alternative in Android either but at least the search button is used intelligently there with it searching the current app if supported. The background tasks are, as I understand it, limited to running once per 30 minutes which (if true, I'm not 100% sure on that) makes the battery life truly awful given that my Omina 7 barely lasts 16 hours or 20 on a good day with very, very light use.
How do I define that very, very light use? Checking Twitter a few times an hour (30 minute updates if background tasks info is accurate), maybe 30 minutes browsing and perhaps four or so texts. That's all done with the screen on its lowest brightness settings. The battery in my Android handset is smaller, 1230mAh vs 1500mAh, yet I can and do use it more and get roughly 24 hours between charging. When I go to charge the Desire HD it's usually around 15 - 20% battery life showing, the Omnia 7 is always under 10%. I don't know what the hell the phone does to use so much battery but it'll be worrying if they can't rectify it.
Anti-MS vitriol? Good one. I'm clearly anti-MS because I bought a WP7 device to see how it was developing as I'd considered it too immature at launch. You took what I said as a personal insult for some reason and started foaming at the mouth when I was just pointing out that the feature you are talking about is not as obvious as you might think. This is especially true of people looking in a phone shop with perhaps a minute or two playing with a demo phone.
As I said, I discovered it almost by accident by holding the back button down, it isn't mentioned anywhere when you start the phone up after updating to Mango. I'm using to doing long-press purely because I use Android otherwise I would likely not have found it for quite a while longer. Android has done long-press from the start, iOS added it for a few things but it wasn't there at the start so please get off your soap box and stop ranting. I merely said it is not obvious, not that it was hidden away to be discovered if you do a secret button combination and chant.
But let's not reasoned thinking get in the way of your foamy mouthed rant, eh?
Vinyl was listened to by Saint Jobs?! I MUST HAVE A RECORD PLAYER AT ONCE!
Whether true or not I don't much care. I'm not a massive music fan, in fact I probably listen to far less than most, but I know how expensive audio enthusiasts' equipment is and that's for a reason. You can't squeeze that much high-end equipment into something you carry around in your pocket, you can have it at home. To put it another way I can watch movies on my phone if I really want to but I wouldn't compare it to a home cinema setup. One is convenient and allows me to watch something on the go, the other is if I want a better experience.
WP7 has Evernote and it's hardly a fault of MS that Google aren't providing their apps to a competing product. Sure I'd like them there too, especially Google Maps, but that's why I bought my WinPho second-hand and purely to see what the platform was like.
You say you're quickly into the dregs on the Android Market and that there are very few useful apps, I call bullshit on that. If you want an app to do something you can generally find more than a few options and a large amount of them are free without even ad supported crap. On the chance you find a paid app that you want to try you might not have 24 hours any more but you can still try out the app for 15 minutes before you're charged. It's generally enough time to get a feel of the app although I would like it to be pushed up to an hour.
Disclaimer: Yes I'm an Android fan but I'm aware of limitations such as awful battery life but that's a fault of manufacturers trying to outdo each other on how thing they can make a phone. Motorola have finally put out a phone with a huge battery that I'm hoping will make others take note for future handsets.
I agree that missing that feature is a bit confusing but it's hardly made clear and I only accidentally found it because I'm using Android and habitually long-press things to see what, if any, extra things the app does. As for the background tasks page, that's a new entry too and only apps that take advantage of Mango's fast (HAH!) app switching are included there.
Review findings on WP similar to my own
I bought a Samsung Omnia 7 on fleabay for around £150 and after owning it on and off for a few months as a tester phone I came to the same sort of conclusion that the review does. There is lots of potential and it's quite polished at this stage but it has to catch up and catch up fast. Android and iOS matured over time, WinPho7 arrived late so unfortunately it will be given little time by most people to mature. It certainly won't be given as much time to get to the point that its competitors have and while that isn't the fault of the phone OS it will be a big 'con' point for any potential buyers.
One thing that really jumped out at me in this review was the mention of the Twitter app "Birdsong". It's beyond awful. It claims to have a live tile and there are options for notifications but none of them work. Numerous reviewers mention it, I contacted the devs and after explaining to them that settings are *not* saved (it kept throwing up an error that unhelpfully says, "sorry there was an error" and that's it) they said it must have been a bad download. I tried to download it over and over but clearly it's a big problem with the app as lots of others have the same problems. After making this clear I received no further support. There are font settings, too, which would help with the "three tweets on a screen" issue but as you probably guessed those don't work either. Changed settings and perhaps DMs were using that font while other areas weren't. Alternatives? Sadly the official Twitter app is worse, somehow... The best option right now, aside from the Mango built-in option, is "Mehdoh".
I realise that turned into a rant about Birdsong but it's apps like Birdsong that give an awful impression and tar the overall experience. Granted, WinPho7 isn't anywhere near what it needs to be but app experiences like that don't help. At this stage there are some decent apps but they are limited and very hard to find if you're new to the platform.
I own an Advent Vega tablet and it has got quite a reputation as being, for all intents and purposes, unbrickable. If you flash something bad to it and it doesn't boot you do a button combination that puts it in "nvflash" mode and then run a program on your computer that then installs the old / original ROM. I've long wondered why there isn't anything similar available for all other Android based phones considering that this tablet cost less than most high end phones released in the past two years.
With regards to limitations on things you can tweak I don't know where you could draw a line because some people will always want access to the things they can't get into. A good example besides your radio argument is the sound. I own an HTC Desire HD and when I got it new the volume level was very low even at maximum. Some resourceful people fixed it with a volume mod but it also lead to blown speakers (including mine) after a while, mine lasted around a year. I'd blame HTC more fot that though as the default was what I'd get with about 50% volume on my other phones :/
The deal has not been finalised and even if it was this is a phone that has likely been in the pipes for quite a while. Google, whether good, evil, a business (I know right?!) will have had no say whatsoever in how this product is sold. If this article was written a year from now I might be in some agreement but as it stands I don't see how you can judge Google on something that a company they're hoping to acquire is acting.
No warranty? Legal?
I'm genuinely asking, is it legal to sell an item in the UK without any warranty? I know there's a big risk of people breaking things with badly flashed ROMs and dodgy code but surely they have to honour some sort of repairs under warranty. It's not exactly likely that any sort of code could feasibly break a screen or microphone.
Dumb salesmen? Dumb Nokia choices!
I bought a phone (Nokia C2-02) for my mother who has problems with touchscreen phones due to a stroke limiting the use of her right hand. The phone itself is quite sleek and smart with a resistive touchscreen that is perfect for her and a numeric keypad that sliders have had for a long time. It functions well enough but has some astounding omissions that show Nokia are just clueless these days. The biggest one that may well result in the phone being sent back is that there is no option to increase the display timeout setting from its default 10 seconds. No sales rep in the world could sell this as a positive with such a basic function ignored.
Conclusion? Nokia, you're killing yourself and blaming others for your problems. It's sad to see a once great company dying a slow and painful death.
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.
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