98 posts • joined 16 May 2007
Re: OEM Bloat not Decreased since Z1?
The walkman app is terrible, because I can't choose to remove it.
It doesn't connect to spotify, or my amazon music app, yet it takes over playing when I plug in headphones in, because the sony built in dosomething app, won't do anything that isn't walkman related until you disable it.
So it doesn't do it for me, the interface is bad, the buttons aren't where I like them, but the main reason it's terrible, lack of choice to remove it!
Re: Watertight charging
Until it burns out....which it has on quite a few, as the only cables for it are not sony ones...
Thats ok, you don't get 21 mega pixels for spur of the moment, it defaults to the idiot cam mode, which is 8 mega pixels only.
You also don't get 4k video for longer than 2 minutes before the phone overheats and shuts down..
Main issues with the Z series.
Updates means that no one makes any decent cases for them, as they update every 6 months, so they wont sell enough cases to make it worthwhile.
Backup, Sony's backup sucks.
Take new phone, install facebook and g+ on it, set them to login.
Put them in a folder called social.
Backup phone using Sony's software.
Backup has lost of the login details, and the folder.
If the app was hangouts, it's lost all your SMS as well....
Sony has crippled Android so that you can't move any app to the SD card, zero, none at all.
Plus the inbuilt apps don't remember the store stuff on SD card settings.
Re: Corporate development
He wasn't very expert though was he, as it's do-able...
How to Draw seven red LINES, all Perpendicular, some with green ink, some with transparent ink, and one in the form of A Kitten. (response to "The Expert" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= BKorP ... )
Re: lets look at this in another way..
Slightly more up to date, but same sentiment - 5 to Z2.
Over the next 2 years, the choice not to go iphone 6, is going to save me, £700 x 2, approximately.
Re: lets look at this in another way..
"If switching to Android from iOS was so easy for you, then I'm assuming you have no investment in the iOS/Apple ecosystem (iPhone/iPad/MAx datasharing etc) nor any iOS apps, iTunes films etc."
Just done this so:
iphone some apps, none that I can't do without, or aren't already on android.
Ipad, yup got one, can share data via dropbox/box/google drive etc fine.
itunes films...do people buy films from itunes?
about the only thing I'm missing so far, is the choice of cases. You can get everything for the iphone, 90% for a Samsung Sx, but about 10% for a Sony Z2 :-(
Re: An unsually poor article
"Apple simply can't make the volume to change this"
Really, but they have more volume than almost anyone else, except Samsung. They are going to sell approx 210 million iphones in the next 12 months.
Care to come up with how many Galaxy S5 (or S6 if it arrives) Samsung will sell in the same period?
Poor customer service and not listening to your customers will do that.
Just gone from iphone to sony Z2.
Quite a culture shock on the support front, apple, lets get this to work. Sony it's not our fault and if it is, we're not going to fix it.
Looking at the Z - Z1 - Z2 - Z3, still the areas where customers are asking for fixes, not implemented.
Finally, apples releases software it goes on phones.
Sony releases their software, is disappears to the network.
Erm I bought the phone, give me the choice. Voda/O2/Orange will soon perk up if they don't get the update out the door quick enough, then people will go with the unbranded version.
"A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"
Slow fake ones maybe.
So same point...but with some facts.
Re: OnePlus One
Sony Z2 has it, plus Stamina mode, which lets you turn off most things (except call text etc) and get 3 days s out of it.
"is meant to be humours"
or even meant to be humorous?
Guardian reader by any chance?
Sounds like a case of the Cowboys getting caught out by the Indians...
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Tomtom and Garmin traffic vs Waze?
I'd say Waze is the king of the real time traffic now. I've not seen it beaten by either Garmin or Tomtom. Plus the price kicks the other two as well, it's free (aside from your data)
Whilst, I'd not go so far as to say it was a puff piece. It's not the most balanced or well thought out piece that El Reg has put out recently.
I respect that everyone the Author included has a point of view, just in this piece it's not set out, or defended particularly well.
Another point you might well want to consider is that Mobile Device Management is mature for IOS and Android, it's new for Windows 8, the prime mover in this space is...Microsoft with Intune, at a cost of £5 per device per month. Which when you start to add in the other costs, makes it a tad pricey.
At this particular moment in time, I think Windows Phones have an edge, with the Lumia 625 being pretty much the cheapest reasonable 4G hand set about. (circa £100) however the 4G Moto G is coming soon, as I suspect will a selection of others. I know which my choice would be on a Lumia 625 vs 4G Moto G shoot out, and as a hint, it's not the Fins....
Interesting pick of some statements, lets question a couple.
POINT ONE :"Putting the iPhone 5c out as low cost budget device pretty much says it all"
Why would you, it's not the budget iphone, the 4s is.
Three:Available from:£16 a month £99 upfront cost
Vodafone:Free on Pay monthly plans from £25
So from 2 of the big four, you can get an Iphone 4s, for about the same price as a Nokia Lumia 625.
POINT TWO:Android is not just one platform.
Except, if you're buying devices in bulk for an organisation it will be. You'll pick the touchwiz Samsung version that you like, or can afford. Or you'll pick the Sonyfied Version you like or the Huawei Emotion UI. Indeed as this is most IOS like, it's not a bad pick if you're choosing to wean people off older ios devices.
So in the same way, companies cope with all the different versions of windows, you know the Dell type, Acer type, Fujitsu Type, Lenovo etc, they will cope with the android versions.
They could even go Nexus, and get "pure" android.
THIRD POINT:"And so we come Windows Phone, which would appear to tick all of the relevant boxes in relation to larger scale enterprise deployment"
Except for maybe corporate apps. Ah yes, ironic isn't it. Corporate lock in on an app level keeps Microsoft out.
Why would corporates who've developed in house apps for ios or android suddenly abandon them for a less popular os? I mean if that was easy, people would have dropped windows and gone linux ages ago.
FOURTH POINT:Windows still totally dominates on desktop/notebook machines
Except people are moving in droves to tablets, where Android and IOS are kings. Surface is what 2%? That makes Mac use in the 80's look stellar!
FIFTH POINT:Sponsored link: Microsoft UK is holding a live virtual summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy on 4 June at 10:00. Check out the agenda and register here.
Ah yes, so it's an advert? Which is the reason it's not a well thought out piece of technical journalism then?
I guess the question is OSM better than the Waze maps, which are also crowd sourced, but show where people are driving as well as the satellite maps, plus since they are owned by google does that make them google open source maps....
- a camera (102) taking a picture; and
- a digital signal processor (120), capable of receiving and processing the picture, and capable of transmitting user interface information (I) derived from the picture to the electrical apparatus (110),
So that's a Kinect isn't it...
Wonder when they plan on taking on Microsoft....
Unlimited Calls Cheap, Unlimited Text Cheap - Unlimited Data..not so
It's difficult to find a deal that doesn't offer unlimited voice calls, most also offer unlimited or a huge amount of texts, the same don't offer unlimited data.
Going from 1Gb to 4Gb normally costs you £5-£10 a month.
So why would I want to use more data to replace voice/text?
Only for international use, which whatsapp works for. But then again, so does viber/kik/skype/hangouts and a myriad of others.
Don't think this is much of a step forward.
£149 for a nearly android, or £99 for a good one?
Given that you can pick up a Moto G for £99, which given my brief play with it before it became number one Son's birthday present, is nearly oh so nearly as good as the Nexus 4. Why on earth would you spend £50 more to get the Z10?
You can get BBM on the Moto G.
It does push email.
What would my extra £50 get me to compensate for the ridicule of everyone else when they see I've paid money for a blackberry?
Re: And yet... @bob
Android isn't cheaper than Apple?
Lets assume new to avoid ebay luck.
Cheapest reasonable Android phone (Y300/Motog G) £70-£80
Pretty good one N5 (£329)
"HIgh End" S4/HTC1 £500
Cheapest Apple Iphone
4S 8GB - (£349)
Middle - 5C 16GB (£469)
High End 5S 16GB (£549)
Not sure how many people send their teens to school with a high end phone.
So lets look at middle, apple is £100 more.
Bottom end, at the end where you're more likely to get a teen a phone.
Much much more.
Re: Consent on both sides?
Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.
Consent doesn't need to be sought or given even if the picture is to be used for commercial purposes.
Some of the most famous photos in history have been used for commercial purposes. Without the permission of the subject.
Burning monk in Vietnam anyone? Plenty of other examples.
If you're walking about in the street, people can take your picture. It's their picture, you have no rights to it.
IF and ONLY IF
You had no expectation to privacy in the first place. (You're out in public remember)
The police get this wrong all the time.
The police knowing the law...nope not most of the time in this case.
I'd suggest in this case, the women had a reasonable expectation to privacy, she'd covered up her knickers, so unless she goes and does a Marilyn, (again no consent given by Marilyn) then she's covered under the reasonable expectation of privacy side of it.
How many of the rioters in London gave permission for their photos being taken and printed in the paper?
Did any of them sue the papers after?
The only part of this that's slightly cloudy, is that it's possible without touching a lady (I guess) to take their photo up skirt.
If We compare this to men, if a women ripped your trousers off on the tube and then took a picture of you in your pants, would you be happy about it, or feel violated?
Actually, scratch that, if you're Scottish in traditional dress and a women shoved a camera to take a picture of up between your legs, how would you feel?
more attractive than the $4.7m
I'm not suprised, everyone else was talking about $4.7 BILLION..
But don't let facts get in the way of a story El Reg...
"The subject of the photo, unless they have signed a model release, also has rights."
Unless they don't have a reasonable expecation of rights, i.e they are in public. Flash your boobs at a rock concert, you can't then claim rights to the resulting photos.
Old School DVD player / Telly manufacturer brings much loved region locking to mobiles under banner of innovation.
Apple did gold, we can do gold!
Apple did finger locking, we can lock whole damn regions!
Re: iDIOTS Operating System
So sounds like your employer has locked down their phone to their specifications.
All of what you've asked for is possible on the iphone. But not if it's locked down by your employer.
Having tried both as an employee and as a personal phone, I like the bigger screen you can choose with an android phone, and Ingress, but that's about the only 2 key advantages over iOs.
Which Nokia Maps is Fantastic? Brings out N95 with Nokia maps on it. It's not great. I've got Tomtom from the same era. Tomtom mostly got you there. N95 Mostly didn't.
I tried go recently, same thing.
Go would be ok if you could pay £2.99 and cache for example the UK maps for a year, with updates over Wifi.
This data on all the time maps are fine, except when you're not on an all you can eat data plan, or there is no data. Tunnels, planes, deserts....
I have both an Iphone 5, and a Nexus 4.
You are wrong, the N4 isn't 10 x better in anyway.
It's not 10x faster.
It doesn't have 10x the battery life.
Its screen isn't 10x better.
It only comes in 16GB.
Camera isn't 10x as good, in fact it's not as good at all.
It doesn't do Bluetooth well, and that's saying something as the Iphone's not great at it either, but it's better than the N4.
It does have NFC for when someone finds a use for it.
The N4 is twice as good as the Samsung S3, which it was half the price of though.
For most people I know an e-reader is the third (non-work) screen.
Phone first, tablet second, e-reader third.
You can't beat them for month long battery life, and being able to pull one out of your bag at the airport/ferry terminal etc etc, and know you can use it for 8 or so hours of a delay, no problems.
Plus they are soon going to be as cheap as a hardback book anyway!.
My Kindle keyboard is going strong, although I did pick up one of the £29 nooks as a backup.
"something that’s really cleaver at the bottom of it. I’m not the person who’s going to understand the next social media site,” he said"
Register Hack in hacked off not cleaver at all cleaver quote.
Bought these for the kids for holiday travelling when they dropped to £99.
Awesome little devices.
Android Store, so minecraft etc to keep them amused.
Plus you can slap a 32gb sd card in, and it's a great little portable media player with VLC on it.
Re: MiniDisc FTW
You need certain types of Music, Jazz or Classical, and pretty expensive headphones to hear the difference between 320 kbps and lossless.
You need very similar for 320 VBR and lossless.
In fact if you step up or down in small steps, it's quite hard to tell.
I hear a huge difference between 96 and 320 the same as most people, but if you step down in small steps you'll struggle to hear that same difference.
Also the environment you're listening in makes a huge difference. Music for the commute in on a commuter train/tube, does it really need to be lossless or 320? Probably not.
Main issue I have, is one re-ripping from source into lossless (500+ cds) two, the small loss I'm going to get from recoding 320VBR to 320Fixed, or some of the early 192VBR isn't worth the time.
This I think will be true for most people.
If the record company wants to offer me an upgrade deal from my 500 cds to lossless, for perhaps 99p a disc, then I might be up for it.
Re: AO-- "myPhones" ?
"(you'll never have full ownership and control of an iPhone--at any age or price)."
As in how old the phone is, or how old you are? This amongs other things are not clear in your post.
My old 3G is mine. I can do what I like for it. If at somepoint I want to go to the effort of writing an OS for it I can.
At this point I'm not paying apple any money for it, so it's certainly not rental.
I've got two or more app stores on it, so that's ok too. (I know android has hundreds, but that's not always good, is it now aptoide)
What more control can I want? I can make phone calls when I want, I get email when I want, I can crush the phone if I want. That's pretty much full control.
Plus it runs ios, how do I get control of my Nexus 4 and control is to do that? or are you confusing custom roms for different OS's?
What you're missing Nokia also used to do, was deliberately crippled their phones, and then say, aha if you want that, you need the model that's coming out in 6 months.
Look at the communicator series.
2 B&W ones, ok lets forgive them the first, as there was nothing else.
However, as the 9110 came out, colour screens were available, Nokia's answer, wait till the 9210.
9210, people were starting to use Wifi, however Nokias Answer, wait till the 9500....
Also Nokias software updates were rare, almost never gave you new functionality, and were almost always minor bug fixes.
Apples releases (and for that matters googles) add functionality to a device you already own, adding value to it.
If you think Nokia changed it's tune, just all those Windows 7.8 users, who had them sometimes less than 12 months before being told...want windows 8? Hah, buy a new phone, or get some of it (no apps though) with 7.8
For that, Nokia won't get any more of my money for their phones...
Shocker, you went to a bricks and mortar store and paid more money?
Try glassesdirect.co.uk or one of the other online spec providers, for the same hipster pair at the same £25 price...
Re: Yep, I agree
"Don't listen to anyone who whines about the applications available, I have everything I want on it."
So as long as you're ok, everyone else will be?
How's it sync with your Mac? How about how did your upgrade from Winmo7 to 8 go? As some people want to be able to use a phone that gets' upgraded with a new OS and features.
How's instagram working out for you? How's the turn by turn sat nav on the HTC8X?
If you dont' want to install apps, then why not go blackberry?
or how about this article?
BlackBerry, Windows Phone Still Lack Popular Apps
Or even better, why pay money for apps AGAIN on a different OS.
The apps from IOS1 work fine still, no more money, these Windows CE ones don't seem to....
You've going to kick yourself for it @Dave 126, simply be a good Reynholm employee, and reset your password :-)
Love the fact that that it encourages you to go into the intranet and play...
Re: Looking for more?
I'd like the nexus 7 to not be dog slow when I try and use all the storage on it!
Trouble is, it doesn't actually tell you a lot.
I had an iphone last year. I like it.
I need a new phone now, but I don't want to pay for it.
Ooh look Android Shiny - Blackberry shiny. Which was cheapest - Ooh blackberry newest and shiniest and cheapest I'll go for that.
Now if that person like BB, that's great, however if they come under the "newest and shiniest and cheapest I'll go for that." brigade, then same will happen at end of contract.
I assume there must be a lot of "newest and shiniest and cheapest I'll go for that." around, as otherwise, why would anyone buy a windows phone :-)
So if you have this problem, you take it back to apple and they exchange it for a handset that works.
What's the problem here exactly? Oh there's a couple of people that took a gamble, that they'd buy the phone cheap in another country, and now can't use their warranty. Well wasn't that the gamble?
If it's affecting an iphone sold in the UK, then your sale of goods act covers you, not of merchantable quality and DURABILTY.
Brazilian Deforestation leads to unexpected consequences
Paris Hilton, becase we've seen she does...
People still have landlines? How extravagent!
Re: needs shake-up in own apps
Rubbish, the Camera app works better in Landscape, allowing you to use a physical button to take the photo.
Hang on, this is actually good, not bloatware
The basic lookout is not that bad.
Whilst I appreciate that organge (and t-mobile) routinely put bloat on phones, this is actually a decent idea!
WIth the power of the mac mini, and the advantage of a seperate monitor, there is now very little reason to get an Imac. Before you had to, as the mini wasn't powerful enough and the pro was a fortune. Now the imac makes no reasl sense.
Why not go with the Amazon model.
Do you want your TV to cost £100 more, and show no adverts, or £100 less and show adverts?
Sky for free with more adverts, Sky for £100 a month no adverts.
I got fed up with paying sky and seeing adverts, so I don't have sky, or Virgin for that matter, I don't care about the freesat/freeview adverts, as I'm not paying to see them...
Re: It depends upon what your 'use case' is.
But for your usecase, a Nexus 7 does all that, PLUS more, for the same money.
The only plus of the hd is slightly better/bigger screen.
Much much better speakers, for those very few times you're not going to be on headphones.
Have to agree
My 2 32GB ones have gone back and another Nexus 7, perhaps the cellular one will be joining the 16gb nexus 7 in our house.
Too heavy and too wide for childrens use.
Too limited for adult use.
The fact that it was cheaper than a Nexus gave it a head start, but it's lost that advantage now.
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