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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Re: No Nokia in this roundup then.

I was just thinking, what we need here is for a total dickwad to post something entirely unrelated to any of the phones in this article and not even related to the category they fall into.

And reliably enough, there's Eadon.

While you're here, perhaps you could drop into http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/27/mastercard_masterpass_drives_into_mobile_payments/ and make a "joke" about how those new Mastercard and Visa "payments" don't make you "pay" remotely as much as using Windows! Ho ho fucking ho.

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Nokia opens Maps to rivals, flogs uber-budget €15 phone

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I doubt if you can introduce me to a statistically significant sample, given the alleged number of activations per day.

People who buy (non-iOS) smartphones based on OS are definitely an edge case.

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Re: Nokia Maps in Prison

the Windows Phone market is as dead as a dodo

There is no Windows Phone market. There never was. It's important to note though, that there is no Android market either. Nobody wants Android. Nobody buys Android.

People buy smartphones or iPhones or dumbphones. Some people deliberately buy Samsung or HTC or Nokia or Motorola. There is no Windows Phone market. There is no Android market.

Competent smartphones of any OS will probably sell, provided the OS is easy to use and the hardware is not so expensive as to attempt to encroach on the iPhone market, which is an actual thing. But nobody's aiming for the Android market, because there isn't one.

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Re: Specs

It's nearly as thick as two iPhones.

I would buy one as a stand-by unit in case my iPhone fails

The Asha series tends to be low-cost handsets with a long battery life for regions of the world where a mobile handset might be the only connectivity you're going to get.

Your favoured comparison-item indicates that you are not the target market.

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Re: Puzzled

Navteq.

Proper maps from a company that sells maps, not your personal information.

Oh, and they're available offline by default, which is nice.

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That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

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Re: Graph with *3* lines on it

Evidence? Without that, I'm afraid you're just Eadoning, sorry to say...

No problem.

The Galaxy S3 is regarded as the "smoothest" experience on Android around. The Lumia 620 is the cheapest WP8 phone around and reviews rate it as equally smooth. It doesn't have the Galaxy's screen but we're not comparing video here since that's not a core requirement.

The Galaxy uses a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9. The 620 uses a Dual-core 1 GHz Krait.

The Galaxy has 1 GB RAM. The 620 has 512MB of RAM.

Those are under half the requirements in order to make the OS as fluid and usable, given the slower chip.

You can get WP phones with higher specs, of course but we're talking about OS requirements for a fluid user experience.

I hope that's absolved me of Eadoning.

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Re: What?

They did it before under Windows Mobile. I don't remember any wailing and gnashing of teeth back then.

If you do, please let me know. It'd be interesting to compare the old WM+Symbian days for network pain with the new iOS+Android days.

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Re: fear Google?

If the operators are scared of Google then they should be much more scared of Microsoft given their long record with partners.

The networks weren't given any cause for fear under the WM days. Remember those? When smartphones meant WM or Symbian? Back when Apple were a semi-bankrupt copy-house for other people's designs?

As opposed to now, when they're only intellectually bankrupt.

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Re: Graph with *3* lines on it

WP does offer problems though. It's bloated so demands powerful hardware to run it.

Has somebody told you that if you keep FUDing this it'll magically become true?

It uses about half the resources that Android demands.

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HP shareholders bay for blood in $19 BEELLION writedown aftermath

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Re: Gotta Agree

"loosing".

AC dismissed as imbecile.

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Ericsson and SAP Megazord has no need for your PUNY human phonecalls

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*shudder*

SAP. Please, not SAP.

Please, for the love of all that's holy, do NOT let SAP get involved in communications technology. Nobody can afford it and no country has sufficient mental health infrastructure.

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Barnes & Noble to sling their Nook - report

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Re: Blue?

I thought "blue" was basically a big service pack, not a device?

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Not so fast, BlackBerry. Now Samsung wants your tasty biz mobe pie

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Re: Good ?

And even WP.

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Ancient lost continent discovered lounging on Mauritian beach

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Re: Mu and Lemuria

They might. Just because you haven't seen them do it doesn't mean they don't.

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Can I get paid for "examining the sand" on a tropical beach for a few years, please?

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Dalek designer Ray Cusick passes away aged 84

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Re: From somewhere behind the sofa

Me too. I was terrified of those damn things. Forty years ago.

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Microsoft latest to 'fess up to Java-based Mac attack

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Re: @ dogged

Well, think it through.

There's going to be some in the Mac business unit. There will be others in the MSN business unit making certain that MSN displays properly on Safari and in fact that all of microoft.com - even msdn - functions correctly. You could expect there to be more in WP business unit because.. connector for Mac and other functionality.

Headline - software company writes software for more than one platform. Film at 11.

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Re: Eh?

Uh.. how do you think they write Office for Mac?

And in order to do so, they almost certainly follow the exact Apple guidelines on what to switch off and on and how to run a "standard" OS X install because otherwise they'd be introducing variables to the development environment.

Son, you crazy. Go sit in a dark room for a few hours.

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Xamarin chucks Apple fruit at Microsoft mobe wobblers

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Re: You must be joking

Stopped reading at "ribbon toolbar". No version of VS has a ribbon has or has ever had a ribbon.

You have no clue, little troll.

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Re: You must be joking

Er, C# isn't locked down. It's ECMA certified and the specs are published there. Also, all the VS "Express" kits are fairly light, not to mention free.

I do agree that expecting indie devs to pay $999 for a VS plugin is nuts, though.

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Cool.

Nice work, Miguel. Anything to avoid Objective-C.

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Hipsters have spoken: Microsoft is 'hip to be square'

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@Dana W

That's an interesting quote for one of the Reg's most vehement iPhone defenders.

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Adobe punts fix for Reader, Acrobat holes battered by PC, Mac hackers

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Re: Question for the *nix crowd

Could the downvoters please explain how they feel that OS X is more secure than $linux_distro_of_choice?

Unless it was just fanbois of course.

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Re: Question for the *nix crowd

In theory yes, if not actually slightly more secure due to the BSD nature of the Mach kernel, as nicked by his Jobsness while he was failing at NeXT.

In practice, considerably less so due to a) the way Apple are slow beyond belief to patch anything, b) a longstanding refusal to accept that their product is vulnerable in any way and c) a growing awareness on the part of malware writers that people who buy Macs have been assured that they don't need AV software, have a relatively very high disposable income and are so gullible that they were prepared to pay Apple's prices; a good sign in any prospective mark.

OS X is, mainly because of a) and b) considerably less secure in the hands of somebody who understands computers than any linux distro.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Re: Different kinds of products

@stephajn - upvoted, as promised ;)

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Re: Different kinds of products

Look, there's a dungfly buzzing around.

Swat it, somebody.

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Re: Different kinds of products

No, it's a UI element.

And technically, it's still there. Just smaller.

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Re: Different kinds of products (@ dogged)

@Mephistro - really? really?

I've been using it on a multi-monitor no touchscreen dev box since November. It annoyed me for a week but that's long in the past. It's fine. Taste not being arguable, etc, I can't make an absolute statement. Your milage obviously varies. I'm actually more familiar with it than with Win7 now.

However, "undescriptable horror" would be well into the realms of rampant exaggeration even if you disliked it and, less feasibly, if there was such a word as "undescriptable".

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Re: Different kinds of products

You can dislike the interface if you like but if you can name something Win7 has as an OS feature and Win8 doesn't, I promise you an upvote and a mark of approval.

Note - "start button" is not an OS feature.

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"Blow"?

Don't see how. Entirely different markets.

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Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs

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Re: That looks pretty cool.

Good. We can yell rm -r then.

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Just what does BT have planned for its 4G licence: We drill into UK LTE

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Re: in-home LTE?

er...

shurely shome mishtake?

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" something the network operators should be concerned about"

Not really. Only EE ever approach anything like BT's outrageous pricing so Voda, Three and O2 won't be worried at all.

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PunkSPIDER project founder defends 'Google for web app vulns'

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Obscurity is cheap

The problem - as companies see it - with highlighting their vulnerabilities so that their developers can remedy those vulnerabilities is that they have to pay developers.

I approve of PunkSPIDER but I fully expect to see it banned and the creator arrested and/or otherwise forcibly silenced. Money rules the world and that money doesn't like things that sway its risk/costs assessments.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: Lightbar

It's going to make Barry Shitpeas' head explode. All this time he's been going on about how crap Kinect is and now his beloved Sony have copied it.

I hope it happens here, live.

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Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

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Re: Oracle are being evil. MS supports this evil

Don't mind Eadon. He's way too "technical" to bother to understand how things actually work.

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Re: Huh??

The look and basis of the character Harry Potter is based on the character of Ponder Stibbons and the actual story is based on a story by Neil Gaiman

Uh, no. I don't think anyone can claim derivative works based on the description "speccy nerd". If they could, about 80% of the Reg's readership would be in violation.

I don't think Gaiman ever wrote a story about a school for wizards being exactly like Tom Brown's Schooldays+wands, either.

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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Re: Microsoft are in the mobile phone business?

I see no such icon, sadly.

So much for the silver badge.

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Re: Microsoft are in the mobile phone business? Bing copied Googles Search results

NET is dead, show me where MS are advocating it for Windows 8 Phone

All of these samples a new dev is supposed to work from? Every last fucking one?

http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wpapps/

You are an expert in exactly dick. No self-respecting linux guru or OSS advocate would use the heavily-encumbered Mint. I';ve never seen a single technical post from you. Not so much as a handy tip or a how-to. Nothing.

All you do is troll, you pointless waste of oxygen. If my son grows up like you, I'll fucking drown him.

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Re: Microsoft are in the mobile phone business? Bing copied Googles Search results

Allow me to sum this up in terms the oh-so-technical Eadon can understand.

Eadon is wrong. It is well documented that Eadon is wrong but Eadon is lying about being wrong because that is Eadon's posting model. You can see this demonstrated every time he claims .NET is dead or that Eclipse is a better IDE than VS (any version at all).

Eadon will never admit that he is wrong because he is not technical enough to understand that being wrong is not a crime and doesn't make you a bad person but it does come with an obligation to learn better and stop being an obnoxious little zit.

And just to make it particularly clear to him in the retarded and yet only form of language he appears to understand -

EADON EPIC FAIL.

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Re: Microsoft are in the mobile phone business?

The sooner Chris gets that ignore feature in here the better, you obnoxious little zit.

It's called cheating and copying, Microsoft's modus operandi. MS confessed to it.

You're wrong and you tell lies to cover your utter ignorance. Cheating and copying is what Google are up before the EU on, remember?

Just leave.

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Re: Microsoft are in the mobile phone business?

Discredited almost immediately.

For reference, since "Bob Vistakin" loves this one, the Bing Toolbar - not Bing, not IE - sends URLs to Bing for analysis. Bing can then reproduce those results. In other words, it works exactly the same way as the, er, Google toolbar.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

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Will it? What will you be developing?

"linux skills" is so nebulous a term as to be effectively meaningless, is the problem. Do they want you to write device drivers or do they need you to install Hadoop or manage an LDAP server? I keep getting sent emails asking me to go back to working on embedded linux for the building industry - sorry, not going to happen because the skills involved -although moderately well-paid (less than £55 though, by a long shot) are a long way from my skillset gained while working on RF base station firmware and that was 10 years ago. I've been doing other stuff since then.

There is literally SO MUCH other stuff that the odds on finding a job doing exactly what you do are minimal and the odds on having the required experience for the big money are vanishingly remote.

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Android 4.2.2 slides up skirt slightly, reveals a slip of fishnet

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Re: 4 comments so far...

wasn't me.

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Re: 4 comments so far...

I can't see that working out well under Android.

"The radio is unusuable. Too many processes in this house - switch off the washing machine, somebody. And the central heating/"

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Microsoft exec: No 'Plan B' despite mobile stumbles

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"They are not usable on the lap" - endless youtube videos of people using a surface on their lap say you are wrong.

Not that this will stop you from continuing to make this claim.

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Re: Microsoft isn't Apple...

Personally, I reckon a smart move would be to bundle a dev unlock with XBox Live Gold.

That way you'd get people interested in games able to write and sell code. And games really sell.

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Nokia's Elopocalypse two years on: Has Microsoft kept its side of the bargain?

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Re: Welcome to the Muppet Show

you are not as technical

Jesus, son. Get over yourself. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. You don't know me and you don't what I do. And I never see anything technical from you. Just product evangelism. You're like the Barry Scott of linux, if Barry Scott kept busting in on everyone else's ads too.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: Making me sure to turn "auto updates" off then

I thought that, and had despaired of protecting my mum from this nonsense - she can't seem to keep using Firefox no matter how many times I install it and Chrome just sends all your traffic to Google so fuck that - but then I was lucky enough to discover Tracking Protection Lists.

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/p3p/Default.html

Throw EasyList and Fanboy's List on there and it's like you just put AdBlock on IE.

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Former co-CEO Balsillie has cashed out all his BlackBerry stock

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Re: same difference?

Precisely. He's only got one stomach and only one cock and there's a limit to how much he can do for either of them.

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