441 posts • joined Friday 8th January 2010 13:35 GMT
Me I'm just weird.......
Have tried iOS and didn't like it much and with the faffing about with iTunes got really bored fast.
So I have tried a series of Android phones, Nexus 4, Note II, HTC One X, Motorola Defy, plus a couple of others.
The only one I liked was the Nexus 4 but I then tried a Nokia Lumia 820 and was converted as far as a phone was concerned, it is just so nice and smooth and easy.....
Due to heart problems I also need a backup on another network just in case so have gone for the best possible option to combine with a windows phone. An Asus Fonepad, as a tablet its really nice, the extra stuff on it is nice also as is the UI. It is also a phone so my backup if needed.
So yes I'm weird, I got bored with iOS and hated all the bloat on Android on a phone, windows has sorted that as it has the apps I want and need. For all the rest my 7 inch tablet with built in 3G does it all the best of all options for me.
Well I have owned one
for the past week as a backup to my Galaxy Note 2 (Had a heart attack 3 months ago so want a backup phone on a different network just in case)
My experience of it is that as a basic smartphone its very nice and once you get used to windows phone 8 it turns out to be a nice OS to use for the basics like phone, SMS, browser etc.
This has taken me to the point where I would seriously consider going for a top end windows phone, most likely the Nokia 920 or similar next time.
OK theres not that many apps, and you can't set the OS UI like you can with android, but then again its a phone and I have my tablets (Nexus 7 & Galaxy Note 10.1) for that....
Got a family member like your mum etc who is not yet trained on phone OS like Android ? Well I would go for this instead of a very expensive iPhone any day.
ITV Live stream is a joke.....
I have a 60 Meg VM sub and the quality on tvcatchup whilst not being the best is mile ahead of ITV, if ITV want me to strem from them then at least do better than the crap quality streamed now.
Re: Me Too
Um this is a story on the broadband (cable) network not the mobile one.
As to the problems I still get buffering on BBC iPlayer and live TV and very "blocky" images but using Unblock-US I can stream HD from Netflix in the USA without a problem any time.
As I have a 60 Meg line I would expect BBC to not buffer whether using VM's DNS or a Canadian one.
If Samsung can release a smaller / lesser S3 and call it a mini then I agree an iphone mini is very possible but I expect it to be advertised as a device aimed at the third world eveb though it will also sale in the first.....
They may not sale it in some countries such as America due to the market share / profits there and delay release to the UK etc.
Re: I can't see it...
Must agree, its not like they would ever produce and sale a cut down lower cost version of an ipod and call it an ipod nano is it.....
I would like to now say they will produce a cut down version of the iphone with older components aimed mainly at the emerging third world markets.
Jut a tip if you get one
The article says about network drops borking streaming.
Most of this is down to pluging the dongle for keyboard etc into the unit, use a powered usb hub and plug everything into that, it solves the need for using the charger plus you can have a mouse, keyboard and remote all vailable to you.
Am using the MK809 myself and opnce you upgrade the firmware to stock android its a great device for everything I throw at it, it even does 3D.......
If I had broken in
I would have taken the Apple kit as well, easy to sale on ebay for a good price.
After all 5 ipads among hundreds won't stand out but a couple of surface tablets on ebay would be a red flag to anyone, after all they only sold half a dozen or so,
Re: Apple FRAND Licensing
Its not Google but Motorola who Apple were taking to court,
And its because they didn't like the terms Motorola were demanding so took them to court on the dasis the terms weren't FRAND at all.
This case should heve settled it once and for all but Apple decided that thay wouldn't accept the court decision if it wasn't in their favour. However they are still selling goods and not paying for the patents so could end up with a low fee per unit and a big fine for refusal to pay up to now whilst fighting for a refund. Its not like they don't have the cash to spare......
Hold it on one side to use ike you would a tablet and each time you touch etc it moves.
Multi touch will be a real pain, what flexible screens need for use other than looking at are rigidity.
Obviously got it wrong
I mean, where's the canals ?
Even at the scale shown we should be able to see them.......
Software built into hardware should be patentable ie BIOS and such
Software that is built into the OS or required for a function should be patentable if it is unique and new ie protocols such as Ethernet and video codecs
All others should only be copyrightable ie a copyright on slide to unlock and a max fee chargeable as being standard ie all copyrightable items available for a fixed fee of say $1 for a large block with some being able to be withheld such as the look and feel of the UI, ie Apple UI can not be copied but similar is allowed, after all a copyright on a book about Wizards doesn't stop others writing about wizards but it does stop them stealing Harry Potter as a character to use in their book.
"In mid-December, Google was told by Almunia's office that it must convince its rivals that it competes fairly in the web search market or else face sanctions for alleged "abuse of dominance".
Google was given a month to come up with a solution to complaints that it favours its own services over its competitors' products in web search results. Google could be fined $4bn - 10 per cent of its revenue - if no deal can be reached and it loses a subsequent legal battle with the European Commission. ®"
So Google must convince MS etc that search results are fair or they could be fined ? Thats totally stupid, they should only need to show the EU Commission that they are not breaking any rules/laws with their results not have the compition have any input to the outcome. MS etc can of course and will have submited evidence and opinion already but its not their place to decide if the outcome is right.
And why is it such a bad/shocking thing that a search engine by a company shows results with their own products first ? They are most likely the ones with the most clicks from the search anyway......
Analyst looks at XP upgrades to windows 7 in business's...........
Forecasts increase in spending shock.........
Who here couldn't have predicted new hardware for new OS etc and an increase in spending this year over last with XP support stopping.......
Wonder how many tens of thousands they spent researching it to come to this shock outcome.....
It could be that Apple are redoing the UI so it can do widgets, live data in tiles, live wallpaper etc etc
These will of course be completely new and patentable just like page turns in books.........
Move along non fanbois once agin there is nothing new to see here just the same old same old redone in a slightly different way with Bing and Facebook doing it all for you.......
Now we just need VAT to be removed like the paper versions and prices can be fair between the two formats.
Its crazy that its cheaper to buy a solid book and get it delivered than a digital one.
BB are increasing users world wide, especially in second world economies, BB 10 looks like it could be a game changer purely as it looks like nothing before and is designed from the bottom up for comunication.
Win P 8 is a dead duck unless enterprises decide its the one to use the same as Win 7 is now and XP was simply down to lower costs than changing to another OS.
Oh and RIM should be dropped from the language as they are calling themselves BB now and even their business cards don't mention RIM any more.....
Ordered a 16 GB at 17:05, delivery 3-5 days
Then ordered an 8 GB at 17:07, delivery 3-5 days
Will wait to see but hope for both by mid next week or I will be chasing them for a refund on shipping due to lateness.....
Oh Woop De Doo
Lovefilm is a total waste of time on mobile if you have android, I don't know what Amazon have been thinking not realesing an app for it, I have Netflix simply because I can watch on the tv, then continue where I left off on my talet or phone, lovefilm, just a crappy android app to try to book DVD's / Blu Rays.
What Amazon should do is to do a bundle with Amazon Prime and Lovefilm on Android for a reasonable amount per annum of say £100 and I would switch.
Surface Pro at those prices............
Factor in VAT and forget it. thats around £1200
I could buy an i5 touchscreen laptop and a Nexus 10 for a lot less than the surface will go for.
Any Office work can be done on the Laptop and an app used to view files on the tablet.
Add Google drive for syncing files and there is no use for the surface
Re: More fake numbers by Google....
Oh dear, you poor soul, don't you know that most android tablets are enabled to access the google play store the same way as the android phones are, Its dead easy from that to work out for google, go to your play store account and it even tells you what brand and model of tablet you have.
As to usage it would be useful to also know what phone people have and what the usage on that is. total mobile usage per person rather than device is more useful to know.
ipad 4 only one worth buying ? God are you biased and deluded, there are many other choices right down to the blackberry playbook at current price, its all down to what you are going to use it for, and for the vast majority of people who buy an ipad an android would do just as well unless they already have loads of apps and content on itunes.
In fact the only reasons to buy apple over android are the following 3, first the UI is the one you prefer, second you have loads of itunes content already and don't know how to access it from other devices and thirdly you just prefer the feel of the tablet in your hand. Several people I work with have ebayed their ipads and gone android recently and are more than happy.
OK El Reg time for you to apply for a patent....
"Apple, as is traditional in such cases, has yet to comment. ® "
It could soon be a classic now Steve Jobs has gone and Apple struggles to reallign itself internally
"Charts using IDC numbers show how Android devices will comprehensively dominate the market by 2016"
Don't they already dominate it in the phone area and even if you add in tablets then Android sale many more than Apple etc.....
Anyone who has tried the Facebook app on android and idevice knows the idevice one is much better and just shows how Facebook have ignored android up to now......
Buy an Android for each employee who works on coding etc for business use and ban others from work for a month and you will see a new and better app on android, otherwise they just won't know how bad it is and will suffer from people using other apps instead and lose out on the ad money etc.
I bet if you checked you will find almost all these also have televisions in the home
Plus other tech such as hifi's, lightbulbs, cookers and god forbid a vacuum cleaner.
Its not tech thats the problem but how some pervey bastards use it.
The Big News..............
Martian Bunnies have 6 legs.........
I would say my jaw dropped when I read this, but I realised it was someone elses......
Its simple really
Intel are pretty safe until MS produce their next OS, if that is a full version of windows that both consumers and exterprise want to use and also runs on either Arm or x86 then they are in big trouble as by 2014 when they catch up with where Arm are now they will still be 18 months behind and producing more expensive chips.
This is even more so if Arm get a real hold on server / big data storage systems.
Intel need to cut back on x86 research and really go full on for Arm if they want to have a product that will sale in the future as a full fat windows that works on Arm will be a cheaper option than the Intel one when upgrading the hardware.
The most stupid and biased thing of all.....
"Judge Koh, also presiding over this suit, issued a preliminary injunction against sales of the Nexus, but the Court of Appeals overturned the ban in October."
So basically the judge has presumed Apple will win the case and therefore "issued a preliminary injunction".
In the world of mobile an injunction on a product with the trial being at least 9 months away is as good as a perminent ban, the phone would likely be updated or replaced with a new model not long after with no way od knowing how many could have sold and what compensation should be for lost sales.
It would be better to leave the product up for sale but for each one sold a set amount to be lodged with the court to cover any fines, this could have the dual benifit of a correct fine for number sold or the defendant on winning getting all the sales it would have.
Secondly with sucha long time from going to the court and the trial starting then all patants that are not accepted as standards within the industry, ie a patent on say jpegs, should be tested to ensure they are valid and at that point the trial date to be set.
Finally at least Android is not being added as that would be the most crazy thing of all, Apple if they had won on Android would have won against everyone who uses it without having to face Google directly. If they want to try to attack Android they should do so against either Google themselves or against motorola which is the same thing.
What makes it even worst is
If I try to watch something from BBC iPlayer it buffers and shows really bad pixelation.
I then enable Unblock-US VPN service and go for Netflix USA (or any other country) or Youtube etc and get perfect HD streaming no problem.
This is really crazy and means that to watch iPlayer I have to use my 3G broadband connection to get a good picture and no buffering.
VM really need to sort this out or they will lose a lot of people to other services. Thankfully I have not been inconvenienced enough to want to switch but if I do start to see buffering I will deffinately go elsewhere.
Please god no...........
Why would I want an OS that means I have to have office, facebook, twitter et al built in and using resources whe I never use those programs on my PC's.
I use Docs for all i need to do at home so keep this b;loat away from me.
This is only an acceptable choice for an "Enterprise" version of windows with it all built in and set to run as a VM on some server and dumb terminals on desks etc. Would also mean BYOD for all would be simpler and safer.
A couple I'd like
An Ostrich with its head buried in the sand
A pile of poo with steam and a fly abouve it
We also need something for patents.
How about the poo sitting on a patent application.....
Re: OK so you agree with the analyst then.........
No problem, I call them anal-lysts.
And I would say about as realistic as any forecast from the Met Office for more than 3 days.........
BTW The Bros Grim were always a bit surprised that their Fairy Tales outsold all their other books by such a large amount.....;-)
OK so you agree with the analyst then.........
As the brothers grim also wrote and published a German Dictionary and a History of the German Language among others about literary history.....
Did the writer actually do any checking before writing ?
Quote.....Then again, with civil servants now realising BlackBerry handsets are uncool and many loyal fans upset over RIM's enthusiastic embrace of the touchscreen, the long-awaited BB10 reveal could turn out to be an anti-climax
If you check you will find that the two devices being released are one touchscreen and one with keyboard still.....
"Given the general dropping sales in the PC business coupled with Microsoft’s relatively small inventory of Surface machines, it’ll be interesting to see IF Surface can hit Microsoft’s million milestone. "
There, fixed the last line for you.
It was obvious from the start that unless MS released the RT at the rumored $199 price pointthen it would be a big fail.
No-one will buy a tablet that is the same price as an ipad unless they are specifically looking to buy it for the OS.
A top end transformer or Samsung can sale as people want android not iOS and the best hardware with it on, otherwise they pay the same and buy an ipad. If this had come out at the $199 range even if an extra $50 for the special keyboard then it would have sold as can be seen by how many here said they would get won at that price.
MS once again have misread the market and realeased something that is overpriced for what it is but unusually lacking in features whereas other software like say word is packed with them that most people never even know about lat alone use.
Not just direct
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/25-voucher-for-early-nexus-7-adopters-asus-1359385#comments shows lots getting asked for proof of purchase even if bought from Tesco's etc.
"Not that all publicity is good: on Wednesday an analysts from Pacific Crest Securities said the new OS might be "dead on arrival", prompting an 8 per cent drop in RIM shares, and some damage limitation from the company."
As with all these anal-lysts if they were so clever and knew what they were talking about that they were right more often than not they would have made a private fortune and not have to work for a living, yet still idiots listen to them and drop or boost the share price of a company on an opinion......
Lets start another section in the "against the walll" book, right after the section for patent lawyers we put the anal-lysts .
As to the story, well done to RIM for showing once again they are better than all the rest at somes things and so will remain the number one choice for certain groups even if it is you James Bond types rather than you or me.
I think its safe to say they made more than £368m on the sales of Mac computers, iPhones, iPods and iPads.
Then again its the profits from around a couple of million sales if I remember the cost to make v sales price of an ipad
STOP THEM NOW
Or before the seas raise due to global warming they will have taken over the world and it will be Planet Of The Apes all over again.....
Theres not enough Windows Phone lovers to deserve a nickname let alone such a poor one.
Anyway WinDozers as in taking a nap would be better
Biggest mistake made by MS.
They should have done what Apple did and have 2 OS's, one for computers ie desktop and laptop with optional touch built in and one for protables ie phone and tablet.
That way we would have a proper start system on computers and there would be a proper OS that is written purely for mobile devices and therefore runs faster with less on the hardware side.
That way developers could work on either 1 or both system like they do with Apple OS's and get stuck with the mess they have with windows. It would then have been easy to cut down silverlight etc to purely whats needed for mobile and rename it for that purpose.
"In an unsurprising vote of confidence in his own company and its latest product, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer predicts that Windows Phone 8 will create a strong third player in the mobile market and sell quickly."
Thats right Steve, we need a third player as theres only 2 now, iOS & Android......
Oh wait a moment, forgot blackberry........and Symbian........oh an those others like Baidu and whatever else the Chinese come up with.
Oh sorry you meant Smart Phones. Well ok then theres iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, WinPhone 7.7, etc etc. Get in line and pray you can get to number 3 before BB10 which I am sure will be better and sale more than Windows Phone 8................
Think you missed something
[QUOTE]One thing Windows Phone 8 early adopters may already be noticing about Microsoft's new operating system is that unlike Android and iOS, there's no notification centre.
Well turns out it's not a deliberate omission. It was meant to have one – Microsoft just didn't get it finished in time.
Let's face it: it's virtually unheard of for any great endeavour – be it Windows Phone 8, the Olympic Stadium or the lifesaving kebab you'll be scarfing down while staggering home later this evening – to arrive ahead of schedule. It's just how these things go.....................................[/QUOTE]
Just move the I.........
And call it the Phone-i pronounced Phoney......
Apple to court
In best Violet Elizabeth voice "Make Mororola give it to me on my terms or I'll thcream and thcream 'till I'm thick".
Court to Apple "Of cource we will my dear" turns to Google (Just William) "All right you orrible little man give her what she wants, and don't you dare think of doing anything evil like appealing, couse you arn't and she is"......
Its simple and could be sorted in a few hours.
Ask Samsung and Motorola what value others are paying for these patents.
ie is it valued at 50 cents, $1 $01 etc when deals are done between themsleves and all those who already pay them or have a deal with them.
Then compare what they are asking MS / Apple to pay, if its close then its ok under frand, if not then they are guilty of breaking the agreements and should be punished.
Lets save some time and just do it that way rather and spending millions allowing MS & Apple to continue selling stuff without paying for patents or for them to get fair deals and get on with business.
As to Apple/MS deal it should be investigated by the FTC as it looks a bit like a cartel against Google and Android.