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There's something terribly Arthur Dent-like about this situation.
"Could we, for a moment, assume that my client is still securely locked in the embassy, so that it won't make any difference to you if we nip across to the pub for a pint and a quick fumble with the barmaid".
It may be portable, but £170 will be an insurmountable hurdle. From the description of the sound quality and issues with the app I was expecting £40-£50. Maybe that's unreasonable, but I can't imagine there being much take up at that price.
I was very tempted by the 808 back at the beginning of the year when I replaced my phone. What killed it for me was the poor screen res and sheer bulk of the thing - a smartphone is more than just a camera that can be used to make calls. The new top-end Nokias are too bulky and too expensive to compete (interesting at £320, not at £520) again regardless of how good the camera might be.
Much more likely it's Hollywood going after The Piratebay.
People have been noticing this kind of thing for quite some time. In the late 90s there were studies performed at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen (Skakkabaek and Andersson - I'm too lazy to look up the references) showing that sperm levels in healthy males had fallen over the last 50 years.
Always wear a lab coat when handling clinical samples.
Interesting comments - I'm looking for a new phone right now to replace my 'vintage' Desire. I've tried quite a few phones and current fave is the Razr i that the reviewer kept mentioning: great battery life, small enough to fit a pocket despite a 4.3" screen and it feels really well made.
But at the same time I'm really tempted by a WinPho8 device. The interface just seems so much cleaner, more intuitive, obvious and most importantly, easy to use. It seems like an interface designed for a touch screen, rather than a desktop system ported to a phone.
"MTP's big disadvantage is Mac OSX doesn't support it, which is slightly annoying but then probably a minority of users."
My contract is up tomorrow, and I'm on the verge of selecting a new phone. Presently a Mac user, though for how long is not certain, but I think this has just killed this phone for me.
Will BB's natural target market - the workforce - be big enough now to save the company? Now you can bring your own devices to work it may not be enough.
Sounds good though.
Unfortunately most of these comments only illustrate that many don't feel adequate unless they demonstrate themselves superior to another human being.
The list isn't bad, although it's likely many will have already come bundled with the distro we've downloaded and used, or have equivalents depending on the DE of choice. Good point about antivirus, even though we don't need it. Everyone who's been using Linux for a little while will have developed their own preferences for doing different things, but lists like this are useful for making one review the tools they use and maybe trying some new ones.
Nice that many of these are graphical front ends to command line tools too. I'd never want the command line to be lost, but equally I'd not want to use it in normal day to day operation; your preference may be different and that's fine too. I suspect many who use Linux these days do so because they wanted freedom from feeling like they were being told just how things were going to be, rather than for technical reasons or wishing to escape the evil GUI.
Love "the size of the hammer".
I've never been able to understand the attraction of 'free software' that is of no use. but that people install anyway.
I also had an 'interesting' time helping a young friend reinstall windows on a 3 week old Tosh laptop. Windows installed in about 35min, but the Tosh crapware took literally 2 1/2 hours. There was a 1 second opportunity to abort the crapware installation before it went right ahead and did it regardless of user wishes. It seems that almost everyone is trying to foist garbage on (L)users these days.
Re: Orange are the same
Yes they are. When that started off I thought it seemed pretty good, and the grey line at the bottom of the youtube screen showed that data was loading in OK, albeit slowly. This is just what I see with my Orange connection, and frequently get buffering issues with youtube. I had assumed it to be a YT problem because it doesn't usually happen with Vimeo, but that may not be the case.
Rants can be good
I quite appreciate some of the reviews where the reviewer has been frustrated by a device and shows it quite openly instead of providing a bland, fact laden description - the Kindle Fire HD being the latest example I've seen. This gives a glimpse of 'real world' usage instead of regurgitating Which? magazine. Having said that, some hard numbers and performance comparisons ARE essential too.
Overall I like reg reviews, and have certainly found them useful.
95% of the increased data = junk
Glad I'm not the only one who thought this. Outside of facebook, twatter and instagram there are still people doing real work, creating documents and spreadsheets with value who need a proper 'office' environment. By all means create some kind of cut down integrated word processing arrangement for those with nothing to do, but leave the productive office suite alone.
These comments are funny, though a little sad. I wonder which of the Astra drivers reviewing cars from their desks have ever sat in the '98 version or will sit in (let alone drive) one of these.
I like the look of this one, and it's a car that I feel I could drive without embarrassment, where as the last one was so obviously a womans car. As for heritage, this one definitely has an early Porsche look to it, where as the older 'new' beetle was much more faithful to the later versions of the original beetle.
Thank goodness for cars that aren't all identical tin jelly moulds, painted silver and grey.
GO! seems most appropriate for a car review.
At least they're only asking £650 instead of £950 for a machine of this spec. I'd still like to see a better res screen, so 1440 X 900 or 1440 X 1024 as alluded to above for that T43. This is a lot better than a budget £400 jobbie, even if they've saved money by using lower cost materials. By the time it reaches ebuyer I'd hope it will come come in sub £600. I could be seriously tempted for one as a replacement for this 4 YO Macbook.
Now that Apple's 13" Macbook will be about £1500 I suspect there will be more interest in the ultrabook market - if they can contain price growth and fit decent screens.
"“It is already extremely compelling for many customers to choose a tablet, in particular an iPad, over a PC,” he said. “When you look at the PC market, there is an enormous opportunity for Apple there.”"
No. But there could be compelling reasons why someone might choose a tablet format over a netbook, particularly if they write little and consume media in places where they would not naturally sit upright. An iPad (or other tablet) is not real competition for a PC because those devices have larger screens, better interfaces for control and input and may be connected to a greater range of peripherals.
Jacket pocket, because he should be looking for a clue.
I had always assumed the logo was deliberately chosen to resonate with the image of acquiring forbidden knowledge in Genesis. It would be something of a leap to view it as anti-Christian, although some will consider the use of religious symbology by anyone other than themselves 'blasphemy'.
As for those protesting about the use of a crucifix, you're coming off just like the very people you object to.
Another one bites the dust.
Or at least it will with that screen res.
I don't understand why we are still seeing 'ultrabooks' with this screen size. It simply doesn't fit the target market, and is wasting good development money.
People seldom like to learn to use new interfaces/desktops when the old familiar way to work is available to them. Remember the pain of migrating from W98 to 2000, of 2000 to XP? Ditto different versions of office etc. If you're a windows user, try working with OSX & vice versa. Very quickly you want to switch back to the old and familiar- the system you've developed workarounds for that are instinctive instead or awkward.
This isn't like the good old/bad old days where each iteration of OS brought useful new features & functions, nor is it a desperate fix for an OS that's somewhat broken. So to me, if 25% of new users actually favour W8 over W7 I'd say that's a pretty good sign. Hope there aren't a huge pile of screw-ups under the covers, just waiting to crawl out as soon at it gets mass release.
In my coat pocket, looking for a reason to upgrade.
With a screen res of 1366X768 it's another junk consumer laptop in an expensive ali shell.
There's a reason ultrabooks simply won't sell, and the screen is pretty much it. Windows 7 can't cope with a 1080P 13" screen and no business user with any respect (target market) wants that stupid consumer-res 16X9 screen. As Dave said above, 1280X800 is better for real work. I could probably use this lappy since I normally use a 1920 X 1200 external monitor, but when I'm working away every last pixel on height helps.
When WILL they learn?
If the HD+ is rootable then that would be serious iPad competition.
For those who view KOBO as competition for Amazon, we have a Touch, and it is often painfully slow and with the latest software 'updates' inclined to freeze randomly. Compared side by side in a store, the basic kindle and the touch seem to perform similarly, but out in the real world (after adding books and being forcibly ugraded) there is no comparison.
"the paper lost £54m last year - or £150,000 a day."
Well that's a good thing, because at least in a couple of years their business can shut down and stop pretending to contribute to society.
"It features a 14in, 1366 x 768 display"
What's that smell? It is the scent of failure.
Do they have fanboi detection built in before deciding to help you?
I bought a new Unibody Macbook end Dec 2008, and within a couple of months the mini-display port system for driving an external monitor failed. I took it to a genius bar and not only they would not accept there was a problem, but I was told that if they sent it away for 'testing' and nothing was found wrong then I would be charged. Despite paying £300 for an additional 2 years applecare. The problem was well known by the time I got there, the apple forums being full of others with similar problems.
It came back with a replacement Mobo.
Do they have some secret means of testing whether you're a fanboi before giving you this 'exemplary service' that some seem to get?
This helps explain why, when I took a 3 month old semi-functional Macbook to the 'genius' he was completely unable to acknowledge that it didn't work properly or was faulty, but instead would only send it away for investigation (if I was willing to pay if there was nothing found to be wrong, even though it also had applecare). And yes, other companies will do this sort of thing too (ever had a telesales call?).
"The high prices haven’t helped, of course, and there also seems to be some evidence that many people are turned off by the relatively small 13in screens"
That's completely face backwards. Likely customers of ultrabooks want a 13" screen with good vertical resolution - ideally 1440X900 until screen resolution management has been sorted out in Windows, and can cope with higher resolutions without munging text and icons. This device is exactly wrong, and convinces me that there is a mountain of old 1366X768 that they must use up before modernising their designs.
"Software, film and music distribution on CDs and DVDs is waning in favour of downloading across the Internet"
Not yet outside of America. Maybe 5 years for blighty and a bit more for a lot of Europe, but certainly not yet.
While it's no excuse to be smug, how can anyone who is familiar with computers possibly rely on the 'cloud' for backup.
I was thinking this might be my Macbook replacement, right up until I saw the screen res.
That's a complete fail. Sorry, HP. It was excusable (though poor) to launch such a machine 12 months ago, but now that is completely unacceptable at this price point. Did you guys buy a job lot of 20 million lousy screens, because everyone seems to be fitting them laptops at almost every price point without thinking twice. I'd rather you didn't bother with the token SSD, just saving money by using an HDD that could be swapped out later than saddle an otherwise viable machine with a weakness that can't be upgraded.
I rather like it.
I like the plain colours, simple open text, the lack of fussy, mungy gradient fills that makes Office 2010 and W7 blur into a sea of vague pastel colors. I like the return to something a little more like windows classic and the feeling that the software is there to be used instead of trying to hide stuff.
The downside? Sure it's trying to be as incompatible with OSS as possible and may attempt to tie me into the cloud/social networks, but it actually looks vastly better than anything I've seen since Office 2003. And I'll happily use it alongside Libre Office.
Useful review, thanks.
My HTC desire will get replaced at the end of the year. I'd like any new phone to not be too large, have great call quality, work well with GPS (to stop Endomondo glitching) not run out of memory all the time and have a decent screen for viewing data and contacts. This *sounds* like it will manage all those things much better than the current and many similarly priced phones out there. Maybe they just designed a phone for me and people like me?
For the 14" model £1079 does not = $1100. It's still too expensive, and isn't competitive with Apple - these need to be £800 tops for the base version and no more than £900 with 256Gb SSD.
Looks like the ultrabook market isn't growing again this year unless someone can break the pricing trend.
I have a 3 1/2 YO unibody Macbook, and would love to have bought a new 'ultrabook' type laptop, but for the silly prices and especially, lousy screen resolutions. I have absolutely no love for Apple, but this could be one thing that would actually convince me to consider one of their machines again.
I can't believe that the other PC makers have missed the boat so badly in this area of development. Is Apple really the only company that can innovate even a little?
"Apple's next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 6, will include oh-so-cute 'n' cuddly gay and lesbian emoji couples for your texting and emailing enjoyment.
Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Why, if there's nothing wrong with that, do people seem to need to reiterate it?
Probably the biggest single weakness with virtually all the true ultrabooks I've seen reviewed so far is inappropriate screen resolution - basically using cheap consumer panels at 1366X768. These machines would be bought by people in the business sector - like me - who want something small and light to travel and work with, and for whom a wide screen is a significant disadvantage. The (3 1/2 year old) Macbook I'm using right now runs 1280 X 800, which is better for viewing documents. Ideally one would have something like 1440 X 900 in a panel to fit a 13" size body shell in a 'premium' PC product.
Sherlock, because the makers don't seem to have a clue about this.
This is interesting in the light of today's DM (supplied FOC as light entertainment in our communal coffee room) which is full of tits and bums in a way that exceeds the usual levels of hypocrisy.
I don't know what she saw on pornhub, but if the comparison was with a bit of 1980s playboy then it's hardly surprising she was shocked. While I'm hardly a connoisseur of net porn, what I have seen has convinced me that it's gone way beyond any normal, healthy expression of sexuality, while at the same time becoming (in the main) tediously formulaic. If it were not for the fact it took away personal liberty, I'd be in favour of net filtering, simply because it might release people who were unable to recognise the garbage they were consuming for what it is.
OK, flame away.
Well the Kobo touch seems to work very well, and for slightly less money than the non-touch kindle.
I understand from the conversation I had in Smiths that e-books should also be available from lending libraries, though how this works I haven't investigated yet. The main reason for us to buy something like this is to travel as light as possible, and 100g or so of Kobo is much more luggable than half a kilo of more of paperbacks.
Hunting through my jacket to find where I left it last.