495 posts • joined Wednesday 20th April 2011 04:58 GMT
Re: now the phone will actually be able to tell you that you're holding it wrong
These are the kinds of advances Crapple and Microcruft are aiming for these days: self serving.
And Greedle is following right along, with their forced exclusion of Micro SD card slots from Nexus devices in order to force you into their cloud.
More people should vote with their dollars for Ubuntu phones, to show these corporate slime bags they can't get away with everything.
Re: Am I misunderstanding?
A concave display (old Samsung Nexus) has the following advantages:
1) decreased reflections.
2) decreased chance to get scratched over most of its surface.
For A convex display (new iPhone), I can only think of disadvantages at the moment:
1) a large increase in reflections, like a fish eye, it'll pick up freakin everything
2) increased chance of collecting scratches over all of its surface. (hence Apple's new plant for synthetic sapphire glass)
If someone can think of ANY advantage for a convex display, please do tell!
The amount of beating HTC gets from the media is bordering on suspicious..
I think they pissed off the wrong American Oligarch at some point and now the press has it in for them.
Re: Good news....
"mired in complaints from manufacturers who are more than capable of filibustering any amendments to existing laws out of, er, existence."
Now why is it, that lowly gizmo manufacturers would be able to flaunt or derail the rule of law? Is that fascism I smell seeping over from the Oligarchy of the United - err Corporate States of America?
Microsoft shells out cash big time to get press...
...that much is known. The new way to deliver Spam without using a traditional botnet.
Sad that The Reg keeps sending out extraordinary amounts of Shilling articles in their news letters. I would have unsubscribed by now if I didn't know that the rest of the media is just as bad or worse.
They all want to survive and keep their overhead covered. Ok, but its still really annoying! Please don't be a corporate press release relay station.
Some critical thinking in your articles is absolutely required.
You call the tablets with the worst iFixIt scores 'the best'...?
Perfect member of our cancerous 'growth forever' throw-away society?
"That fits in skinny jeans, yes"
pfft that's a laughable argument, I can fit a Galaxy Note in skinny jeans, even in the front pockets...
And no, I don't have some giant jeans size, I think 32 is pretty close to average or somewhat below.
Re: Here we go again
"As a proxy for market share the mobile browser usage as tracked by Akamai has Windows Phone consistently at less than 1 %."
The actual share of Windphones could be somewhat higher, if you consider that only the very simple minded or senile would end up owning one, after getting bamboozled by some retarded advertising flash.
Many of them would likely be unaware of the internet, let alone be able to brave the complexity of browsing it.
"So in your head downvoting anyone who likes a product simply because the company that made it were once dicks and you don't like them....isn't OTT?"
What do you mean "were once dicks"..?
They've been dicks consistently throughout their entire existence! They are now greater dicks than ever...
Products and product changes without regard for customer needs but just to satisfy their self-serving corporate strategy of copying Apple's walled garden with endless tollbooths in a drive to start clipping your wallet on a monthly basis.
I don't know who all those senile or demented people are that don't even have family to warn them against Microsoft.
But the truth is, we need Microcruft in the mobile space just to keep Google honest. Too bad about the poor sods making the big sacrifice and end up with those crummy windphone mobes.
Dual boot is indeed a good option for a phone, just like it is for any computer.
Of course the interesting smartphone options would be Android / Ubuntu and not the crippled, locked down windows phone.
If you could alternatively boot Ubuntu, you'd have access to a real desktop OS, you can use either in a pinch or when you have your smart mobe hooked up to an external display.
I've been a loyal Samsung Customer, and I was planning to buy a Note III right after launch.
If this is really SIM locked by region, I will recommend against Samsung to every friend, family and collegues I know.
I might even produce a call for a general Samsung boycott on the internet!
Re: Told ya so...
The 5C looks more cheesy than any other phone in memeory. Even those plastic bar Windphones from Nokia looked better.
Not to mention that several Chines companies make rather elegant looking Smartphones with high quality materials.
Trying too hard to keep a distance between the 5S and the 5C, but not nearly enough of a distance in price, this shouldn't surprise anybody at Apple.
Re: Orlowsky''s well known...
You are absolutely correct.
Elop's "mistakes" were just too impossibly unlikely for anyone with half a brain. It was too obviously on purpose to announce all existing products as dead, without having any new products to sell for two years.
I hope this conspiracy will be cleared up by the Finnish authorities and the parties involved will serve long jail sentences.
And this meandering article is so full of slant, at the same time panning Android as it is subtly shilling for Microsoft.
I've tried iOS, Windphone, BB and Android and Android is hands down the best, when it comes to flexibility and the user being able to exert his will over how he wants things to work on the phone.
At the same time, I'm far from being a Google fan, I find it atrocious that they tell every manufacturer who wants to make a Nexus device that they have to make it without Micro-SD card slot in order to force people into the cloud. As expected, the more successful corporations get, the more asinine they get.
quoting the article: "It’s probably all for show as the S4 is not a tough phone by any stretch of the imagination"
I agree that the bumpers and pins are mostly show, but the S4's polycarbonate body is actually rather tough already in the regular version. Its won at least one abuse test over Apple's alu kit and various other phones.
Polycarbonate might be "plasticy" to you, and between your lines, its visible that you look down on plastic, but this particular type of plastic is not cheap and its very sturdy and handles abuse extremely well.
I agree with you, Antivirus outfits must be the seediest part of the software industry.
Aside from this, what's all this continuous BS about security?
I think corporate media is trying to convince us of this hardware security, which will only serve for OTHERS to have more control over what YOU do on YOUR computer.
The SO CALLED CHIP LEVEL SECURITY is nothing but a scam:
It starts with extra difficulty booting alternate operating systems and it ends with NSA trapdoors allowing them right from hardware to turn on your webcam, your microphone and dust off your hard drive whenever they feel like it.
Re: More Linux based fragmentation.
And you are... an anonymous shill for locked down operating systems that allow no variation?
Nobody ever bitched about the fragmentation of windows. That's not because nobody noticed, but because its simply not a problem.
But with phone operating systems, all sorts of people with an axe to grind come out of the woodworks bemoaning fragmentation.
In reality, they are either trying to malign something that's a thorn in their own cash flow, or they are simply against variety altogether, wanting to make everything identical, like communists are always accused of.
Really, beautiful mountain villages in Switzerland are also fragmented... the houses are all different shapes built at different times, and still it works just fine and looks beautiful too.
You could get rid of fragmentation by building a huge prison instead with one giant kitchen, one kind of food and cells that all have identical shapes.
So go cry some more about fragmentation, Darth Vader, NSA, Microcruft, Crapple
slightly retarded flamebait article penned by Gollum after loosing his ring?
I wonder how the math of this goes...
you pull 3 times as many customers off another brand, yet you loose market share, while the other brand makes a massive gains...?
Reality distortion field still in force, apparently - proving that the distortion didn't emanate from Jobs, but that Jobs emanated from the distortion field :D
Re: If I were to get a phone for my kid
My 3 year old has been using her mom's Motorola Defy since she was 2. She's learned spelling, numbers and is now using language teaching software on it. Since she figured out how to get out of Toddler-lock, she doesn't throw it anymore either. (good thing the Defy is milspec, it has survived many nasty spills, some against the wall, waving her arm and letting go)
We don't need to start it for her either, she turns on the phone and finds what she wants herself, including playback of video or audio she likes.
Its definitely useful to her, but one has to be watching their kids if they get overly attached to that, or if they continue to spend most of their time in the real world, like they should.
We do control what's on that device. No games, no internet. We want her to play games outside and in the real world... So far, so good...
I think that's an invalid trademark...
Both words are common dictionary words and are also commonly used together in all sorts of contexts.
Some lawyers are retarded, and so are some of the trademark office staff to let that slip through...
need a modernized version of the Matrix slider!
Maybe that could mesh with the star trek comms thingy...
Sony would be retarded to sell off 20% of its most profitable division whose future value is far more assured than a gadget business ever will be.
Why doesn't Loeb offer to buy 20% of Sony's TV business, maybe Sony's board would be more willing to talk about that :D
Loeb's suggestion is like this: Here, Sony, we'll help you out and buy a chunk of your most valuable assets so you can dump the money on the tricky parts of your business, where more money really isn't the deciding factor of success!
Go die in a Fire, Loeb!
Shooting themselves in the foot continuously...
Quoting the Article: "that Microsoft’s senior management are aware of this and are actively taking steps to compensate."
And look what they've been doing in their panic! Shooting themselves in the foot continuously...
Completely forgetting that you have to make products tasty to customers, rather than just dishing them out like slimy soup in a prison, to match their latest monthly twist in corporate strategy.
Without their actively taken steps of fear and greed, much damage to their finances and brand perception would have been prevented.
you wouldn't believe how hard it can be to get an original battery!
I was trying to buy a replacement for my wife's Motorola phone: I skipped ebay, expecting a high chance of counterfeit batteries and went to Amazon instead. (my worry was merely about poor performance, I hadn't really thought of explosions at the time ><)
I searched "MB525 original battery"
A load of adverts claiming to be original batteries popped up, strangely containing widely varying customer reviews. After quickly checking the overall ratio of 1 or 2 star reviews, I started reading, and a pretty high amount of reviews stated that there were indicators that the battery they received wasn't really original Motorola. Some of them were simply not recognized by their phones, refusing operation entirely.
I picked one of those sellers and sent an inquiry, if they could guarantee that the battery was not counterfeit... I haven't received a response yet, and I still don't have a battery ><
being p2p, could you back up to a friend's computer and vice versa?
There's that cloud backup software from Crashplan, which also happens to allow backup to your friends' computers, on some designated area of their hard drive, while they could back up some of their stuff to an equal area on your machine...
Just wondering if this would be able to do the same thing...
Biggest issue isn't mentioned...
All these articles critical about cloud storage being not as safe as you might like keep ignoring the biggest issue entirely.
Uncle Sam could declare martial law any day, and all your cloud data is hosed or at least inaccessible for an indefinite period of time, unless your data actually happens to reside outside of the U.S., which isn't very likely.
On another note, the NSA should start offering cloud storage. They are competent, have unlimited capacity, and could get all our data voluntarily, rather than having to steal it.
Sneaking a PC into the Mobile Phone market... been waiting for that...
If you look at their planned spec, then you know this isn't to outcheap anyone, its to give you a pocketable Linux computer.
4GB Ram, 128GB storage.
Hook up some wearable display tech to it, and you have a computer.
Re: Is this article just the result of being sloppy or is it a blatant shill?
I'm not talking about WD Red!
HGST Deskstar 5K4000 is still branded as a Hitachi drive, even though WD owns them, they operate as an 'independent' unit.
Is this article just the result of being sloppy or is it a blatant shill?
"Neither WD, nor its subsidiary HGST, nor Toshiba, have 4TB drives spinning in the 5.900rpm area in their product ranges."
HGST's has the 5K4000 model, which has better specs than Seagate's drive...
I have one here, it spins at 5,900 rpm and has 600,000 load cycles and 24/7 rating.
Re: here is an idea
A tiny cam w can clip to our hats, glasses, headphones, lapels etc.
You know you can drive a car over your regular galaxy S4 too.
And the active version you can drop into water or dust.
All without getting stuck with ugly stick "styling" and sub-par hardware
I guess here's a good reason to have your phone made from Plastic!
Plastic simply doesn't conduct electrical current
Poor review, full of holes where it matters!
So this review is ostensibly about running windows by way of boot camp, and all you did was cover installation and a couple of benchmarks?
You should have included the following:
- Battery life differences under windows
- fan noise differences under windows
- USB latency checker
- possible SSD upgrade issues (since you mention 128GB will be annoyingly cramped)
Further, you show your fanboi colors by claiming windows machines could only beat the macbook air on a single measure: price. This hasn't been true for a while now.
But Apple did land one coup with the 2013 refresh: an IRIS GPU toting haswell processor with immediate availability. Intel must have given Apple special treatment so as to avoid rushing Apple into the inevitable switch to their own silicon.
Asus, Samsung and Acer are still waiting for Haswell supply, while Sony and Apple are cleaning up the first wave of eager Haswell buyers.
Personally, I use CAD, so I'm waiting till Intel puts CrystalWell on an Ultrabook chip, which would improve performance much more than the 100Mhz clock speed increase between the HD-5000 and HD-5100 and without denting the TDP.
Its not the buying of an "actual camera' thats the problem, its carrying it around.
So now, if Nokia would just offer some choice in operating systems.
I'd happily take a Ubuntu version of this phone.
Monopoly abuser Microsoft with its straight jacket OS with the garishly colored tiles is just not an option.
Re: It is a marvel of modern technology...
For one thing, there is no reason to sponsor a known Monopoly abuser, who didn't spend a dime on fixing the glaring faults of WinCE for a decade, while they thought they had the market sewn up.
For another, you can't customize windphone to look and work the way you want. Its impossible to get rid of the garishly colored tiles, impossible to adapt the functionality.
And while some people say "its a phone" what apps could I possibly be missing" - a lot of the best apps on Android fix some annoyance with the phone, or with just about any detail you didn't like about Android. It can all be altered and mitigated. Not so with iron-fist Microsoft.
Microsoft actively prevents it and coders don't bother on that platform in the first place.
Re: Only a matter of time, and lack of protection.
These occasional battery explosions are just HAARP test runs for the eventual population reduction.
Once they are ready, they will ignite all phones remotely by bouncing high power radio waves off the stratosphere, igniting everybody's phones all at once.
They're just waiting for still higher market penetration in 3rd world countries.
If you had a burning phone in your back pocket, wouldn't you drop your pants in an instant?
Rather than hop up and down with your mouth open till your boss comes over and walks you to a bathroom in a nearby store???
Think about how long it takes to walk into a store and into the bathroom, not to mention whatever time it took for your boss to become alerted and walk over to grab you?
What would she have done if her boss didn't come? Just stand there and wait till she was ready for dinner?
I much prefer Hitachi's approach, but for other reasons than he mentioned
With a separate SSD and HDD, I can upgrade them independently.
Then I can throw out the "robust caching software" after upgrading the SSD part from say,30GB to 256GB like on the Asus UX32VD, and thus arrive at the true "optimal" solution of having an SSD for OS and Software and an HDD for data that doesn't get thrashed by Windows.
Asus and Gigabyte have shown that you can easily fit this type of combo into an Ultrabook, since mSata or M.2 flash drives are already being built in a form factor matching that of a gum stick.
This is my primary criterion for selecting an Ultrabook, right next to getting a high brightness IPS display.
I call BS! That kill switch is NOT against thieves...
The U.S. government simply wants to be able to remotely disable anybody's phone when they feel like it.
Got a whistle blower, a dissident? Shut down their phones remotely, and their phone based wallets along with it. It goes together perfectly with all their other recent fascist moves and new laws in the phony name of "security".
George Orwell, here we come, just 30 years later than you predicted.
Re: "ARM's TrustZone" - abuse of ENGLISH!
Abuse of ownership principle too and a free society too.
Sick of people trying to sell you something and then tell you what you can install on it, and ARM supporting this kind of anti democratic fascist idea.
Just a way to feed us more garbage
Another new way to get a media brainwash.
Anything, just so people won't wake up.
We'll sell it below cost, cause the cartel will reimburse us, so long as we can keep them dumb and too busy with pointless crap to notice what's really going on here.
quote: "I can safely say Mozilla's vision of a web-based mobile future isn't just appealing, it feels inevitable."
Always online is total loss of control over your device and the door opener to the orwellian nightmare.
I don't use a smartphone to be connected with everything and anything.
For me, its a tiny computer, which allows me to locally store a sizeable library of books and some music. I'm not talking about trash novels, but books containing actual knowledge on how to do things, how to build things, scientific research etc.
I go many places where internet is either unavailable or sketchy. Even if it is available, I have no desire to need to download my stuff from some server farm. It is far preferable to have things under your physical control. Everything else could be turned off or gone, due to war, someone calling out martial law, a hacked server, a lost password and an infinite number of other things.
My smartphone is nothing but a lightweight PC with bookshelf and stereo.
Making phone calls and getting online with it is ok, but far from the #1 concern. If I could get a Galaxy S4 with 1TB of storage instead of a cellular radio, I'd buy that.
how much of it..?
I'd like to plop the 960 GB version into my Samsung 730 ultrabook...
Probably won't fit, eh?
Re: NOW will you try Windows Phone 8?
M$ must have Nokia in some nasty exclusivity contract for Windphone making.
That's gotta be the only reason the board hasn't removed the sloppy Microsoft mole from his corner office.
Re: only managed to double what Apple sold in the first two days
Will be mildly interesting to see how Apple's new Galaxy S4 competitor does in this year's ever more saturated market...
Re: Torn between them all
There are some Android phone apps, that make the phone part dominant, has beautifully done large buttons for phone use and many options and styles...
Trying to remember the name maybe 'phone screen' or something like that...
Anyway, not too hard to make the surface of a flexible system less flexible (or twiddly).
The other way round is impossible, sadly
Re: Torn between them all
I have a Galaxy Note II... I never concerned myself with the disjointedness between Google's Android and Samsung's various overlays, ranging from mildly useful to just bloat.
You need need some personal power and enough will to take control of your device and banish anything you feel is disjointed or otherwise annoys you. Android allows this, unlike M$ or Apple! I recommend you download Nova Launcher for starters. Then the Iconpack Simple Text (for samsung the black version, cause using black backgrounds saves much battery on amoled displays)
Then just remove anything from your home screens you don't want or use. place widgets and icons for the stuff you do use, and you've made the device YOURS.
Now, if your complaint is too many menus, you kinda need menus anywhere you want to choose options and actions. You can't do without them on any phone or computer platform in existence. If the look of menus bothers you, I can only recommend to use widgets that allow you to set frequently accessed settings. But otherwise, you'll just have to live with it.
Personally, I find few applications have menus that are so badly done that they're worth a complaint. Those that are really that poor, just uninstall and get something else.
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