101 posts • joined 11 Jan 2012
Lack of true innovation? Are you for real? If anything Sony's problem is the opposite - they innovate first, then figure out afterwards who the hell is going to buy it (Tablet P anyone?).
And rubbish products? Take it you haven't used many recently then? The current W8 series Bravias, most of the Xperia range, the PS4, the new mirrorless cameras, all cracking products.
As a proud owner of a 2014 Bravia and several Xperias, I'd have to say Sony's update process is fine. We've had the telly for about 3 months now and had 4 updates, and I've lost count of the amount of updates they've pushed out to the Xperia Z. They tend to be a little behind Samsung on the phones, but as each update almost always bring new features (on top of what is in the Android upgrades), I'm fairly happy with that.
Typically when buying electronic devices I'll look at the Sony option first, then if thats no good look elsewhere, but this does mean I have quite a bit of Sony kit around the house. What has impressed me with them over the past 2 or 3 years, is how well it all hangs together. Want content from your phone on the TV? Easy. Want to play music from your phone on the PS3? Easy. Want to use a PS3 controller to play games on the phone? Easy. What's even more shocking to me, after years of Sony kit only playing nicely with other Sony kit, is how well it works with other brands as well. In fact the only brand it doesn't play nicely with is Apple, and that's nowt to do with Sony.....
Really hope Sony can turn it around and get back to close to where they were - they've done so many fantastic products over the years, and the current "big" electronics brands really don't blow my skirt up. Samsung and LG do fairly forgettable kit that seems inspired (read: copied) from what everyone else is doing, and any innovations they come up with on their own seem fairly pointless (curved TV screens - why why why), and Apple, well, they're Apple. OK Sony haven't been perfect over the years (the rootkit a subsidiary put on a CD without Sony's knowledge, the PSN thing), but I'd say the good far outweighs the bad.
Re: 'vaping' == drug paraphernalia
I sense much condescension and anger, let me guess - haven't had your morning coffee yet?
Purely anecdotally I know many people who have switched from tobacco to vaping, and all are finding health and financial benefits, and are all tobacco free. Unfortunately I still like to taste of a Marlboro Red too much, so am using a job that has a lot of international travel to buy them in countries where they are slightly more reasonable priced. I do have an e-cigs for times when smoking isn't possible/advisable (long haul flights, before customer rmeetings, when ill etc), and it certainly beats any of the NRT's available, I'd still rather have a cig however.
However banning them would be silly considering how helpful they are for people wanting to quit. The lack of tax and the possibility they are allowing the cake to be both possessed and consumed are factors here imo, not any spurious health dangers.
Re: we love ours
Not much to add to this other than you can add exceptions to Stamina Mode, so you can still get emails, WhatsApp etc. It does mean Stamina Mode is slightly less effective, but still stops the sync hogs like FB and Twitter from chewing all your battery.
Must admit though the Xperias have never been great at battery life, although they are improving. My original Z can just about make it through a day, but with docks in my car and on my desk, it doesn't really need to.
Excellent phones however, if my Z had the camera from the Z1 in it I doubt I'd be in a hurry to ever upgrade. As it is the Z2 is calling me, with its noise cancellation, stereo speakers and awesome camera.
How about the Z1 Compact? Full spec phone, much smaller size.
Re: these look somehow familiar...
This is true. However they also look the same as the Vaio I bought in 2005. Think it was called the X505 but I may be wrong. It didn't come with the "re-write history so Apple invented everything" button the MBA comes with, but otherwise it was a fantastic machine.
With Apologies to Jesse Jackson
Still the best of all imo, every social taboo smashed in a single episode.
Kiss it. Apologise.
Re: A Sony handset? Never Again!
Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Arc and Arc S were made by a different company - SonyEricsson. Sony's updates now are excellent, generally updated as long as Qualcomm can supply the drivers tor the chipsets.
Think you've kind of proved there why I don't tend to listen to mobile phone salesmen, and pick my own device based on reviews from people who actually know what they're talking about. Can't speak for the Z1 as I don't have one yet, but after 6 months with the Z I can tell you :
1) Battery - absolutely fine, makes it through a day quite easily, even with 4G/WiFi, Google Now, GPS, BT etc all on. Stamina mode works a treat when the phone is idle. Last night it was showing 19 hours since charging with 45% left. The Sony phones tend to calibrate the battery over the first few charges, which it won't be able to do if it's constantly on charge in a store.
2) Software bugs. Only one I've found is Car Mode sometimes freaks out a but and won't let you unlock the phone, leave it 5 seconds it sorts itself out. Other than that it's been the most stable mobile phone I've had, including my old iPhone 4. Never had a problem hanging up calls, or using it as a phone, performance is fine no matter how much I throw at it.
3) Scratching screen - that's a screen protector you are scratching you utter div. Mind, the less said about mouth breathers in a mobile phone store deliberately scratching screens the better, I put one of the extra screen protectors that come in the box, 6 months later the screen is fine. But then I treat it with the respect a £500 device deserves, don;t attack it with a key.
4) Viewing angles - not really an issue for me as I use my screen straight on, don't really notice a huge amount of washout, especially with the screen on full brightness. Crank the brightness up the screen look sstunning in fact,
My Z has been absolutely superb - so good in fact half the family have traded in their Galaxys as they were fed up of random bugs and cracking screens, and the awful cartoony gloop that is TouchWiz. They're all on Z's now and more than happy. In fact I may have to get a Z1 to stay one step ahead :)
And Sony have improved the camera software in the Z1 as well. Also bear in mind that this phablet won't have the same camera as the 1020 (41Mp plays 20), so I'd say the OP was even wider of the mark.
Considering in lab conditions a recent test put the 1020 behind the Xperia Z1 and iPhone 5S, you may wish to reconsider.....
Not another b%^&*$d Herbalife
Getting a bit fed up of the morons on my FB Page offering to sell me some gloop that "helped my last customer lose 10 pounds in a week!".
Yes, eating that gloop would probably give me dysentery as well.....
Re: Biomass != fossil fuel
It is not a fossil fuel no. Shame the tendency is to burn a shedload of them in order to make the woodchips in the first place. And that's without going there on the mass deforestation needed to produce the wood in the first place.
So basically, another "Green" technology that's actually worse for the environment than burning old dinosaurs.
Re: Looks like a nice bit of kit..
Sadly it isn't 2009 any more, Sony have been pretty good with updates since they took over from SE. My Z is regularly updated with new features and performance enhancements, and 4.3 is on the way soon. And of course if you want to take matters into your own hands, many custom ROM's are available, all endorsed by Sony who will quite happily unlock the bootloader for you, and contribute to AOSP and are XDA's most developer friendly manufacturer.
Re: Permanent 4 wheel drive
The Haldex system used is well know for being fake 4wd, most of the time it's front wheel drive until the fronts start to lose grip, then power is shuffled backwards.
Interesting that this review states its a good drivers car, as it's the first review I've seen which suggests this. Most I've seen reckon it's dull and not particularly entertaining, and if you care about driving, you should really be going to see BMW about an M135i. Not as pretty granted, but once that straight 6 fires up, I doubt you'll care.
Agreed, the Z1 looks an absolute beast. Very interested in the camera add-ons they've launched as well, which El Reg might get round to covering one day.
P.S I saw a few stills of Sony's IFA event and it looks pretty large and glitzy to me. Unlike the Samsung launch the kit on show looked fantastic and pretty innovative too.
(For any Samsung employees watching innovative means coming up with your own ideas. You'll get there one day).
I put as much credence into his demented ramblings about us killing all the polar bears as I did into his assertion toking on a joint will turn you into a deranged physchopath.
i.e Naff all.
Re: what a load of old bollocks
Screenshots worked fine on my Xperia S when it was on Gingerbread.
Re: Just saying...
Agreed, it's quite sad really. We've been with Sky for 18 months now, and had 0 problems. Speeds are quicker and more stable than we had on BT, Service has been good, and they've just given us BB completely free for 12 months. Router isn't the best, but we only have a 2 bed flat so it doesn't need to be the best.
Re: Paying a lot for that light weight
Pretty sure the Tablet Z supports HDMI over MHL.
Xperia doesn't start with an E
The writer of the original Which? article should be taken out and shot - they can't even get the name of one of the phones right! I mean wtf is an Experia? They mean the Xperia I take it?
As an aside I'm quietly chuffed with my Z's results in this. Same hardware as the vanilla Nexus 4, yet ever so slightly quicker. Not enough to get too excited about, except if you repeat the tests underwater :)
Re: Camera quality
Can't compare it directly to a 2011 model but I have gone from an X10 -> Xperia S -> Xperia Z and there has been a step up in quality each time. Only negative I can think of on the Z's camera is the lack of dedicated camera key, but this is to be expected with the efforts taken to waterproof the phone.
Can't say I agree with the reviewer's assertion the Z was nothing to write home about, I've had one for 3 months now and it has been absolutely bloody superb. The screen may not be the brightest, but it is the sharpest, and the lack of AMOLED means colours actually look like they were supposed to. I've spent some time setting up a colleague's Sammy S4, and was thoroughly whelmed by the experience. Sure the screen is bright but Touchwiz looks like it was designed by a 3 year old who's just been bought a Crayola selection.
Beer, becuase it never gets boring dunking your mobile in it and watching people's faces.
Google Apps = pretty good, Chrome = not so much
We use Google Apps for business here, and in fairness, they are pretty good. Lots of functionality (even if Docs can be a bit flaky), lots of good collaboration tools. Only thing which grates is the constant new interfaces on GMail (got round by using Outlook instead) and the Calendar.
Chrome itself however? Kill it, kill it with fire. So far I;ve seen it reduce well specced laptops to a crawl, fill up every C: drive it can find with crap, start up 20 useless processes in Task Manager, forget passwords randomly and generally be a little bitch. I've stuck with Firefox and it seems to work much better,
As I mentioned, joining motorways sensibly? Keeping up with the flow of traffic? Getting to where you need to go before you grow old? Overtaking Mavis doing 40 in a 60 safely?
My first car had a similar 0-60 time (not as pathetic mind, it was about 12s), and in order not to be an obstacle on the roads, it had to be given a pasting, which in turn wasted the fuel economy. I'm not suggesting the Zoe needs to be able to tear your face off in any gear, but a proper amount of poke would be beneficial in order for me to consider this car.
I'm sorry, but do you actually know what you are talking about? Hard acceleration for a short amount of time uses a similar amount of fuel as gradual acceleration for a long period of time. I always get up to speed quickly (as you really should do to help keep traffic flowing), yet am currently averaging 45 mpg from a 10 year old 3 litre BMW. Hardly using a massive amount of fuel, and any savings by accelerating slowly would be negligible. I know this as I performed a similar experiment - result 45 MPG and a shedload of boredom.
And if you can't figure out why a car engineered to do 150 is safer on the motorway than one engineered to do 80, I'm sorry, you should probably hand in any driving license you have and get on the bus. It's a question of capabilities and limits, doing 70 on the motorway in a 3 series will find you well in the car's comfort zone, in a Zoe you will be pushing what it can do.
Right. So I'm a tit for wanting a car that can accelerate safely onto a motorway (which I spend a great deal of time on). Not something I would try in a 900cc car because it "felt nippy", and certainly not something I'd do in a French bit of tin powered by a food blender.
There is also the logic that something engineered to do 150 on the Autobahn will be a lot safer doing 70 (ish) on the motorway than something with a top whack of 80.
So basically, this is like any other electric car - a complete waste of time and resources.
Right, so 0-60 in 13s is "quite fast" is it? It may be compared to the G-Wizz or whatever type of lentil powered worthiness the author considers to be the way forwards, however to the rest of us, that is pathetic. 15k will get you something like an Abarth 500, which will move at a far more acceptable rate. The 500 will go for more than 80 miles without needing refueled too.
I would say, however, that the reviewer sounds like a bit of a bell-end, what with the confrontational language in the pre-amble and the nonsense about the causes of climate change at the end. The truth is no-one knows what causes the climate to change, apart from a righteous few happy to blame it on plant food as they will lost their grant money if they don't.
<--- mine's the one with the keys to a V8 in it.
"This is obvious. Anything Sony were doing 2 years ago Apple and Samsung will get in on too"
Fixed that for you.
Re: Avoid - screen scratches very easily
That thing you are scratching on the screen IS a screen protector, all Sony phones have had an "invisible" one since the X10. In the case of the Z, I believe the Sony logo is actually printed on that rather than the phone itself.
And as for them not using Gorilla Glass, looks like they do - for the back. The front is Dragontrail, according to collateral released in Hong Kong.
Re: Icon says it all
On the contrary, I've always gone for the Sony/SonyEricsson alternative to "king of the hill", as they are generally much nicer to use. Their overlays avoid all the bloat and rubbish of Sense / TouchWiz, and recently their enhancements have been just that - enhancements. I use my phone as a music player a lot, and I must say the Walkman player on my Xperia S is an absolute joy. Slick, powerful, and sounds great. It makes the iPod on my works iPhone look decidedly old fashioned. The photo album and video gallery are similarly well put together, and have really come on leaps and bounds since Sony took over from SE.
Unless you simply must have the last 0.001 % of performance available or insist on having a day-glo AMOLED screen that turns everything green, the Xperias make a hell of a lot of sense at the moment.
Re: FAIL felt as far as Oregon
I wouldn;t bother with the Co-op, I've been with them for about 5 years now and they've been useless. No way of checking available funds online, and when you do check it at a cash machine it's usually half a day behind, instant transfers take about 20 minutes to reach my account, you can't transfer between accounts from the app and staff are generally feckless.
Back to one of the big banks I go, one of the benefits of having shareholders, is they actually provide a decent service to go with it.
You're right, I do remember what Sony have done in the past. None of this petty stuff you mention however, like rootkits done by German subsiduaries completely unbeknownst to the mothership, or removing a feature 3 people used because one of those people was trying to use it to run pirated games.
I'm thinking more of the Walkman, PlayStation (1,2 and 3), Trinitron Wegas and the current range of Bravias, my 90's MIDI system that just will not die, all the professional A/V kit, the Handycams and the current Alpha and Cybershot range, all the decades of innovation (usually for innovation's sake), the inspirations for a certain Mr Jobs, the slim and light VAIO's available years before a Macbook Air, etc etc. Not to mention personally, my K800i, W950i, X10 and my current Xperia S. Oh and my Tablet S.
Best of luck to them I say, about time they got back to past glories...
Re: think bigger
Sony have been doing some pretty awesome stuff with NFC to be fair, from the Smart Tags mentioned above to connecting with Bluetooth Speakers, and now, Bravia Tellies. "Bonk" the phone against the TV, Phone screen appears on TV as if by magic.
I'm expecting this to appear on Samsung tellies too, for no apparent reason whatsoever.......
Re: Windows 9 is a disaster
No.....Vista Service Pack 2 was called......Vista Service Pack 2. I have installed on a machine at home, and very stable it is too. Pretty quick too, but that's a separate discussion.
Now we have the glaring factual inaccuracy out of the way, lets have a look at the rest of the drivel you have come up with. Ah, you're attempting to predict the future and passing it off as fact, as your predictions fit your ideals. Or, as it's otherwise termed, making it up as you go along. Ever thought of a career in Climate Science?
Windows 9 is a disaster is it? Riiiiiiiight. I'll ignore the fact it hasn't even been announced yet......
Re: Battery life
Haven't really found too much of an issue with my Xperia S on the battery front, if I start turning stuff off I can get 2-3 days out of a charge, However I cannot be bothered with that and am a heavy user, and it works fine with a charge every night. Small price to pay for a screen that doesn't give the horrible blue/green tinge you get from AMOLED.
I assume we are ignoring the many dodgy side effects of coffee, such as
- Caffeine dependency
- Increased risk of pancreatic and bladder cancer (which I had 7 years ago, and the docs put it down to coffee)
- Increased risk of glaucoma
- High blood pressure
Given that it's not particularly good for you and tastes like sh*t, I'll stick to full-fat Pepsi thanks.
Re: how is the T not 'better'?
The Walkman player
- Has a much nicer interface than the iPod on the iPhone
- handles more formats than the iPod, with FLAC especially being a big plus
- handles ID3 tags a bit better
- has Visualisations and EQ presents (including Mega Bass!)
- has much better sound quality than the dull iPod
I use both daily, and trust me, the iPod isn't in the same league as the Walkman player, in fact its doubtful they are even playing the same sport.
Re: Why the 500 works
I take it those are the people driving round in original Minis with "100% BMW Free" proudly written on the back? I always found those stickers to be fairly pointless - we can tell BMW had nothing to do with your car, by the fact half the trim has fallen off and all the steam coming out from the engine bay.....
Re: I am not surprised
I have an Xperia Ray at home running ICS, and quite nice it is too. Can't remember if it came through SEUS or if I used Flashtool, but if you do need to Flashtool it, no warranty is invalidated as you are using official firmware and the bootloader stays locked.
Sounds like user error to me.....
Dalton for me, as has been mentioned, probably closest to the original books, and The Living Daylights will always remain my personal favourite. Best theme tune, best car, best storyline imo. I generally tend to dismiss the Dalton haters as not really knowing what they are talking about.
After that it would have to be Connery, then Craig. I try to forget the Moore ever played Bond. Just so worng...
Re: This is not an ultra book
Your MacBook Air? You mean your poor man's Vaio Z?
Good to see a manufacturer take some positive steps when an issue is found, rather than ignoring it, blaming the users or shrugging their shoulders and saying "What do you expect?".
Not finished, yet still more functional than the polished shiny shiny offering. I'd say if that was the case, when Google do finish it, Apple are shafted.
Re: Re:Leona A
I would say you were in the minority there, just a quick look on Amazon at the vertiable cornucopia of Bluetooth keyboards available for the iPad and other tablets tells me there are a few people out there who don't like typing on an OSK.
You may have enough spare time to type a 50 page document on an iPad, however the rest of us have more important things to be getting on with.
I think, from what I can deduce from your inane, badly typed ramblings, that you don't believe I have 2 Tablets? Ever thought one might have been supplied by work? I mean I could sell it, but I suspect it wouldn't go down very well.
I also bought the Sony first, and it was quite a bit cheaper than the Apple one, with a 2 year warranty thrown in for free. It also gets used every day, as for my purposes, it is the better Tablet. I can easily play music from my PC upstairs (without a copy of iTunes in sight) whilst mucking about on the web, play the odd flash video, and control all the electronics in my living room with it. Then if I get bored of that I can have a quick game of Crash Bandicoot or Tekken.
So how did I buy the wrong Tablet exactly? Are you suggesting I could do all this with the iPad? Becuase if you have a way of adding an IR Blaster and PS Store I am all ears.
It was a shame the Tablet S didn't do a bit better, as I thought it was a cracking product. Excellent ergonomics (the wedge shaped design was a joy to use for extended periods), some great features (such as the IR Remote sender and the later mini-apps added with the ICS update), a few classic PS One games available through the PS Store, top notch sound quality and very very easy to use. I'm guessing it suffered for not being an iPad, but as I got bored of the Fruity Offering within about half an hour I was quite thankful for that.
Mine still gets used every day and I really do think we would sturggle without it. Our iPad 2 OTOH, hasn't been out of it's neoprene sleeve in about 3 weeks. I would love one of these new ones, however considering how hard the first one was to get past SWMBO (even though she uses it more than I do now), I may struggle to get a new one 1 year on sanctioned. Shame really, as this one looks lovely.
Re: New Sony Droidphone/Tablet
1) They're the company Jobs openly admitted Apple took most of their inspiration from.
2) I'm gathering they have a patent or thousand, considering the amount of innovations that have come from their labs over the last 30 or so years.
3) They control a hell of a lot of media with Sony Pictures and Music, and could make life quite difficult for Apple to access these if required.
4) Looking at their history I gather they have quite a large legal team.
Judging by the fact they are the only Driod manufacturer they haven't started legal proceedings against, I can only gather Apple agree.
Re: New Sony Droidphone/Tablet
Hehe, I would LOVE to see Apple start on Sony. I don't think things would go particularly well for the Fruity Firm......
Glad it's not just me that's noticed this. The old version was half decent, fairly stable and did what you want a Facebook app to do. This new one appears to be dragging my Xperia S down to a crawl and crashes more often than Takuma Sato after a bottle of sake.
Pure, unadulterated bilge.