79 posts • joined Wednesday 11th January 2012 11:18 GMT
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.
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: 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.
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.
Re: Android phones are cheap, Apple phones are not
I still find it amusing when people accuse the iPhone 4 / 4S of being a well made device. Sure they may feel reasonably well put together, however we have them in the office and about 4 have been broken in the past month by fairly insignificant drops onto the floor. Even with a decent bumper on them that terribly flash glass it's wrapped in smashes leaving the phone unuseable. Whereas a clumsy fool like me can drop his Sony all over the shop (without a case) and it generally tends to bounce.
Durability is quite an important part of quality in my book, and I'm sorry, but the iPhone sucks major amount of donkey balls in this regard. Nokia and Sony have no problem making a drop proof phone, why can't Apple with all their millions?
(apart from the fact they'd probably try to patent it)
Re: "Not a PC" What? You are not suggesting that Apple will *copy* this are you?
"Please sir, point out exactly what computer the Macbook Air is "reverse engineered" from"
Believe it or not, the MBA was far from the first thin and light notebook out on the market, Samsung and Sony had been putting together such models since 2004. The main difference was the Sonys sctualy had some power to go with the lightweight build as well, and weren't quite so crippled. They weren't quite so cheap
Having only recently had my Xperia S upgraded to ICS, I have to say I'm a bit "meh" about having the latest version of Android. Since 2.2 the new features in Android have been mostly "nice to have" rather than compelling reasons to upgrade. I mean from what I can gather, the only big advantage I've seen with ICS is Chrome, but it's not like the stock GB browser was bad. Other than that it appears to be a new font and a data counter, which were easily obtained on GB anyway. Oh sorry I forgot swiping notifications to clear them. That is pretty cool I'll grant. I expect to see it in iOS 6 as well, seeing as where Apple get there insipration for notifications.....
Other than Chrome all the apps work in exactly the same way as on GB, and it wasn't as if my phone stopped working when Google release ICS, it was still a damn good phone on GB, like it is on ICS. In fact I'd say the biggest benefits come from the new Sony apps, like the Walkman player and new Gallery app.
Three problems with your post...
1) Honeycomb hasn't been used on tablets for a while now.
2) Malware is a bit more of an issue on Windows platforms than it is on Android
3) Does Uncle Ballmer know you're posting on forums when you should be finding some more productivity software to completely cock up so no one can get any work done?
Re: Looks good!
Shhhh, you're not supposed to stand up for Sony in these here parts, they once did a rootkit you know!
I would agree with just about everything you've said however, I would rate the Tablet S in my all time top 3 gadget purchases. Comfortable to hold for hours on end, feels a proper solid bit of kit, and, like you say, ICS has improved it even further. Battery life has doubled now I don't need to keep the WiFi awake all the time (the one issue I did have with it), and the mini-apps are superb. It's great scrolling through what music to listen to whilst controlling the volume on my stereo at the same time. Sound quality is also superb, best I've heard on a portable device.
Let's just say I have an iPad 2 as well which I use for work, however once I have left the office the iPad stays in its bag and the Sony gets used, as for my purposes, it's a much better tablet. The iPad feels like a bit of a toy in comparison.
Can't wait to see this new Tablet in stores.
Re: Almost waited...
ICS on the Xperia S has been out for a while now, I got it on my (unbranded) handset about a month ago. The biggest benefit it brought was the ability to install Chrome, which is far nicer than the stock browser. The new Sony apps are nice though, such as the Walkman player and new photo gallery. Bit strange you haven;t had it yet though, which network is that on?
Going by some of the revelations in the case so far, maybe they should say "Designed in Tokyo"?
As a committed dribbling Sony fanboy all I would like to say is......
Re: Why pay 900 quid...
Considering both Sony and Samsung were doing thin and light laptops before Apple made them shiny, I would say the Ultrabook was a Vaio knock-off personally. Apple getting credit for inventing something they didn't again I see.
Re: alt-tab functionality
My Sony Tablet can do this now as well with its Mini-Apps. If you are listening to music and want to adjust the stereo volume, just bring up the mini app for the Remote Control, adjust, hide the app again, all whilst keeping the music player on display. Becuase of stuff like this, and how comfortable it is to hold for extended periods, means my iPad 2 stays in the bag and the Sony is the tablet of choice in our household.
Also means I don;t get to use it that often as 'Er Indoors keeps nicking it to read The Sun, relegating me to the iPad (I'd rather not) or my phone. I suspect we may need another Tablet S.....
On the subject of these "new" patents, seems to me again to be a case of Apple patenting something the rest of the market have been doing for years, and will no doubt try to sue the world + dog over. Sadly Apple wouldn't know innovation if it bit them on the posterior, which doesn't half make me laught when they try and claim the moral high ground.
My Xperia S does this too, and funnily enough it does it in the same place as on the HTC - in the GMail app. Funny that.....
Lack of a dedicated ethernet port is a bit of a fail in my boox, as Wireless is the work of Satan and anything which encourages its use is a bad thing (TM). It's OK for occasional browsing ona smartphone, anything else.....ugh.
Re: Surely some mistake, the Samsung Q30 was the first Ultrabook ;)
Sadly you are both wrong, the Vaio X505 was launched in 2004, beating Apple and Samsung by at least a year. I'd still takes its latest the devlopment, the Vaio Z Series, over with the MBA or indeed this new fangled MBP. OSX really isn't for me (far too un-intuitive after 20 years of Windows), and I think the Apple laptops are ugly things personally.
That's quite standard for AMOLED screens, whites take on a greenish tinge, especially if you aren't look at them straight on. I noticed it when I had a play with a GS3 yesterday in Phones 4 U, yes the screen is big, but its pretty fugly imo. Forced colours and nowhere near as sharp as the one on my Xperia S, I'll pass on this one thanks.
Re: Yawn @Lee Dowling
Again the AC makes a very good point, cosying up to MS has made Nokia the darling of the mobile phone industry, selling more phones than they can build. I was late for work this morning due to the queues to get into Merry Hill P4U to pick up a Nokia Lumia.
I feared this article was going to make me regret picking up an Xperia S a couple of months ago, but not a bit of it. Now I realise I should have got a Lumia, it's what all the cool kids are doing! Although all these cool kids do appear to be in Reading. I still can't figure out why.
Just comparing this to my current steed, a 10 year old BMW 330d
Purchase price - 32k for the VX, 3.5k for the BM
Performace - 8.7s to 60 for the VX, 100mph top speed. A little slower than BM quote for mine, which is 7.1s to 60 and 149mph top speed.
Economy - 45 mpg for the VX, currently getting 41.1 out of the BM on a 40 mile mixed road commute.
Tax - zero for the VX, 220 pa for the BM.
Add in the fact that the BM is driven from the correct wheels, plus has the added bonus of not being a Vauxhall, and I really am struggling to see the point? If you want a cheap to run car there are a range of thrifty hatchbacks you can choose from a variety of budgets, if you want to spend 32k on a car I'm sure BMW have a very efficient 3 series you could choose. Now I'm sure a cretinous tree-hugger will be along in a minute to suggest I think of the polar bears but seriously, what is the point of this? And who the hell is going to buy one?