8 posts • joined Thursday 10th May 2012 13:12 GMT
Re: Yeah, but...
I actually find the Apple TV (1st gen) great and even managed to convince some of my relatives to buy one.
Great to listen to one's iTunes music library, to watch one's slideshows and it has a decent VOD service (cheaper than my cable operator service, and much simpler to use).
Admittedly, it is not the right box to use to watch ripped videos and downloaded MKVs, but I doubt that's what MicroSoft intends to deliver.
Having had a very early clone of the PC/XT (Olivetti something, running with a 8088 CPU) in the late 80s, after having had fun with a ZX81 and then an MSX, I also have great souvenirs of 4-colour graphics and silent games (no sound card included).
I actually had an EGA graphics card (640*350 in 16 colors!), but no software I had could use its potential.
I also had Windows 1.0 disks but cannot really say I managed to use it. The first really usable version of Windows was 2.1 and then there were only a very limited number of software that made use of it, Aldus Pagemaker being one of the few ones.
My next PC was a 486 33MHz with 8MB of RAM! It was actually more powerful than the diskless Sun workstation I was using at University. With a DOS Extender, I could already use up to 4GB of virtual memory for my image processing courses... Those were the days...
Having an iPad (4:3 screen) as well as an iPhone 4s and a BB PlayBook (3:2 and 16:9 screens), I find the former aspect ratio better suited to browsing, photos and apps in general.
Now that, does not mean that I think this Vu is a very practical phone. But coming from an Xperia X10 mini, I guess it's normal to find most current smartphones too big.
A 8GB Cellular Mini iPad would be a nice, affordable compromise between the iPad 3G/4G and the iPhone.
I loved the BlackBerry PlayBook form factor but the lack of cellular connectivity defeated a bit the purpose of the small size. There is now a PlayBook 4G but its battery life and wireless sensitivity do not seem great. If I had not an iPad 3G already, I'd be very tempted by this new model.
A smaller SIII with otherwise the same specs would have had a pitiful battery life.
Don't forget to keep 10% of the budget (or even more) for the super high-grade low-loss cables. How about 8000$ for phono interconnects? http://www.mitcables.com/available-in-stores/audio-interconnects/oracle-ma-x-phono-interconnect.html
Re: 7GB vs 25GB
Yes, that's the main reason I installed SkyDrive next to DropBox on my iPad.
Plus, the photo sharing is dead simple and the slideshow view is quite nice. Might use this to share galleries when Apple pulls the plug on MobileMe.
What about FULL LED?
Moved to a 46" LCD screen with edge LED backlighting and I must admit I am disappointed by the obvious clouding effect. LED brings lower power consumption hence slimmer tellies but is a step backwards in image quality in my opinion.
FULL LED and OLED have been promised for long but do not seem to be able to materialise at a decent price.