Great review - especially enjoyed the intro
97 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
I was hoping that the camera module would be a camera with a big-ass sensor and big-ass lens.
Would have been lovely to be able to attach and detach a camera module based on the occasion.
Re: The king of smartphones for sure.
It actually has dedicated (always exposed) charging pins on the side of the phone, so you don't have to charge via USB. You can get a magnetic cable or dock.
Should be available on ebay too for under a tenner.
Re: Why let truth get in the way...
"QI is a tool to boost his ego by telling everyone else they are wrong, unfortunately he now seems to believe the hype"
He's... a gameshow host. You know how gameshows work, right?
You know he doesn't make up the questions, right? You know he's given the answers on the autocue or into his ear, right? You know HE KNOWS all these things, right?
Well wtf are you on about then?
I like the in-car idea to auto-reply to texts, but tell me this: Do you have to turn off this "in car" mode by tapping on a different NFC tag, or is the phone aware that is no longer near the car tag and therefore automatically turns off?
Re: High-profile women gets protection from police
"When did we lose the ability to ignore the "bullies / trolls"?."
We never lost that ability. It's just it's not the right solution for every case. The internet is filled with asshats who don't understand the making threats online is the same as making them in person, and can lead to the same consequences (getting prosecuted).
A few high-profile convictions of such scum and maybe others will start to understand that what they're doing is illegal and stop doing it.
Re: pre-release software may not be final version
Aye, but remember when you read the article that you've just commented on and it explained that it's unusual for this to be the case for Apple?
It's in the article.
The one you commented on.
In the first paragraph.
This is effectively Opera Mobile plus Opera Mini. Also they're now using the webkit rendering engine (which they weren't with Opera Mobile)
I've never seen anything incite so much nerd rage as Facebook.
No I think he's saying that the 808 isn't considered a smartphone.
Which sounds about right to me.
Re: @dotdavid "No SD no sale" Apart from entirely agreeing with you with regard to.........
That's not what I took from the reviewers comment. He's just saying that the fact that the S3 outsold the HTC One doesn't mean that it's a better phone.
You can turn the feature off if it doesn't work for you.
To be honest, I thought the smart stay feature was a gimmick before I tried it (it's the feature that keeps the screen awake if it detects your eyeballs looking at it). Having used it I find it works very effectively. There is no reason to switch it off.
Re: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk arguments are pathetic
>> 1. Musk says his car failed because it was not fully recharged.
No he didn't.
>> 2. Musk said his car failed because the journalist attempted to keep the interior temperature more than 42°F warmer than the exterior temperature.
No he didn't..
>> 3. Musk said his car failed because the journalist drove it faster than 54mph.
No he didn't.
>> 4. Musk said the car failed because it was driven in a city.
No he didn't.
>> 5. Musk said the car failed because the journalist passed by a charging station without stopping.
No he didn't.
Didn't Palm have an exclusivity deal?
Didn't work out too well in such a competitive market.
Surely there's no easier way to one-up the competition than having Expandable Storage. Why Google, why?
Don't normally like this kind of cynical marketing...
..but I thought the video was very funny.
And nice that the straw man turned out to be an actual man.
Re: Viral ad turns out to be viral ad shocker.
Well done you.
Re: iPad mini at £269 =
"Guess we should spare a thought on everyone who invested a large chunk of change on an Android phone two months ago as well then."
Can you be more specific?
You probably didn't know that the samsung galaxy (s3/note2) already have the "gimmicky" camera rewind feature that you seem to like in the upcoming (by which I mean about 6 months away) BB10.
The keyboard sounds a lot like SwiftKey for Android which has all the predictive features you mentioned.
The SGS3 and galaxy note 2 also have the "time lapse" feature on the camera, where the camera takes a burst of 5 pictures and you can choose the "best" facial pose for each person in the photo.
The review on DP review that you refer to does not say that it is the second best camera phone. What it says (verbatim) is:
"The iPhone 5 is a fine mobile device, with an excellent camera. In qualititative terms it's not the best camera out there, and nor is it the best camera on a smartphone (the Nokia 808 has that honor, for now) but it offers satisfying image quality, some neat functions like auto panorama and HDR mode, and - crucially - it is supremely easy to use. It isn't much better than the iPhone 4S, as far as its photographic performance is concerned, but it isn't any worse (notwithstanding a somewhat more noticeable propensity towards lens flare)."
Re: The Guardian?
"losing far more circulation compared to other papers".
Not trolling, but where did you get this information? Genuinely interested.
Apple give some journalists some "Hands on" time with the iphone 5. This is a review based on that "hands on".
>"But it means that speaker docks, third-party chargers and more will all need an adaptor"
For a lot of people it means getting a new speaker dock. I have a speaker dock where the very bottom of the phone leans against the dock, if the phone is raised up (by an adaptor), there is nothing for it to lean against.
Re: Nonsense fake numbers...
You should relax more.
Re: Fantastic OS
Totally with you on this.
I reckon the useful life of my htc desire was extended by about a year thanks to MIUI (made it so smooth and the UI was lovely). As I say, the whole UI experience is more consistent than Cyanogen (though ironically the base for MIUI on the Desire was actually cm7).
If I was to advise someone on a budget on a phone today, I would say get a second hand s2 and stick MIUI on it.
Re: Fantastic OS
I use it in English. There is a site that releases a new MIUI Rom every week, translated into about a dozen different european languages.
Would the actual M2 phone have a market outside China? Is that what you mean? That's a tough one - If the hardware exceeds or even matches what's on the market right now, then yes (as the price would be lower than htc/samsung).
The trouble is that MIUI team actually goes out of its way to support popular new devices, so you can have MIUI OS on nearly any hardware you want.
Long before they released the M1, they were releasing free versions of their (Android based) MIUI OS for multiple existing devices. New releases every week (with user feedback/bug reports) helped polish the OS until it was at a stable enough state to launch on their own phone. Not a bad strategy - thousands of testers for free.
It was by far the best OS I had on my HTC Desire and I am currently running it on my S2 and can't see myself switching any time soon.
The UI is smooth, aesthetically pleasing and there is a design consistency across different apps which holds the whole OS together really nicely. It's like iOS in that regard. I just don't get that with the default android OS (mind you, I haven't got Jelly bean, yet)
Re: Treat me like an idiot
Having his bile re-tweeted and seen by thousand was a risk that Rileyy_69 ran when he said it in the first place.
Re: Obviously some are more equal then others in the eyes of the law...
Not sure I get you. Seems to me that Daley's PR hasn't suffered at all and in re-tweeting it he highlighted what a tool that troll was.
Re: No 'slide'
but.... the.... graph ... ?
Three thumbs up
This is a fantastic app.
If you lose your phone (or have it stolen) you can also locate it remotely by sending a text to it from someone else's phone. You send your Avast pin with the word "locate" and you get a text message back saying exactly where the phone is.
The amount of functionality on this thing is amazing considering it's free.
That said, I installed it, played with it for half an hour and haven't gone back to it since (which is probably the way it should be with a security app).
Don't understand all the Fry-bashing on the Reg. Seems like an alright bloke to me.
USB Host is not unique to Thrive
USB host functionality comes with Honeycomb 3.1.
I've been an android user for a good while now and was not aware of this application, so thanks for the review.
Check out QuickPic
If we're talking about alternatives to google's built in apps:
Check out QuickPic - the best gallery/picture viewer. Knocks the stuffing out of the slow (pointlessly 3D) stock google app. Gets android gallery browsing very close to iOS in terms of smoothness.
And it's free.
Might be too "simple" to necessitate a review though.
One of the few apps I've paid for
Well worth the money if you ask me. I've probably only ever bought about 3 apps, but this is one of them. Swiping the album art on the lockscreen to go forward and back is a fantastic feature (when you're driving a car, buttons are not always easy to press).
That said, I use a Rom called MIUI now, which has a fantastic Music player bundled as standard, so I don't actually have poweramp installed any more.
Have you tried android market?
Not so slender
It actually takes up more than 20 megs on your phone once installed
Got to admit i am a bit disappointed with this. I'm a massive Opera fan and was really looking forward to this, but its got a sort of flimsy feel to it. The rendering doesn't feel as solid as the webkit browsers.
It also doesn't seem to have that snappy, cached "back" functionality from Mini, where if you go back a page the last page renders instantly.
It feels a bit too much like Opera Mini, and where with Mini, it's forgivable because of the bandwidth savings, with Mobile it's less so.
As someone said above though, it is a beta.
As an alternative I found a fantastic browser the other day called "Charming" browser. It's part of the MIUI Rom (android re-skin) that some chinese blokes did. It's based on the android webkit browser, but the UI and tab handling are much, much better in my opinion. It also does have the "back" functionality where the last page is rendered instantly when you hit the back button.
Thanks. Was a bit confused by this story and how the hell html5 video could have overtaken flash so quickly, but then read your explanation and realised the story was, in fact, nonsense.
That Archos 43 sure is nice looking. If they crammed a phone in there I'd be all over it!
I think you're right.
"Android has pretty much played out the way that we feared: there is enough fragmentation among Android handsets to significantly restrict the freedom of software developers."
Is this really true? Sure, there's fragmentation in terms of what skin the manufacturer sticks on their phone, but for application development, it's not that different from iOS, and far, far better than what j2me ever was.
The market has changed since the j2me days, where the developer would jump through hoops to try to make their app compatible with as many handsets as possible. Now, apps are King and it's not in device makers' interests to make their handset incompatible with a whole host of existing apps. This tends to minimise fragmentation.
Tempting switch to 3
I've gotta say, the 3 contract at £30 per month seems like fantastic value. I'm no apple fanboi (au contraire), but that is a very, very tempting price for that hardware.
Internet radio on the go
DAB's dead baby, DAB's dead.
You can use internet radio on the go (and in a car!) if you can get internet on your phone. This is what I use to listen to 6 music and french stations (which are magnifique) on my daily commute.
Get yourself acquainted with moodio.fm and you don't even need 3g.
(btw before anyone starts moaning about data charges, i'm on a cheapo O2 simplicity and never once been charged extra)
In the settings there is an option to force video.
That said, this seems to use the camera on the back, even though android is one of the only phones to have a front-facing camera!
Is everyone clear that Spotify does not force you to use facebook, nor does it force you to import all your local MP3s?
Good. So can people stop yapping with this "nail in the coffin for spotify", "facefail", "farcebook" nonsense?
The detail in those sample shots does actually look pretty impressive.