I love(d) my Passport and despite them having a Android build for it they will never release it unfortunately. I'd even be happy to pay a £20 "Google Tax" if necessary to switch mine to Droid life.. As it is I use a Priv for my everyday device... I still prefer the format and keyboard on the PP though...
51 posts • joined 7 Aug 2008
Re: Support for Blackberry
Google Play services is the reason why having Amazon app store is a red herring.. lots of apps simply don't work or are "not supported on this device"
Did I get a promotion and no one told me??? ( Humble techie who loves having a proper keyboard... curently using BBerry Passport, previous owned Nokia N900, Nokia Communicators etc )
New Communicator please..... still have my e90 and currently use a Bberry passport as the closest thing there is today...
*waves* (from reply posted on his blackberry passport hardware keyboard whilst I can still see the whole of the Web page I'm replying to ...)
I've used m.facebook for ages now on my Passport as the native client didn't support replies to comments and would bork out at some posts completely for some reason ( including occasionally even my own posts ). Turning off notifications for it also improved the already ace battery life.
What you mean like the Blackberry Priv? large screen, secured Android, physical keyboard, or if you are slightly more brave and aren't a slave to Candy crush etc the Passport is an excellent piece of kit. I have one and can't right now think of a phone other than potentially a PRIV that Id swap for and even that I can't see the cost/benefit bit making any sense for me as the PP does everything I need.
The UK is a BIG place, of course every supplier will have good and bad spots, surely the sensible ones of us test where we need/want to use our phones the most and go with the best in those areas? e.g. I live in a small town in Lancashire, work in Cheshire and have a holiday caravan in Blackpool. Vodafone work best for me at home and work but are a tad intermittent at B'pool. So I have voda in my phone and an EE Mifi for the caravan... Its not exactly rocket science....
Re: Just give me a frikking keyboard!
BB Passport... job jobbed, physical keyboard and it acts like a touchpad for positioning the edit box accurately and for scrolling without having your fingers all over the screen. .
I can't think the last time that I genuinely haven;t got my eye on some new model... this thing is the most productive, intuitive thing I'd owned by far. the hardware is still top spec and best of all the battery lasts two full days of serious use. Add in the Hub for productivity and you can keep your Androids and iphones... I'll stay here quite happily.
Re: So near, and yet.. so far
Any specific android apps and I can test them for you to check they work. it appears the only ones that have had issues for me are ones that care if its been rooted( Banking/SkyGo till i binned SKY/some bespoke work apps that demand non rooted).
I can heartily recommend the PP though, I thought i was taking a bit of a risk and it turned out to be best decision on a phone I made in a long time.
I've used Android from 1.6, bought a Passport to replace my Note 3 in Jan as I have always preferred a hardware keyboard and like others, suddenly I stop thinking about how to do stuff on my phone and just got on with doing it. The Passport has been a revelation to me and took me back to how I felt about my Nokia N900 before I switched to droid, that I have a device really focused on function/usability over fashion. I quite like the quirky nature of the device, the square screen, the HUB, the amazing battery life and most of all the truly awesome keyboard and track pad function. I only miss one app that I can't run from Droid land for my Banking and can make do with the .mobi site for that.
I do quite fancy having a play with the PRIV but in all honesty it will have to be significantly "better" than my PP for me to make the switch. Having a normal rectangular ratio is not enough for me, I care little for a curved edge as I always use a case which would cover it anyway. The hardware in itself doesn't appear to be much better than the PP which has never felt slow or lacking to me either. right now I'm feeling less inclined to want to throw X hundred quid at something no better at doing what I want it to than what I have already.
Re: @James 51 @g7rpo: What do they offer anymore
Love my BBerry Passport I came from a NOTE 3 and it absolutely is everything I wanted it to be, in relation to how it sounds, have a shufty here http://audiophileon.com/news/blackberry-passport-review-part-2-audio-quality?rq=blackberry
Ranked #858 of 894 , you gotta wonder what the 36 that are considered worse are like then......
I've had a wine powered processor for years... its called SWMBO....
Met him when i was a nipper, a proper nice bloke who was more than happy to spend time to tell a snotty little 12 year old who was intrigued how it all worked. RIP
And this is only a week after big blue announce the contractors delivering most of this are being forced to take a 10% pay cut.. Go figure the result of that bolt from big blue....
Ditto, no problems with my pockets either with the original, my only beef is the ridiculously low sensitivity of the stylus try highlighting links that are close and more often than not it selects the wrong one.
Agree on stylus of teh original
coming from a N900 to the Note via a Dell Streak I was looking forward to a decent screen res and the ability to use a stylus but its so inaccurate its a joke
in ebay gallery you click and image and either the one below or above opens.
I very rarely get the thing out now and yet it was one of the main differentiators when I was buying.
I love the size of the thing and it does most of my casual computing but I can burn a battery in half a day in decent use. it can as others say get extremely hot.
Re: The best bacon sandwich
But the best bacon sandwich is the one brought to you in bed with a brew by your naked other half.
^^^^^^^ fixed that for you...
Manic Miner was out on VIC 20(with 16K RAM pack) as well. I still have mine along with my ZX81. The text adventure cartridges of the VIC wasted many hours of my youth(Adventureland, The Count etc). you seem to have missed Jeff Minters awesome collection of games, Matrix, Lazerzone, Attack of teh Mutant Camels, Revenge OTMC, etc.
you do have to wonder how they managed to get so much quality gameplay into so little memory, now each time I decide I want a quick blast of GT5 on my rarely used PS3 it downloads gigabytes of updates.... In fact it would be quicker to get my VIC out the garage and wait for it to load up Manic Miner from tape than it is waiting for GT5 to update! progress eh?
running on a Galaxy note the fonts are HUGE even when set to smallest setting.
even though I'm a petrolhead if they want to drop one off at my house for me to use gratis I'll happily do so to get it seen out there in public. They can even plaster teh sides with advertising, I dont care as long at it makes my 120 miles a day commute as cheap as possible. currently I'l going through ~ 15 quids worth of diesel a day.....
*cough* I've been in 5" territory for over a year and its lovely...
I'll probably have a look at the Note when my contract is up unless something else of similar size is available with better spec.
Hannspree Hannspad, 154 quid at ebuyer a few weeks ago when I got mine
also got a dual core 7" capactive 2,.2 tab from Dealextreme for teh liitle one for 127 quid delivered. had a quick play with it and its very very good.
now is the time of cheap tabs as long as you aren't of the fruit based outlook
I didn't say that she shouldn't learn how to write or do mathematics ( which she is actually very good at ) what I did say is I dont want her to waste time learning "joined up" writing which was a skill taught when people wrote each other letters and were happy waiting a week for a reply. When did you last read anything written in human scribbled joined up writing? I certainly can't remember when I did and I dont think its likley to make a sudden come back.
At your analogy of writing a taxi number down, why would she need to do that when she could just type it straight into the phone itself? or even SHOCK HORROR remember it?
My 6 YO is getting a Android tab for Xmas, my 2 YO loves playing on my current Android tab.
Daft bit is my 6 YO is about to be taught "joined up writing". Am I alone is thinking Why? I haven't written anything serious beyond basic musings on dead trees for years and certainly not in "Real writing" as it was called when I was a kid. I'd rather them spend that time doing something more productive with the time than teaching her a skill she will probably never ever use.
ditto just south of Knutsford
data throughput only works before 8am, soon as the office fills up with people you may as well resort to carrier pigeon, reported to O2, " Our map says you have good coverage........."
If it was good enough for you why not introduce your kids to the same? A VIC20 emulator on your PC and jobs a good un. I still have a lot of my old 1980s magazines knocking around which I'll use for my kids when they are old enough
It takes less than 6 hours if you bash the owner over the head and have it away with the keys
err, isn't the whole point of security that its only as strong as the weakest link and in pretty much all cases this will be the mortal fleshy thing holding the magic key...
Best 70 quid I ever invested
if it wasn't for my door stop ZX81 I probably wouldn't be earning half what I do now. I still have it ( and my VIC-20) and thank it everytime it passes my hands.....
Mr Sinclair, I doff my cap to you!
As for the wedding rubbish, meh....
doesn't do much anyway
I signed up and haven't had any messages etc from MyNokia up to now so its not like its bothering me much....
As menion on the forums its easy to disable if you are really paranoid but you should be concentrating more on the Black Helicopters overhead watching your every move.....
it was always sold as 500mb.. and lets talk tethering
When I tool my first voda contract out 2 years or so ago it was because of two things, 500mb was plenty for most people and they were teh only people who let me use my phone with my laptop.
TBH they are also teh only network that offer me a good connection everywhere I go, work is rubbish for all other networks and I'd rather havve a signal than an expensive paperweight...
Yes, just double click the .deb and ity opens a GUI installer, click install, enter password, job done.
BTW its been doing this for a couple of years now.....
If you are talking about compiling from source then no, you need a CLI for that but I'd love to see a non geek complile a windows app to put up the comparison.
TBH you are better off using repos stuff as all updates will be managed automatically, if you install manually then you can't expect it to know about new releases. "with power comes responsibility"
So where was the N900 with its full Linux, good camera, excellent touchscreen, accelerometer, AGPS, integrated messaging clients etc?
right pain if I want to watch Sky sports over t'interweb on my Linux box as Moonlight doesn't work
VIC-20 was colour too!
I still have 2 that still work including the switchable 3/16K RAM pack and the "Super Expander" that gave 1024x 1024 addressable resolution ( although colour was limited to 20 x 35 (IIRC) addresses.
Did I mention I still have my ZX81 as well..... :o) although i haven't tested that one in years
I could never afford a C64 so I had to make teh best of my VIC so had it controling relays to open curtains, switch lights etc on/off. All the cabling and exposed connections in my bedroom was the best ever deterrent for keeping an inquisitive Mum away from those magazines you didn't want her to find!!!
No passport - No ID card...
mother in law doesn't go abroad but does occasionally need a form of ID at teh bank etc so applied for one. As her old passport expired about 8 years ago and she can't find it she isn't allowed to apply for a ID card yet.......
resistive < capacitive? Why?
without going over all the old arguments these are simply different and offer different pros and cons so why do reviewers seem to feel a resistive screen is a negative point? when displaying web pages on a 800x 480 screen some links are tiny ( try facebook, bbc news front page etc ) and the accuracy that a resistive screen brings can be a big plus point. ditto with other apps and games ( try drawing accurate lines in something like Numpty Physics with a bloke sized digit ).
If reviewing things please give a fair and balanced view without taint from your personal preferences or at least state your opinion is exactly that, YOUR opinion and not that of teh world and his brother.
OVI store != All available Apps
there are more places to get stuff than just OVI store, as mentioned a lot of stuff is in the standard repository so you don't need to faff about over HTTP.
tune-wiki was in the repos anyway, Angry Birds is where its at!
I got mine on a 30 quid a month including t'interweb access via Mobilephonesdirect just before Xmas, cost 17 quid but was a 24 month contract.
BSOD at 130 mph! No thanks matey!
looks nice but part of the whole experience of a bike is the noise, smell and feeling. I just don't think it will catch on for proper enjoyment biking, getting to work in a city maybe but out doing the Trough of Bowland at a fair crack on a crisp Feb weekday just wouldn't be the same IMHO
and a re-install would do what?
Would have been good to see what a simple re-install of Windows and the core set of programs would have done to the whole thing as well.
I'd agree about the Crucial scanner to identify RAM. I recommend it to anyone who asks me about memory upgrades.
My vanilla e90 on Voda does nothing of the sort that you mention, check what product code you have in firmware to be sure it wasn't/isn't actually a branded code. All I get if I swap sims around are the standard internet/mms settings.
I was sad to see it go....
I used it extensively and was peed off when it was killed. it had a number of really nice little 'apps' that just did what they said on the tin with no mess or fuss. Trying to find similar functionality in Ovi is a non starter.
RIP one of the most useful things I had on my e90.
No, but it is in my pocket 99% of the time and it can be in shooting mode in 3-4 seconds or so.
I only have to look at the amount of candid pictures I have from when my daughter was a baby to see just how used my cameraphone is. My DSLR with at last count 15 lenses is usually safely stored in the sideboard in the back room unless we are 'going out' with a view that I will be taking piccys.
Adding in that it does decent video recording as well makes it a no brainer for everyday use.
and agaiand against camera phones reknown for their quality?
So wheres the comparison against whats available in Symbian world of cameraphones? N95, newer 8Meg samsungs, Xenon equipped N82?
and what was the point of using a (older)DSLR to compare to? how many 'ordinary' people use them? not many, put it up against say a 100 quid panasonic compact and see what the difference is there. Surely the whole point of the camera on mobiles is for those 'snapshots' you would miss by the time you got your DSLR out, chose what lens you need etc.
I bought a Sanyo 750 when it was one of the first 1.3M pixel phones. The reason? We'd just had a baby. I have so many shots that I simply wouldn't have if i'd only used my proper cameras. it was rubbish compared to whats available now but they are still useable pictures that our daughter now 4 loves looking at.
One rodent to rule them all
there isn't such a beast.
each person, feels, holds and uses pointing devices so differently.
My tool of choice is the Logitech Optical Trackman with finger operated ball. I tried the trackman you reviewed and found as I like to rest my hand that I often caught the right click button. With the optical Trackman I don't.
It amazes me the number of people who use a mouse because that was what they always used. quite a number who try my trackball end up loving it and get one themselves as its 'easier' on their wrist
Zero emission - yeh
so WTF do they get their 'leccy from?
And err, what happened to the noise, atmosphere, etc?
No ones yet challanged the alcoholics cliche I see!!! :D
Mines the one with the bottle of scotch in the pocket
Blu ray player???
So could we put a blu ray player in a USB caddy and have a useable player?
Paris cause obviously she's no doubt already on blu ray...