A nice small phone, but without a removable SIM, locked to Verizon.
Way to castrate it.
1653 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008
A nice small phone, but without a removable SIM, locked to Verizon.
Way to castrate it.
Is because of misinformed people who never learnt of the existence of LibreOffice, or when you mention LibreOffice, think the OpenOffice is somehow the original, most well known, and therefore must be the right one, and thus ignore the existence of LibreOffice.
Instead of a jumper, that could be left in the wrong position, why not a button on the rear of the server that does nothing except wake up a circuit that sets a timer in motion while the virtual, solid state "jumper" is closed.
After an hour, it resets, and the firmware is no longer open for writes.
That way nobody has to actually take anything out of the racks.
You have a very low bar for quality, I guess you don't rip your own discs, because comparing such a tiny rip and the original would reveal a pretty horrendous difference.
Rips that size also will almost certainly not include good quality multi-channel audio, which I use on both my HTPC setup (5.1) and my regular desktop setup (4.0).
People also wonder why I buy DVDs and blurays and rip them instead of just streaming everything....
At least I have a good quality copy without protection at the end of the ripping process, that I can use as I see fit.
You mean you don't have backups?
A lot of drain is screen anyway, under normal usage. Playing games or something, OK, then it's more likely the SoC.
But this is absolutely enormous. Sorry HTC, I'm just tired of unwieldy devices.
I remember when publications thought the Desire HD was huge!! Hah! Now it seems quaint, but my hands haven't grown, so I wonder why perspectives have changed so much.
I have one of those, I use it all the time when travelling.
I think he was implying the basic standard should be changed, though, in which case there's already a new standard; although it does not have a fuse, and I dislike many other things about it (straight cables, moulded plugs - I like to rewire them, thank you!): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEC_60906-1
I'd just like to say thanks for this quality post.
There is a manufacturer that still makes a high end, reasonably sized smartphone other than Apple, and that's Sony. Literally ONLY Sony, the market is incredibly bleak. (I'm referring to Sony's Compact lineup).
Brewed on the second Tuesday of each month, very sour in flavour, leaves a feeling of regret after consumption.
I actually think using decimals and fixing one of the ratios is best overall, since it gives you a clear indication of how many times wide to how many times tall, whilst only changing one number.
For example, you can have 4:3, or in other words, 1.33:1. 16:9, or 1.77:1.
You can easily omit the :1 for the sake of brevity.
"I think that the average consumer has used enough phones in the past to choose the size they want."
I disagree, I think that people buy what the market sells them, I really don't think preferences really come in to it - there's not a single person (other than say, an Apple shill), that wanted the 3.5mm jack removed.
Removable batteries died out even though they made fixing the phone a lot easier.
Phones gained little camera humps to make the phones thinner overall and easier to drop, with slippery, awful surfaces.
Even though you'd then scratch up the camera, and wonder why they didn't just make it flush and fill out the space with battery.
Until the Gemini, there hasn't been a recent device with a reasonably sized keyboard - my wife has been showing several people her Gemini, and many of them wish they had such a device, some have even offered money for it on the spot.
My point is, there is demand for devices beyond the ever increasing slab of slippery glass, but people's preferences aren't so narrow that they'd avoid buying the latest crap regardless of questionable design choices.
LTSB, as far as I can tell - and I've been using it for quite a while - is just a stable build of Windows 10 that doesn't receive feature updates, only security ones - without any childish adornments whatsoever.
There is no "modern" (read:metro) interface. Calculator is the old one from Windows 7. There is no windows store. None of that, at all. There are no forced reboots for updates.
The newest currently is 2016 LTSB, which is based on 1607. The next one is coming in autumn, as far as I understand it, and it'll be called 2019 LTSC.
Just in case you *do* want the windows store, I believe it can be installed with a line of powershell, but I haven't actually bothered to install it, because I've had no need to.
Agreed. I use Windows 10 at work, and it is acceptable... but only because I'm using the unavailable-to-normal-people LTSB version. I still prefer Windows 7 even over this. It looks better, it's more responsive and less tacky.
I'm a bit miffed that 12Gbit/s SAS hasn't trickled down after all this time to deliver a 12Gbit/s SATA.
If they would only make a horizontal Android/Sailfish slider with an unlockable bootloader.. maybe using another "brand", then they would be on to a winner.
I'm not all that interested in the traditional BlackBerry style vertical keyboard/screen arrangement.
Auckland to LA...
It's highly embarrassing you didn't know how to read the article before posting.
I believe it was a 1600W PSU.
The whole Intel demo was an utter joke. Cooler + PC consuming north of 2kW in a very desperate move.
This doesn't lead to a consumer product.
Was it really Nokia?
If we're talking standard Qi maybe, but Palm's touchstone charger made wireless charging beautiful and functional quite some time ago. No idea why it didn't catch on.
I still use my HP TouchPad to this day because there aren't any modern tablets with wireless charging and stands designed for them!! I would never use a tablet that required charging from a cable, it's just way too much hassle, not to mention you'd quickly wear the connector out.
Yeah, to hell with options and choice, am I right? Because you have no use for it, why should anyone else?
Waterproofing has nothing to do with the 3.5mm jack, there are plenty of waterproof devices with them.
I remember when nimble was an adjective.
Oh, it still is.
It doesn't maximise anything.
It's just ugly. It would be fine, as said, handled at OS-level with a black background to disguise the absolute hideousness of it, and use the small areas at either side for time/other icons.
I'm always surprised to see how relatively poor installations are in the rest of Europe compared to the UK. Odd.
SATA 6Gbps? They're having a laugh, aren't they?
Hah! Just try it. I'm on LTSB, it doesn't even have Edge.
I think the idea was to turn the company public again by letting VMware buy it. I'm not really sure why they'd pursue this strategy, though, because Dell said being private allowed them much more flexibility and so on.
How exactly is giving out a copy of the Dell restore disc for a Dell machine piracy? No piracy has taken place, the machine has a licence that is entitled to use. The restore disc simply reinstalls the OEM version of Windows, that is fully entitled.
It's clearly one of those thin flimsy plastic ones with the fabric backing. It would have required a good shove to force it in.
But it is certainly not "superfast" in this day and age.
I don't usually expect my drinks to lick me, but OK
I would imagine the exact opposite will happen with regards to price if it fails: I reckon it will rise sharply as it becomes a collector's piece, a unique device with a following.
Just look at the Motorola Photon Q, a phone from 2012 that is STILL today in 2017 the best landscape slider that exists. People still mod these to include a SIM slot (it was only available on one network, with an embedded SIM).
It's just getting slow with the newer OSes and bloated websites of today with its dual core 1.5GHz Krait and 1GB of RAM.
If there continued to be more phones like it, it would have basically no value today. The Gemini fills a slightly different need, since it is much larger, but I feel like for most people who wanted a phone with a decent keyboard, it's going to be close enough/be the only modern alternative anyway.
They're really just referring to the localised keyboards, as far as I understand it. There are not that many options, otherwise.
Fighting cameras? Not sure that's a feature I needed.
If you meant 'dual' cameras for stereoscopic imaging, I think that's a waste of money.
Waterproof, nah, it'd probably wreck the keyboard feel. Stylus? Maybe, no Bezel? Not critical, but a nice to have, although some space alongside the screen for decent stereo speakers would be more useful than eliminating all the bezel.
I've been keeping an eye on the Moto Mod project too, and the bulk of the Gemini is a concern. I'll see how it goes when the thing actually arrives.
I've already pre-orderded two of the buggers, one for me, one for the wife...
I'm no fan of large phones, but at least the Gemini makes damn fine use of the given space.
Looking forward to it!
Still not competing with the likes of Huawei. Not seeing the attraction here.
Windows 10 is basically malware.
The only passable version is LTSB, which basically gives you an ugly, slightly less responsive version of Windows 7.
Yeah, pretty much.
I don't get the 4G hype, let alone the "5G" hype.
3G was slow to start with, but the final form of HSPA+ can be very fast.
100% coverage would more interesting..
Any mid to high end phone from the last 3 or 4 years, as long as it doesn't have an actual problem, is pretty much indistinguisable from the newest devices, bar say, camera quality.
Designs have stagnated hard, too. No landscape keyboard sliders, very few high end smaller devices, phones are dropping basic features people actually want (SD card slots, headphone jacks, removable batteries).. and so on. You can't even buy phones in the same line and expect features you used to have (Qi charging being dropped in the Nexus line).. etc, etc.
At least the obsession with absolute reduction in thickness has waned - that was just stupid, made devices harder to hold, and killed off battery life.
Now the obsession seems to be getting bezel size down to the point where any minor drop is guaranteed to break the phone. I guess that's a way to get people to buy new devices with features they were indfferent about.
Have the phone run an intensive background task on a low priority when:
The screen is unlocked AND
The temperature is below a specific value
That would warm the device up to within operating temperature, and would count as a software "fix". Battery life be damned.
My wife is stuck with a modded Motorola Photon Q (with Android 6 CM installed) because it's STILL (5 years later, no exaggeration) the best landscaper slider available.
I have a pair of phones with 5.2" screens, but only because I really couldn't find anything smaller that caught my eye (after owning a Sony Z3 Compact that had problems, I didn't much feel like buying a Sony again just yet, which is a shame, because they're the only ones taking that segment seriously!).
If you want choice in the market today, you're screwed. If you want an enormous slab with the same features as other enormous slabs, you're well catered for. I can't believe leaving out a sodding 3.5mm headphone jack is something the market has decided is OK. Pathetic.
You have one downvote. I didn't know Amber Rudd read El Reg. It seems way out of her field.
.. and has always been.
That said, nothing wrong with connecting to your work email on a device of your choice. But in terms of managing actual machines to get work done on... BYOD is just going to be a headache.
It'll most likely be used for CompactFlash, not old school drives.
It's Symantec Endpoint Protection in business guise.
No-ones saying they necessarily co-ordinate online other than Theresa May; I'm simply pointing out how pointless this effort could be.
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