And it still is, all that is happening now is that Android is being dragged down to Apple's level. Yay for lack of choice and limiting the Web!
355 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009
Re: Who needs it?
Sorry pete2, but I heartily disagree with regards to screen ratio. Widescreen displays are actually very useful for business users as it allows you to display two pages side by side, it is also very useful for anyone working with a package that has info boxes and tool bars such as photoshop users, sketchup, CAD, video editing, desktop publishing, web design etc etc. Personally I think the sweeetspot lies at 16:10 not 16:9, but either is miles better than the old 4:3. Personally I would never want to go back. In that respect the only people who are possible being affected are people who only browse the web, and for them the tablet has entered the market, so they aren't really an issue either.
Re: @Bob and lower IQ
"the considerably lower costs of OS an applications - you try getting a legal version of Windows for £20 or so" nice try, but in the span of one Windows 7's lifetime Apple will have released 3 versions of OSX, so in total you will have spent around £60. All of which is an utterly pointless argument, since OSX will officially only run on Apple hardware, so the cost of an upgrade is irrelevant. What's more, at least MS don't have the habit of orphaning tech with each new release, forcing users to upgrade to stay current like Apple do.
" doesn't immediately hand off everything to a company known for its privacy violations " Then make sure you don't use the end-user agreement and privacy statements of Apple, they are no better than Google or MS.
"What's more, I open my laptop to start working, I close it when I'm ready and it just keeps working and even does backups automatically" you are describing features that pretty much every laptop since 1995 has been able to offer, regardless of OS.
" I need kit that allows me to do my work and not get in my way" have you actually tried a PC since the release of Win 3.1?
By all means choose OSX if you prefer its appearance and interface, but don't continue to rehash the outdated and false arguments of efficiency and stability - "it just works" is little more than a sales slogan with little grounding in reality.
Re: Apple took out the Ethernet port
lovely idea, until you realise, 5 minutes before a meeting that you left it at the other office half way round the globe or it fell out of the bag on the plane and you spend a frantic time asking around if anyone as a spare adapter so that you can connect to the local network without which you can't give that presentation. adapters are fine, but still add another element that reduces portability and introduce an unnecessary point of failure all for the sake of superficial appearances.
what did they expect?
Apple have never played well with others, so what did they expect? The only viable resellers are either those that use Apple as honey pots to drive people into their stores (Usually the large retailers) or those that offer a service that apple doesn't such as people offering business packages with onsite service & install. Everyone else is just kidding themselves and guaranteed to fail.
without a doubt Nikon and Canon have a considerably larger inventory of lenses than Sony (let alone the Sony e-mount system which currently has about 11 lenses), however the use of an adapter with any of the classic rangefinder lenses such as those from leica will give you outstanding speed & glass in a very pocket-able format, albeit at the loss of autofocus. Even the cheap russian prime lenses I have used give outstanding resolution and sharpness on my NEX 5 for example. Would I shoot a wedding with the nex? No, as I need the reliability and lenses that go with my a900 as well as flash units & triggers (although the NEX 7 does have a flash hotshoe so I could use them there too I believe). Would I choose the nex 7 over a full dslr & lesnes when travelling or on holiday? Most likely. A lot less to pack, less weight in hand luggage and a lot less conspicuous than pointing a full size camera a people.
Sony's biggest downfall has been their arrogance. They were market leaders and they were sure that the market would do as they commanded and that they could set everything to their liking, expecting customers to still come flocking. They insist on introducing proprietary formats and refused to bow to the market demands - as a result they lost the mobile music player market to apple. They released a massively overtech'ed console that showed little if any improvement over their rivals at a substantial cost to themselves and as a result they squandered the playstation dominance and have to make do with 1/3 of the market at best. There is one entity to blame for their current debacle and that is Sony. Until they recognise that they will never return to their glory days.
Looking at it from a completely unemotional point of view, what is the cost difference between incarcerating someone for life and executing them? The financial incentives alone could sway this debate.
The biggest problem with the death penalty is that to be just the guilt of the convicted would have to be 100% proven. Not without reasonable doubt as it currently is but with absolutely no doubt what so ever and that is virtually impossible. If there is even so much as a minuscule chance that an innocent person is being sent to their death the system should not be allowed to proceed. There have been too many cases where people on death-row have been acquitted to call executions a just punishment.
Re: Out of curiousity...
What I would improve on the S2 is:
1. higher screen resolution so website display better
2. the ability to run bluetooth and USB connection together
3. dedicated camera button
4. use the 2500mAh battery from the Note :D
5. Better autofocus on the camera, especially when filming + the ability to manually focus and control exposure etc.
other than that it is pretty much perfect
Re: Nokia are doomed, but Elop could have done something
to be fair Zune was actually a fantastic piece of hardware, arguably better than the iPod, and the zune player for windows is miles better than itunes (shame it never integrated syncing with other devices), unfortunately MS screwed up big time by releasing it with minimal enthusiasm and marketing in the US only and then essentially sitting on their backsides hoping to knock apple off their perch without putting any effort into it. Lets hope Nokia do better.
Re: Can't knock customer service
Apple haven't admitted any fault, nor will they ever as it goes against their company policy. To maintain their brand image of infallibility and perfection they will never admit any problem if they can and severely downplay any problem they can't hide from generally passing the blame onto the end user. Apple staff are strictly forbidden from making any critical comments about the company or admit the existence of any problem. Everything is phrased in a positive light and as they control the majority of their customer exchange they can bury any information on returns and fault percentages in their favour. That way customers are led to believe their products "just works".
As much as I would like to see Apple (one of the vilest tech companies out there) get hammered, this lawsuit is utter nonsense. So SIRI doesn't work as advertised (and you were gullible enough to believe that in the first place). The only reasonable course of action (if this was your main reason for purchasing) is to return the phone as not fit for purpose and get a proper one instead. Win Pho 7 and Android all have perfectly functioning voice interaction. But a lawsuit? This should be kicked out of court immediately and the plaintiff slapped around the head with a couple of herrings.
I really don't see why apple would even bother with selling TVs. Unless they plan to manufacture their own they will simply be repackaging someone else's screen into an apple case. Apple's profits lie in itunes and the connected market. iPad, iPhone and iPod were all devices that enabled you to gain access to this market and consume the goods within. Apple already do that with Apple TV, so why bother with providing the display? Unless they plan to sell these as luxury devices with massive markups that make them a status symbol, targeting more the B&O market than Sony, Samsung and Co.
I'm surprised that people at MS even bother with iPods when they would have had staff discounted access to the superior, yet poorly promoted and supported Zune players. The second gen Zune 80 & 120 for example runs rings around the iPod classic and the Zune desktop player is miles better (as a media player) than iTunes ever was.
Re: Is it just me...
I think one major problem with 4x the pixels is that for 3D you actually need 8x the power (2x 2y 2z axis) This also applies to the texture memory requirements. That is one reason why the Xbox 360 and PS3 rarely run at 1080 lines - they usually render at 720 lines and then scale up.
they do and they don't
As far as I am aware the galaxy nexus matches the iphone for density, The Note is pretty close and I am sure there is a Motorola that matched the iphone resolution as well. On the other hand, most you don't actually need a high density phone screen. The Galaxy S2 is repeatedly considered to be superior to the iphone 4 screen despite having less pixels. Having a high res screen is not the be-and-end all outside of Apple's marketing machine. Android tablets actually out performed the iphone 1 & 2 fvery early ont with higher resolution. Now apple have come back and increased the density to compensate. I am more than happy with the resolution on my Transformer 101. I don't actually see the need to upgrade it for a higher res screen. I would rather have the hd 720p screen of the Galaxy Note 10.1 with it's stylus than the pixel monstrosity that is the new iPad.
What has this got to do with the iPad? (Other than to drive up clicks to the article)
The minute Apple opened their own store in Brighton Cancom were doomed there. Their whole raison d'etre was to replicate the Apple store "experience", right down to the minimalist styling of the shop interior. Considering the margins on apple hardware is razor thin and a good amount of income came from software licensing and accessories their business model has now been further undermined with the introduction of the Mac App Store. Unlike stores like PCworld and other Electronic retailers who use Apple Products as a "honey pot" to draw people into their stores dedicated thirdparty retailers like Cancom have to rely on the lack of Apple presence to get by. If an apple store opens in your catchment area you are dead. Simples.
Overall you have some good points, although I would add:
- web browsing - as much as Jobs disciples like to stick fingers in their ears and scream that flash is dead - it's rotting corpse is still occupying a significant number of websites out there and until they have all been purged which will take years, the iPad will always be inferior to devices that support flash, buggy and memory/power hog or not. If you want to be able to browse ALL the internet you need Android or Blackberry (I think)
- content creation - initially no tablet was much good at that but the apps out there for all platforms have added a lot of functionality that allow you to create content now. Document and office work is largely Android's forte along with file handling as it has a usable file system whereas iPad has the music creation market currently sown up.
- Movies - unless you like massive black bars or horrible pan & scan you are better served with the typical android shaped 16:10 screens. Plus with expandable memory you can carry a lot more movies with you than on even the largest iPad (64GB micro SD anyone?)
If all you are using it for is a single, business orientated function, why would you care if the device is kept up-to-date with the latest OS release? It should be doing what you want it to do from the very start otherwise why not go with something that does work from the outset instead of hoping salvation will come with the next OS release. In fact If all you are using it for is a card terminal then wouldn't a smaller, lighter device be more useful? Particularly one that has a dedicated stylus input like the HTC flyer, Galaxy Note or the upcoming Note 10.1 (if you do want a larger screen) for signatures. Looks to me like you did very little research and are justifying your impulse purchase and desire to be "trendy" by coming up with this fragmentation nonsense (which BTW also exist with iOS devices. My First Gen iPod Touch is still stuck with iOS 3 for example and the original iPad may have iOS5 in name but by no means in function) You should have gone with the excuse that if the device goes wrong (which iPads do just as much as Android slabs) you would be able to take it to the nearest apple store and get it swapped there and then instead of waiting for delivery of a replacement device meaning much less downtime for your business. Now THAT is a good reason to go with an iPad over anything else.
Mac's Killer app?
How is Photoshop a Killer App on the Mac seeing as it is just as available and capable on Windows as well (some would argue even more so)? As for the 1600x1600 px limitation, this was chosen by Adobe intentionally to keep things speedy and seeing as it is the same on the Android platform where the tablets mostly have more RAM than the iPad and iPad2, I suspect that this limitation could easily be exceeded if they wanted to. This is the main reason why I haven't bothered downloading it. I wish they would give users the choice to either run the app smoothly at 1600x1600 or accept slowdowns and allow them to go much higher.
Do you actually understand what anti aliasing is? "already blown up to that 'ridiculous' resolution, rendered and then anti-aliased back down" That is utter nonsense. Nothing is blown up at all. If anything the image would be rendered at lower res for 3d games and then upscaled to the ipad3 res, just like the xbox and PS3 do. Any video content would have to be upscaled or run in a box and let's not even mention the vast amount of upscaling that would need to occur to display any kind of web content. Remember, even Hi density displays like the iPhone4, Galaxy Nexus and now the ipad 3 will still use anti aliasing, so no saving there.
It's nice to have the tech, but I still don't see the "need" for these high resolutions on a 10" display. Let's be honest, the latest Transformer's 1920x1080 is already pretty much overkill, I mean looking at my old transformer at 1280x800 I really don't feel like it is suffering in any way when it comes to resolution, even when reading fine text or viewing photos. I would rather have the fab new A5x processor in an original ipad display and then have mind blowing gaming graphics than waste that computing power blowing everything up to this ridiculous resolution.
This is like saying that the invention of the home microwave would kill off the oven and hob. Tablets are great for content consumption but will never be able to compete for a larger laptop or desktop for content creation. Jst like with my kitchen analogy they both will have their place and will happily live together for many years to come. Windows and its offspring will be around a lot longer than this chap's career if he keeps making these sort of predictions.
All very nice and one-up-man-ey but Personally I find the res on the Transformer Prime 700 series is already more than enough for such a small display (1920x1200). Heck, I don't even find the 1280x800 res on my transformer 101 in anyway lacking, so Why bother adding more at the expense of processing power?
Re: Re: Already patented in a keyboard in the 90's
I think you got it wrong. From what I can see they are virtually identical, even going so far as mentioning that it makes the keyboard more aesthetically pleasing and slimmer in profile. The thing is, just because apple or anyone else files a patent doesn't mean it is valid. One of the reasons why it takes so long for patent approval is that the patent office needs to review and verify the uniqueness of the application before it can be granted. I suspect Apple, MS, Google and others routinely have hundreds of patents denied each year. This will be one of them.