Re: Hardly a surprise
Most people don't pay outright for their iPhone - they get it 'free' on contract.
If you did replace your TV screen or tyres or engine with non original or even genuine used parts, the item would still function...
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'Apple intends to counter the recent slowdown in iPad sales by releasing a 12.9-inch model early next year and an updated 9.7-inch model and a new iPad mini'
But the likes of Samsung are already throwing affordable devices into this sector with the TabPRO and Tab S 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 sporting expandable memory, octa core cpu's and higher resolution screens than Apples current range all round.
Apple are gonna be relying once again on the deep pocketed 'faithful' to stop the slide, but that may not be any help in avoiding a scrum further up the model range.
Bring on the high-end Nokia droids!!!
I think there's still enough love for them that a few decent spec handsets & a competitively priced flagship model with Google apps on-board would easily rob sales from Sammy's S series (lets face it, while Samsung sell a lot of phones the brand name still carries zero kudos) Nokia could even get away with pushing vanilla Android bundled with Navteq based offline maps/satnav and they'd still sell well IMO.
WP exclusivity for the smartphone range was a real kick in the chunks for a lot of long term loyal Nokia customers looking to move forward from Symbian.
Can't be arsed checking if there's a WP phone version of these - but you can if you like....
WiFi Tv Remote
SMS backup and restore
'Jesus they can't even make enough of them to sell'
1) highlight a point where the iPhone has ever been in short supply other than upon release of a new model (which is a scenario far from exclusive to the iphone)
2) cuts in orders for the iPhone 5c to manufacturers by Apple would suggest a surplus.....
On a Galaxy S3 (and probably other Galaxy models, but as i don't own them I can't say for sure) you can change the font and font size for the phone using the font options under settings-display, and you can increase the font size in the messaging app using the volume keys to increase/decrease (also you can change the colours/background in use on the messaging app if it helps with legibility)
Different keyboards (free and paid) are ten-a-penny on the Play store so not hard to find one that suits (or sideload the AOSP one as it's a decent all rounder) and battery life is in part determined by the physical size of the handset as it limits the size of the battery that can be fitted.
However a small screened 'droid (I guess mid to lower end) and a Nokia 1020 aren't exactly a fair comparison in the first place - so no wonder the newer, larger screened, higher resolution handset looks better.
Want to try that sweet-sounding Sailfish OS, but don’t want to fork out the €399 for the first Jolla handset? Fret not as the company will allow you to sideload its OS to any Android device that you might already have.
The option isn’t yet available, but it’s currently being worked on as has been confirmed by the company’s CEO Tomi Pienimäki. In an interview with a Finnish website Mr. Pienimäki stated the following:
”That is the plan. We are on device business and OS business. It is fairly easy to install the OS on Android devices"
The difference being that it doesn't matter one bit what Sammy do as there will always be the option to root and disable/uninstall that particular app, or better still just fuck-off the stock Touchwiz ROM and go for one that gives users a proper choice (and probably better performance) .....try doing that on yer iPhone.
'I have an iPhone 2 - his is unused and worth nothing - mine is still in use and worth about half what I paid for it'
Are you honestly trying to justify the extra money you spent on an iPhone as some sort of investment?
When it's out of date and obsolete it will be worth just the same as any other mobile device in the same state - sweet F.A . The only difference being that you will have lost more money over it's lifespan.
Seriously, switching ROMs and getting fully back up and running takes like about an hour, including downloading your choice of ROM and kernel. With a few tools like Clockworkmod & Titanium to backup your existing install, and a few free apps to backup call logs, SMS/MMS and apk's it is almost a trivial job to switch ROMs at leisure.
Granted, broken functions are a pain but hey, that's why there are change logs, known bug lists and the xda forum.
I suggest you check out the xda forum subsection for your device, but a few of the benefits are:
Init d support
Choice of kernel
Performance options (choice of governor/scheduler, over clock, under volt, memory usage, amount of memory available for apps to use - my galaxy w now has 390mb available up from the stock 350mb )
More frequent updates then your manufacturer offers
Newer versions of Android than your phone will officially get
A myriad of customisation options not offered by any stock ROM
Cm10 EOL works perfectly on my Galaxy W (and 10.1 is nigh on flawless too) - maybe the Alpha or Beta status of the version you tried should have given a clue as to its completeness.
To rid your device of manufacturer crapware you only need root and an app called SystemApp Remover, which as you will have guessed let's you remove system apps which are otherwise uninstallable (you could even just use a root file browser and rename/remove the offending apk's from root/system/apps)
'Unlocked versions without a contract will be more expensive – $549 for 16GB and $649 for 32GB. Those aren't really bad prices for a modern smartphone'
What? They're fucking terrible prices - a Galaxy S4, HTC One, Xperia Z & Lumia 925 can all be had for less money as sim-free and unlocked. - and are far more desirable than a shitty poor mans iPhone.
'the Micro USB port still doesn’t support On-The-Go USB hosting' - my Nexus 7 v1 supports it quite happily, all I had to do was root it and install Stickmount to enable the host function.
Root can be had through a one-click piece of software available for free on XDA forum, and Stickmount is available for free on the Play store.
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