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This does not look beautiful or gorgeous, it looks childish. Like someone asked a class of kindergarteners to make some bright and colorful squares and arrange them in a way that looks like a computer desktop. Apple took some great steps with Mountain Lion in terms of actual computing - increasing the power saving abilities, giving processes in the background less resources, etc. It's a far step from Lion, wherein Facebook/Twitter integration were touted as "features". I like to hope that Apple will keep building actual big boy computers instead of what would essentially be iPads that have a keyboard and mouse and no touchscreen.
1 year, 1 month ago on Gorgeous OS X 11 concept imagines iOS 7-inspired transparency and apps
Oh god why? That is literally the worst looking desktop I've ever seen.
1 year, 4 months ago on OS X Concept imagines a more iOS 7 style Mac operating system [pics]
@SkyPira Yeah, apart from the whole translucent panel paradigm, this redesign follows some aspects of the Android design guidelines better than some Android apps do. That said, I do have to give Apple some credit for finally updating their stale, 8-year-old UI, but it would have been refreshing to see what they could come up with besides taking queues from Android and Windows 8. We see the design trends heading in a certain direction with clean, sleek and minimalist, but it would have been nice to see what Apple could do, instead of basically looking like a skinned version of Android.
1 year, 7 months ago on iOS 7 unveiled, features new user interface, Control Center, Multitasking
So flat icons, thin text, and a minimalist design? Gosh, it's a shame Android and Windows 8 didn't pioneer that in the mobile market.
1 year, 7 months ago on Is this what iOS 7 will look like?
@Haloruler64 @MichaelLe1 I have to respectfully disagree. In my opinion, plastic always feels cheap to me, even outside the realm of smartphones. You can take a Macbook for example and compare it to an otherwise superior (spec-wise, I'm not talking about OS preferences) PC, but the Macbook automatically looks more sleek and of higher quality because it's not made out of plastic. Granted this is just one opinion, but I'd like to see a shift towards more solid-feeling metal phones because plastic seems to lower the perceived quality almost immediately. But of course, this is just my opinion and you're entitled to your own as well (not trying to start a battle here).
1 year, 11 months ago on Motorola's Products In The Pipeline Don't Impress Google
@MichaelLe1 The build quality and design of HTC phones (apart from the lack of onscreen buttons) is unparalleled in the industry. I don't see how Samsung justifies making their low-quality plastic phones when clearly it's possible to be so much better.
Falcon was a great app, but seeing as how I don't use it anymore I just freed up my token. Hopefully others will follow suit.
1 year, 11 months ago on Falcon Pro Twitter Client Reaches Token Limit, Can Not Accept New Users
If they pushed this down to ~$500 or so I could see it selling really well. The touch screen component doesn't make a whole lot of sense for ChromeOS and I don't really see the purpose of having it unless it could act like a Yoga-esque computer and fold backward and double as a tablet. For people looking to buy a computer though (and not a tablet, so we'll ignore the fact that you can get a killer tablet for less than $500) I see no reason why anyone would spend $1300 on this when the 13-inch (same size as this) Macbook Pro is roughly the same amount, and also a full-featured computer. Google should be playing up the market of a cheap alternative for a computer that targets the average user, and a $1300 price point will most certainly not meet that.
1 year, 11 months ago on Google Unveils Chromebook Pixel, High Res Touchscreen For $1300
I find myself using the multitasking key just as much (if not more than) my home button, and it really bothers me that OEMs have yet to make their devices with onscreen buttons. It's been the Android norm since ICS, yet we still have HTC and Samsung making horrid capacitive buttons that don't react to screen rotation, offer problems with legacy menu buttons, and keep Android looking like stone-age Gingerbread devices.
1 year, 11 months ago on Weekend Poll: What Button Layout Do You Think Is Best?
@JQuest81 That's not trollish at all. How can they be expected to make a phone when they can barely make an app? That's an extremely logical concern.
1 year, 11 months ago on Facebook Rumored To Be Releasing A New Phone Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Geez, why are people still buying/holding onto their Gingerbread phones? They're YEARS old at this point! I can't imagine they still even function well, ignoring the fact that they're so outdated and probably filled with OEM crap like the original Sense or <shudders> MotoBlur.
1 year, 11 months ago on Android Version Distribution Released For January 2013
What about those physical cards we were teased with a while back?
2 years ago on Google Wallet Updated With Improved UI And Bug Fixes
I mean, it fits in with Apple's mantra of "just keep everything the same, only slightly bigger"
2 years ago on Concept shows what a 4.8 inch iPhone could look like [video]
I think the removal of iPod Touches would ultimately be a horrible decision. You're not going to buy your 12 year old son a brand new iPhone, you're going to buy him an iPod Touch, and for many I feel like the Touch is like a gateway to an iPhone.
2 years ago on 4.8-inch “iPhone Math” to be launched alongside iPhone 5S in June?
Still a lack of software buttons, and now they're in the wrong order. When will HTC pay attention to Android design standards? Honestly, what's the point of messing with the order most Android users already know? This is reminiscent of Gingerbread-era phones where every OEM had to put their buttons in a different order to "stand out" or whatever, yet all it did was create a disjointed feeling between devices. The direction forward is uniformity over things like this, and HTC is moving backwards. (Especially since they're still hardware buttons anyway)
2 years ago on The Design Of The HTC M7 Has Finally Been Revealed
@wilfreb While that may be true, it's wordings like this that start flame wars.
2 years ago on 5 things I’d like to see in iOS 7
I'm not about to start a flame war here and I'm not calling the author a "fanboy" or anything like that, but he really should try out Jelly Bean. It addresses every single one of his issues with iOS. This comment will undoubtedly spawn a fury of "stfu fandroid" or other various immature hate comments, but from a completely bipartisan standpoint, I think the author would like Android. It's come a long way, and issues/upgrades with Android are more likely to come than with iOS at this point.
STILL no software buttons, Samsung? I am disappoint.
2 years ago on The Samsung Galaxy S IV Confirmed To Carry An Exynos 5 Octa Processor
A Galaxy S III without those god-awful physical buttons? It seems Samsung is finally getting on board with current Android designs! Looks good, if real.
2 years ago on This May Be The Samsung Galaxy S IV
That's what I don't understand about Windows 8 (on a PC). It's a computer, so it has no use having a Wikipedia "app" or a Facebook "app" when it has this wonderful app called the Internet.
2 years, 1 month ago on Google Will Not Make Windows Apps Due To Lack Of Users
Google absolutely needs to redesign maps, especially the Navigation part. There are so many better ways it can be done, and it actually amazes me that they haven't already.
2 years, 1 month ago on Google Maps Lands In iOS App Store, Google Says It's Better Than Android?
Directing people down a street that can cause traffic buildups is a mere inconvenience, not dangerously misleading. This isn't even close to a comparable issue.
2 years, 1 month ago on Apple Maps not the only one giving dangerous directions, so is Google
@QDOG8 If not, it's certainly very obvious here how little Motorola skins Android, and that's a huge plus when compared to the hideous show TouchWiz makes for itself. What's with the bright green Samsung? Are you forgetting this isn't Gingerbread anymore?
2 years, 1 month ago on Motorola Takes On Samsung With Ad That Makes No Sense
It's about damn time a major third-party updates their Android app before their iOS version. If only more companies would follow suit.
2 years, 1 month ago on New Twitter For Android Update Brings Photo Filters, Leaves iOS In The Dust
Good Guy Google: develops an equally killer app for its competitor.
2 years, 1 month ago on Cam takes a first look at Gmail 2.0 for iOS, it's b-e-a-utiful
@JBLmobileG1 I don't see how it would have all that much...all it would need is NFC.
2 years, 1 month ago on Samsung S Pebble Renamed Muse For The US, Only $49
@SergioJaneiro @BrandonCollins2 Yeah, just look at Tom Cruise's daughter. I don't think that name was Apple-inspired, it's just actually a good name.
2 years, 1 month ago on Number of babies named after Apple, Siri, and Mac increase in 2012
@BillThomas @TiP_Cam First of all, liking Android doesn't automatically make one a "fanboy". Secondly, of course most people will recognize the irony/hypocrisy of a company, that for the better part of this past year has been patenting extremely broad and trivial aspects of a smartphone, to finally be sued on similar grounds. Granted, what this "troll" company is doing is wrong - suing Apple over a trivial and nonsensical patent - but what we "fanboys" are saying is that Apple has no right to complain, since that is exactly what they've been doing.
2 years, 2 months ago on Apple sued by troll for packaging a headset with its phones
@BillThomas @KarimBhaidani I think we can all go ahead and assume this is sarcasm, right? Nobody actually intends to put 1 in place of ! anymore.
"Sadly, this company makes a living from suing everyone for everything..." wait, we're NOT talking about the company that tries to patent a black rectangle with a glass front, or that claims a tap is a zero-distance swipe?
@AlbertNaranjo @DannyDonkt @AlbertNaranjo Well sure, I'd love to be a company that sells shiny "cool" devices to a bunch of people who don't know any better than to buy better technology. That'd be great.
2 years, 2 months ago on Facebook Is Encouraging Their Employees Through Posters To Switch To Android
Hey, if anything this shows that this site is unbiased and recognizes good competition wherever it lies.
2 years, 2 months ago on Benchmark Tests Show Nexus 10 Graphics Trail The Newest iPad
Tried to flash on Galaxy Nexus JB AOKP build 2 with CWMRecovery and couldn't. It gave the message that the .zip was (bad).
2 years, 2 months ago on Android 4.2 Camera App Available With Photo Sphere For Galaxy Nexus, Some Other Devices
This is because the new iMac is a brilliant feat of materials and hardware engineering. To make a display that thin while still increasing the specs is a feat that even last year at this time was still difficult to do. This trumps everything else because the new iPad is exactly the same as the old with a slightly better processor and a new troll-o-rific lightening port, and the iPad mini is just a smaller iPad, no innovation there. The new iMacs are wonderful, I can't wait to get one.
2 years, 3 months ago on More people impressed by Apple's new iMac than any other new release [POLL RESULTS]
How do you have the status bar on the bottom of that screenshot? What ROM is that?
2 years, 3 months ago on Google Talk Offering Similar Function To Google Now
@kjacksonmusic Yes, I totally agree with you - the market for Android tablet apps is severely lacking.
2 years, 3 months ago on Editorial: Apple Used Their New iPad Mini To Bash The Nexus 7, But Was It Fair?
@rtomyj @ThomasClinton Yeah, you're correct with that, although I think the One X -> One XL was meant as an incremental upgrade, like the iPhone 4 -> 4S was. But it's nice to actually have a civil conversation with someone about Android and iPhones; it's breath of fresh air!
2 years, 3 months ago on Apple Introduces New iPad 4, Twice As Fast As iPad 3
@rtomyj @ThomasClinton Ouch, low blow! As an Android user, I have to admit that this was the case about 2 years or so ago, but the market has settled a lot since then and most OEMs are putting out only a few high-end phones in the same time in which they would have put out five a couple years ago.
@Uriah I completely agree. Not to mention that Apple is late to the 7-inch tablet game also, so it's kind of funny how they try to pass this off as being so amazing. One thing I do have to give them though is that the Android tablet-oriented apps are much less numbered than iPad apps.
2 years, 3 months ago on The iPad mini: "Not just a shrunken down iPad"
Man, that thing looks incredible! If only I had decent wifi in my house, then something like this would actually be useful.
2 years, 3 months ago on New Samsung Chromebook Powered By The Long Awaited Exynos 5
@KVKdragon I get the same feeling when they drop perfectly innocent iPads off roofs...It's cringe-worthy
2 years, 3 months ago on iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy SIII - "Will it Blend?" style [video]
I've got a great idea, it's called "Let the phone designers design the phone, and let the service provider provide the service."
2 years, 3 months ago on Motorola Believes That Stock Android Is Right, Verizon Thinks Otherwise
Unless HTC can bring software buttons to this, I would never ever consider buying it. Their hardware is above and beyond that of its competitors, but the fact that they seem to be able to ignore basic Android design standards baffles me. The time of capacitive buttons has passed, and it's about time for software ones that can rotate with the screen and adapt to legacy apps without creating unsightly problems. If HTC can get it together on that front however, I'm sure a Nexus device by them will be stunning. But for some reason, that's a pretty big IF.
2 years, 4 months ago on Anonymous tip hints at the next Nexus device coming from HTC - The Google Nexus 5
If this incredibly minor change to iOS is considered "gutsy" then that's pretty sad. I feel like Apple is a little kid that we're trying to get to try some new foods - "Awe good job! You changed from blue to gray! Here's a piece of candy."
2 years, 4 months ago on iOS 6 Overview: Phone (Reminders, Replies and Do Not Disturb)
This seems like a pretty solid device but geez, why do they have to make TouchWiz so damn ugly?!
2 years, 4 months ago on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 For Verizon Video Review
Along with deely-integrated Pinterest, because everybody knows that posting meaningless statuses/pictures to social networks is the cornerstone of 21st century computing.
2 years, 4 months ago on No simultaneous voice and data for iPhone 5 on Sprint, Verizon
Wow, that was extremely long; sorry guys! The TL;DR of it is: A device will have flaws, and it doesn't mean that people have to invent some sorry excuses to defend them. Just accept the device for what it is, and if you prefer the alternatives try them - it'll only make you more mature that you did instead of attempting to smear them.
2 years, 4 months ago on iPhone 5 event underwhelmed 57% of Americans? Huh?
**Before reading, note that this is not an attack against iPhones, but merely an unbiased review of the mentalities that accompany it.**
To start off, this article is very immaturely written, and clearly without all of the facts straight. I'm sorry, but this paragraph:
"People may be disappointed with the lack of quad-core: iOS doesn’t need it, at all. It doesn’t keep apps running needlessly in the background. They may be disappointed at only having 4-inches of display. Turns out, Apple values sharpness and resolution over size."
just seems like a single woman on Valentine's Day trying to convince herself that there's nothing wrong with her. I'm not "in love" with iPhones - I manage to take a normal view at them, observe and respect the technologies, and then decide if I would like them in a phone. Some people are so enamored with them that they forget it's okay to admit flaws. There is no such thing as the perfect device, so they should stop defending their shortcomings with half-assed excuses. "Apps running in the background" = multitasking, which is a necessary piece of mobile technologies (and one that wasn't present in iOS for awhile either, as people tend to forget) and while iOS may not need a quad-core processor there's no reason to try to put down Android for making use of them. Android is based off a Linux kernel and iOS is an OSX derivate and thus a Darwin/Unix extension - they handle memory allocation and core processes differently and thus quad-core processors are a nice feature to have for a Linux-based build.
And as for the whole "doesn’t grab all the highest spec components and try to force them together in a monster phone," yes, I'll admit that certain companies (coughSamsungcough) do in fact try to do that, such as with the Note and now Note II, but other than that this is a poorly constructed rebuttal against the fact that the iPhone's components may or may not be on par with some others. This is like saying that Lexus makes shallow cars because they use lots of good parts. Yes, throwing a V8 into a lawnmower is overkill (ie not everything needs a quad-core processor), but this reeks of subtle jealousy that maybe the specs of the iPhone aren't as high as the writer wanted them to be.
Bottom line is this stupid business of blindly following a company has to stop. Yes, the iPhone is a solid device, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other better options. Just because it's called an iPhone doesn't automatically guarantee it's the highest echelon smartphone you can buy. It IS okay to admit shortcomings, as it actually makes you seem more mature. For example, I've heard my Android friends say that they wish the Play Store had as many apps as Apple's did. I didn't respond with "well that's just because developers flock to iOS," or "well that's just because Apple started their app store first," or any garbage like that; I said, "yeah that would be nice, but there are good apps in there, you just have to look for them."
People need to take a step back and really analyze the situation and compare the technologies honestly before taking one side and blindly fighting for it.
Well, it's about damn time. How can they consider themselves to be a leading tech/social networking company when they can't even create a well-working mobile application? Mobile apps are the cornerstone of social networking now, yet the lazy devs at Facebook have managed to slide by with a less-than-lackluster one. My one stipulation with this is that it follows the Android design standards, and if it's being "built from the ground up" it certainly wouldn't be too much to ask for a dev team to follow the native design standards, as opposed to adapting the iOS design standards to Android. God, that bothers me when developers do that.
2 years, 4 months ago on Android Will Get A Native Facebook App, Not Based On HTML5
I hardly ever use Netflix or watch movies on my phone (Galaxy Nexus), or even on my tablet for that matter (Asus Transformer). If I'm going to be watching a movie it's going to either be on my TV, or on my laptop. And most of the time I hook up the TV as an external display and watch it on there too. I don't really see the point to watching a movie on a smaller screen for the sake of portability. Who really wants to be up and moving around while watching a movie, let alone up and moving around, watching a movie, and having to focus on a small screen.
2 years, 5 months ago on Midnight Poll: Is Watching Videos On A Smartphone Realistic?