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The problem is the fact that if a Chinese company can throw together a somewhat functional, somewhat attractive clone of a device before said device even ships, for a hundred bucks at that, there's no reason manufacturers and carriers should be asking 600+ for the "real thing". But that's what happens when you're making things for consumer whores. Present company included.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on $99 Goophone i5C is a 4-inch Android running iPhone 5C clone
@RaduTanasescu It's only a problem if the only thing they ever say is bashing others, but Nokia is pretty good about telling you what they are good at. I see this particular example not like "their product sucks more thAn ours", but rather more like "This is a feature that we have AND they don't have"
1 year ago on Nokia launches friendly anti-iPhone advertising initiative 'Switch comics'
@Jellotime91 It's not a matter of taste...but a matter of selection, choices, options. iPhone has 2.
1 year, 2 months ago on Nokia pokes at Apple's lack of color in new ad
And where are your citations for this statistical data?
@Jellotime91 @BrainRoopull The problem with this article, is that this is not the only Nokia commercial there is. It quite effectively explains the difference in choices. There are and will be others that address other issues, but in a day and age where smartphone tech is plateauing, it really could be a big enough deal for someone to switch to another manufacturer based on color alone. All of our phones do lots and lots of stuff, now. Why can't we differentiate ourselves?
And this is the problem with using statistics for anything. You're comparing apples to applorangerines.
1 year, 4 months ago on iOS the most popular gaming platform ever?
Not really a fair comparison. Somebody buys an actual game console specifically to play games. Someone buys an iPhone because it does lots of things and they had a carrier subsidy to blow. The fact that people happen to play games on their iPhones does not make it the most "popular" gaming *platform* ever.
"this exploit allowed over 8,460,017 free purchase transactions which would have been $5.82 million for developers and $2.49 million for Apple, and those are the low estimates"
Except, I can assure you, most of the people who would use a hack like this to get free in-app purchases are NOT the kind of people who would have paid for the in-app items otherwise. I agree that this exploit definitely allowed people to get something without paying for it, but sensationalizing it, a la FOX NEWS, helps nothing.
I don't see Apple pursuing anything with this guy. What has he specifically done that is illegal? Why would Apple draw any more attention to their mistakes? Personally, I think Apple should hire the guy to help tighten their security all around. As long as he didn't hack into their warehouse and steal actual products, I don't think he has done anything but encourage Apple to improve their software.
1 year, 4 months ago on Hacker confirms “game is over” for in-app purchase bypass
@Spoken Word When I prop a device up, say with a kickstand, the goal is to position the screen perpendicular to my gaze. The angle of the kickstand on these devices puts it on the table in front of me, angled up to intersect my line of sight. How much more optimal can you get? If you want the screen held directly in front of your eyes, that's what desktop computers are for, but good luck carrying one of those around with you and making calls on it.
1 year, 7 months ago on Editorial: Every Phone Should Have A Kickstand
@Rick Upchurch The problem with the tripod mount, which I would also love to have, is that it would require an additional void space in the phone housing for the bolt to screw into. If you've opened a phone, or seen any of the teardowns of recent phones, you'll see that they are so desperate to make the devices thinner, there's barely any airspace at all. Eventually, people will demand devices with more *useful* features, rather than turning on the screen with your voice (seriously...how difficult is it to use your finger to activate a device you're about to use with your fingers? Furthermore, most people have a lock screen which would require touch anyway.) When that happens, we'll see devices creep back up in thickness, to a much more comfortable size. I'm afraid I'll get a papercut from some of these new phones.
@WorldGeoTwittah I agree. I actually said we don't need more ram right now. Storage, on the other hand, more is always better.
1 year, 7 months ago on Editorial: Samsung, What Did You Just Do?
@portaltonowhere My point is, AT&T is a big company. SOMEBODY made that decision, and that somebody is the person who should be metaphorically castrated...via email.
1 year, 7 months ago on AT&T's HTC One X Can Not Access Unlock Bootloader Tool
The question, assembled masses, is who do we torch-and-pitchfork mob (email bomb) with our disappointment?
@newoverhere I know, right? Eventually, Apple will incorporate wireless charging, a screen that stays on when it should, phone-to-phone transfers, LTE, and a host of other features that already exist on other devices, and these guys won't be shunning them for shamelessly ripping other companies off, and in fact they'll be lauded as the pioneers who came up with all these ideas themselves! lol.
1 year, 7 months ago on Samsung Galaxy SIII event - taking a leaf, or three from Apple's book
@kanoneyez Perhaps, but remember: When something is on the internet, there's no such thing as a specific audience. Everybody has access to everything, except China.
1 year, 7 months ago on Samsung Galaxy S III: Designed by Lawyers [Video]
@kanoneyez This is true, but keep in mind there are considerably more Smartphone users outside of the US than there are...inside the US.
@sineman11 I'd say yes. And no. One of the biggest things people were hating on when Apple brought out the newest iPhones was that they didn't mention any specs. No clock speed, no RAM, etc. Instead they focused on the experience. While, at the time, I thought they were crazy, now I'm realizing that the high-end phones that are coming out are capable of everything we could possibly want them to do RIGHT NOW and for the foreseeable future. At this point, it comes down to who makes the best overall phone. That includes the experience, the look, the build quality, the way the screen looks, etc. It doesn't actually matter that the PPI is 310, or 320, or 350. At this point, the screen can display just slightly more detail than we can detect. All of these people that were hoping for 1080p on a sub 5" screen: Why? What could you possibly hope to gain from that? The more pixels you have that you can't see (read: wasted) the more CPU/GPU cycles that must be performed (read: wasted). An extra gig of RAM wouldn't have cost them more than a few dollars, but why? If the device doesn't need it (read: can't use it), then putting it in there is pointless AND counterproductive. Keep in mind that Samsung wants you to buy the Galaxy S IV next year. If they gave you 2 GB of RAM to get you to buy the S III, what now will they have to add to get you to buy the S IV? Storage is another issue entirely. For the cost difference between 16 and 32 gigabytes of sd memory, the fact that manufacturers even OFFER a 16 GB device anymore, not to mention an 8 GB device, is patently insulting. THIS is something that not everybody will need, but MANY would use. And if they sourced one less variety, the other would likely cost a bit less due to higher volume, i.e. Instead of buying a million each 16GB chips, 32GB chips and 64GB chips, buy 2 million 32GB chips, and 1 million 64GB chips. I guarantee you could work out a deal where you're not paying much more than you were before, and with no low-grade options, you've again set yourself apart from the competition as a premium device for everyone.
In conclusion, we may need more RAM next year, but we can ALWAYS use more storage.
I want some cheerios. I'm not sure why.
@sineman11 Again, what do you need with 2GB of RAM?
@Psycorp What would you do with 2GB of RAM today?