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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.
11 months 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, 8 months 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, 9 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, 11 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.
2 years ago on Hacker confirms “game is over” for in-app purchase bypass
@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.
2 years, 2 months ago on Samsung Galaxy SIII event - taking a leaf, or three from Apple's book
A lot of the stuff is without a doubt in imitation of Apple, including the format of the presentation. I think we can all agree that Apple's Keynotes show a bit more experience. What bothered me the most was the fact that you're unveiling a new item in an English-Speaking country, and the only person who isn't English as a Second Language is the Emcee, who doesn't actually unveil anything. The guy who first pulled out the phone couldn't even say Galaxy (Galux), for crying out loud. The whole time, though, I was screaming at my computer screen. "My Palm Pre was designed to look like a pebble 3 years ago, you idiots!" AND "Touchstone was around 3 years ago, you douchebags!"
You can't fault a company for trying to build an ecosystem, since the lack of ecosystems is really the most obvious reason Android isn't even bigger than it is. Companies making COMPETING products tend to create "closed off" systems, but not in the Apple way. Closed off in Android means your accessory or service might not work with another brand of phone. Closed off in the Apple way means you can't do much of anything to customize the look and feel of your device's software ("Any color they want, as long as it's black! LOLS!" -Henry Ford "Let them eat cake" -Marie Antoinette, Pre-Decapitation).
There were a few interesting "innovations", though I can't decide if any of them would be more than just fun to play with for a day or two. Admit it. Telling your phone to wake the hell up, and then it doing it, would make you feel like the master of your domain. Furthermore, with face tracking (or some other voodoo like that), the screen stays on while you're looking at it. I absolutely hate having to tap the screen when it dims in 5, 15, or 30 seconds. DirectCall could be useful in some situation, but I can see it also being more useful if better adapted. For example, not having to hit dial to call the person whose details you are viewing VS remembering you need to call someone else during a text and putting the phone to your ear (a la iPhone) and simply saying "call this contact" or "call Jim" or something else.
About proprietary accessories and services: There's no guarantee at this point that you won't be able to purchase an S-Voice App for a different phone some day, but much like Apple, they aren't going to unveil a new feature or service and immediately allow you to use it on any other device. They want people to buy the phone. It's kind of standard practice. You introduce a new feature, and then you wait at LEAST a little while before you start making it available on others. That's not to say they'll open it up, as most all companies are blood-thirsty pirates after me booty, but there's always a chance. Either way, even with the "proprietary accessories and exclusive services", you've still got Android, and all the customizability that comes with it, running under the hood, but that might be your least favorite thing about it, right? I just feel like this article was specifically written to ridicule, rather than inform, but I guess that's what happens on an iOS site. Regardless, keep the stories coming, as I always find them an interesting read.
Lastly, how's the One X treating you? I'm interested to see continued feedback. I've never owned an iOS or Android device before, but I'll be upgrading to one in the next few months, and I'm looking for as many perspectives as possible.
2 years, 2 months ago on Apple considered physical keyboard for the iPhone
"But, I’ve *had* to become used to not having one since I got the iPhone." There has always been choice, and it's due to people not choosing that iOS is the first OS to get most apps, and in many cases the only. Accepting less than you want gives the upper hand to people who don't deserve it. Free Will 2012
@ampm95 You should focus less on disappointment at typographical errors, and more on biased reporting and all-around bad news.
2 years, 2 months ago on Steve Jobs wanted to host a Willy Wonka style Golden Ticket competition
@pdahlke940 And? If a judge can't make an unbiased ruling solely because he or she likes the phone in his or her pocket, then that judge has no place in court.
2 years, 2 months ago on Motorola Patent ruling could lead to US iPhone ban
@Sneakker There's a difference between someone doing something better than you, and somebody using something that is without a doubt yours in a better product. Sure, the end result is something better for the consumer, but that doesn't change the fact that Apple is using Motorola's IP to make a profit without paying any royalties.
@zziccardi Of course. I was just trying to point out that you can't judge an ad campaign until it's finished. This video, I feel, Is obviously part of a larger campaign that will most likely consist of many other videos, with each one being more and more informative (or not, we really don't know yet). On the other hand, it's entirely possible that every "fandroid" in the world works in the Samsung Marketing Department, and the ads will only get more ridiculous, less informative, and more misdirect-y (with the apple hate). Only one way to find out!
2 years, 3 months ago on Samsung Galaxy SIII teaser is marketing idiocy
@Drewpoc lol. this post is filled with fanboys from both sides. you all show your intelligence when you star calling people whining babies. what a freaking waste of skin you all are. death to fanboyism
2 years, 3 months ago on 5 Reasons why I’ll never switch to Android
Rarghargrarbl! My bad experience with a phone quite some time ago means I'll NEVER go back! There's no way anything anywhere could ever improve over itself! RARGH! You basically said the same thing the author said, so that's good. I don't understand how people can be so die-hard about ANYTHING: cars, phones, cereal brands. There are more things out there, and choosing something just because it's what you're used to and cause you didn't like one of the alternatives isn't good logic. This goes for users of iOS, Android, WP7, webOS :*(, MacOS, Windows.
@zziccardi. Forgive me for the poorly formatted post, as this page won't let me scroll down in my post as I type. Again, forgive me for the long post, but in the absence of real things to talk about, I've decided to respond to most of your points. Do understand, MOST of this is, at least in part, in jest. How can a consumer even know what the ad is about if it's missing the core factor? Because the ad is targeted at people who DO know what the ad is about, as we've all been hearing about the next Galaxy phone for quite some time. Of course some people won't get it, but this is not a commercial for everyone yet. It's a teaser. Teasers get people who know about things all excited because they know something is coming. So, why should I buy the phone after seeing that commercial? I can't think of a single reason. Well, honestly, you shouldn't buy it after seeing that commercial, as it hasn't been announced yet, and therefore it isn't available. The advertisement doesn't show the phone at all, and it doesn't give us any of it's actual features, so what good is it? Personally, I find it to be utterly pointless. Again, it's called a teaser. As we go along, we'll get a little more information. Then a little more. We already know they are announcing it on 5/3. This is ALL literally pointless until then. All the reporting, all the leaks, and yes, their commercial. But if they can get YOU talking about it, they've done their job. Lets be honest, we all know that Samsung phones don't enable us to explore the galaxies, despite what the company's marketing team wants us to think. Have you never heard of a teaser? The phone is called the galaxy, it's in your hands. It is a euphemism, and they are widely used in successful advertising campaigns every day. Just a few wildly successful from Apple, found on Wikipedia: *Items enclosed with "quotes" denotes actual taglines* *Items enclosed with 'apostrophes' denotes my impression of your opinion, in relation to your post above* "Hold everything." (2007) used to market the sixth generation iPod, the iPod classic. 'Everything?! How can it hold EVERYTHING?! There's lots of things out there...I doubt that this can hold everything. This advertisement sucks." "One size fits all." (2009) used on their website to promote the new single sized iPod classic. 'All? How can one anything fit all anythings? Maybe if it was one universe fits all, but what about the multiverse? This advertisement presumes too much, and it sucks.' "It has fun written all over it." (2011) used to market the iPod touch. 'I honestly doubt this has anything written all over it. Who'd buy something with things written all over it? This advertisement sucks' "There's An App For Everything" (2010) used to advertise the iPhone and iPad. 'Everything?! I thought we'd been over this... This advertisement sucks' "Hell Froze Over." (2003) used to promote iTunes on Windows 'Well that's just ludicrous...to suggest that a software release had anything to do with the temperature in hell... Lets be honest, we all know that Apple software enable us to cool the unwavering heat of hell, despite what the company's marketing team wants us to think. This advertisement sucks." "This changes everything. Again." (2010) iPhone 4 'Again with the everything...there are so many things that are still the same after this. Sucks" "A magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price." (2010) Used on apple.com and Keynote to promote and introduce the new iPad. 'Come on. If I can't wrap my brain around 'galaxy in your hand' there's no way I could handle magic. This advertisement sucks."
It seems like the ad is poking fun at all people who try to be like everyone else. Is it Samsung's fault that brings to mind iOS users? Seems like they're offering a way to get out of the flock. Unfortunately for Samsung, they're really just trying to drag people into their flock. "Don't be a sheep. Come over to the goat herd. That's where it's at. Hell yeah, goats." People like to have what everybody else has. Sometimes that's an iOS device, other times it's something else. But honestly, you can't be offended by this joke without admitting that it is an easy-to-come-to conclusion. Anybody who defends a company no matter what it does simply because it makes a device they like is a sheep. Not everybody does it, but every company has fanboys.