* Posts by Lutin

97 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Jul 2008


OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right


Great review - especially enjoyed the intro

LG’s modular G5 stunner shuns the Lego aesthetic


I was hoping that the camera module would be a camera with a big-ass sensor and big-ass lens.

Would have been lovely to be able to attach and detach a camera module based on the occasion.

Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call


Re: The king of smartphones for sure.

It actually has dedicated (always exposed) charging pins on the side of the phone, so you don't have to charge via USB. You can get a magnetic cable or dock.


Should be available on ebay too for under a tenner.

Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious


Re: Why let truth get in the way...

"QI is a tool to boost his ego by telling everyone else they are wrong, unfortunately he now seems to believe the hype"

He's... a gameshow host. You know how gameshows work, right?

You know he doesn't make up the questions, right? You know he's given the answers on the autocue or into his ear, right? You know HE KNOWS all these things, right?

Well wtf are you on about then?

You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's


I like the in-car idea to auto-reply to texts, but tell me this: Do you have to turn off this "in car" mode by tapping on a different NFC tag, or is the phone aware that is no longer near the car tag and therefore automatically turns off?

UK plods cuff another bloke in Twitter violence threat probe


Re: High-profile women gets protection from police

"When did we lose the ability to ignore the "bullies / trolls"?."

We never lost that ability. It's just it's not the right solution for every case. The internet is filled with asshats who don't understand the making threats online is the same as making them in person, and can lead to the same consequences (getting prosecuted).

A few high-profile convictions of such scum and maybe others will start to understand that what they're doing is illegal and stop doing it.

Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report


Re: pre-release software may not be final version

Aye, but remember when you read the article that you've just commented on and it explained that it's unusual for this to be the case for Apple?

Remember that?

It's in the article.

The one you commented on.

In the first paragraph.

Opera rewrite comes to Android


Re: Erm

This is effectively Opera Mobile plus Opera Mini. Also they're now using the webkit rendering engine (which they weren't with Opera Mobile)

Facebook skins Android with Facebook Home


I've never seen anything incite so much nerd rage as Facebook.

Review: HTC One


No I think he's saying that the 808 isn't considered a smartphone.

Which sounds about right to me.


Re: @dotdavid "No SD no sale" Apart from entirely agreeing with you with regard to.........

That's not what I took from the reviewers comment. He's just saying that the fact that the S3 outsold the HTC One doesn't mean that it's a better phone.

First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING


You can turn the feature off if it doesn't work for you.


To be honest, I thought the smart stay feature was a gimmick before I tried it (it's the feature that keeps the screen awake if it detects your eyeballs looking at it). Having used it I find it works very effectively. There is no reason to switch it off.

Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2


Re: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk arguments are pathetic

>> 1. Musk says his car failed because it was not fully recharged.

No he didn't.

>> 2. Musk said his car failed because the journalist attempted to keep the interior temperature more than 42°F warmer than the exterior temperature.

No he didn't..

>> 3. Musk said his car failed because the journalist drove it faster than 54mph.

No he didn't.

>> 4. Musk said the car failed because it was driven in a city.

No he didn't.

>> 5. Musk said the car failed because the journalist passed by a charging station without stopping.

No he didn't.

Nokia primes Lumias for Windows Phone 8 push


Palm Pre

Didn't Palm have an exclusivity deal?

Didn't work out too well in such a competitive market.

Carphone Warehouse outs LG-made Google Nexus 4 smartphone


Surely there's no easier way to one-up the competition than having Expandable Storage. Why Google, why?

How Bodyform's farting 'CEO' became a viral sensation


Don't normally like this kind of cynical marketing...

..but I thought the video was very funny.

And nice that the straw man turned out to be an actual man.


Re: Viral ad turns out to be viral ad shocker.

Well done you.

Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother


Re: iPad mini at £269 =

"Guess we should spare a thought on everyone who invested a large chunk of change on an Android phone two months ago as well then."

Can you be more specific?

Hands on with BB10: Strokey dokey


You probably didn't know that the samsung galaxy (s3/note2) already have the "gimmicky" camera rewind feature that you seem to like in the upcoming (by which I mean about 6 months away) BB10.



The keyboard sounds a lot like SwiftKey for Android which has all the predictive features you mentioned.

The SGS3 and galaxy note 2 also have the "time lapse" feature on the camera, where the camera takes a burst of 5 pictures and you can choose the "best" facial pose for each person in the photo.

That horrendous iPhone empurplement - you're holding it wrong


Re: except


The review on DP review that you refer to does not say that it is the second best camera phone. What it says (verbatim) is:

"The iPhone 5 is a fine mobile device, with an excellent camera. In qualititative terms it's not the best camera out there, and nor is it the best camera on a smartphone (the Nokia 808 has that honor, for now) but it offers satisfying image quality, some neat functions like auto panorama and HDR mode, and - crucially - it is supremely easy to use. It isn't much better than the iPhone 4S, as far as its photographic performance is concerned, but it isn't any worse (notwithstanding a somewhat more noticeable propensity towards lens flare)."

Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us


Re: The Guardian?

"losing far more circulation compared to other papers".

Not trolling, but where did you get this information? Genuinely interested.

Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review


Re: Review?

Apple give some journalists some "Hands on" time with the iphone 5. This is a review based on that "hands on".

"Get it?"



>"But it means that speaker docks, third-party chargers and more will all need an adaptor"

For a lot of people it means getting a new speaker dock. I have a speaker dock where the very bottom of the phone leans against the dock, if the phone is raised up (by an adaptor), there is nothing for it to lean against.

iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales


Re: Nonsense fake numbers...

You should relax more.

Xiaomi to go quad core with iPhone challenger


Re: Fantastic OS

Totally with you on this.

I reckon the useful life of my htc desire was extended by about a year thanks to MIUI (made it so smooth and the UI was lovely). As I say, the whole UI experience is more consistent than Cyanogen (though ironically the base for MIUI on the Desire was actually cm7).

If I was to advise someone on a budget on a phone today, I would say get a second hand s2 and stick MIUI on it.


Re: Fantastic OS

I use it in English. There is a site that releases a new MIUI Rom every week, translated into about a dozen different european languages.

Would the actual M2 phone have a market outside China? Is that what you mean? That's a tough one - If the hardware exceeds or even matches what's on the market right now, then yes (as the price would be lower than htc/samsung).

The trouble is that MIUI team actually goes out of its way to support popular new devices, so you can have MIUI OS on nearly any hardware you want.


Fantastic OS

Long before they released the M1, they were releasing free versions of their (Android based) MIUI OS for multiple existing devices. New releases every week (with user feedback/bug reports) helped polish the OS until it was at a stable enough state to launch on their own phone. Not a bad strategy - thousands of testers for free.

It was by far the best OS I had on my HTC Desire and I am currently running it on my S2 and can't see myself switching any time soon.

The UI is smooth, aesthetically pleasing and there is a design consistency across different apps which holds the whole OS together really nicely. It's like iOS in that regard. I just don't get that with the default android OS (mind you, I haven't got Jelly bean, yet)

Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley


Re: Treat me like an idiot

Having his bile re-tweeted and seen by thousand was a risk that Rileyy_69 ran when he said it in the first place.


Re: Obviously some are more equal then others in the eyes of the law...

Not sure I get you. Seems to me that Daley's PR hasn't suffered at all and in re-tweeting it he highlighted what a tool that troll was.

Apple misses earnings targets, Street reacts


Re: No 'slide'

but.... the.... graph ... ?

Avast! Mobile Security


Three thumbs up

This is a fantastic app.

If you lose your phone (or have it stolen) you can also locate it remotely by sending a text to it from someone else's phone. You send your Avast pin with the word "locate" and you get a text message back saying exactly where the phone is.

The amount of functionality on this thing is amazing considering it's free.

That said, I installed it, played with it for half an hour and haven't gone back to it since (which is probably the way it should be with a security app).

Stephen on Steve: The most important man on Earth


Don't understand

Don't understand all the Fry-bashing on the Reg. Seems like an alright bloke to me.

Toshiba reveals iPad 2 rival


USB Host is not unique to Thrive

USB host functionality comes with Honeycomb 3.1.

My Tracks travel tracker



I've been an android user for a good while now and was not aware of this application, so thanks for the review.

Touch Calendar


Check out QuickPic

If we're talking about alternatives to google's built in apps:

Check out QuickPic - the best gallery/picture viewer. Knocks the stuffing out of the slow (pointlessly 3D) stock google app. Gets android gallery browsing very close to iOS in terms of smoothness.

And it's free.

Might be too "simple" to necessitate a review though.



One of the few apps I've paid for

Well worth the money if you ask me. I've probably only ever bought about 3 apps, but this is one of them. Swiping the album art on the lockscreen to go forward and back is a fantastic feature (when you're driving a car, buttons are not always easy to press).

That said, I use a Rom called MIUI now, which has a fantastic Music player bundled as standard, so I don't actually have poweramp installed any more.

Opera Mobile pops up on Android



Have you tried android market?


Not so slender

It actually takes up more than 20 megs on your phone once installed


Slightly disappointed

Got to admit i am a bit disappointed with this. I'm a massive Opera fan and was really looking forward to this, but its got a sort of flimsy feel to it. The rendering doesn't feel as solid as the webkit browsers.

It also doesn't seem to have that snappy, cached "back" functionality from Mini, where if you go back a page the last page renders instantly.

It feels a bit too much like Opera Mini, and where with Mini, it's forgivable because of the bandwidth savings, with Mobile it's less so.

As someone said above though, it is a beta.

As an alternative I found a fantastic browser the other day called "Charming" browser. It's part of the MIUI Rom (android re-skin) that some chinese blokes did. It's based on the android webkit browser, but the UI and tab handling are much, much better in my opinion. It also does have the "back" functionality where the last page is rendered instantly when you hit the back button.

HTML5 web video flashes past Flash



Thanks. Was a bit confused by this story and how the hell html5 video could have overtaken flash so quickly, but then read your explanation and realised the story was, in fact, nonsense.

Archos announces five Android tablets


Archos 43

That Archos 43 sure is nice looking. If they crammed a phone in there I'd be all over it!

Oracle, Google, and the survival of the fittest Java



I think you're right.



Gosling says:

"Android has pretty much played out the way that we feared: there is enough fragmentation among Android handsets to significantly restrict the freedom of software developers."

Is this really true? Sure, there's fragmentation in terms of what skin the manufacturer sticks on their phone, but for application development, it's not that different from iOS, and far, far better than what j2me ever was.

The market has changed since the j2me days, where the developer would jump through hoops to try to make their app compatible with as many handsets as possible. Now, apps are King and it's not in device makers' interests to make their handset incompatible with a whole host of existing apps. This tends to minimise fragmentation.

3 offers best iPhone deal


Tempting switch to 3

I've gotta say, the 3 contract at £30 per month seems like fantastic value. I'm no apple fanboi (au contraire), but that is a very, very tempting price for that hardware.

Stephen Fry's truly terrible mistake


Internet radio on the go

DAB's dead baby, DAB's dead.

You can use internet radio on the go (and in a car!) if you can get internet on your phone. This is what I use to listen to 6 music and french stations (which are magnifique) on my daily commute.

Get yourself acquainted with moodio.fm and you don't even need 3g.

(btw before anyone starts moaning about data charges, i'm on a cheapo O2 simplicity and never once been charged extra)

Android phones get free video calling


@Pulse Owner

In the settings there is an option to force video.

That said, this seems to use the camera on the back, even though android is one of the only phones to have a front-facing camera!

Spotify adds Web2.0rhea



Is everyone clear that Spotify does not force you to use facebook, nor does it force you to import all your local MP3s?

Everyone clear?

Good. So can people stop yapping with this "nail in the coffin for spotify", "facefail", "farcebook" nonsense?

Nokia's lost weekend ends with N8?


Sample shots

The detail in those sample shots does actually look pretty impressive.