* Posts by StuCom

17 posts • joined 4 May 2011

2017 tablet market trended towards torpor


Re: Not sure Amazon will keep it up

Amazon Fire devices are now all low-end, low-quality, you-get-it-coz-its-cheap-but-you-know-what-you're-buying type devices. There's a big market for cheap devices which Amazon is proving. My 3-year old has one and she loves it (I think it's unacceptably slow, dim and cheap). But I wonder how many people buy them they're beating the system and getting an iPad for less money. Will that just put them off tablets altogether?

I myself got an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 v4 back when they sold them; it was a proper 'top of the range' tablet that has aged now but still works (quite well). It's only used for basic surfing, Netflix and consuming Amazon services. Games make it hot like the Sun and require much battery replenishment.

Not having 'proper' Android is probably a bonus; no temptation to install some battery busting monster of an application. I dabbled with side-loading the google services and app store last year but guess what? Battery life tumbled to unusable levels. Having to charge a 'dead' tablet every time you want to pick it up gets old very quickly. Wipe.

But there is no equivalent Amazon device these days. If I want to upgrade I have to move up. So, I'm looking to buy a proper iPad again this year so I can get a full-fat tablet experience.

We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go


Re: Pester Power

I can't see the point of a follow-up with those devices; performance should be pretty similar, actually.

The WT8 for instance is very much like the Lynx 8 in the review; same RAM, processor 32GB eMMC disk. The Windows 7 tablet has a poorer processor and graphics but much lower resolution and more RAM to offset that.

If you're doing office and surfing it'll be fine...

I want to know how well it copes on a 2-in-1 like my trusty Lenovo Helix; switching between laptop and touch modes all the time.

Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast


.. that was like a swiss cheese peppered with a shotgun then eaten by maggots it was so full of security holes and flaws. I sometimes have to run old VMs to test old code and.. Really, it is like living in the past. I don't hanker after it one bit.

But then I like Windows 8.1 on both tablets and desktops, so I'm probably a wierdo.


Re: Who said that about Android?

Balls. Android 1.0 was a dog. It wasn't until Froyo (2.2) that it got any proper traction. The popular phones had to skin it to make it attractive. I owned a Galaxy S and I consider that to be the first decent Android handset that could live next to an iPhone. That it looked damn-near identical helped, too!

Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down


re: really MS, STILL no forward button?

Phone 8.1:

Swipe right = backward

Swipe left = forward

I like the browser, personally.


Re: So...but the screens are not what Sony think they are

Well there are many aspects to screen quality, not just colour accuracy. But on phone screen colour accuracy, you're mistaken. I don't remember a Sony phone screen being lauded as super accurate. If you read the spec sheet you'd believe they were the best displays in the world. But "marketing" != "product quality".

Google these words: "anandtech samsung galaxy s6 review display". I know it's only one site, but these guys are among the best in my opinion. Look at the results graphs for the different handsets. Notice a theme? Go ahead and check out the Xperia Z1s and Z3 reviews, too..

Sony colour accurate? Not so much, no. Better than Sony/Samsung? Nope. And this is only colour accuracy/brightness. View your Sony phone screen slightly off centre.. Look at that rubbish! Also, see how the text seems to be sat below a thick pane of glass? Compare that to a Sammy, Apple or my Nokia 930. They look like the graphics are painted on the surface. That's good engineering, right there.

If you're into your photos then you should really switch to an Apple or Samsung phone (with the "auto-crap" turned off).


Re: So...

Yeah, and I'm jumping the other way from a Z1 to a Nokia 930. Gonna get heat for this, but I've suffered for too long!!

Yes, Sony hardware was OK (CPU, RAM, microSD, OK camera, nice waterproofing - fun in a meeting once when I dropped my phone in a jug full of water), but the screens are not what Sony think they are, and guess what's the No.1 thing you need to be good on a smartphone. Sit your shiny Sony next to a Sammy, Apple (or Nokia 930) and try not to look like the loser - like I did for 18 months... No, the main problem is that in my opinion Android really isn't very good in many ways.

Sluggish UI (really? Still? Even after project butter, etc.).

Tardy updates to the OS (if you're not on Nexus).

Exchange mail stopped working properly in Kit Kat so rendered useless for work (not just me, that one).

I don't install a gazillion apps (I was scared off installing crap after many bouts of random phone lockups or phantom app battery drain), so an app 'store' full of ad-ware wasn't a great draw for me.

I replaced my Android tablets with Windows 8.1 a while ago, now my phone with Windows Phone 8.1. Got to say I'm very pleased with the results! I get the occasional use of someone else's tablet or phone and I'm sorry to say that I'm not sorry I moved, not one bit.

Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide


Gaming benchmarks is something of an Android manufacturer obsession (they have to differentiate somehow) so I would take some salt with benchmark results. But..

You need that horsepower to make an Android UI work smoothly. Boom!

No, ask yourself who needs that CPU horsepower? Why? Is it being used well?

In the real world, iPhones play games that are *every bit* as good as, or (sometimes significantly) better than anything on Android. The UI really is smoother. Using the phone really is snappier. You might not like the OS but you have to give it to them, they know what they're doing when building their hardware and software together.

Perhaps the processors are better in the real world than benchmarks can reveal. Perhaps IOS is just more efficient, or the APIs are better or the OS is prioritising the right things to make those phones work better than Android. Perhaps with fewer hardware options (and one OS version used almost universally) app designers get to optimise their code better. Perhaps the tools are better. Possibly all of the above are true.

Seriously. Put the banjo down, pick up an iPhone 6 and play your favourite game or run your favourite app. Tell me it isn't just as good (or better) than on the Android. Coz it is, benchmarks smenchmarks.

Lastly, you can't seriously think that as many Androids are sold on the "high-end" as iPhones (based on price as-sold). Every iPhone is a high-end phone, Samsung have about 30 different models on sale right now with, what, 5 or 6 of them current "high end" phones? Same for LG, Sony..

BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500


Re: It would help if the author knew what he was talking about.

I think perhaps you should go back and re-read the article. Mr Nicholson makes some great points. You're right that transactions aren't the same as sensor data; I'd question the merit of moving from a relational model for all but the most specialist areas. Where's the payoff? Just what is being stored? If it was being dropped before (presumably because something was wrong with it?), is it really needed?

Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

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TN Screen? That's not at all premium..

You can get sub-£100 tablets with IPS panels. I know the Sony has a lot going for it, but the screen is the number-1 most important feature of any tablet. Viewing angles, brightness, responsiveness, colour. After that battery life, speed and weight, etc.

Seems that Sony spent their cash in the wrong place so won't be getting mine. Perhaps they could put a better screen in their Windows-8 version of the tablet (not announced, but I'm hopeful!).

Ten Windows tablets


Give RT a break! It works great for what it is!!

I hate it when people slag off stuff they have never owned or probably even tried.

**All tablets have compromises**

I bought a Windows RT Tablet (Asus vivotab RT) a few weeks ago for £286 on eBay (they're typically going for between £230 and £350). It has 2 USB ports, BTW - there's an adapter in the box for the second port that you can use on either the tablet or dock. The combination of a really light tablet and a detachable keyboard with the extra battery is just awesome. I can work on it with the keyboard and trackpad (e.g. at work in meetings), then detach the screen and use it on the sofa or loo like a tablet.

I have an iPad 1 (for the kids), iPad Mini (wife), Windows 8 tablet (main desktop PC) and I have tried everything else - 2x Android tabs, WebOS and even Blackberry for a bit. The Windows RT tab is *easily* the best so far for my needs. NO, it's not my main PC, but then I want a sofa surfer that can also do other stuff when needed. It's the tablet I go to first, carry around with me and use the most.

I could write essays on the problems with them all, but basically what I like about RT (and 8) most is the UI. I love the swipey gestures for navigation - it feels very natural and fluid. The UI is always responsive and smooth (unlike Android, even with Jelly Bean). I think Microsoft have done a fine job.

Windows RT is awesome for its market, (i.e. not a desktop/laptop replacement) and it is easily able to compete with the iPad while soundly beating every Android device I have tried.

The main downside for me at the moment is a lower number of apps/games compared to IOS and Android. But app count is not what it seems!

I can't really complain about IOS in this department because it's the clear leader in both quality and quantity of apps (although I can complain about the User Interface - so where's the innovation in the last 6 years?).

The apps that Windows 8/RT do have beat your average Android experience hands-down:

Android apps are often (usually? always?) not tablet optimised, so you get a scaled-up phone experience (try the eBay app on the iPad, Windows 8/RT and then any Android tab).

Android apps sometimes don't work at all because the developer didn't know about, care, or was able to support all processors, screen sizes, memory configurations, etc. that the grossly fragmented ecosystem has to contend with. I have had 2 of the very best selling Android phones and 2 tablets with every version of the Android OS since Froyo and I have *never* gotten Sky Go to work.. Ever. Worked first time on the iPad, though.

You're often unable to actually buy most Android apps.. Ad supported may cheer-up the free-tards thinking they're getting something for nothing, but I don't want to lose 20% of my screen to an ad banner flashing away continuously. I'd like to support the app developers a bit (the media says that Android developers don't earn much) but how can they compete when their app costs a quid next to someone else who "sells" it for nothing and people don't seem to care about the banner ads?..

Ugh. I'll stop there. I'm starting that essay that on-one wants to read. Either go along with your life believing the haters, or go out and actively try stuff for yourself.

You might be surprised.

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2


Re: At £700 a pop...

Just on price, a 64GB iPad with 3G is £659. And I'll bet you can get the Lenovo for less than that if you shop around. In my experience you can't get discounts on iPads (even the rare expensive ones). Admittedly you'll get a lot more of your £659 back when you trade in your iPad after 2 years.

If you want to play games, twitter, facebook, email, surf and watch TV then get an iPad. If you ALSO want to get real work done (office, photoshop, software development) then the Lenovo is a good (but not the only) choice.

Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!


... Sorry. Did I misread this as an article or piece of news?

Looks like a paid ad to me.

Xbox SmartGlass hits Android ahead of schedule


doesn't work.

Android 4.1.2 Tab = No workey. Who can be arsed with the side-loading shenanigans? This is a typical Android problem. Yes there are billions of droids on the planet, but any given app will only work on a subset of those devices. Sometimes a very, very small subset (thinking of the Sky Go app).

I know this is all off topic, and I'm sure that the MS app is useful. I just can't see it, that's all. Perhaps this was a ploy to highlight one of Android's failings?

Intel rewrites 'inadequate' roadmap, 'reinvents' PC


Hmm. Intel have a whiff of panic about them ATM..

I think they're seriously worried. Paul's keynote looks to be very much like a "stick with us, partners! We can do low power, too!" effort. I mean, that last Atom core is even named after a lot of hot air isn't it? And that lovely thin laptop-cum-tablet slide.. What on that slide can only Intel provide. In fact, what on that slide can competitors do right now and Intel not do?

If I were him, I'd be worried, too.

When your phone has a 32GB SSD, removable storage, always on fast internet, 2GB RAM, HDMI and a dual core processor with meaty (think PS3+) GFX processor you'll wonder what your desktop PC is meant for.

Windows on ARM. That's the fourth shift.

Samsung quietly lowers tablet graphics chip spec

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They all have their good and bad sides

Yes, when it first came out the Samsung Galaxy S' UI was a little bit laggy and GPS was iffy. But Samsung have supported it and continue to bring out updates (gingerbread 2.3.3 is coming v.soon).

With Android 2.2.1 all my Galaxy S niggles went away; it's a superb phone. Fast, easy to use and does much more than a stock apple iPhone.

The 3G Galaxy Tab has been problem free (so far - only had it for 3 weeks).

But I hear Apple, HTC, Sony and Motorola users griping, too, about bugs and updates. Nobody has the perfect phone with faultless support. It's a fact of life unfortunately.

Star Wars: From dream sci-fi bride to perfect Blu-ray wife


It's broken! Wah!

I think someone pulled the plug. The domain is currently redirecting to fox movies.

But who would have anticipated the high demand?

It's not as if star wars is popular, is it?


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