* Posts by Rdad

4 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jul 2012

Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs


I wonder if El Reg could reach out to Phil Schiller and ask him his opinion of people using 5-year-old ipads. Presumably he would also consider this to be really sad.

Maybe this is actually a positive move from Apple to ensure that people upgrade in a timely fashion.

Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?


Re: huh?

+1 for the excellent "precisely bugger all technical knowledge to install"

It costs $450 in marketing to make someone buy a $49 Nokia Lumia


Isn't that kind of the point though? 99% of the world's population aren't us. They're not early adopters or technophiles. They're people's mums, or dads, or aunties etc etc.

They don't want to root their phone. They don't want to install extra apps (beyond, maybe, Skype, facebook and twitter and the odd game or two). They especially don't want to clear application caches, or move programs to memory cards. They just want stuff to work. At the same time you don't want to spend Sunday afternoon on the phone to your mum explaining how to get the video of your kids off the phone and onto their computer.

That's what WP (and, to be fair, iOS) gives you. It's a phone that works as you want it to right out of the box. It's a smartphone that doesn't say "you need to be smart to use me".

If I can use an analogy; when I was young, I enjoyed tinkering with my car. I liked changing bits of it when they went wrong, or adding bits to make it more mine. These days, I just want to get in, turn the key and go somewhere. The car market has matured, and so have I. It's not a toy any more, it's a tool.

The phone market will undoubtedly go this way as well. WP isn't customisable, and doesn't have the option to fit an aftermarket metaphorical spoiler, or alloys. From that point of view, WP's problem may not be that it's old-fashioned, it may be that it's too far ahead of the curve.

Oh, and I'd recommend WP7 to someone, even though I wouldn't buy one, so I'm one of your 8%. I'll be waiting for WP8...


Re: But will Windows Phone 8 owners be left out in the cold when Windows Phone 9 ships.

Flagship Android phones have ics upgrade paths. Really? The "Flagship" Nexus 1 ($529 at launch) launched in January 2010 with 2.1, and stalled at 2.3 in February 2011. By my count, that's 13 months of updates for a flagship Android phone.

My middle of the road WP7 LG Optimus 7 was free on a £25 per month contract. For that I will get 21 months of updates (when 7.8 arrives) and will have 3 months of 7.8 before I get a new 8 phone.

That's for an operating system that "just works"; that interacts immaculately with work's enterprise server; with native facebook and twitter support, with the apps I want and, most of all, with decent memory management and reliability.