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2012-11-04 12:11:10 PM
So meh, it's worth saying again.

Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh
 
2012-11-04 01:23:45 PM
Meh, Swongbad! Meh.
 
2012-11-04 02:17:46 PM
It's not immediately obvious how to skip backwards and forwards in the music player to, for example, jump over long boring intros - or the first minute and twenty seconds of Roxy Music's Pyjamarama.

GOOD. Touch screens are too sensitive. I'd rather make it hard to skip halfway through a song than do it by accident.
 
2012-11-04 02:18:41 PM
Microsoft is like that girl you know who descended from rich and powerful great great grandparents who because of that thinks that her shiat don't stink, that anything she does is special.

Tell me how Win phone 8 is going to get more money in my bank or a faster car in my drive or fark off. Oh, it's got a "kid's screen"? Thanks. Guess what, I don't have clips from A Serbian Film pinned to my desktop. I can change my Xbox avatar? Wow. Really... WOW. It's got IE10? WOW.
 
2012-11-04 02:39:51 PM
Metro looks like a cluttered mess. Why fix a desktop environment that isn't broken?
 
2012-11-04 02:44:08 PM

State_College_Arsonist: Metro looks like a cluttered mess. Why fix a desktop environment that isn't broken?


This is why I still run Windows 7 on all my cell phones.
 
2012-11-04 03:17:46 PM

State_College_Arsonist: Metro looks like a cluttered mess. Why fix a desktop environment that isn't broken?


Why do anything then? Wooden ships worked fine. Why bother with the newfangled iron steam ships? Those things will never catch on.
 
2012-11-04 03:22:48 PM

farkeruk: Tell me how Win phone 8 is going to get more money in my bank or a faster car in my drive or fark off. Oh, it's got a "kid's screen"? Thanks. Guess what, I don't have clips from A Serbian Film pinned to my desktop. I can change my Xbox avatar? Wow. Really... WOW. It's got IE10? WOW.


How the f*ck would Android or iOS get "money in your bank"??

I think you're confusing 'cell phones' with 'businesses that you own'. A very strange confusion at that.

I have a first-gen Windows Phone 7, my wife just got the Galaxy s3. I can tell you that side by side, even though mine is a touch slower with the map app, it moves blazingly faster. It is so fluid and hassle-free. It looks and acts supremely better than both Android and iOS in every way. More stable, quicker, etc.

If you are under the belief that time = money, than using this platform will save you time, which in turn logically means it saves you money.

It's not as functional, no. Laughable media support, no memory cards, and no one is developing for it. But if you can get past that (I'm not a power user, so it doesn't bother me), than it's a dream.

And as usual, they market the wrong things. Who gives a f*ck about xbox live. How about a campaign saying "hey, our phone doesn't lock up like Android".
 
2012-11-04 03:29:04 PM
In other news, the Nexus 4 looks badass.
 
2012-11-04 03:32:19 PM
Wait, The Register didn't refer to Microsoft as The Vole even once in the article, I want my money back.
 
2012-11-04 03:39:35 PM
Oh, it's about THAT?

/meh
 
2012-11-04 04:04:43 PM
If I needed a new phone I would actually consider a windows phone. Seems they are really keeping the price down to try to get people to buy them and they seem just as good as the iphone or android phones. If it makes calls, can browse the web, and do email it's got everything I need. Why spend an extra $100 for an android phone that does the same thing?
 
2012-11-04 04:09:54 PM

farkeruk: Microsoft is like that girl you know who descended from rich and powerful great great grandparents who because of that thinks that her shiat don't stink, that anything she does is special.


Microsoft = Paris Hilton??
 
2012-11-04 04:18:05 PM

moothemagiccow: It's not immediately obvious how to skip backwards and forwards in the music player to, for example, jump over long boring intros - or the first minute and twenty seconds of Roxy Music's Pyjamarama.

GOOD. Touch screens are too sensitive. I'd rather make it hard to skip halfway through a song than do it by accident.


This is aimed at the article, and not you. What the hell isn't obvious about pressing and holding the fast forward button? Because that's how you do it on WP7, and I don't imagine that it's all that different on WP8
 
2012-11-04 04:18:08 PM
My wife and I both have every version of the iPhone with the exception of the iPhone 5. We also both have iPads and I've been tempted to make my next laptop purchase a powerbook.

That having been said, I am going to be buying the Lumia 920 when it is released this month. I asked my wife is she intended to use our next re-contract to get a cheap iPhone 5 and she said no. So I am going to hand-me-down my iPhone 4 to my sister in law and get the Lumia. I am also very interested in the MS Surface tablets and I could easily see myself buying a all in one touch screen 27" computer.

I think Microsoft is on to something.
 
2012-11-04 04:20:10 PM

sure haven't: farkeruk: Tell me how Win phone 8 is going to get more money in my bank or a faster car in my drive or fark off. Oh, it's got a "kid's screen"? Thanks. Guess what, I don't have clips from A Serbian Film pinned to my desktop. I can change my Xbox avatar? Wow. Really... WOW. It's got IE10? WOW.

How the f*ck would Android or iOS get "money in your bank"??

I think you're confusing 'cell phones' with 'businesses that you own'. A very strange confusion at that.

I have a first-gen Windows Phone 7, my wife just got the Galaxy s3. I can tell you that side by side, even though mine is a touch slower with the map app, it moves blazingly faster. It is so fluid and hassle-free. It looks and acts supremely better than both Android and iOS in every way. More stable, quicker, etc.

If you are under the belief that time = money, than using this platform will save you time, which in turn logically means it saves you money.

It's not as functional, no. Laughable media support, no memory cards, and no one is developing for it. But if you can get past that (I'm not a power user, so it doesn't bother me), than it's a dream.

And as usual, they market the wrong things. Who gives a f*ck about xbox live. How about a campaign saying "hey, our phone doesn't lock up like Android".


This. My Nokia lumia 710 running windows phone 7 is the most stable smart phone I've ever used. True, there ain't crap for apps, but everything it does have runs amazingly well and fast, and I've never had a "force close." I do miss several apps from when I had a droid, but I just bought a droid tablet from nomorerack.com to make up for that, which I can tether to my windows phone, so I'm all good now.

/misses droid
//but my phone still works like I took it out of the box since I got it in April.
///internet is the internet, too. Animated gifs, flash movies, etc.
 
2012-11-04 04:20:30 PM
Well, I'm still sticking with my Pre2, as after playing with both Apple and Android devices, I still find WebOs easier and more elegant.

When the times comes, out of all the choices I may have, I'd consider the Win8 phones just if to ensure some compatibility with my Windows desktop, even share some of the apps.. But I'm in no rush to switch my desktops or such to Win 8 anyways, so it might be a while.
 
2012-11-04 04:23:40 PM

smadge1: Wait, The Register didn't refer to Microsoft as The Vole even once in the article, I want my money back.


Are you sure you aren't thinking of The Inquirer?
 
2012-11-04 04:23:57 PM

sure haven't: I have a first-gen Windows Phone 7, my wife just got the Galaxy s3. I can tell you that side by side, even though mine is a touch slower with the map app, it moves blazingly faster. It is so fluid and hassle-free. It looks and acts supremely better than both Android and iOS in every way. More stable, quicker, etc.


I've played around with Windows Phone a number of times (of course the only time I ever have a chance to is when I run into a Microsoft employee) and the interface works very well in that format. The metro interface doesn't translate well to a 27" desktop screen.
 
2012-11-04 04:53:35 PM

DigitalCoffee: farkeruk: Microsoft is like that girl you know who descended from rich and powerful great great grandparents who because of that thinks that her shiat don't stink, that anything she does is special.


Microsoft = Paris Hilton??


They're both cluttered with viruses
/Ba-dum-CHING!
 
2012-11-04 04:57:41 PM

mpfjr: I am also very interested in the MS Surface tablets and I could easily see myself buying a all in one touch screen 27" computer.


i can see that you've never used a touchscreen on a 27" computer.
 
2012-11-04 05:32:49 PM
FTA: All in all, Windows Phone OS is now a strong contender, but there's no room to rest on any laurels. The out-of-the-box apps on rival phones are simply much more fully featured, and Microsoft needs to bring out an upgrade sooner rather than later - say early Q2 - to keep up the pace.

Spot on.
 
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2012-11-04 06:02:29 PM
As long as it can run the Strava app so I can track my bike rides I don't care what OS my phone is on

/as long as it's on my Virgin Mobile $25/mo plan
//seriously, Strava is about the only thing bought my phone for
 
2012-11-04 07:06:26 PM

the_sidewinder: This is aimed at the article, and not you. What the hell isn't obvious about pressing and holding the fast forward button? Because that's how you do it on WP7, and I don't imagine that it's all that different on WP8


That method simply does not work on longer tracks, say 1 or 2 hours long. And I've got plenty of those. A big reason I went with the Nano 4 is because the wheel can handle that task.

So tired of new versions of software and devices lately that are downgrades.
 
2012-11-04 07:10:39 PM

brokenhandle: State_College_Arsonist: Metro looks like a cluttered mess. Why fix a desktop environment that isn't broken?

Why do anything then? Wooden ships worked fine. Why bother with the newfangled iron steam ships? Those things will never catch on.


Replacing Windows 7 with Windows 8 is like replacing wooden ships with unfashioned ingots.
 
2012-11-04 07:27:41 PM

mpfjr: My wife and I both have every version of the iPhone with the exception of the iPhone 5. We also both have iPads and I've been tempted to make my next laptop purchase a powerbook.

That having been said, I am going to be buying the Lumia 920 when it is released this month. I asked my wife is she intended to use our next re-contract to get a cheap iPhone 5 and she said no. So I am going to hand-me-down my iPhone 4 to my sister in law and get the Lumia. I am also very interested in the MS Surface tablets and I could easily see myself buying a all in one touch screen 27" computer.

I think Microsoft is on to something.


I agree. Our contracts expire in Feb. Until I saw the new Windows 8 phones, it was a given that we'd be upgrading to iPhone 5. Not so sure now...
 
2012-11-04 07:50:01 PM
Ask this reporter what Ballmer's ass tastes like.
 
2012-11-04 07:58:23 PM

bingethinker: Ask this reporter what Ballmer's ass tastes like.


I asked him. He said it's kind of a combination between Steve Jobs' wrinkled raisin, and Jony Ive's puckered sphincter. I'm sure you can iRelate to that...
 
2012-11-04 09:03:15 PM
I'm assuming that Nokia's Windows phones are using Ovi Maps, which is a great offline map, always has been. I still am temped to switch over to the Nokia phone just for that. Google Maps is great but for navigation you really shouldn't need a constant data connection. Even on offline pre-cached Google Maps you cannot do a street search.
 
2012-11-04 09:14:25 PM

skinink: I'm assuming that Nokia's Windows phones are using Ovi Maps, which is a great offline map, always has been. I still am temped to switch over to the Nokia phone just for that. Google Maps is great but for navigation you really shouldn't need a constant data connection. Even on offline pre-cached Google Maps you cannot do a street search.


They split the app up into a couple of pieces, Maps, Drive, and Transit, but they do feature free map downloads for almost the entire world and offline usage.
 
2012-11-04 09:58:47 PM

WhippingBoy: bingethinker: Ask this reporter what Ballmer's ass tastes like.

I asked him. He said it's kind of a combination between Steve Jobs' wrinkled raisin, and Jony Ive's puckered sphincter. I'm sure you can iRelate to that...


Of course. Anybody who ever says anything remotely positive about Apple must be a fanboi.

Go to bed. You have to fail some middle school classes tomorrow.
 
2012-11-04 09:59:00 PM

imfallen_angel: Well, I'm still sticking with my Pre2, as after playing with both Apple and Android devices, I still find WebOs easier and more elegant.

When the times comes, out of all the choices I may have, I'd consider the Win8 phones just if to ensure some compatibility with my Windows desktop, even share some of the apps.. But I'm in no rush to switch my desktops or such to Win 8 anyways, so it might be a while.


WebOS was absolutely amazing. I'll never forgive HP.
 
2012-11-04 10:10:41 PM
 
2012-11-04 10:57:23 PM

bingethinker: WhippingBoy: bingethinker: Ask this reporter what Ballmer's ass tastes like.

I asked him. He said it's kind of a combination between Steve Jobs' wrinkled raisin, and Jony Ive's puckered sphincter. I'm sure you can iRelate to that...

Of course. Anybody who ever says anything remotely positive about Apple must be a fanboi.

Go to bed. You have to fail some middle school classes tomorrow.


Is this all you ever do?
 
2012-11-05 01:09:24 AM
I divorced Microsoft two days ago.. I finally switched 100% to linux and don't miss Windows a bit.. Years and years of stealing their software ends with Windows 8.. I had to draw a line..
 
2012-11-05 01:10:06 AM
FTA: So, for example, you can't flag IMAP messages.

I take it we can expect this by Windows Phone 26 or so?
 
2012-11-05 01:10:54 AM

styckx: I finally switched 100% to linux and don't miss Windows a bit..


Now you can forget about Metro and jump right into the Unity vs. Gnome 3 vs. KDE 4 flamewars. Yay!
 
2012-11-05 01:21:36 AM

MrEricSir: styckx: I finally switched 100% to linux and don't miss Windows a bit..

Now you can forget about Metro and jump right into the Unity vs. Gnome 3 vs. KDE 4 flamewars. Yay!


I'm over that already..

Unity - Actually really good once you give it a chance.. I love it actually (on 12.04 LTS)
Gnome Classic - The best of the classic start menu like desktops
Gnome 3 - I've shiat blood that looked better..
KDE4 - It's pretty, it's shiny, and buggy and annoying as shiat
MATE - Meh.. Bland and reminds me of Linux growing pains days
Cinnanmon - Somewhere in the middle of the rest

I stick with Unity to be honest.. I don't know if earlier incarnations of it sucked that bad or Linux kids just hate change that much... It's really a great desktop.
 
2012-11-05 01:41:48 AM

styckx: I divorced Microsoft two days ago.. I finally switched 100% to linux and don't miss Windows a bit.. Years and years of stealing their software ends with Windows 8.. I had to draw a line..


I'm sure they'll miss every imaginary penny of your non-business.
 
2012-11-05 06:41:45 AM
I'm going to try--as an experiment--enjoying my Galaxy S III without trashing competing operating systems. I'll let you know how it goes.
 
2012-11-05 12:47:18 PM
Oh look. It has a "Beats by Dr. Dre" thing on it.

...what does that do anyway?
 
2012-11-06 12:56:30 PM

ZipSplat: Oh look. It has a "Beats by Dr. Dre" thing on it.

...what does that do anyway?


On the 8x? It means that they have a proper headphone amp built into the phone

/And some sort of audio enhancing software that ,if I were to get the phone, would probably be the first thing I would disable
 
2012-11-07 08:51:45 PM

the_sidewinder: On the 8x? It means that they have a proper headphone amp built into the phone


I could go for that, actually. No phone that I have bought yet has had a reasonable goddamn amp. What in the hell.
 
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