Lexx: farkeruk: The last decade for Apple is, more than anything, about electronic components getting good enough that they could go portable. Where Apple made it's money was on being at the forefront of what was going on with that.The problem for Apple is the same one that hit camera manufacturers a few years ago: eventually you hit a point that the stuff does pretty much what people want it to do. No-one much cares about what the cutting-edge is doing, because the utility value of a 15mp camera over an 8mp one is about nil. If you drop your camera and break it, you'll like that you can now get a 15mp one, but most people aren't going to throw out an 8mp one. And even then, a lot of them will findI've just had a contract renewal and it's the first ever that I've not gone for an upgrade, and instead opted for a discount on my phone contract and I'm keeping my Nexus S. Sure, it ain't as nippy as a Galaxy S3, but I'll trade waiting an extra 2 seconds for an app to open for £15/month.I don't know about you but after 2 years, my mobile devices have a fraction of their original battery life and are falling apart due to repeated drops. Combine battery losses, wear & tear, and app store games requiring higher-end specs, and you get a constant need of refreshed devices. I'm not even taking into account the current work/research into augmented reality apps and Google Glass & similar products, which really will be the future.
Shakin_Haitian: Dissociater: theurge14: For the last farking time, it's not about "being cool". It's about having something that works exceptionally well. Yes, there are always the handful of idiots who really do think it's just about a status symbol, but the rest of us are glad to use a product that doesn't suck balls in some major way. Brand loyalty is built up over time when the whole "doesn't suck balls" thing is discovered to be true for a number of different products.These "tech reporters" who write click-gathering articles like this aren't getting it. "Cool factor" is not only factor here, or even the major one. Otherwise all the products listed would've been chucked away and rejected by people long ago. iPods have been around for 12 years now. iPhone has been around for 6 and more or less looks about the same. The current Macbook form factor has been around for about 7 years. Same with the iMac line. "Cool factor" doesn't apply to that sort of timeline.I'd buy that if the average person put in any sort of thought or research into figuring out the best product for them instead of just what's on TV the most.Who cares? Phones are all basically the same now, except for some silly stats that only about 3% of users actually care about or will even utilize to the fullest extent.
TNel: elchip: If I wanted a phone with an interface that looked like it was designed 6 years ago, I'd get an iPhone.(And if I wanted a phone with an interface that looked like it was designed 16 years ago, I'd get a Windows Phone.)Hey the interface of the Windows Phone is pretty slick. I actually miss it now that I have my S3 but it's only because I was so used to how it was. It's intergration was very nice, as much as I hate Zune, Keis can't hold a candle to it. How the hell can't it sync right is beyond me, for pictures and videos. I tell it to sync but it doesn't, I have the sync when Keis opens but nothing. All that it is good for is making a backup and even that is garbage you can't take a phone image with the software unlike Zune which will.Hate WP all you want but they do have a good platform and good software to go with it.
BumpInTheNight: tinyarena: [t3.gstatic.com image 225x225]You want 'cool?'Retro is coolBattery last for three daysYou can throw it at a dogNo pics, texting sucks, no emailIf you want to call me, call meor notAmen, mine can sometimes go a week without needing a charge and it costs me virtually nothing to maintain it. Mind you I pretty much never use it any ways but screw this keeping up with the jones phones and all the ridiculous bullshiat surrounding them. People are free to pay sometimes $100/month for three years plus a few hundred for the phones, I'll happily spend that money on more important things like beer, whores and blackjack.
theurge14: Mikey1969: theurge14:Scroll text smoothly, for instance? Or have the OS updated in a timely manner without waiting years for the carrier to do something about it.I really dig the freedom to download malware from all sorts of app repositories. Also the ability to root and put Cyanogen Mod on the phone is pretty tits, you know, to replace the boring default stuff on there. Oh, can't forget Apple's arrogance in determining that the ability to put an animation as my default wallpaper is pretty offense, I mean, who are they to tell me I can't put a wallpaper on my phone that will eat my battery in 2 hours on there?
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