- * The Sins of Ubuntu *
- TransPhone pairs tablet and handset, emerged before ASUS Padfone
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits Best Buy’s site, decorative Androids fall off in the process
- Nvidia Has Big Plans For Android and Tablets
- New Name, Same Linux
- Popular console emulators removed from Android Market
- Shuttle tablets at Computex 2011 (hands-on)
- Droid X gets genuine Gingerbread update, leaked build floats out for the impatient
- Taiwan show to feature Apple tablet challengers
- HTC has 12-megapixel Windows Phone in the works
- Samsung preps 4G LTE Galaxy Tab for 2011, Galaxy S III for first half of 2012
- ASUS Padfone unveiled at Computex
- ASUS Eee PC X101 runs MeeGo, costs only $200 (video hands-on!)
- Nvidia touts quad-core Kal-El chip in Android tablet
- Gigabyte announces S1080 Windows 7 tablet with USB 3.0 and optical drive dock
- ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro boots an Intel Oak Trail CPU into Windows 7 Pro, virtualizes Android
- ViewPad 7x aims to become world’s first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, adds HSPA+ for good measure
- Samsung teases 4G tablet for 2011, Galaxy S III in first half of 2012
- NVIDIA shows off power of Kal-El quad-core chip with new ‘Glowball’ video
- Rivals likely to reach for Google’s “Wallet”
Archive for May 2011
Soon I will be celebrating the anniversary of one of the worst technology mistakes I’ve ever made. First, some back story.
My first son was born in July of 2008. At the time, I was using a an LG V. For a gadget guy, I actually haven’t own that many cell phones. I’d had the V for several years,and it was a nice, sturdy phone for me. Both my wife and I work, so unfortunately, we had to put my son into Daycare instead of keeping him at home.
Here’s where the problem came in. I didn’t like the fact that any time I was away from my desk (like when I was in one of my many meetings), I couldn’t be reached if I was needed by my Daycare. The building I worked in allowed for virtually no Verizon signal inside the building. Even just a couple feet from the window, and signal dropped to zero. The same was true for every other cellular network I looked into, with one exception. AT&T. We didn’t want to switch to AT&T, so we toughed things out for almost a year before it was just too much. So, after talking to my wife, we decided to switch from Verizon to AT&T so that I’d be reachable inside of the building.
So, since we were switching networks anyway, we decided to splurge, and get smartphones. Really, at the time on AT&T’s network, the only choices were iPhone or Blackberry. I really didn’t want a Blackberry, so even though I’ve never been a big fan of Apple, I sucked it up and we each got an iPhone. The 3Gs had just been released, so we picked up the most current model.
For a couple months, everything was fine. Then it happened. My wife got a job offer out of state, and we decided to take it. Our new city (as it happens, Phoenix, AZ) didn’t have the greatest AT&T reception. There were many “dead spots” in areas where we frequented. Even in our home we sometimes barely get any 3G bars. I realize that this isn’t the fault of the phone, but the network, but it’s here for context.
One morning, we were heading out to work, my wife grabs her phone, and it won’t turn on. Plugged in, unplugged, we get nothing. We take the time and go to the Apple Store, and talk to one of the “Geniuses” there. He plays around with the phone for about 30 minutes, and gets nowhere with it. Apple graciously replaces the phone for us since we hadn’t even bought it a year ago. Unfortunately, with the new phone, none of her apps transferred to the new phone. Any pictures were unrecoverable (couldn’t even crack open the phone and change out the battery), so we lost a good number of pictures and videos of our now almost 2 year old son. We were not pleased with this.
Not long after that, I started noticing my phone behaving oddly. The phone would turn off claiming the battery was dead when the meter still was reporting over 10% charge. When I say that the phone “turned off”, I mean that the screen just blacks out. No warning. Apps were crashing left and right, and the phone was virtually unusable. Again, we took it to the “Genius” bar. The “Geniuses” played around with the phone for a little while, and then reported to me that the reason the phone was doing that was that there was a bug in the OS software that was telling me there was charge when there wasn’t. He suggested that I completely reinstall the OS.
Under the mistaken impression that these “Geniuses” might actually know what the heck they’re talking about, I followed my orders. I reinstalled the OS from scratch, completely rebuilding my phone. No change to the behavior of the phone. Still crashes apps, still dies before the battery meter makes it even close to zero.
We take it back to the Apple Store. The “Geniuses” tell me that the bug that caused the problem in the first place is still present in the current version of the OS, and that the next version of the OS will resolve the problem for me. All I need to do is wait for the next release.
Still, for some reason, thinking that they might have some semblance of a clue, I wait. Next version comes, and it doesn’t solve the problem. I rebuild the OS from scratch again, and it still doesn’t help.
At this point, I’ve given up on the “Geniuses”. They know what Apple tells them. I can’t use the word “Genius” without heaping derision on it when referring to Apple’s employees.
The phone is getting worse. The phone dies with 30% or 40% of the battery still supposedly charged. Apps barely run on the stupid thing any more, and many of the ones that I actually liked fail to load at all.
With about six months left in my AT&T contract, the phone has begun shutting down with 90% charge still apparently available. I bite the bullet and buy a Case-Mate battery extender. This thing is really the only thing that keeps phone working. It fools the phone into thinking that it’s plugged in. The Case-Mate battery only gives me about 3 hours charge, but right now, the battery in the phone is giving me less than 15 minutes. I have to keep the phone plugged in virtually all day, and when I can’t keep it plugged in, I turn on the Case-Mate so at least the phone thinks it’s plugged in.
Now, with under a month to go until this AT&T contract expires, I will be running (not walking) to the nearest Verizon store to replace this nightmare of a device as quickly as I can. I will replace this spotty network, and I will replace this disaster of a phone. I can honestly say that the iPhone was the worse tech purchase I’ve ever made, and the only thing it excelled at was making me miss my LG.
To the people that tell me constantly that the iPhone is “Magical” or “Revolutionary”, I tell you that you can take this phone. The sooner the better as far as I’m concerned.
The countdown has begun.
There is an ending to my pain, and if I have my way, I will never own another Apple product again.
- Microsoft Earns More from Android than Windows Phone 7
- Samsung asks to see Apple’s next iPhone, iPad
- Android 3.1 update for ASUS Eee Pad Transformer leaks out
- This is the ASUS PadFone
- Budget-Friendly Tablets Hitting Stores Next Week
- Apple v. Samsung Gettin’ Good
- Why Are Android Apps Ugly?
- Android Market’s most popular emulators disappear without a trace (update)
- Samsung Wants To See iPhone 5 and iPad 3
- ASUS PadFone shown off in proper brightness ahead of launch? (Update: new mockup)
- Samsung files motion to see iPad 3, iPhone 5 prototypes
- Samsung: Our lawyers should get to see iPhone 5/iPad 3
- * The OS-periment: RPC-Based Daemon Model Goes ‘RC’ *
- Samsung And Apple Demanding Each Others Devices
- How would you change HTC’s Thunderbolt?
- Malware Scanner Finds 5% of Windows PCs Infected
- Visualized: Samsung wants to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3
- Google pinpoints shutdown dates for Wave, Translate APIs (amongst others)
I just got done reading an article over at MSNBC on the Top 10 Ways iOS Outdoes Android. It really pissed me off. I want to do a break down of this article, and it’s stupid claims.
10. iTunes Media Store. OK, this thing is crap. It doesn’t sync wirelessly, yet the author still gives it credit for being seamless. When you buy media from Amazon, which you can from anywhere, it syncs directly to your device without having to find a computer and plugin. You have access immediately, not after you do a time wasting sync with a computer that’s completely unnecessary. Stupid. The best thing the author can say about it is that it’s integrated. Goody for it.
9. AirPlay. First of all, AirPlay is useless if you don’t have more than one Apple device. It’s not an advantage of the iOS, it’s a limitation. It ties you to Apple products. This is a huge negative in my book, and definitely not something to call an advantage. There are other, better, more open solutions available, which he even goes so far as to mention. The fact that one kind of device will connect to one other device (which btw only like 10 people own), and only when you’re using Apple’s software is not an advantage over other services which will connect many types of devices to many other types of devices.
8. Find My iPhone. The author makes this claim: “It’s not like you can’t roll your own device-tracking setup on Android, but now that Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) is free it’s no longer the best paid option — it’s just the best.” He makes no attempt to back that up, and doesn’t even acknowledge that there are many free ways of doing exactly the same thing on an Android phone that are just as good, or better.
7. A better support system. The author has the gall to call the Genius Bar a “better” support system. I can’t say the word “genius” without heaping derision on it when I’m referring to the Geniuses at the Genius Bar. Every time I’ve ever needed to use their service, they’ve failed to resolve my problem. I’ve had better luck with the Geek Squad. To call the Genius Bar an advantage of the iOS is deluded to say the least.
6. Battery Life and Management. This is just an excuse. Apple’s multitasking is a joke, so it says that it’s a feature meant to preserve your battery. No, it’s just because Apple’s multitasking sucks. To call this an advantage is ignorant.
5. iTunes and Tethered syncing. It seems every item on this list is more aggravating than the last. iTunes and tethered syncing is an advantage??? First of all, iTunes is a POS. It’s an archaic remnant of a time when media players were the norm, and Apple needed something to compete with WinAmp. It wasn’t as good then, and it’s a catastrophe now. The author states: “Android is missing iTunes in the same way iOS is missing Android’s wireless capabilities.” No, Android is missing iTunes the same way I’m missing an extra hole in my head.
4. No crapware. This is not an advantage of the OS. This is an advantage of the vendor, and Apple’s clout over the carrier, but not the OS.
3. A bigger and better variety of apps. I always find this one amusing when I hear iOS users use it. It’s the same argument that Windows users have been using against Mac users for decades. The only difference is, for Android and iOS, the condition is temporary. Android will have more apps than iOS in short order, and then iOS users will change to saying quality over quantity. And when that argument falls through, iOS users will switch to the “We don’t need that” argument. It’s all be said and done before. It failed then, and it fails now.
2. A well-designed, intuitive user interface. Let’s be clear here. Apple didn’t design a user interface. They made an icon grid. The same interface that’s been present on every single GUI since Xerox invented it. That’s all. Androids UI is customizable, and it’s much more functional with the inclusion of movable icons and widgets. Apple’s UI is limited and static. Again, to call this an advantage is delusional.
1. Consistency. This is another “advantage” that always makes me laugh. iOS users think that having the same IU as every single other person that has an iOS device is an advantage. It’s a limitation. Someone else has decided what the best thing is for you, and doesn’t let you say otherwise.
This article really raised my ire when I read it. It seemed like every “advantage” listed came straight from Apple’s marketing department, and required zero thought by the author. Too often, that’s the kind of thinking that I see from iOS users and Apple fans. It literally makes me ill. I can say that the iOS does have one advantage over the Android though. It definitely has more BS.
- KDE 4.7 – a First Look At Beta 1
- Amazon Kindle Tablet Rumor Roundup
- Lodsys shifts in-app purchasing target to Android devs following Apple response
- Happy 500K, App Store, but what about these apps?
- Paypal v. Google: a tawdry tale of trade secret misappropriation
- Top Android smartphones for the summer
- Verizon woos Android lovers with Xperia Play, launches three other new phones
- HTC Is Paying Microsoft $5 For Every Android Phone
- Microsoft doing nicely out of HTC Android phone sales
- Amazon Going Nutz With 4G Androids Monday
- Making money from paid apps in Android Market a challenge for app developers
- U.S. ITC to investigate Nokia’s patent case against Apple
- ASUS Eee Pad Slider going on sale ‘soon,’ price is still anyone’s guess
- Lodsys targeting Android developers, too
- Google Responds To The Lawsuit From PayPal
Recently, a friend of mine and I were discussing his phone and his desire to buy the iPhone 5 to replace his Android phone. Personally, think moving from an Android to an iPhone is a mistake, but that’s not really the point of this particular posting.
During the course of the conversation, the phrase came up “It just works.” I’ve heard this phrase countless times over the years to describe one OS or another, and it’s always seemed weird to me.
For something to “just work”, the task that you’re trying to perform has to be within the subset of tasks the device is inherently capable of. For example, if I were to want to browse the web, in today’s day and age, pretty much any computer or smart phone I picked up would “just work”. They all come with built in web browsers and networking capability. So the claim “it just works” could apply to any of them. A secondary, counter example would be, if I were to want to dig a hole in my back yard. Now, short of using the case as some sort of digging device, none of those devices could claim to “just work”.
What this really boils down to is this: Whether a device “just works” or not is subjective to a particular persons needs.
For me (and I’d go so far as to claim most people), what I need in a computer is simple.
- I need a word processor. This doesn’t have to be Microsoft Word, or Lotus something or other. To often, people get tied up in names. I’d be willing to bet that Open Office or LibreOffice can perform most if not all tasks required of an average user.
- I need a spread sheet. Again, it doesn’t have to be a particular brand name, and again, Open Office or LibreOffice more than meet the needs of the majority.
- I need access to the Web. Linux supports Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and other web browsers. All are capable of browsing the vast majority of the web.
- I need to view graphics. I have a digital camera and two kids. I want to see video and images of those kids on my computer. Linux more than covers these bases, and does so with ease and style. No issues there.
So, when it really comes down to it, Linux does all the things that the average person requires from their OS. On top of those things, it’s easy to use, stable, and close enough to being virus free that it makes the Mac look like a cesspool of infection.
Based on those facts, I think it’s safe to say it.
Linux: It just works.
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- Arduino, magnet wire, and Android combine to create poor man’s NFC (video)
- PayPal Sues Google over Wallet Service
- Breaking: Google Courting LG & HTC For 3rd Nexus (with image)
- Android Devs Facing In-App Purchases Issues
- PayPal Says Google Wallet Steals Trade Secrets
- Amazon Challenges Apple With New Mac App Store
- MeeGo Being Ported To Wayland
- Microsoft’s lucrative new revenue stream? Android.
- How to Install Google’s Chrome OS
- HTC-Android handsets’ timing is all wrong
- Lodsys targets Android dev over in-app purchase
- HTC To Unlock Smartphones' Bootloader
- Top 10 controversies of Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft
- Microsoft’s next cash cow – Android!
- Steve Ballmer's Head On the Block?
- Smartphones, not DVRs, are the biggest threat to TV adverts
- Amazon Challenges Apple With Mac App Store
- Another Samsung WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits the FCC, this time dubbed GT-P7310
- Linux Mint 11 – Vital Service or Prolonging Agony? – OStatic (blog)
- Microsoft’s Ballmer: Piracy killing our China revenue
- Amazon opens Mac software store with downloads
- KDE Ships First 4.7 Beta
- Google Wallet: the End of Anonymous Shopping
- New Mac Malware Variant Doesn’t Need an Admin’s OK
- Four Tablets with Features the iPad 2 Lacks
- Pay with your Phone with Google Wallet
- Native x86 Android Runtime: Android Applications on Windows
- Visa to Google Wallet responds with NFC mobile payment plan of its own
- Amazons launches Mac Download Store
- Visa to Google Wallet responds with NFC mobile payment plan of its own
- Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Distro For Computational Cluster?
- T-Mobile working on G2x software fix, Gingerbread coming by summer
- Windows 1.0: the Power of DOS, Plus Tiled Windows
- Amazon launches Mac Download Store with more than 250 titles
- Amazon opens up Mac downloads stores
- Google Wallet enables mobile NFC payments on Android, gives away readers
- Google unveils Google Wallet and Google Offers for mobile payments
- Google Wallet Could Transform Mobile Payments
- Google announces Wallet NFC service, Offers
- EVO 2 console promises to bring Android gaming to your TV this fall
- Apple's iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked
- Microsoft says Ballmer’s Windows 8 in 2012 comment was a ‘misstatement’
- More Trouble For Rooted Devices
- Franken pushes Apple, Google toward privacy policies for apps
- Apple fights fake anti-virus software vendors
- Smartphones? Thereâs malware for that, too.
- BlueStacks on track to enable Android apps on ‘any x86-based Windows device’
- Here comes the Chromebooks
- LG and Dell relying on Android to capture Indian mobile market
- BlueStacks on track to enable Android apps on ‘any x86-based Windows device’
- Mac malware authors release a new, more dangerous version
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 To Arrive With Honeycomb 3.1
- Microsoft Skype breaks open-source partnership
- Droid Incredible 2 review
- Gingerbread finally coming to Droid X Friday, Droid 2 and Pro to follow?
- Fedora 16 Will Number UIDs From 1000
- Cyanogenmod Puts Users in Control of Permissions
- Verizon’s LG Revolution launches May 26th for $249.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will ship with Android 3.1 on board, said to be ‘a few days away’
- Samsung ordered by court to give Apple access to unreleased products
- Fedora 15 Released
- Major Release of Miro Aims to Compete With iTunes
- Motorola Droids Seeing Gingerbread Soon?
- Microsoft backpedals from Ballmer’s Windows 8 comments
- Mango update ripens Windows Phone 7 (roundup)
- Windows Phone Mango preview
- Windows Phone 7 Mango update is solid but not good enough
- Estimates peg App Store at 500,000 apps
- New CyanogenMod lets you rule Android app permissions with an iron fist
- Windows Phone 7.1 ‘Mango’ update to land this fall
- What Microsoft is and isn’t saying (yet) about Windows Phone ‘Mango’
- The 500,000 iOS apps approved are still just an appetizer
- Acer to produce Android tablet with Intel inside?
- You have malware on your Mac and you call Apple support … what happens next?
- Android security flaws leaves brands, consumers thinking ahead
- Ballmer: Windows 8 will debut in 2012
- Acer’s 10-inch Oak Trail tablet running Android 3.0 rumored for July delivery
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 priced at €606 by Amazon.de, joined by 10.1 model in a pre-order dance
- Apple continues to tell support reps: do not help with Mac malware