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12-28-2012 06:37 PM
hikeswithdogs Sorry to dig up an old thread but just couldn't help it now that almost exactly one year has passed

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Originally Posted by icydog View Post
Ultrabooks will be the future and tablets will remain to be a niche product.

I can tell you exactly where we're all headed. Ultrabook/tablet hybrids as mentioned before.

Man those "UltraBooks" are just FLYING off the shelves huh?

Oh wait

The Worst Product Flops of 2012 - Yahoo! Finance

UltraBook #7 Biggest failure of 2012
02-08-2012 02:34 PM
Kapn.K I've got a macbook pro yet I bought a Galaxy S 2. I've had the GS2 for about 4 months. I get a couple days off a battery charge(I am a light user, though). Not really a big apps user(never paid for or stolen any). iPhone was earth-shattering when it launched. 5 years later you have an aluminum case and voice commands. Apple has historically charged a premium for their "cool factor". I've seen a few of their products just die with no abuse. They are moving further away from inter-compatibility and will just get rid of apps or functionality with no warning. I bought my macbook ONLY because I wanted Logic Studio and the MBP worked out to about $100 more than a similar AlienWare I was considering. I'm a supporter of the open source community as I am an Enterprise Admin that configures many different devices to work together. Open source based products are a joy to work with. MS and Apple, not so much. Look up iphone 4s vs galaxy s 2 drop test video. That sealed the deal for me. I don't use a case for my GS2 and just carry it in my pocket. Samsung's software works great on the mac, too.
Steve
02-08-2012 01:20 PM
hikeswithdogs
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None taken, but going by society these days and how no one pays for music and streams everything online, i see people looking for ways around paying for things. If you pay for your apps, power to you. You're doing the right thing, but there are others that will not pay if they don't have to.

Just a question, and i don't want you to take it the wrong way...Do you pay for all your music as well? If you do that's very impressive and more people should be walking in your steps but do understand my perspective as well
None taken, I don't take anything personally from anyone life's to short :-)

For starters I'm not a HUGE music person so it's not like I'm buying CD's every month, more like a song or two every month which I can budget for and the girlfriend and I legitimately share iTunes accounts so we can share our music\apps\movies legally.

I refuse to pay for cable or Satellite TV(fuck the Cable\TV companies, they piss me off) so I do sometimes download TV programs(Dexter, Walking Dead, Weeds ect) "illegally" when I can't fidn them to rent on DVD\Netflix or borrow but if I could pay for these services over the internet and the fee was reasonable(like a 1-2$ to rent an episode, not BS iTunes prices) I would be more than happy to do so.

Over the last 2 years(since I got an iTunes account and Apple increased the default audio bit rate from 128 to 256+) I have paid for all of my music. I have high end UltimateEar studio quality EAM's and an ok home stereo so I refused to pay for uber low 128KB shit quality online\MP3 music and I ripped all my music from my personal or friends CD collections at 256-512 dynamic bit rates in order to TRY and maintain something resembling "CD Quality" audio.

I guess personally I'm more concerned about apps(and snowboard movies) because I know allot(not all of course) of these apps\games are built by small shops\teams or self starters who won't make it without a thriving legit apps store\customer base like they get with the iTunes store and iPhone\Touch\iPad users.

This among other more technical reasons(50 different Android models) is why Android users miss out on the largest games of the year and get crappy ports of existing iOS apps 6 months after their iOS release.
02-08-2012 12:01 PM
newnew
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No offence but not cool, most iOS apps are like 2-4$ at most, people work hard to provide that content and it's not fair to blatantly rip them off.
None taken, but going by society these days and how no one pays for music and streams everything online, i see people looking for ways around paying for things. If you pay for your apps, power to you. You're doing the right thing, but there are others that will not pay if they don't have to.

Just a question, and i don't want you to take it the wrong way...Do you pay for all your music as well? If you do that's very impressive and more people should be walking in your steps but do understand my perspective as well
02-08-2012 11:46 AM
hikeswithdogs
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I also have no use for Apple TV, and don't see why anyone would actually use it unless you buy all your content on iTunes. Samsung HDTVs (and most other high end brands like Sony, Panasonic, etc) already play all files directly off an external drive or streaming through DLNA, including all formats like MKV and avi, whereas the Apple TV plays very few files and can't even handle 1080p, which is annoying on any screen over 40".
The difference you can stream directly from your phone to the TV(or stereo) on demand you don't need a computer or even a wireless network, DNLA is sketchy at best wit crazy slow indexing.

Apple TV will play anything that plays on your phone, unless you've used it before you have no idea how convenient\simple\reliable it is any stranger with an iOS can walk into your house\business and start streaming music\video\youtube basically ANYTHING that can be seen or played on your phone can be streamed or mirrored to the big screen with zero configuration or hassle, it "just works"

All my audio is in mp3\mp4 containers no reason to dick around with other formats, I do wish it was 1080p compatible(next version) but most of my video\movies I keep for permanent use is 720p anyways.

The best place to get Snowporn is on iTunes, their are 1\5 the cost of the DVD\Blu-Ray and 720p quality is good enough when 85% of the video is shot with lower quality mobile\camcorders anyways.

Now when it comes to Hollywood movies it's blu-ray all the way


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apps...will cost you money at first, but if you jailbreak your phone then everything becomes free. an easy fix there. screen is smaller than the galaxy nexus but the pixel density is better...
No offence but not cool, most iOS apps are like 2-4$ at most, people work hard to provide that content and it's not fair to blatantly rip them off.
02-08-2012 11:17 AM
newnew i went through this same problem a couple weeks ago, i switched my blackberry 9900 to the new galaxy nexus, it was a great phone at first, AMAZING screen (4.65") but try having that in your pocket for a day walking around, becomes a very uncomfortable thing to lug around in your pants...Android's got a very steep learning curve too but that might be beacuse i was with blackberry for 6 years. At first i hated it, didn't know what to do with any of that shit, didn't know how to find my contacts or where to type in the name and just press send to call out, but my friend helped me out, walked me through it and lo and behold. i was liking it for a bit. customized it to the max, every android user will never have the same type of phone due to the endless possibilities of customizing your OS. BUT, there are a few things that android did lack (and it was enough for me to throw my phone and break it against the wall): the keyboard...my god was that thing heinous. i couldn't type for the life of me. i sounded like i was in elementary school with terrible punctuation and grammar. I also didn't know such words that were replaced with auto-correct existed. Another thing would be when i typed, i would always accidentally hit the "back" button resulting me in going back to the home screen then having me push the message button to go back to my original text message. like i said, a very big headache. I'm a huge texter so keyboard is essential for me, i did not want to leave blackberry for that very sole reason, having a physical keyboard, but with the abundance of problems i encountered with blackberry, it was finally time to leave.

Anyways, i digress, after using the android for about 2 weeks, i accepted it. It's a very good platform, lots of things you can do with it, but it's like a mini computer in itself, lots of sub-branches and steps to get to something so simple; ie, calling someone, wanting to check mail/email out. Some may like this, others may not. Good apps too, it's cool being able to download a plethora of apps readily avaiable at the palm of your hands, and they're free too...who doesn't like free stuff?

BUT, all that being said...I ended up deciding to give the iphone a try as well (why not right?), of course the goal of the iphone is to be more "user-friendly" and i will give credit where credit is due; they did acheive their goal. iphone is very simple to use, very straight forward. the keyboard is very easy to text on as well. i have rarely any problems with auto correct or spelling mistakes. apps...will cost you money at first, but if you jailbreak your phone then everything becomes free. an easy fix there. screen is smaller than the galaxy nexus but the pixel density is better...

Honestly, it's all about self-preference. Do you want a mini-computer? or just a phone to fuck around with that's straight forward? What are you using the phone mostly for? Battery life on both phones will depend on your usage. I work in an office so i'm constantly on my phone. Literally sending messages or emails every other minute, then youtubing after, haha. but on the nexus i would have to charge the battery around 1pm, whereas the iphone i wouldn't have to charge until 4:30. With the condition that my phone was unplugged when i woke up at 7am. All very minor technicalities...dependant variables.

It is a tough decision though, i ended up keeping my iphone, but i think in the near future i will be going back to blackberry (depending on how their new line of phones appeal to me). Hope this helps...sorry about the huge lecture.
01-27-2012 08:15 PM
SPAZ
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I could never go under 4" again (that's what she said).
01-27-2012 05:24 PM
metric Yeah I've used the 4S too. Nice resolution improvement, but the whole boring iOS and tiny screen don't do it for me. I find the Android experience far more useful, and the 4.3" OLED screen on the Galaxy SII is just beautiful. Every so often I'll play with my old iPhone and the thing just feels like a toy with the tiny screen. I could never go under 4" again (that's what she said).

As for battery life, I get better battery through a day than my dad's iPhone 4S. That's with several widgets and Droid Deals running all day to keep track of Whiskey Militia & S&C deals. On average I have about 20-30% battery left on a heavy usage day when I go to bed (waking up at 7am and going to bed at midnight).

I also have no use for Apple TV, and don't see why anyone would actually use it unless you buy all your content on iTunes. Samsung HDTVs (and most other high end brands like Sony, Panasonic, etc) already play all files directly off an external drive or streaming through DLNA, including all formats like MKV and avi, whereas the Apple TV plays very few files and can't even handle 1080p, which is annoying on any screen over 40".

To each his own I guess, but unless you've already locked yourself into buying all content in iTunes, there are far better alternatives in both phones and media players should your TV not handle content itself. Roku and Boxee I found to be more useful.
01-27-2012 11:01 AM
forestfalcon I've had both, and I definitely prefer iOS over Android...even if just for the fact that Android sucked the life out of my phone so fast. With average usage, I was charging that thing 3 times a day, minimum. Plus, it's nice to have an iphone to actually use with our apple tv, the hubby no longer gets to dominate that thing.
01-27-2012 10:53 AM
hikeswithdogs Iphone3 and 3g did suck under powered CPU and crap battery not even close to a valid comparison to 4 and 4s

This article sums up why gaming on the iOS platform will most likely be superior for the foreseeable future

Mobile Throwdown: iOS vs. Android vs. Windows Phone - IGN

That and iOS+AppleTV+HDTV+Surround Sound is one of the most convenient things in the world , especially when 70% of the people that come over have iOS devices.

We stealth Ninja installed an Apple TV at our home resort in Minnesota so anytime one the regulars came into the bar we could watch HD snowporn on the flatscreens instead of sports center or whatever crap was on regular cable, was sooooo nice.
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