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  • Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 & Surface Studio 2

    they are making some nice gear, I already placed my main desktop with a PC.  my mac book pro is scheduled to be replaced by a dell xp, and this looks like good fit when my ipad pro goes eol.
    No Apple discussion board would be complete without some "Apple customer" telling us how they're switching to Android or MS. This has been going on so long I'm surprised there are any Apple customers left.
  • Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid faulty screen complaints

    lkrupp said:
    Here’s the bottom line. Read it and weep... or throw up in your mouth.

    Headline reads:

    Samsung Galaxy Fold phones are breaking. Here's why it doesn't matter

    Double standard? Naw.
    "Samsung, unlike Apple, doesn't need to get it right the first time,"

    ...quoted source says this, but never explains this. Why does Apple need to get it right the first time, whereas Samsung doesn’t?
    Apple needs to get it right the first time in large part because Apple is so dependent on a handful of products, and so if they have a massive problem like this or the Note 7's problems Apple would be in serious trouble. Google can release a deeply defective Pixel or Samsung can have problems like the one with the Fold, and they have enough other products to fall back on that this isn't an issue.

    Remember this the next time someone is complaining about how Apple isn't "innovative" enough. Apple can't afford to release what are essentially beta versions of their products.
  • iPhone XS versus iPhone X - which phone unlocks faster with Face ID

    Ever since downloading iOS 12 on my X, Face ID is so fast now it seems pointless trying to figure out what is faster. It's gotten to the point where I've almost forgotten I even have a password on my phone.
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  • Jobs biographer slams Apple design and missed TV opportunity

    If he's going back 15 years, he's also leaving out the original MacBook Air and the iPhone in addition to all of the other products listed. What is the last great Apple product they designed, the 2004 iMac?

    As for TVs, they are a very low margin product that has to interact even now with cable. Coming out with a new TV is a lot harder than I think he realizes.
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  • Video: iPhone XS Max versus Galaxy S10+ photo quality comparison

    I would say on balance I like the way the XS photos look better than the Samsung photos, they just look sharper and more realistic to me. I know lots of people are excited about the wide lens, but while it might be nice to have I can't really say it's something that I really want (and bear in mind, I live on a lake so I take LOTS of landscape photos. What I would really like is a better telephoto lens. Those are the photos I really can't take that I would like to take. I wonder if this is a problem with physics or making the right lenses or if people just don't want those kinds of lenses on their phones.

    Having said that, I really do think the differences among the top phones is really overrated. When I look at photos I took with my iphone 6 and compare them with photos I took with my X on my 4k iMac screen, my X photos don't blow away my 6 photos (meanwhile, my 6 photos do blow away my iPhone 5 photos). My X photos are obviously better, but not that much better, and if the only difference between my X and my iPhone 6 was the camera I'd have never upgraded. I will also add that I've never had anyone send me a photo from their phone that made me think wow I wish I had that phone's camera nor has anyone sent me a photo from a flagship phone in which I was like I am really glad I don't have that camera. There are ways phone cameras could be better (see my comment about a better telephoto lens for one example) but I think overall phone cameras have kind of plateaued for now, and we are only seeing incremental improvements until the next big breakthrough 
  • Samsung Electronics CEO admits he launched the Galaxy Fold too early

    macgui said:
    I absolutely think there's a market for foldable phones, just not this version, not yet. The typical use case is obvious, or should be. The concept is sound but this Samsung was a prototype/demo at best and just as obviously never should have shipped.

    A foldable phone needs to be light and thin. Both of those metrics can be more than today's non-folders, because there will some compromise with the market willing to make some compromise for the larger screen. But even if this same Samsung were durable, it's just too thick and too heavy for 99.9% of  those wanting a folder. Once the novelty wore off, this thing would be a brick. A functional brick, but still a brick.
    LOL, I love it when people post the market and use for a folding phone is obvious, and then the person posting it doesn't explain what that user case is. Other than it being a cool gimmick what is the point of it?

    I know lots of people say that it will be a phone and a tablet, but why do people really want that? I think that folding phones might really take off, but they need to something that existing products don't do. Think of the iPhone. When it was first rumored, it sounded very much like all it was going to be was a cell phone and an iPod combined. While such a product would have been nice, it wouldn't have been the earthshattering product it was and it's hard to imagine it toppling Blackberry. The phone was essentially a portable computer you could carry anywhere along with being a phone, an iPod, and a GPS device all rolled into one and then some. For folding phones to become something exciting enough to really discuss, there needs to something more than what we've seen.