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Instagram makes this irrelevant
Apr 8, 2014, 2:31 PM
in the Article: Use Different Camera Apps to Improve Photo Quality forum

The quality of cellphone cameras has sadly become irrelevant because people tend to ruin their photos with Instagram's photo filter before sharing them. Sadly, a phone's ability to take beautiful color-accurate photos is irrelevant because the user will turn everyone's skin yellow, and add grain and a goofy retro frame on the photo in a desperate attempt to be creative by making their photos look exactly like every other Instagram photo.

A smartwatch with some useful features
Feb 24, 2014, 3:03 PM
in the Article: Galaxy Gear Fit Is Samsung's Lesser Wearable forum

The original Gear watches were completely redundant and basically toys for people who love gadgets. I found it absurd that the Gear watch saved people from the trouble of having to take their phone out of their pocket in order to read a text message (and honestly anyone interested in the Gear watch is probably someone who had and continued to have their phone glued to their hand anyway) I guess this is why they were a ...

Let me predict the reaction...
Feb 24, 2014, 2:51 PM
in the Article: Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Waterproof, Adds Fingerprint Sensor forum

The phone looks virtually identical to its predecessors, but fanboys are going to praise the subtle shift of a few molecules here and there as a revolutionary visual design shift. The phone, lacking holographic output and mind-reading capabilities, will cause fanboys to cry in agony that a phone released just 1 year after its predecessor fails to be a complete technological revolution in mobile phones. Thankfully the market is not full of insufferable fanboys looking for a substitute for a human ...

Breathe a deep sign of relief!
Nov 21, 2013, 4:01 PM
in the Article: Instagram Available to Windows Phone As a Beta forum

Now you can finally use your Windows phone to post faux-1970s era Polaroid shots of your food to the internet using the most irrelevant internet sensation since Pets.com! Gone are the days when you couldn't annoying your friends with useless photos using the EXACT SAME INSTRAGRAM FILTER every other Instagram user uses. Rumor has it that Instagram may celebrate this news by creating their 2nd, yes, 2nd filter for damaging your photos! No news yet on what it ...

Zeman's playing "Name That Party!"
Nov 13, 2013, 3:52 PM
in the Article: NJ Pushes to Make Texting at Red Lights Illegal forum

Those with a clue know that when it comes to reporting negative stories about Democrats that the media will give their party a little cover by hiding or omitting the individual's party affiliation, but if the negative story is about a Republican then the party affiliation is required to be in either the first sentence or headline. Zeman is proudly abiding by these J-school rules by neglecting to mention that State Sen. Richard Codey, the man behind this ...

How is this so hard to noodle out?
Oct 24, 2013, 3:32 AM
in the Article: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, U.S. Cellular to Sell Galaxy S4 Mini forum

A lot of people don't want to carry around some big cumbersome device. Phones are fragile and yet are exposed to more abuse than most other electronic devices, and they are incredibly easy to steal. A lot of people don't want the expense of a device that stands a good chance of being lost, stolen, or broken. As for the power most people really don't need it. Humanity somehow managed to survive until 2010 without the ubiquitous ...

Wow, that has little if anything to do with what I said
Sep 18, 2013, 1:51 AM
in the Article: BlackBerry Likely to Be Carved Up forum

RIM, yes, decided the smartphone market should be for business purposes while the market decided that smartphones should be toys. That the extent to how correct your post was and it wasn't even a claim I disputed. Here is where you are wrong: Do you actually want to disagree that basic operations of the pre Z/Q10 RIM devices was cumbersome? Who the hell wants a device that is a pain in the butt to use? You seem to be ...

Re: Kinda sad
Sep 18, 2013, 1:17 AM
in the Article: BlackBerry Likely to Be Carved Up forum

You question Google's untrustworthiness? This company stockpiles personal information upon people and goes out of its way to ensure it is difficult to erase. For example, I keep my phone clean because it has such little memory I can't even view my picture albums at times so I wipe the cache from everything. With web browsers it can be setup automatically, yet when I go to Google and enter a search phrase my previous search queries ...

Re: Your own advice
Sep 17, 2013, 3:07 PM
in the Article: Sprint Launches LTE in 34 New Markets forum

No, he meant GigaBYTE because the original poster's use of an uppercase "B" meant that they were actually measuring things in BYTES and therefore it would have meant that you could download a full gigaBYTE in seconds. Of course the whole "bits" measurement system is pure marketing nonsense designed to confuse consumers into thinking something is more advanced than it really is. Something measured in gigabits should really be measured in megabytes and something measured in megabits should be ...

Kinda sad
Sep 16, 2013, 2:49 PM
in the Article: BlackBerry Likely to Be Carved Up forum

I'm not a Blackberry fan, but I find this to be a bit sad. RIM definitely had a lot wrong with it (overly cumbersome UI being one of the most frustrating), but with their latest generation of smartphones they seemed to have finally show they got it but got it too late. RIM got arrogant with their position and blew off the iPhone as a childish passing fad when it reality the SOFTWARE CONTENT is what ultimately ...

It's a dollar sign and then the number.
Sep 13, 2013, 1:10 AM
in the Article: AT&T Reveals 'Next' Pricing for New iPhones forum

It's a dollar sign and then the number. It's a dollar sign and then the number. It's been that way since before your great granddaddy was born. Why has damaging written communication become so trendy that people won't even write a price properly anymore? This practice is just as obnoxious as the proudly misspelled UR. The lengths people go to screw up what they write is getting so unbearably annoying.

Nom nom nom nom....
Sep 13, 2013, 12:58 AM
in the Article: Facebook Testing Auto Video Playback in Mobile Feed forum

Data. Seriously, who outside of the boardroom of a major wireless carrier would think that this is a good idea? I guess teenagers and hipsters would so maybe this is a good idea.

No price drop on the old phones?
Sep 11, 2013, 2:47 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals the iPhone 5S with Fingerprint Sensor forum

Really? So the remaining stock of iPhone 5 will be priced the same as a 5s? The 5c will be priced the same as the remaining 4s? I know the masses are dumb, but who would make such a purchase? Are they just going to pitch the remaining stock of 4, 4s, and 5 phones? If so won't that offend the environmentalists that they felt compelled to pander to by ensuring we knew Al ...

Re: iPhone 5s is the Worst update ever.
Sep 11, 2013, 2:40 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals the iPhone 5S with Fingerprint Sensor forum

justfinethanku said: 3. IR beam support, because I don't want to use my TV remote, thats what my PHONE is supposed to be for! LOL

Re: Old andriod Versions
Sep 5, 2013, 9:33 AM
in the Article: Android 4.4 Named "KitKat" forum

Which means this is what the version numbers would have been if Google had numbered things sensibly: 1.X - Astro 2.X - Bender 3.X - Cupcake 4.X - Donut 5.X - Eclair 6.X - Froyo 7.X - Gingerbread 8.X - Honeycomb 9.X - Ice Cream Sandwich 10.X - JellyBean 11.X - KitKat There are literally an infinite number of numbers so it isn't as if Google had to conserve them in order not to run out. I know Google doesn't make Firefox, but I find it funny how Google labels major ...

Major version? Why 4.4 instead of 11.0?
Sep 5, 2013, 9:27 AM
in the Article: Android 4.4 Named "KitKat" forum

In the rest of the computing world a MAJOR revision change to software results in an increase of the MAJOR digit of the version number. Therefore with "K" being a 11th digit of the alphabet of the language Android's naming is following that means this version of Android OS ought to be 11.0. It sure would make life easier handling these OSes if Google followed this basic convention.

Re: Rich Corinthian Leather
Sep 5, 2013, 9:22 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear forum

bluecoyote said: It's funny that a phone marketed to creatives manages to combine so many bad stylistic decisions- even for Samsung, who has a record streak of building really ugly stuff. Fake leather, fake aluminum, and chunky cheap plastic. What are you talking about? This phone looks exactly like every other smartphone produced in the past 3 years including the entire Samsung Galaxy series. A responsible phone owner is going to put their phone into a protective case anyway ...

Thickness is the most irrelevant dimension
Sep 5, 2013, 9:14 AM
in the Article: Idol X from Alcatel Is Less Than 7mm Thick forum

This quest for a phone so thin is only has one side is so absurd because it is accomplished by sacrificing durability and battery life. I have yet to hear someone complain that their smartphone is too thick, yet complaints about short battery life are even more common than the complaints about how the phone failed to survive a minor impact. Even if the battery life is good it would always be better if that same tech was built ...

Buy stock in cardboard box manufacturers, UPS, and Fed Ex
Sep 5, 2013, 9:07 AM
in the Article: Microsoft Buying Nokia forum

This sounds to me like a perfect reason to buy stock in in cardboard box manufacturers, UPS, and Fed Ex because Microsoft has taken their philosophy of releasing unreliable product from the software realm to the hardware realm. Microsoft actually ran out of boxes to ship warranty replacement xbox 360s due to the hardware problems that plagued that device, and no matter how many millions (if not billions) were lost with defects on that device Microsoft stubbornly refused ...

targets users who want something more than a feature phone.
Aug 31, 2013, 2:06 AM
in the Article: Jitterbug Debuts Touch 2 forum

"targets its older users who might want something more capable than a feature phone." If this statement doesn't show how it's time to ditch the dumb label of "feature phone" then I don't know what will. Something more capable than a "feature phone" would have,,, wait for it,,, MORE FEATURES. A smart phone is loaded with features, features is what a smartphone is all about, so therefore a smartphone is not only a feature phone but the ultimate feature ...

This is a purse phone
Aug 31, 2013, 2:00 AM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy Mega for AT&T forum

These kinds of phones are not for men to carry around in their pockets so the absurdity of carrying one of these beasts around that way won't be an issue. They are designed for ladies and metrosexuals to carry around in their purse so that they can sit back and read celebrity gossip when sipping lattes at Starbucks. When you carry a purse it would be trivially easy to carry one of these beasts around and it ...

Wait, this isn't T-Mobile?
Aug 31, 2013, 1:53 AM
in the Article: Aio Wireless to Reach All U.S. Customers September 15 forum

Yesterday I saw the "aio" logo on a red panel so naturally I thought that was the same thing as the T logo on hot pink and thought I was getting T-Mobile service! Oh noes!

Why spend all that money...
Aug 31, 2013, 1:51 AM
in the Article: HTC Working on Custom OS for China forum

...building a custom OS when you already have Android available? How expensive could it possibly be? Considering the difficulty two big names in the industry, Microsoft and Blackberry, are having in that area why put so much capital into this project?

Confusion to Instagram users
Aug 31, 2013, 1:49 AM
in the Article: Flickr for iOS Gains More Filters and Editing Tools forum

If a filter doesn't make a photo into a low-res 1970s Polariod wannabe, an Instagram user won't be able to make any sense out of it. To an Instagram user, you either have undamaged raw photos, or the faded 1970s Polaroid look. The fact that other filters exist will only confuse them.

In other words...
Aug 28, 2013, 1:01 AM
in the Article: Pandora to Nix Listening Limit, Updates Android App forum

The carries approached Pandora and gave them a little bonus for all of the overage their fanatical users and low-resolution audio files generate.

Windows 8 casualty?
Aug 28, 2013, 12:57 AM
in the Article: Microsoft's Ballmer to Exit Within a Year forum

Is this is reward for the abomination known as Windows 8?

Utter incompetence
Aug 28, 2013, 12:56 AM
in the Article: Motorola Says Custom Moto X Orders May Not Arrive in 4 Days forum

It shows utter incompetence for the manufacturer to get to the last minute only to realize (and announce to the customers) that it cannot make good on a promise like this. If the people at Motorola are really so clueless that it took until now for them to realize they couldn't handle this customization then they deserve to fail.

Stratosphere II - Does the naming even mean anything?
Aug 28, 2013, 12:53 AM
in the Article: Samsung i425 Aimed At Verizon forum

Am I missing something or is the "Stratosphere" series completely redundant when they have the Galaxy series? With the "Rugby" series the you know a device will be rugged, a "Captivate Glide" series would imply a device has a slideout keyboard, and the "Note" (sub)series means a device will have a massive screen. From what I can tell "Galaxy" and "Stratosphere" mean nothing more than a flat slab Android-based Samsung-produced phone. The name "Stratosphere" name is really ...

Re: Looks like every smartphone
Aug 28, 2013, 12:42 AM
in the Article: Samsung i425 Aimed At Verizon forum

Just wanted to correct that for ya!

Little baby birds
Aug 28, 2013, 12:41 AM
in the Article: Google Revamps YouTube for Android forum

The funny photo on this picture reminds me of a nest of baby birds.

Call me crazy, but...
Aug 11, 2013, 9:02 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: LG G2 forum

...isn't it time manufacturers started focusing on less glitzy features in exchange for features that matter in the real world? For example, phones are destined for a harsh life of abuse yet they are notoriously fragile with screens getting cracked from minor drops and death from minor exposure to water. Another common complaint is that the batteries just don't last enough hours. Also one or the other speaker (earpiece or speakerphone) tend to fail at some point. ...

No room? Make room.
Aug 11, 2013, 8:52 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: LG G2 forum

Well said Zpike. It is absurd to sacrifice core functionality in the pursuit of reducing the most irrelevant dimension of a phone. I mean, why not replace the charger with a power cord and eliminate the battery altogether? Imagine how thin a phone would be without a battery! Why not replace the screen with an HDMI port so that if someone wants to see the UI they can connect it to another screen? It's bad enough ...

Re: Worst LTE deployment ever
Jul 26, 2013, 1:01 AM
in the Article: Sprint LTE Hits The Bronx and Brooklyn July 30 forum

"Hick" town? People in a "hick" town at least have the mental capacity to realize they don't have to buy a product simply because it is for sale, unlike New Yorkers who have to run and hide under Nanny Mayor's skirt to protect them from the big bad 17th ounce of soda.

Re: Removing the condescension from your post...
Jul 4, 2013, 10:59 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Intros New Samsung Gravity forum

Like I said, if the reviewers can manage to find a way to go on and on for a full paragraph describing the aesthetics of the latest "me too" black slab smartphone that looks virtually identical to every other black slab, then they can certainly find ways to provide details about how well this phone performs. Your dismissal of the relevance of such details exhibits the exact elitist attitude I was referring to. Because it is not a glitzy ...

Re: This seems like the place to add
Jul 3, 2013, 12:59 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Intros New Samsung Gravity forum

Keep in mind that some people might find how "new it really is" to be irrelevant because they might be looking for objective feedback on a new device that they want to use as a phone instead of a surrogate best friend. I think if your site can go on and on and on about irrelevant details about the appearance of the latest entry into the field of ubiquitous black slabs then you should also be able to ...

Re: 4K Video is a useless tech
Jun 20, 2013, 1:28 AM
in the Article: Wi-Fi Alliance Kicks Off A/C Certification Program forum

$20,000 for a 4X TV? Try $5000 for the 55" Sony XBR-55X900A at Crutchfield. To put that into perspective, in 2000 or 2001 I saw an amazing 60" Sony LCD projection set for around $8000, and only 2-3 years after that I bought Sony's updated model for $3600. Personally I like it when technology goes well beyond the point I'm told my senses cannot tell the difference because I often can experience the differences. If you go ...

Arguments against for people who are not 12
Jun 11, 2013, 1:27 AM
in the Article: AT&T Mimics Verizon, Pushes Upgrades to 24 Months forum

I think this is a bad idea, but I am not going to come at it from the attitude that I am an entitled 12 year old and Verizon and AT&T better gimme that infrastructure they spent billions upon otherwise I will stop my feet and call them "greedy" for "forcing" me to buy their services. Why? I am an adult. So for all the grown ups out there: 1) Matching your upgrade date and contract terminate dates ...

Re: FINALLY
Jun 5, 2013, 1:16 AM
in the Article: Samsung Wins Import Ban Against Apple Devices forum

It sounds to me like the original poster was referencing a COUNTRY and/or CULTURE and not a RACE, and they were not even stating anything derogatory. Racism is a belief that one race is inherently superior to another due to innate characteristics of that race and not traits that are common due to cultural reasons. Forgive me for failing to see all of that in his post. Of course it wasn't really there was it? Isn't it true, ...

Re: FINALLY
Jun 5, 2013, 1:04 AM
in the Article: Samsung Wins Import Ban Against Apple Devices forum

1) Earth does not have a continent named "America" (check a map) 2) Americans call themselves "American" because the name "United Statesian" just doesn't have much of a ring to it. 2b) According to your logic, "America" is a continent because the earth has continents containing the word (i.e. "North America" and "South America"). Therefore your own logic dictates that it is acceptable for the people of the USA to call themselves "Americans" because the official name of the country ...

Re: still no iphone
May 28, 2013, 2:24 PM
in the Article: AT&T Gives GoPhone Customers Access to Faster Data forum

While I do believe that Apple fans can get creepy about their products, using an iPhone hardly qualifies as abandoning your individuality. I don't have one, but it is a very capable phone that does a lot of things, and when it comes to me I am confident enough in myself to not care whether I am alone or among billions when it comes to something I like. In this issue it's even sillier because it's just ...

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