Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 09:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "For a seventh consecutive month, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom. The data compiled by uSwitch is based on live searches, pre-orders, as well as postpaid sales. Curiously, Apple's current smartphone flagship is not even second. The iPhone 5 is outperformed by its predecessor, whose lower price and improved contract offers helped it remain appealing. The Samsung Galaxy S II completes the quartet at the top. The rest of the top ten smartphones is entirely an Android party. It includes the Google Nexus 4, who entered the rankings a solid fifth. The second half of the top ten includes the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia U, HTC One X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2." This is getting ridiculous, and it's not good for the market. For the love of Fiona, people, buy something that's not Android. I don't want to live in an Android-dominated smartphone world.
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RE[6]: Obviously
by Sparrowhawk on Tue 4th Dec 2012 21:07 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Obviously"
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Yes, absolutely. I initially bought my 64GB PlayBook from Currys for £269 and it was a great buy even at that price. At current prices, they are a steal. (I now also have a 32GB one and bought a 16GB one for a friend)

Anyway I bought it to hold my music collection - I did not really think I'd use it for anything else as I also have an iPhone and iPad. Now though it is with me all the time. Music, videos, email, calendar, contacts, games, ssh/tenet client, etc etc. *love it*

The browser can indeed be slow although mine is usually fine, but it's also incredibly accurate at rendering and supports Flash which is still a useful thing to support for many sites.

The 3rd party app catalogue is now much, much healthier than it was a year ago. Games in particular seem to be plentiful (eg I have recently bought Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, Lara Croft, Angry Birds Space, etc etc). The new and updated Lords of Midnight game is being released simultaneously on iOS and PlayBook, before even Android, so some devs see it as a good bet. Some core apps ars still missing though: Skype being the main one for me. And I'd love 1Password on there too.

The UI is fantastic - swipe gestures do pretty much everything and are learnt in about 2 minutes flat. Once you use them for a while, the button-based interface seems so archaic. Best of all though, RIM have said that BB10 will be available as an update for the existing PlayBook line.

Hardware wise it is nothing special perhaps by the cutting edge of today, but the screen is excellent and crisp, there is strong and very good stereo sound, excellent front and rear cameras and HDMI out. I don't currently have a Blackberry phone (don't like OS 7) but I will probably switch from iPhone to BB10 next year and get a nicely integrated system (BB Bridge allows using the PlayBook to send messages, the phone to be used as a remote control when outputting a movie via HDMI and so forth.

Also I prefer the 7" form factor to our iPad, which I almost never now pick up.

Having said all that, if you already happen to have a 7" tablet, It's maybe not worth it. Except it is! ;)

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