Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Nov 2013 21:35 UTC
Windows

The Verge reviews the giant Nokia Lumia 1520:

Samsung and others have proven that there is a market for giant smartphones, warts and all. But that doesn't mean that just any smartphone is better if it's bigger, and the 1520 is a prime example of that. It's bigger and faster than any other Windows Phone yet, but it's not necessarily a better Windows Phone because of that. If all you've ever wanted in life is a Lumia 925 with a magnifying glass on top of it, the 1520 is exactly that. It's a tour de force in resolution and speed, but it's not a great smartphone or even a great replacement for a tablet.

And yet, it'll be a better tablet than any Windows 8.1 RT device. There's something poetic about that.

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RE: Somehow I doubt it
by REM2000 on Tue 19th Nov 2013 11:24 UTC in reply to "Somehow I doubt it"
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agree with this and everything pretty much in the thread.

I too do the same thing in that everything is VM based. Althought i would say it's currently a toss up between a server hosting the VM's and sometimes it's my desktop. I love it because it gives me the ability to snapshot, move VM's around and treat each work project/work tool as an appliance. i.e, i have a Visual Studio VM, i keep purely the dev tools together meaning that if i install a media app such as a video encoder i don't have to worry about it messing up my VS instance.

I think youre correct that we are moving towards a mainframe and computing power rental space, as mentioned in the blog post he was able to pay $1.80 for a days worth of working.

I like the use of a surface to outline how powerful it can be, as mentioned an iPad could do the same thing, however i think the two main points or advantages with the surface is that,

The screen is a 16:9 aspect ratio which makes it easier to code on.

The snap feature is really useful and makes the machine multitask a lot better. I own an iPad and having to constantly switch between email, web and other productivity apps is annoying when sometimes i would love to run them together. I have a Galaxy Note 10.1 and this feature is really handy but a little limiting as not all apps support the side by side mode and it's not true multitasking like the surface is able to accomplish.

The surface is looking more and more like an enticing work tablet.

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