Linked by robojerk on Thu 30th Dec 2010 00:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I have often wondered why there wasn't a flood of Android portable media players - now the WSJ Reports: "With the move, Samsung will round out a series of Galaxy-named gadgets that matches product for product with Apple Inc.'s line of iPods, iPad and iPhone. Samsung will have the Galaxy Player, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphone. All use a variation of Google Inc.'s Android operating system and work with apps developed for it."
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RE[4]: Good move
by nt_jerkface on Thu 30th Dec 2010 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good move"
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

The US cell system is more like a laboratory for the rest of the world. Be glad your country can trade wool sweaters and mutton for the all the neat gadgets that are invented and tested here.

Oh look I can take cheap shots too.

As for the Galaxy tab I consider it unusable but I'm willing to give future Samsung products a fair try and an Android alternative to the ipod touch is a great idea. The ipod touch is the #2 mp3 player at Amazon, so why shouldn't they try to enter that market?

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RE[5]: Good move
by Yanni Depp on Thu 30th Dec 2010 09:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Good move"
Yanni Depp Member since:
2010-02-17

So you have a 'laboratory' of half-baked networks running on different standards, making it difficult or impossible to take your phone from one provider to another, and little or no international roaming (and no iPhone) if you use CDMA.

I have five networks based on the same international standard (GSM), that cover my entire country, and I can run my phone on any of them without any difficulty.

Sounds like your precious country needs to try a lot harder. The 1980s called and they want their 'laboratory' back.

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RE[6]: Good move
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 30th Dec 2010 18:16 in reply to "RE[5]: Good move"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Not defending the cheap shots that jerkface lobbed, but CDMA does seem to work better in the US than GSM. I would agree that the US is a lab.

And there are many people who love working and playing in labs: we call them scientists.

Unfortunately there are even more people that just want things to f-ing work: we call them consumers.

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RE[5]: Good move
by JAlexoid on Thu 30th Dec 2010 10:20 in reply to "RE[4]: Good move"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

The US cell system is more like a laboratory for the rest of the world.


Oh, you mean the antiquated laboratory that scientists sometimes visit to remember how "good it was years ago"?

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RE[6]: Good move
by nt_jerkface on Fri 31st Dec 2010 00:41 in reply to "RE[5]: Good move"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

The difference is a lack of legal enforcement of a single technology, not a technical deficiency.

Countries like NZ have been able to pick and choose from technologies developed and tested in the US. Given the layout of the current cell infrastructure of the US requiring a single system would be costly. If the US only needed to cover an area the size of NZ changing the existing system would be much easier.

Cell phone companies have been able to compete with landlines that operate on cost as public trusts so I'm not convinced consumers are at a significant disadvantage with the current system. Last I checked cell bills in the US are comparable to France and Norway.

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