Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Mar 2011 22:07 UTC, submitted by JCinSpain
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I'm still reeling from the unrivalled epicness and awesomeness that is Sucker Punch in IMAX (just got home - do not miss this film), but now I'm back to boring old reality where we apparently care about pieces of plastic that go beep. So, anywho. The deal between Nokia and Microsoft has many Symbian and Qt developers worry about the future of their platforms. To address these concerns, Purnima Kochikar, vice president of Forum Nokia, has published an open letter describing Nokia's plans for Symbian, Qt, and Java for Series 40 devices. While the letter doesn't deliver any hard dates, the transition phase to Windows Phone 7 is set to 2011/2012.
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RE[5]: Actually...
by shmerl on Tue 29th Mar 2011 14:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Actually..."
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

> Most of the features were left out for a reason,
> which is one thing Apple often excels in.

It doesn't mean that it's good. Apple intentionally cripples their devices, and excels in DRM and obsessive control for whatever reason. It doesn't improve usability - on the contrary.

Why anyone needs some screwed iTunes to transfer files from a computer to a device? Why one can't use normal USB connection? Apple think they know why and they think everyone agrees. But I really don't care about crippled devices.

Edited 2011-03-29 14:39 UTC

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RE[6]: Actually...
by MysterMask on Wed 30th Mar 2011 01:33 in reply to "RE[5]: Actually..."
MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

Apple intentionally cripples their devices, and excels in DRM and obsessive control for whatever reason. It doesn't improve usability - on the contrary.


If you want to see crippled devices due to DRM and obsessive control, look no further then plain old Symbian / Nokia.

Oh, well, they had copy/past, MMS, .., and horrible usability. Some techies still don't get it that pure feature lists don't count in the end. And given a Joe Average user, syncing a phone via USB / filesystem manually is under no circumstances better than something like iTunes.

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RE[7]: Actually...
by shmerl on Wed 30th Mar 2011 06:34 in reply to "RE[6]: Actually..."
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Using USB is much better. Don't forget it is U-S-B. "U" standing for universal. It's an ubiquitous standard. Any sensible computer would have a USB port and it's OS would support it, being able to connect to other device with USB. Ditching USB for the sake of control cripples usability, limiting the use case to availability of certain service (iTunes), running only on certain OS. This is not at all ubiquitous and very far from universal. That proves the point basically. Apple's claims about usability are rubbish. Their main concern is paranoid power and control.

Edited 2011-03-30 06:37 UTC

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RE[7]: Actually...
by spiderman on Wed 30th Mar 2011 07:38 in reply to "RE[6]: Actually..."
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

And given a Joe Average user, syncing a phone via USB / filesystem manually is under no circumstances better than something like iTunes.

Oh my god! You are not serious, are you?

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RE[7]: Actually...
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 30th Mar 2011 08:42 in reply to "RE[6]: Actually..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

And given a Joe Average user, syncing a phone via USB / filesystem manually is under no circumstances better than something like iTunes.


Yes, because as we all know, it's an OR situation, and not AND.

And please, be reasonable. Even manually flipping the bits on an iPod's memory with magnets is more user-friendly than iTunes.

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