Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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RE[8]: First touchscreen phone?
by Morgan on Wed 1st Aug 2012 11:08 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: First touchscreen phone?"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

No, but you don't understand how my somewhat ADHD brain works. Once I start reading something fascinating but ultimately repetitive like this, the next thing I know it's four hours later and I am about to pass out in my office chair.

It happens with Minecraft too; I find the biggest timesink for me in that game is digging to Y:12 and fanning out laterally. Several wasted hours later, I have thousands of castoff cobblestone, maybe a diamond or two and a sinking feeling that I should have spent that time doing something more productive.

To (somewhat) steer things back on topic, that appointment I spoke of is to possibly buy a Samsung Nexus S, so I will have a solid Android phone for comparison to my Windows Phone. If I like the Nexus enough, I'll probably keep it and put the Arrive to the side for a while. When upgrade time comes next year, I'll be better equipped to decide between sticking it out with Metro or going with Android once and for all.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

If you want to compare WP and Android I think you should wait until WP8 arrives.

For me apps are more important than the basic system. If System A is great, but has no apps it's pretty useless. If System B isn't that great, but has a wide choice of apps I would prefer it.

The problem I have with my WP phone is that it lacks certain apps my iPhone does have. WP is fast, but a factor in this is, I think, that's most apps don't have much functionality. For that reason alone I would pick the iPhone.

And you can play Minecraft on an iPhone, not on a WP phone.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

If you want to compare WP and Android I think you should wait until WP8 arrives.


Well, what I will be comparing is the current Android OS version for the Nexus S (ICS), and WP 7.5. I expect Jelly Bean and WP 7.8 updates for the respective devices to be released around the same time as each other, and I will compare those two as well.

For me apps are more important than the basic system. If System A is great, but has no apps it's pretty useless. If System B isn't that great, but has a wide choice of apps I would prefer it.


That's a key difference between you and I. I'm a workflow-centric person, and that is one of the main things about WP that appeals to me, especially the version of Office that is included. Overall the OS just flows better than Android and iOS to me. I don't have much experience with ICS, though it's my understanding that the workflow aspects have improved, and that's what I hope to find out.

The problem I have with my WP phone is that it lacks certain apps my iPhone does have. WP is fast, but a factor in this is, I think, that's most apps don't have much functionality. For that reason alone I would pick the iPhone.


I do agree that the volume of apps is not there (again, not as much an issue for me as for most people), but you've hit on a great point. A lot of the third party apps (Facebook and Twitter "official" apps come to mind) are practically useless and seem to be far below the Metro UI standard.

And you can play Minecraft on an iPhone, not on a WP phone.


I play a version of it on my Arrive called Survivalcraft, it's a shameless clone but a very well implemented one. It has features I sorely wish the official Minecraft for PC had, including a built in "Recipaedia" and integrated Dropbox support so your world files are always synced across devices. The gameplay is similar to what I've experienced on iOS via my fiancée's iPad. I bought the game in its first release cycle and have enjoyed all the updates to it so far.

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