Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:05 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I was on vacation to the US last week, and a few technology-related things stood out to me. One, the in-flight entertainment things aboard international Delta flights are absolutely terrible. Worst software I've ever used, and many of them were plain broken. iPads/Android tablets please, Delta. Second, there were more employees than customers in the Las Vegas Apple Store. Since there were a reasonable amount of customers, there were even more employees. It looked ridiculous. Are they all like that? Three, using a Windows Phone 8 device to mooch off an Apple Store's wifi is strangely satisfying. Four, there are a lot of technology commercials on US TV, and they are all corny as hell. Two iPads playing piano? Children holding a PowerPoint presentation to convince their parents to switch mobile plans? Seriously? Is this what this industry has come to? Five, it's pretty clear iPads and iPhones are way, way, way more popular in the US than in The Netherlands. You see them everywhere, and people display them so openly. It was jarring. In The Netherlands, I always feel as if people are ashamed to take devices out of their pockets in the first place. No wonder US-based writers like Gruber and Arment think Apple dominates everything - if you rarely leave the US, it seems as if they do! Six, and this is not technology related at all but I want to get it off my chest because us Europeans could learn a thing or two from it: Americans are the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I knew this from my existing American friends and from my previous trip to the US (Texas, ten years ago), but it bears repeating. Open, interested, kind, helpful, considerate, and nice. Not exactly qualities I'd ascribe to most of my fellow countrymen. Alright, as you were!
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RE[3]: Comment by maccouch
by MOS6510 on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 05:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by maccouch"
MOS6510
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At places where people are waiting you're likely to see cell phones and other devices, like on the train.

I also have yet to spot a non-iPad tablet in the wild. When sales people visit me at work they often have an iPad to show stuff. Recently a bloke from Lenovo called me about Windows tablets and he would call again once they were out, but I haven't heard of him since.

BlackBerries have disappeared in my corporate setting, but apparently they are still popular with kids due to the BB messaging service. iPods due tend to show up in the sports world with runners and cyclers, but outside that sector only the iPod touch is seen by me (mostly used by kids).

I have only seen a WP once that wasn't owned by me, apart from a co-worker.

It's interesting that we see all these sales and usage figures, but real-life observation can be totally different.

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RE[4]: Comment by maccouch
by zima on Thu 6th Dec 2012 15:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by maccouch"
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2005-07-06

It's interesting that we see all these sales and usage figures, but real-life observation can be totally different.

It's natural, we're primed to notice more the expected things; also, local bubbles of popularity.

(kids, BB?... they're all either on S40 or LG Cookie & Samsung Star-like touchscreens, some on cheaper smartphones - but not BB, hardly anybody has those; similar with iPhone; but Android is becoming quite popular; or at least, that's what it seems at my place)

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