Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 09:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "For a seventh consecutive month, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom. The data compiled by uSwitch is based on live searches, pre-orders, as well as postpaid sales. Curiously, Apple's current smartphone flagship is not even second. The iPhone 5 is outperformed by its predecessor, whose lower price and improved contract offers helped it remain appealing. The Samsung Galaxy S II completes the quartet at the top. The rest of the top ten smartphones is entirely an Android party. It includes the Google Nexus 4, who entered the rankings a solid fifth. The second half of the top ten includes the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia U, HTC One X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2." This is getting ridiculous, and it's not good for the market. For the love of Fiona, people, buy something that's not Android. I don't want to live in an Android-dominated smartphone world.
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RE[4]: Obviously
by MyNameIsNot4Letter on Tue 4th Dec 2012 10:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Obviously"
MyNameIsNot4Letter
Member since:
2011-01-09

I agree. One dominating mobile platform is Windows all over again. After the death of Amiga, computers became kinda boring really.

Well, i'm lining up for a Firefox phone. Or a BlackBerry. Whichever comes first.

I tried the BB tablet and was sold. That thing is snappy as hell. And that was 6 months ago.

/Uni

Edited 2012-12-04 10:29 UTC

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RE[5]: Obviously
by henderson101 on Tue 4th Dec 2012 10:31 in reply to "RE[4]: Obviously"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Would you recommend the BB tablet? I get mixed reviews. One can get them dirt cheap at the moment too.

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RE[6]: Obviously
by reduz on Tue 4th Dec 2012 12:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Obviously"
reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

the software is pretty good now, but the hardware is outdated compared to modern tablets for that price

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RE[6]: Obviously
by Adurbe on Tue 4th Dec 2012 12:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Obviously"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

I had one and would recommend against it. The hardware is fine but the apps are flaky to say the least.

The browser is painfully slow

The Facebook app crashes regularly and has a noticable typing lag (not present in other apps)

Installing some android apps does help, but they dont take advantage of QNX's multitasking which negates any benefits...

I chucked mine on Ebay

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RE[6]: Obviously
by Sparrowhawk on Tue 4th Dec 2012 21:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Obviously"
Sparrowhawk Member since:
2005-07-11

Yes, absolutely. I initially bought my 64GB PlayBook from Currys for £269 and it was a great buy even at that price. At current prices, they are a steal. (I now also have a 32GB one and bought a 16GB one for a friend)

Anyway I bought it to hold my music collection - I did not really think I'd use it for anything else as I also have an iPhone and iPad. Now though it is with me all the time. Music, videos, email, calendar, contacts, games, ssh/tenet client, etc etc. *love it*

The browser can indeed be slow although mine is usually fine, but it's also incredibly accurate at rendering and supports Flash which is still a useful thing to support for many sites.

The 3rd party app catalogue is now much, much healthier than it was a year ago. Games in particular seem to be plentiful (eg I have recently bought Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, Lara Croft, Angry Birds Space, etc etc). The new and updated Lords of Midnight game is being released simultaneously on iOS and PlayBook, before even Android, so some devs see it as a good bet. Some core apps ars still missing though: Skype being the main one for me. And I'd love 1Password on there too.

The UI is fantastic - swipe gestures do pretty much everything and are learnt in about 2 minutes flat. Once you use them for a while, the button-based interface seems so archaic. Best of all though, RIM have said that BB10 will be available as an update for the existing PlayBook line.

Hardware wise it is nothing special perhaps by the cutting edge of today, but the screen is excellent and crisp, there is strong and very good stereo sound, excellent front and rear cameras and HDMI out. I don't currently have a Blackberry phone (don't like OS 7) but I will probably switch from iPhone to BB10 next year and get a nicely integrated system (BB Bridge allows using the PlayBook to send messages, the phone to be used as a remote control when outputting a movie via HDMI and so forth.

Also I prefer the 7" form factor to our iPad, which I almost never now pick up.

Having said all that, if you already happen to have a 7" tablet, It's maybe not worth it. Except it is! ;)

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RE[5]: Obviously
by zima on Tue 11th Dec 2012 23:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Obviously"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

One dominating mobile platform is Windows all over again. After the death of Amiga, computers became kinda boring really.

After the death of stagnating Amiga (devs and users never really went beyond the 500-generation), the economies of scale in Wintel ecosystem brought rapid improvement, great offers, much more powerful hardware in affordable prices.

I happen to be from a place where Amiga 1) was quite popular 2) lived longer than in the Western Europe. Its tightly coupled software & hardware is what killed it in the end. When it finally died at the end of the 90s (here), replaced by PCs, you could almost hear "finally!"...

So if again - this time in mobile - we'll have a death of old-style limited platforms, and great offers from the economies of scale, I'm all for it.

Edited 2012-12-11 23:42 UTC

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