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Windows "Imagine a phone that could run real Remote Desktop. Real PowerShell. Anything that can run on your desktop PC. Imagine 'phablet' form factors, similar to today's Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which could dock to a desktop setup and utilize an external display, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. Imagine a single set of APIs that work everywhere. Imagine that Phone isn't a whole separate platform, but an app. An app that runs on Windows. Real Windows. The Windows Phone team could never make that happen. But the Windows client team? You betcha. Make it happen, Microsoft. It's time to take the phone seriously." I have never agreed with Thurrot as much as I do right now.
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 14th Feb 2013 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Regarding the non-repairability of tablets:

You have warranty. When that expires and the tablet breaks down it will probably be already obsolete or on the verge of becoming so. Should it be possible to have it repaired the costs tend to be too high compared to buying a new tablet.

Yes, it sucks when a device that used to work fine has to be thrown away instead of having it fixed, but it doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money on it getting it fixed when for a few dollars more you have a brand new device that is better in every way.

This applies to tablets and phones. Laptops and certainly desktops are easier to repair and the costs are more likely to be more worth it than buying a new one. A desktop you can often repair yourself.

I guess it's something you have to take in to account when buying a tablet or phone. Be prepared that the device will only work for the warranty period and after it probably has to be trashed once it breaks down.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by bassbeast on Thu 14th Feb 2013 22:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

In case you ain't noticed friend the trend with warranties are going down down DOWN so that you pay all this money and are lucky if you get a 1 year warranty on the thing. Once upon a time many things had 3 year warranties, heck hard drives even had 5 year warranties, now unless you pay out the nose you are getting a lousy year which when we are talking about devices that cost upwards of a grand in some cases is just pathetic.

And sadly friend its getting to the point that laptops are more like phones than desktops, I have a pile of laptops that most likely will be going in the garbage because the cost of parts will be more than you can ever get off selling the thing. This push for disposable devices is not being followed with the major drop in price that one would expect from disposable devices and we shouldn't put up with it, 1 year warranties on high ticket items is an insult!

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 15th Feb 2013 08:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I guess if we don't like it we don't buy it.

Here in Europe expensive electronics have a longer warranty, no matter what the seller says. Apple got in to trouble about this as they had a warranty that's shorter than the one set by law.

The gist of it is if you pay so much money for something you can expect it to last at least a couple of years. Paying $1000 for something that breaks down after one year and one day is ridiculous, so the company that sold it can't claim the warranty just expired.

I once has a MacBook battery replaced. The guy in the shop said I was lucky, because it hadn't reached the number of full charges Apple had set as the limit. Had I gone over it they wouldn't have replaced it for free. Even though this was good news for me I still wanted to punch that guy in the face.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Sun 17th Feb 2013 16:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You have warranty. When that expires and the tablet breaks down it will probably be already obsolete or on the verge of becoming so.

OTOH phones and tablets seem to be quickly approaching "good enough" like PCs did a few years ago - more recent models will be able to longer remain useful. Reliability (or good warranty) will become ever more important, in a way.

Edited 2013-02-17 16:48 UTC

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