Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC
Windows

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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RE: How many ... ???
by leos on Thu 24th Oct 2013 21:32 UTC in reply to "How many ... ???"
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

Thom, may I ask how many phones and tablets you bought, how much you paid for, and why they were replaced, in the last ten years? ;)

I can (more or less) recall every Phone, Notebook and Tablet I purchased for daily use:

1999 - P - Panasonic GD90, 350 € - dead in 2004
2003 - N - Compaq Presario, 1300 € - sold by frustation after it broke seven times in a year
2004 - P - Sony Ericcson T630, 300 € - dead in 2007
2004 - N - Apple iBook G4, 1100 € - became unuseable in 2008 'cause of Intel, sold
2007 - P - Nokia 6680, 300 € - somewhat dead in 2009
2008 - N - Apple MacBook, 800 € used - sold in 2009 to get one with discrete GPU
2009 - P - Eten Glofiish X800, 200 € - TOTAL AND UTTER RUBBISH, replaced by frustation in 2011
2009 - N - Apple MacBook, 800 € - stolen in 2013 :*(
2010 - T - Apple iPod Touch 2G, 200 € - stolen in 2013 :*(
2011 - P - LG Optimus One P500, 230 € - somewhat dead in 2013, still used for development
2013 - T - Asus Nexus 7, 250 € - stolen one month after :*(
2013 - N - Apple MacBook Pro, 2300 €
2013 - T - Asus Nexus 7, 250 €
2013 - P - Apple iPhone 4, 200 €

I believe I paid a lot less than you, but ended up much better satisfied ;)
Wit my current setup, I don't plan to replace anything until they get very unuseable. Or they break or someone take them without my permission.


Man you guys buy a lot of stuff.. ;)

The real question is, why, in 2013 did you buy an iPhone 4? I have one and it works well but it is from 2010, so it has served as my primary phone for over 3 years. Definitely getting time to upgrade.

My history is very simple but this is a fun exercise. Leaving out the computers I had before uni:
2001: Compaq Presario Laptop. AMD 1400 for ~$1600. Sold for ~$200 in 2008 or so.
~2009: Self-built PC with quad core Q series chip. Still operating on a new SSD drive. $1000
2009: iMac Core 2 Duo. Got as partial payment for a consulting job, ~$1600. Still my main machine with SSD and upgraded RAM.
2009: iPhone 4 provided by work.
2013: iPhone 5s soon to be on order through work.

Through work I get to play with basically every device under the sun so that satisfies my "new gadget" drive.

Edited 2013-10-24 21:33 UTC

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RE[2]: How many ... ???
by biffuz on Fri 25th Oct 2013 10:55 in reply to "RE: How many ... ???"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

Man you guys buy a lot of stuff.. ;)

As you can see, most of my stuff has been replaced when it died or became unuseable. Or was stolen ;)

The real question is, why, in 2013 did you buy an iPhone 4? I have one and it works well but it is from 2010, so it has served as my primary phone for over 3 years. Definitely getting time to upgrade.

The price was good ;)
With iOS 7 it's a bit slow, but far from being unuseable. In fact, it's still a very good phone, I hope it will last two or three years.

~2009: Self-built PC with quad core Q series chip. Still operating on a new SSD drive. $1000
2009: iMac Core 2 Duo. Got as partial payment for a consulting job, ~$1600. Still my main machine with SSD and upgraded RAM.

I didn't list my desktop PCs. In fact, I'm still using my Pentium 60 from 1994 - which of course has been upgraded multiple times, now it sports a Q9550 ;)
Leftover parts were used to build other computers, which I sold or gave to familiars and friends, and one of them is serving as my server and mule.
Also I didn't list consoles, TVs, other non-mobile tech stuff, or stuff I bought for collection.

2009: iPhone 4 provided by work.
2013: iPhone 5s soon to be on order through work.

Through work I get to play with basically every device under the sun so that satisfies my "new gadget" drive.

I didn't list "work" gadgets too ;)

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RE[3]: How many ... ???
by leos on Sat 26th Oct 2013 03:23 in reply to "RE[2]: How many ... ???"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

"Man you guys buy a lot of stuff.. ;)

As you can see, most of my stuff has been replaced when it died or became unuseable. Or was stolen ;)
"

I noticed! Man that is bad luck! My motorbike was stolen once, and not insured. Not fun.

The price was good ;)
With iOS 7 it's a bit slow, but far from being unuseable. In fact, it's still a very good phone, I hope it will last two or three years.


Well generally Apple does well with supporting hardware, but more towards the beginning of the release of that hardware rather than the end. My iPhone is fine and almost 3.5 years after I got it still runs the latest OS. However I suspect at this point iOS 7 is the last major release that will support the iPhone 4. In another 3 years you will likely have trouble running current software. Although Apple has just announced that developers can continue to make their old versions of apps (that run on previous iOS versions) available, so the situation should improve going forward.

I didn't list my desktop PCs. In fact, I'm still using my Pentium 60 from 1994 - which of course has been upgraded multiple times, now it sports a Q9550 ;)


Haha. Any original parts?

I didn't list "work" gadgets too ;)


It would be a very long list!

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