Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Aug 2017 20:29 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

The Verge does this thing where they list what they consider to be the best laptop or phone or whatever, and they state the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone for most people.

Samsung's Galaxy S8/S8 Plus is the best phone for most people. It's available across all four US carriers and unlocked. It has the best display on any smartphone right now, a head-turning, premium design, a top-of-the-line camera, reliable battery life, and fast performance. Thanks to Samsung's popularity and the support of all four carriers, the S8 also has plenty of accessories, from cases to battery packs to wireless chargers, available to it.

You can definitely make a case for the S8 being the best phone for most people, but personally, I still consider the iPhone to be the best, safest choice for most non-geeky people. Personally, I prefer Android, and for my personal use, iOS on the iPhone is an exercise in frustration - but iOS provides a more consistent, all-around phone experience that remains fairly static from phone to phone, it's a little simpler to grasp than Android, and Apple has an excellent support system in many countries that's far better than Samsung's hands-off let-the-reseller-handle-it approach.

I wonder - what do any of you consider the best phone for most people? If one of your non-geeky family members seeks your advice, which phone do you suggest they get?

The Verge named the Surface Laptop the best laptop, which I find a baffling choice. It's new and unproven, so we have no idea how it'll hold up over the next few years. An odd choice for sure.

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RE[12]: iPhone
by woegjiub on Thu 10th Aug 2017 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: iPhone"
woegjiub
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CATs, the very opposite is true: I'm an extremely advanced computer user, so I don't need to use GUI apps.

I use a tiling window manager and terminals, with most of my computing being programming server-side software (hence, no UI).

It pisses me off to see people with multiple tabs or multiple windows open at once. Open something, work on it, close it. You've got a fast computer for a reason. If something takes more than 5 seconds to open, throw it away (see: IDEs, etc.)

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RE[13]: iPhone
by CATs on Fri 11th Aug 2017 06:32 in reply to "RE[12]: iPhone"
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2017-06-09

CATs, the very opposite is true: I'm an extremely advanced computer user, so I don't need to use GUI apps.

I am sorry, I find it extremely hard to believe that you are advanced computer user. Well, unless you are just trolling here.

I use a tiling window manager and terminals, with most of my computing being programming server-side software (hence, no UI).

Well, let me tell you something: you are not "advanced" computer user. You are just a very basic user who uses computer for a single, extremely narrow use case and are completely blind to all other possible ways to use it. Just because you think you know how to do some server-side programming does not make you "advanced user". You might be advanced programmer in that particular language, but you are still a very basic user. I know long time "programmers" who cannot tell HDD and RAM apart if you put both on the table before their eyes. As much as they're unable to re-install OS on their own computers.

It pisses me off to see people with multiple tabs or multiple windows open at once. Open something, work on it, close it. You've got a fast computer for a reason. If something takes more than 5 seconds to open, throw it away (see: IDEs, etc.)

It pisses you off to see people multitasking on computers??? :-O And you still have the audacity to call yourself "advanced computer user"? That's just hilarious... Why don't we all just go back to non-multitasking operating systems then? And while we're there, why not go back to single-core processors? Multitasking is the essence of productivity. I'm sorry, but you just proven yourself to be a very ignorant computer user. There's no way anyone would believe you are "advanced", even if you somehow learned one very narrow specialty and one very narrow and extremely limited way of using computers.

Edited 2017-08-11 06:37 UTC

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RE[14]: iPhone
by woegjiub on Fri 11th Aug 2017 07:52 in reply to "RE[13]: iPhone"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Just because you think you know how to do some server-side programming does not make you "advanced user"


That's extremely belittling. Please keep your tone civil.
My job is literally programming. I don't "think I know some programming".

It's far more advanced to use daemons and software I've written to do the things I want than it is to f--k around with GUIs. I don't need to click buttons and use menus, instead I can directly modify files, databases, etc. It's more efficient, and more difficult. How is that less advanced?


I see coworkers with multiple monitors and hundreds of tabs and apps open, yet at the end of the day I'm more productive with vim and almost nothing else. Remember that the human brain can't actually multitask; we serial single task.
If you think you need multiple things open at once, chances are you'd be better served with a higher level single task that abstracts them both away and gets what you need from each.

Edited 2017-08-11 08:11 UTC

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