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Comment Re:Why would most people upgrade? (Score 1) 310

I can confirm your claim. Recently, I have helped a friend to install Windows 10 on a PC that originally shipped with Windows Vista and Intel Core Duo. You can imagine how old that is. This PC running Windows 10 is not only adequate for performing office work tasks, but it actually does pretty much every task much faster compared to when it had Windows Vista.

Comment Re:Not surprising... (Score 1) 310

I am sorry, but you don't need to buy a new smartphone every year or every other year, or even three years.

You see, people stopped replacing PCs every year because both hardware and software have already reached a level of maturity, and further improvements to the OS are not much needed any more.

I think the smartphones are also been reaching this kind of a plateau for a while. For example, using the iPhone 4S I got only something like four years ago is a miserable experience today, it's just too slow, but the smartphone hardware has improved so much in the recent time that by now I think really _need_ to replace my smartphone ONLY when it breaks physically, which is not inconceivable for any mobile device. For example, the LG/Google Nexus 5 which was released in late 2013 and sold for the budget price of well under 400USD is still perfectly adequate smartphone today, and the SoC is actually still better than the one on many entry level or mid-range smartphones.

To contrast with the PC hardware, the Intel CPUs now improve only by 10-15% between the major generations, which is not a whole lot. On the other hand, the smartphone SoCs can continue improving at a much faster pace, but I think this process is now slowing down too, and will slow down even more.

Comment Re:Win10 (Score 1) 310

I disagree. Windows 10 reduced new PC sales because a whole lot of people who were sick of Windows 8 tablet interface and those who wanted the latest and greatest Microsoft OS, got it with a free upgrade instead of buying a new PC with windows 10 pre-installed.

In the past, PC sales were also driven by the new Windows releases because of the increasing hardware requirements. But in the recent times we have observed the phenomenon, where Windows 10 is leaner and faster than Windows 8, and Windows 8 is leaner and faster than Windows 7, and Windows 7 is leaner and faster than Vista. Windows 10 is the kind of OS that was designed to make sure it can run on a tablet with a humble CPU with no cooling fan and only 2GB of RAM. As a result, I have observed that Windows 10 can run fine on an ancient 8 year old PC that originally shipped with Vista just fine, and in fact a lot better than Vista.

Comment Re:Win10 (Score 1) 310

Windows 10 contributed to the slump BECAUSE it was a free upgrade. Regardless of all the complaints about Windows 10, a whole lot of users see it as an improvement over Windows 8 with it's bizzare tablet user interface. So most people who were sick of Windows 8 preferred a free upgrade, which was cheaper than buying a new PC.

Comment Re:qualcomm (Score 1) 197

We can safely lump those 821 and 820 together. 821 is using the same "Kryo" compute cores and the same Adreno GPU as 820, clocked slightly higher. Nothing revolutionary there AT ALL.

Of course, we can't lump all the 800s together. However, the situation is quite similar to say the relationship between Snapdragon 800 and 801. The same cores, core count, and GPU. The 800 came out first, and then 801 came out with a slightly higher clocked CPU and GPU. I had phones based on 800 and 801, and there was practically no difference there.

Comment Re:qualcomm (Score 1) 197

Google's arrogance is incredible. They are the last to release their 2016 smartphone based on SD820/821, and a very long while after the releases of spec-by-spec pretty similar products from Samsung, LG, HTC, Oneplus, etc. They advertise this as something new and revolutionary and demand a premium price.

Comment Re:Price... (Score 1) 197

To be honest, you're exaggerating the importance of the performance in the smartphones. A three year old Nexus 5 has enough power to provide smooth web browsing, video playback, and so on. I think the only demographic that really cares about the SoC power is the mobile gamers.

Given the same price, I personally will still choose Google phone over LG, Samsung, etc (and don't get me started on the iPhone). Why? Google phones come with a relatively lean software setup. A typical Nexus phone had something like 50-60 apps preinstalled. A typical LG, Samsung, etc has well over one hundred. The Google phones are also free from carrier junk, carrier lock-in, or limited bands. For these reason, I don't think I will ever buy a carrier branded smartphone.

But yes, the pricing kind of sucks. We're going to see more people now buying the likes of Oneplus Three or the 2015 Nexus smartphones.

Comment Re:Oh trhat will make all the difference. (Score 1) 177

On the other hand, I do not get it why Google has decided to replace its successful Nexus brand name with Pixel. Google Nexus devices are almost like an underground brand, but the level of satisfaction among the consumers and developers who hold the Nexus devices is relatively high, while the "Pixel" name is so far mostly associated with a failed tablet "Pixel C".

Comment Re:3GB? Quaint (Score 1) 324

Oneplus X was a flawed device because it did not support AT&T's LTE band 17, and I believe the band 12 which was used by some other carrier. You could still use the Oneplus X with any major carrier, but the deletion of those crucial low-frequency bands meant you will have less than optimal LTE signal in many areas. Otherwise Oneplus X was great.

Comment Re:Wrong Market (Score 1) 324

Apple's marketing always needed to have something to hype the superiority of their device. SoC is a good target for that. I mean, just look at how they always hyped the superiority of their SoCs for the last three years, while keeping absolutely quiet about the fact that the iphones came with the absolute minimum of usable RAM. It's still shocking to me how fast those 1GB iPhone 6 devices will become obsolete.

Comment Re:Headphone jack is WAY overrated on a phone (Score 3, Insightful) 324

troublesome connector when dealing with phone cases

Then stop buying those troublesome cases.

When using a $100 extended battery case, such things become serious problems

This issue concerns an insignificant portion of smartphone users. Just because they can't plug the 3.5 mm plug with the charging case does not mean that the connector had to be deleted.

Basically, none of the arguments I have heard before, except those about space savings justified actually deleting the headphone connector. In iPhone 6S which had it, you could still use BT, digital or whatever other headphones you want.

Comment Re:Not Impressed (Score 2) 37

To be honest, I don't get what you're complaining about. That a four year old tablet is no longer fast enough? Please. You gotta realize that the mobile technology in 2012 was nowhere near being as mature as the PC technology. A 2012 PC notebook is usually a perfectly usable device today. A 2012 smartphone or a tablet.. that's a big question mark.

The 2013-2014 technology was a lot more mature by todays standards. A Nexus 5 from the late 2013 is still a perfectly usable device today, and still has a better SoC than most entry and mid-level devices.

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