Totally biased, totally subjective: still prefer and stay with iOS, but envy some of the looks and technical features of S7 as a flagship Android device.
I carried Yota Phone 2 as my secondary phone for more than a year (until it seemingly broke down). I now have Moto X Force as a backup/trial/see what’s out there. Yoga was a very novel and unusual device, fun to carry around with an easy to glance e-ink back screen. It was thicker and heavier than my main iPhone 6 and lagged in features and specs behind many of its brothers.
Still, at least I was getting Android OS updates much faster than with HTC, Samsung or Sony!
X Force is a different animal, huge and totally awkward to use in one hand (nay impossible at times). One biggest disappointment for me considering the size of the phone is that I am not really getting more information on that screen than I have with iPhone — and that seems to be the norm with Android… Giving users room with flat white-spaced design is great, but it makes for a lot of scrolling, or too much chrome over information fields and views…
S7, when I tried it at a shop a week or so ago, greets you with a gorgeous over-vibrant/over-saturated screen. But you also see that dpi on it is higher than on iOS device and picture is much crisper (even if you aren’t supposed to really see any pixels with your naked eye with such pixel densities!). That’s a bit of an envy. And they also learned their lesson from last year, making the back of the phone a bit less edgy. Still the screen flowing over the edge of the phone looks like impractical eye-candy feature to me and looking closer you can see that there are so many little imperfections that should have been dealt with, but were not…
I resisted the urge to upgrade to 6S, might be getting the SE as a replacement phone for my daughter… And am really waiting to see what iPhone 7 would be like. Somehow I’d love for it to stay as slim as 6/6S, but maybe somehow to become a little smaller?
There is clearly no viable alternative in speed to air travel these days. Train, car, even speed boat can get you from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’, yes. And on some short distances, given existence of speed train, a plane may be merely equal to ground option. Yet in pretty much every other case it has no alternative.
It is because of this and because we are so hung up on how quickly time flies and we really cannot afford loosing it that we are willing to accept all the pain, misery and outright humiliation of traveling in a plane.
We are forced to get to the airport hours before departure, may easily be forced to spend unspecified amount of time waiting for a take-off clearance, end up spending hours in chairs that are barely comfortable with neighbors that may or may not share your hygiene preferences. We are not free to adjust micro climate of our travel, we cannot escape the smells of food being served, commotion of drinks being provided, lights being on when we want to sleep, queues to the rest rooms, noisy brats or kids throwing tantrums.
Shelling out triples and more for a rip-off called “business class” only gets you so less of annoyances above, mostly allowing for slightly more space, a little fewer jabs of elbows and more attention of attendants. Yet the reason you sometimes decide on paying up the extra is not because what you get is so much better, it is because alternative is so much worse. It is choosing and paying for a lesser evil.
This is clearly just a rant, I offer you no revolutionary alternative. I don’t suggest that we need to invest and actively use alternatives like speed trains, air ships, busses. I am merely an air traveller who just had close to enough…
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Как было уже сделано для оригинального iPad-а, вот сравнения стоимости устройств в разных странах.
1. К ценам США стоит добавить 5-9% налога с продаж.
2. Цены в европейских странах (включая Россию) несут в себе НДС порядка 15-18%.
3. Сингапур и Гон-Конг по-прежнему самые дешёвые места для покупки.
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Two major impressions so far:
- It is very slick, I am glad it is not a part of iTunes
monster app. It is almost as easy as on iOS
, with only one major.
difference: your purchases are for a device you buy it on, not for your
Apple ID, like with iOS
(UPD it is exactly as easy, although one does have to go through “Do you really want to buy this app (Y/N)? Oh, you already bought it, then we just download it…” dialog)
- They absolutely need to come up with a sensible way of getting
exisiting apps that are going to be included into Mac App Store to
register and be manageable/updatable via it. I hate having to buy an
app I already have only to get a Mac App Store version.
To be fair, some of the companies are coming up with ways to make up
to current users: e.g. buy our app on Mac App Store at this lower price
and also get next major version update for free.” This is almost there,
but what if the next major release is like Duke Nukem Forver?
Oh, and why do all of thes apps falling onto my Dock, please?
Being out for 10 days at the start of January helps one to relax and
recharge. Adding a few more days before or after only makes it better
(although totally messes up one’s sense days of week).
So good it
is that one can even get a bit of time to experiment. Like try and
choose a better
Twittering client for the desktop, or see if buying MarsEdit would
be worth it? Would not the kitchen sink of text
editors be able to handle the same task better?
Off we go to see what WebloggerMode
can do for us, which is what this post is about. And verdict is it’s
mostly fine, except for a few things:
- Title of a post does not get set from the subject line of the
compose buffer, though all hooks seem to be in place. Might be an API
- I have not seen a wat to list all available entries (there is
weblogger-fetch-entries command, but I have not seen anything like
Overall — MarsEdit is certainly a much more powerful tool for an
active blogger. But WebloggerMode can do just as well.
В продолжение моей записи о ценах на iPad, вот выборка цен и на iPhone 4 по разным странам и с учетом недавних анонсов от российских ОпСоСов…
Замечу, что медиана (ошибочно названная “Average”) заметно ниже того, что можно надеяться получить от Билайна или МТС.
UPD: Разумеется, цены в США с контрактом, т.е. за залоченный телефон.
Было немного свободного времени, нарисовал небольшой график для сравнения цен на iPad в разных странах:
Интересно отметить, что iPad в России стоит очень разумно (особенно делая скидку на 18% НДС, что объясняет более высокую цену в Европе в целом), чего не скажешь о его младшем (или-таки старшем?) брате — iPhone. Внимание вопрос: почему?