All Things D:
Apparently some of Samsung’s rugged Galaxy S4 Active phones aren’t quite as “everything-proof” as advertised.
AT&T confirmed on Wednesday it has a program to replace Galaxy S4 Active phones that show evidence of water damage.
Watch the video and see if water resistance wasn’t one of the strongest points of selling the phone in the first place. Stupid.
PC Mag spoke with Jim Wicks, Motorola’s chief of design, who said that these new phones are the result of collaboration and influence from Google, as opposed to the other devices that Motorola has released in the time since Google acquired the company. “It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience,” said Wicks when speaking about the new devices, adding “there’s a sweet spot for consumers that we’re currently exceeding in the market. There are some people that like a big display, but there’s also a lot of people that want something that’s just about right. I think ‘just right’ is important, and we’re designing so we don’t disappoint those people.”
This is the right move, both for Motorola and Google. Motorola will have an edge by having a pure Android experience, and Google has a platform which they control and which will cary their services unaltered. With the moves being made by Samsung, which is the only one making money on the Android side, they have to do this.
Also, I find it curious that they talk about the size of the phone and not wanting to make a gigantophone. Isn’t Apple doomed because their phone is too small?
This is the Cons section of the review by CNET:
The $399 price is a lot for a small tablet, no matter its features. It’s not as thin or as light as the iPad Mini, and some people won’t appreciate the highly saturated look of the OS. Also, its face buttons sometimes get in the way and there are occasional performance hangs.
Remember when everyone thought that Apple was crazy with the iPad Mini pricing? Not only is it made out of cheap plastic, it’s thicker, more expensive, and despite having a supposedly faster chip and more RAM, it lags and hangs when using it. And people still ask me why I prefer to use Apple stuff.
The Verge has a review of the HTC One on AT&T, and the phone is packed with bloatware from the carrier.
The most annoying piece of bloatware, however, is AT&T’s Address Book, which attempts to take over the contacts application in an effort to sync it with the carrier’s own cloud service. Not only is it annoying, but its nags are persistent — even if you’ve dismissed it once to tell it that you don’t want to use it, it will come back at a later date to remind you again of its existence. Oh, and this particular carrier app can’t be disabled or uninstalled.
I’ll keep my iPhone, thank you.
Cult of Android
But Samsung seems like it has run out of tricks. There’s so little to show here that all they could do is tell. Tonight’s launch event proved that Samsung’s entire mobile strategy is, at best, to bludgeon you with claims of their product’s merits untl you give in. And at worst, as they did this evening? They’ll bludgeon you while they bore you.
How fast the tech bloggers romance with Samesung is fading. Up until yesterday, they could do no wrong and where crushing Apple. Now, it’s a good iteration on a good phone, it’s not revolutionary, blah blah blah. This people expect their phones to do something magical, and the next version has to wake me up and make coffee, and walk the dog, etc. The delusion is mind boggling. These tech bloggers should see the Louis C.K. show where he explains how stupid and whinny we are that we don’t appreciate how all of this technology is magical. How it changes so fast in a very short time.
Think about how long it took for cars to be invented after the wheel had been around for centuries. Our smartphones and tablets where pieces of crap just six or seven years ago, and look where we are now. Just enjoy what you have, buy whatever suits your needs and budget and go on with your life. All this crap is getting old.
The lockscreen on your phone may not be doing a good job of keeping intruders out. A new bug has been found on the Galaxy S III that can let users bypass the lockscreen and access all phone functions, and we’ve just confirmed its efficacy on a Sprint version of the device running Android 4.1.1.
I’m sure there will be a quick update…yeah right.
ReadWrite VIA LoopInsight
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