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« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2011, 02:03:04 PM »
Anyone updated their apple mobile device to IOS 5 yet? I just updated last night and am so far I am unimpressed considering all the hype leading up to it.

 To be fair I haven't really spent much time with it, maybe I'll change my mind.
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« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2011, 02:09:04 PM »
Anyone updated their apple mobile device to IOS 5 yet? I just updated last night and am so far I am unimpressed considering all the hype leading up to it.

 To be fair I haven't really spent much time with it, maybe I'll change my mind.

It's mostly loaded with stuff they should've done a while ago. They JUST added notifications? Please. They're losing ground to Android IMO. The only thing they've got is Siri which is interesting but not nearly a deal breaker. Its a decent phone, but not something I would pay a premium for anymore. The iPhone's riding the coattails of good marketing, that's all.
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« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2011, 02:19:39 PM »
Anyone updated their apple mobile device to IOS 5 yet? I just updated last night and am so far I am unimpressed considering all the hype leading up to it.

 To be fair I haven't really spent much time with it, maybe I'll change my mind.
I like the notifications update and the camera availability from the lock screen and the main notifications screen (swipe down from top). I think the best features are really for the iPad (especially the Safari update for tabbed browsing).

I too was initially unimpressed but some googling and reading up on all of the features that were implemented helped me to find some interesting features and how to use them.
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« Reply #33 on: October 18, 2011, 05:01:42 PM »
Anyone updated their apple mobile device to IOS 5 yet? I just updated last night and am so far I am unimpressed considering all the hype leading up to it.

 To be fair I haven't really spent much time with it, maybe I'll change my mind.
I like the notifications update and the camera availability from the lock screen and the main notifications screen (swipe down from top). I think the best features are really for the iPad (especially the Safari update for tabbed browsing).

I too was initially unimpressed but some googling and reading up on all of the features that were implemented helped me to find some interesting features and how to use them.

You thought the best features are for iPad?

Apart from tabbed browsing, which I feel should have been there a long time ago, I haven't noticed any tangible after upgrading.

What else have you found?

The notifications are nice, but it feels incomplete. There should be some indication on the main screen that there are notifications. Unless you heard the chime, you have no way to know if there are notifications. Maybe beside the clock there should be some icons indicating which apps have a new notification. I feel the whole should have been implemented a couple years ago. It is an improvement though since the pop up notifications were terrible.

This is an area where I think blackberry has them beat, without even picking up my torch I can see what new notifications have. The led light blinks a different colour for twitter, BBM, Facebook, texts or email and will cycle through the colours if I have more than one notification. And when the screen is on, right under the clock there would be a bar with a bunch of icons and numbers beside each one to indicate the number of new notifications.

I'm with mightyodin, I'm underwhelmed with this os update.
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Re: The Official Technology Thread
« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2011, 06:11:19 PM »
Shhh....don't talk about how Blackberry has anything on Apple....you'll upset the fanbois.

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« Reply #35 on: October 19, 2011, 04:50:02 AM »
You raise some valid concerns Deebo, although you can now use the flash on the iphone as a message indicator too.  Although granted it is not as cool as the different coloured LED from the Blackberry.

With regards to your notifications, if your phone is locked there is a display right there on the front screen telling you that you have either texts, facebook messages or other types of notifications, when you unlock the phone this then disappears and can be accessed from the drop down, where clicking on any of these notifications will take you to the relevant section of the app.  If you aren't seeing these perhaps there is a setting off somewhere.

Largely I am with you though, the 4S is a huge disappointment, anyone with a 4 who goes out and gets a 4S is bordering on moronic.  The changes are marginal at best and although IOS 5 is decent, it pretty much only pulls Apple into a position where it's OS can do what the top smartphones have been doing for at least six months now.

The hands down most powerful, 'best' smartphone out there right now is the Galaxy S II.  I am neither a huge android nor Samsung fan, but just from a basic hardware perspective, it is at least six months ahead of even the Iphone 4S.  Like I've said previously, I work with all these devices and OS's on a daily basis and from anyone inside the industry, it's pretty much accepted as fact for now(there are a handful of devices that will drop before the end of the year that take things to a higher level yet again). 

Blackberry is becoming more and more of a niche market.  It had a fiercely loyal following who stuck with it through thick and thin, but that was in large part based around it's email power and BBM.  With those types of features being improved on other platforms, Blackberry really needs to 'reinvent the wheel' to hold onto or increase it's market share.
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« Reply #36 on: October 19, 2011, 06:53:41 AM »
Deebo,

Besides the tabbed browsing (and additional browsing functionality) I also liked the split/moveable keypad and have been playing around with the custom gestures. While the updates may not be earth shattering there are a few things that I have found useful and have been trying out a number of the new features over the last couple of days to see if there are any that I like.
Still doing a lot of "googling" and playing around with both iPad and iPhone features - but so far it's not a disappointment for me as some of the new features are a good fit for the way I use my devices.
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Re: The Official Technology Thread
« Reply #37 on: October 19, 2011, 08:47:35 AM »
Here's a guide to some of the new iOS 5 features:

http://www.apple.com/ios/features.html#notification

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« Reply #38 on: October 19, 2011, 11:39:55 AM »
Samsung Galaxy S II is just a much better phone than the Iphone 4S.

Apple will sell a ton of the new phone, but this is the first time it's legitimately trailing behind technologically speaking when it comes to introducing a new smartphone.

By the time Apple tries to release a 5, android phones are going to be about 12-18 months ahead of them.

I'd say you're probably right up until this point. It wouldn't surprise me if part of the reason the iPhone 5 wasn't announced yesterday is because of how far Apple intends on pushing the technology, but they just haven't perfected it yet.

I hear Jobs was working almost exclusively on the Iphone 5 prior to his death so hopefully it will be a leap forward.  As for the reason as to why this phone was not a leap forward, you only have to look at the display.  They could not have made a profit on any device with a 'retina' display larger that 3.5 inches.  In no small part due to the fact they have a huge dispute with Samsung who is owning the display side of things right now.  Increasing the size of the screen on an Iphone as it stands would mean reducing the 'retina' quality and apple will never take a step backwards as we all know.

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Re: The Official Technology Thread
« Reply #39 on: October 22, 2011, 06:26:01 PM »
The best thing I've found so far with IOS 5......( Or maybe it's been there all along and didn't find it earlier).....  Is the touch assistant. Basically I've added a home button icon to my screen so now I don't have to physically press a button I can just touch it, or double tap it, or triple tap it.. Etc... 

I've always worried about wearing out the physical button and wanted exactly this option. It's also silent instead of the "click click" button sound when checking to see what apps are open and running.

Edit: it's called Assistive Touch.
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« Reply #40 on: November 22, 2011, 10:47:48 AM »
I'm thinking of buying my wife one of these for Christmas...
Anyone have any knowldege of them or experience with them?... Any complaints or praises? Is one better than the other?

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Re: The Official Technology Thread
« Reply #41 on: November 22, 2011, 12:38:04 PM »
Anyone have experience with e-readers? I'm seriously considering one, especially the Kobo touch.

Anything good or bad I should know?

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« Reply #42 on: November 22, 2011, 12:53:42 PM »
Anyone have experience with e-readers? I'm seriously considering one, especially the Kobo touch.

Anything good or bad I should know?

I've owned a Kindle since last October (2010), fantastic device, what would you like to know specifically?

I'm a little wary of the current generation of Touch-based eReaders.  I've seen the Nook Touch, and I don't like the responsiveness of the touch screen.  They all use the same technology, basically an infrared detection system over the actual e-ink screen, and it's way less responsive than say an iPhone or iPad touch screen.  You should really go play with a Kobo touch at Chapters and see if you like it.  If you have any other general questions about eReaders just ask.

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« Reply #43 on: November 22, 2011, 02:32:59 PM »
Samsung Galaxy S II is just a much better phone than the Iphone 4S.

Apple will sell a ton of the new phone, but this is the first time it's legitimately trailing behind technologically speaking when it comes to introducing a new smartphone.

By the time Apple tries to release a 5, android phones are going to be about 12-18 months ahead of them.

I'd say you're probably right up until this point. It wouldn't surprise me if part of the reason the iPhone 5 wasn't announced yesterday is because of how far Apple intends on pushing the technology, but they just haven't perfected it yet.

I hear Jobs was working almost exclusively on the Iphone 5 prior to his death so hopefully it will be a leap forward.  As for the reason as to why this phone was not a leap forward, you only have to look at the display.  They could not have made a profit on any device with a 'retina' display larger that 3.5 inches.  In no small part due to the fact they have a huge dispute with Samsung who is owning the display side of things right now.  Increasing the size of the screen on an Iphone as it stands would mean reducing the 'retina' quality and apple will never take a step backwards as we all know.

Yeah, but now you have the Galaxy Nexus which will be released soon that has a true 720p HD display. Pentile or not, it's almost irrelevant at that resolution. If that's the beginning you have to think Super Amoled Plus HD is only a matter of time, and I think it'll be the new gold standard due to the lack of LCD backlight, which washes out colour. Nothing can touch Samsung's forward movement in display technology right now, not even Apple.

Don't get me wrong, I owned an iPhone 3GS and liked that it was optimized, liked the games etc. When 3GS was released it was still one of the best phones of its kind (although screen resolution kinda sucked) and it was the fastest phone out there. But the 4S is has a CPU upgrade that isn't even near the speed of other phones like SGSII, and the fact that the RAM is stuck at 512MB is just insane - it's half the standard of what's already out, nevermind what we'll see in the new year.

Until Apple allows more customization on their devices without jailbreaking (I can't believe I have to jailbreak the phone to add a freaking theme!), until they have a much bigger screen, can compete technologically with current phones then I have no problem with picking out the best Android phone when I have to make that decision, especially when ICS looks pretty slick indeed.
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« Reply #44 on: November 28, 2011, 04:27:47 AM »
I don't really understand the draw of eReaders.

Just looking up Kindle on Wikipedia, for example, it's twice the price of an iPod Touch with a fraction of the features.

If you want to read eBooks, why not just get an iPod Touch and install Stanza?

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Re: The Official Technology Thread
« Reply #44 on: November 28, 2011, 04:27:47 AM »