I prefer Android over the iPhone but as Paul has pointed out a few times, the price of the Pixel phones is too high. There are several reason but I wanted to mention 2 of them:
Reason #1: you only get 2 years of major updates! Today Google confirmed that the Nexus 6P and 5X will not get Android 9 (though I believe they still get security updates for another year?). I think that's crazy, the Nexus 6P and 5X are still good phones and they deserve Android 9, it's not like they came out in 2013.
Reason #2: performance degradation. Even Nexus/Pixel phones suffer from this! It was more forgivable with the lower pricing of the Nexus phones, but for the amount of money Google is asking for a Pixel phone, performance degradation is just not acceptable.
So even though Android has many advantages over the iPhone and I do prefer it, I'm switching to an iPhone 8 this summer when my contract is up. I don't think Android 9 is going to fix the performance degradation issue, and for the amount of money Google is asking for the Pixel 2, I expect more major Android updates guaranteed.
Grammarly seems like such a perfect and obvious acquisition for Microsoft and I don't think they would be expensive. Office/Word would benefit greatly from it and Grammarly even has an Android keyboard now, they could integrate that tech into SwiftKey and the Windows 10 on-screen keyboard.
I was really surprised to learn that the LTE Surface Pro uses a Qualcomm modem, you would think Microsoft would want to use an Intel modem in it, does anyone know why it doesn't? Do you think the next LTE Surface Pro will use an Intel modem?
I watched the Pixel 2 reveal and one of my favorite parts was when they said they don't put more features or better components in the XL version, the only difference between the two phones is the size and minor aesthetic differences. Fast forward to this week and apparently the XL has a crappy display made by LG made with a newer OLED technology, and the smaller phone has a display by Samsung with the more common and mature OLED technology. AND, the smaller phone is made by HTC while the larger phone is made by LG. What the hell???? Why would they make a point of saying this on stage when it's extremely untrue?
On Apple's website, they write about the iPhone X "The first OLED screen that rises to the standards of iPhone" , and I thought that was a strange and stupid thing to say because at my work, I get to play with almost every new phone that comes out and I haven't seen a bad OLED in years. But in the past week, 2 flagship android phones , the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL (apparently they have the same display) have actually made Apple's statement true, instead of a silly and strange lie. Apple is very lucky! The iPhone X really can say it has a much higher quality OLED than some recent android flagships
onMSFT just ran a story (search "Will Microsoft’s Surface business be the next to bite the dust? Industry execs think so" ) about this, do you think this is true? I really hope not... I really wish Paul and Brad would talk to some people in the know about this and let us know where things stand, it would be an interesting article
With Android apps now running on Chrome OS, you should be able to dock the next Pixel phones into a laptop shell or desktop setup and have Chrome OS. Google could beat Microsoft to the punch here. Having a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM is overkill for a smartphone, it's just wasted potential. Think about how special and disruptive that experience would be? All of your Android apps running seamlessly on a Chromebook shell or desktop. This would also justify the high price of Pixel phones, it would suddenly become a very easy purchase to justify, and it could cause some trouble for Windows
Now that rs3 is basically locked and it's just bug fixes until release, what do you think of Edge now? Does it still need more work or is it finally ready for prime time?
There's an issue with these forum: when you reply to someones comment, it should show up directly underneath that comment so it's clear you're replying to that comment, like reddit. At the moment, a reply to a comment just appears at the bottom and it's not clear which comment it's a reply to, it's a confusing mess.
Apple's phone strategy is solid and sound, the iPhone will be a powerhouse for the foreseeable future. But when it comes to tablets and computers, their strategy, well, they don't even have a strategy at all!
For the iPad, initially they were adamant that the iPad was strictly a tablet and they won't attempt to turn it into a hybrid because toaster fridges are stupid, then the iPad Pro and now iOS 11 happened, so clearly they've changed their mind. I tried out the new 12" iPad Pro yesterday and as excellent as it is (I gave the software a pass because iOS 11 isn't out yet), it's a poor excuse for a laptop. No USB C port, no trackpad (this company is famous for having the best trackpads) and the keyboard is a joke compared to a Macbook keyboard. So I read about what people think of the keyboard for the iPad Pros and one point I saw brought up many times was "Apple won't put out a great macbook-like keyboard because they don't want you to use the iPad Pro as a laptop, they want you to buy a Macbook if you want a laptop".
But this just isn't true! Apple REALLY doesn't want you to buy a Macbook. They refuse to make touchscreen macs, and they know this is crippling. They are deliberately not putting out modern Macbook Airs, because they want you to buy an iPad Pro. The uselessly small mini Macbook (which is way over priced) still has a 480p FaceTime camera... I could go on and on.
It seems like Apple is having some kind of struggle, they don't want to make a firm decision. So we have this mess, both the iPad and Macbooks aren't 'complete'. This is a real shame because I think an iPad Pro with a USB-C port and detachable Macbook keyboard would sell like hot cakes, I'd certainly buy one. Instead, I'm getting one of the Surface Pro clones that has a USB C port, which are magical, amazing devices. If you're having a hard time choosing between a iPad Pro or Macbook, I suggest you do the same. The HP and Samsung look especially nice.
Hi Brad, on todays Sams Report, did you mean that you believe the Microsoft approach is the better way (downscaling an actual real computer into a tablet, and eventually a phone like a Surface Phone) or you believe Apples approach is the better way (taking a phone operating system and slowly turning it into a full and powerful operating system)
I was just talking with one of my TA's (who worked for a display company) about the new iPad and he said that 120Hz is only worth the trouble if the display is OLED or Plasma, LCD's do not have the response time to make the most of 120Hz refresh rate, the response time of LCD is its 'bottleneck' , not it's refresh rate. But for display technologies that have a very fast response time, such as Plasma or OLED, you will actually notice an improvement if it's at 120Hz. So if you can, wait until the OLED iPad and you will notice a real improvement in speed and smoothness (smooth scrolling)
As we know, the sole purpose of the internet is complaining, so I've come to Pauls own forum to complain about something he did: in Thinking About Microsoft's Mobile Fantasy, he discourages Microsoft from trying with phones again, and that's just terrible of him. Apple isn't going to meaningfully innovate the iPhone, and Android is very similar to iOS. There's no real competition anymore in phones and no new ideas or different approaches, and that's really bad for everybody. If Microsoft is going to try something new and different again, everyone should be encouraging them, not discouraging them. Obviously if this new mobile OS makes it to market it's not going to get 30% market share, but if it's better than the iPhone and Android, it could find some success and influence the industry. Windows Phone proved that Microsoft knows what they are doing (Windows Phone didn't deserve to fail) and it would be a real shame for everyone if Microsoft didn't give it one more try
Does anyone know if the new Surface Laptop has an "in-cell" display panel? Paul or Brad, if you can see this, do you know or could you ask one of your sources please :)
I'm not criticizing them (I pre ordered a Surface laptop today) , I'm just saying, you gotta love 'em, only Microsoft could have Surface events 3 weeks apart LOL! I would love to know how stuff like this happens. Maybe Brad or Paul could ask around.
Can anyone "in the know" answer this? I hear people say to not even bother reporting problems/issues in the Feedback Hub because Microsoft only looks at the super common complaints that have lots of votes, but others say that Microsoft does in fact look at everything and fix bugs/issues even if they have no votes. WHAT IS THE TRUTH!?!? hahaha
I noticed Paul always speaks highly of Edge's text rendering and it made me give Edge a try on several occasions but I would not see this great text rendering he would always speak of, but I finally realized why: on a HiDPI ("Retina" in Apple speak) display, Edge does indeed have the best text rendering of all the browsers, but on a low/normal DPI display, text in Edge looks pretty bad, really ugly and rough, especially for smaller text, and as we know, the VAST majority of people have low/normal DPI displays. Edge really does require a very hi res display in order to make text look good: I was comparing Edge to Firefox on a 15" 1080p laptop and they were even but smaller text looked better in Firefox. On a Surface Book though, text looked better in Edge compared to Firefox but the difference wasn't dramatic
There is an issue with the way Chrome for Android renders text (Chrome for Android is the most popular browser on earth according to netmarketshare) and because the majority of Chrome for Android users do not have retina class displays, the font on thurrott.com should be changed so it doesn't look so blurry for so many people. Here's the chrome bug https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=686059
I was hoping someone in-the-know or maybe someone from Microsoft can shine some light on this issue: take a Windows tablet like a Surface Pro, rotate it so it's tall/long (like you would if you had a really long PDF or something like that), for some reason, you aren't allowed to have 1 app take up the top half of the screen and another app take up the bottom half of the screen! Even Android tablets allow this, and tablets are almost an afterthought in the Android world. Is this feature coming to Windows 10 tablets eventually? What's the issue? I honestly for the life of me cannot think of a reason this functionality is not present in Windows tablets. (I read that is was present in very early builds of Windows 10 but removed? I don't know if that's true or not though)