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    Mobile technology rant...


    Bob Saget.

    I read today that Nokia is gearing up for three new Lumia Windows Phones for this year. One of which is codenamed Catwalk. Basically, it is the successor to the Lumia 920, and instead of being built out of durable polycarbonate, it will be built with aluminum so it's lighter.

    Ugh....

    I don't mind that they're building new Windows Phones, good on them. But already to have a successor to their flagship so soon? What?! Apparently, it's rumored that the iphone 5s will have another screen size and come in knock off colors of probably cyan, magenta, and yellow along with their monochrome colors; something that Nokia brought into play with the Lumia 800 and their N8/9 handsets.

    What the crap right now?! A majority of people buy the flagship handset and are locked into that contract for two years. It's annoying to read that in less than a year, a new flagship device will be out that is probably better than the one you have. Yes, the one you bought is the one you liked, but when it gets to the point that there are literally better technologies coming out in less than a year versus two, this gets annoying and a tad frustrating. No wonder many phone makers aren't doing so well, they're pumping out a whole new device every six months! And for the fans of that particular OS or device, it's annoying that there is a new, possibly better handset.

    Personally, I'm glad with the Nokia Lumia 920 and see no reason to make it lighter, as it's not even significantly heavier than my Lumia 900, literally, those two phones are almost the same size and weight. It's just that the 920 has significantly better technologies over the 900. And yes, Nokia released a new flagship Windows Phone in only six or so months, which makes the anger of some adopters more potent as yeah, a new and better device came out in the fall of 2012. And, I personally am not doing contracts anymore, so it's the whole unsubsidized cost I pay upfront for the phone plus REALLY less expensive service. That's going to be almost 600-700 dollars. If I'm to pay that much for a phone, I want the best and latest model, which makes this a little annoying for me since I planned on the Lumia 920. I'll have to see if there is any news at CES about it, as Nokia might be announcing some RT tablets and hopefully those Lumia phones so I know if it's worth it or not...

    Condensed point, OEMs need to stop with the short release schedules. Technology as it is already moves at a fast pace, there is little need to aggravate that for no reason. And apple too! Holy crap they're getting bad at that! They released like three ipads last year, imagine the debt said apple fanboy would be in right now!

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    I know what you mean but you have to remember that everything we buy/lease is a "point in time" decision. If we buy/lease a car, the new model comes out and it doesn't make our car less useful or less desireable UNLESS we buy into the consumerism tha is "I need to have the latest and greatest of everything". I'm not saying that's what you're doing, it's just that companies constantly have to innovate and create the competitive product for their current product before another company does. Product lifecycles are so short now and products are often discontinued in 6 months or less.

    Earlier this year (August) Intel released a new series of motherboards and in December, they announced the product was being retired (4 months). I'l still buy the motherboard because it's a good value and if the prices drop, which is almost guaranteed to happen, it's an even better deal.

    I learned several years ago that it's not good to be "bleeding edge", you get the best vaule and bang for the buck one or more products behind the "latest and greatest". I broke that rule with my Lumia 920, but I knew full well that it would only be about 6 months before the L920 was replaced by a bigger, badder, faster, prettier device, but I really don't care as the features that I love with my phone didn't change, it's still what it was when I bought in November 9th. My 2010 MazdaSpeed3 is still a great car for me and I really don't care about some newer model until I'm in the market for a new car... but then again, I'm an old fart...
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    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I know what you mean but you have to remember that everything we buy/lease is a "point in time" decision. If we buy/lease a car, the new model comes out and it doesn't make our car less useful or less desireable UNLESS we buy into the consumerism tha is "I need to have the latest and greatest of everything". I'm not saying that's what you're doing, it's just that companies constantly have to innovate and create the competitive product for their current product before another company does. Product lifecycles are so short now and products are often discontinued in 6 months or less.

    Earlier this year (August) Intel released a new series of motherboards and in December, they announced the product was being retired (4 months). I'l still buy the motherboard because it's a good value and if the prices drop, which is almost guaranteed to happen, it's an even better deal.

    I learned several years ago that it's not good to be "bleeding edge", you get the best vaule and bang for the buck one or more products behind the "latest and greatest". I broke that rule with my Lumia 920, but I knew full well that it would only be about 6 months before the L920 was replaced by a bigger, badder, faster, prettier device, but I really don't care as the features that I love with my phone didn't change, it's still what it was when I bought in November 9th. My 2010 MazdaSpeed3 is still a great car for me and I really don't care about some newer model until I'm in the market for a new car... but then again, I'm an old fart...
    I don't ever buy into the consumerist thoughts for cars, I as have a 1990 Mazda 626 I adore, but is kind of sucky for cold -5 degree winters, poor thing's rear defroster takes a good while to defrost! I want to buy 2000 BMW 525 or 528i for my winter car, as it's newer and has better technologies for snowy conditions, along with a manual transmission and rear wheel drive. But that's cars, technology generally isn't rapidly shifting every six to twelve months as it takes the manufacturers years and years to release a WHOLE new different car. Usually, every two years with cars, newer, better, and more efficient technologies are there; usually.

    Computing technology is a different thing altogether, as the newer models of something generally ARE better than before, which is to be expected, but released on such a rapid pace. For example, AMD is releasing their FX 8300 processor, which is like the 8350 but at a 95 watt TDP versus the 125 watt TDP of the 8350, which means less actual power consumption, something I do like. But they just released the latest FX series last fall. This doesn't annoy me much as I won't be in the market for PC hardware until well into this year.
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    In the technology world, it's best for people not to try keeping up. Just wait out the 2 years and see what is available. People need to get over needing/wanting the latest/greatest.
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    And another thing, why are laptop speakers so crappy!? Seriously, they're so underpowered when smartphone speakers BLOW them right out the water?! Crap right now!
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    I've never heard a laptop or a smartphone with good speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I've never heard a laptop or a smartphone with good speakers.
    iphone, Nokia Lumia 900/920, HTC Trophy/8X. 8X especially as it has a built in amplifier. Don't know about android phones. But compared them to current laptop PCs, it's clear as day the higher quality sound between them. Even enabling loudness equalizer on new Windows 8 laptop PCs doesn't even make them louder. Them speakers are SO underpowered.
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    Sometimes, you buy the right technology and you get a lot of use out of it and don't have to make every incremental upgrade. For instance, in 2007, I bought an Intel DG43GT motherboard with an Intel Quad Core 6600 CPU and 4GB of DDR2 RAM. It's 1/2013 and I've upgraded the RAM to 6GB, but I'm still using the same motherboard and CPU. I've gotten a lot of use out of this workhorse and I'm not a gamer, so it's just as good for me now as it was when I bought it. I'll use this PC until some critical component fails or I win the Lotto and build myself a monster PC just to do it.

    Even though this CPU/motherboard are old, and the newer tech blows them away, the performance has and still is good enough to make it very difficult for me to justify replacing it. I'll take rock solid and reliable over faster performance any day...
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    Agreed, my current home pc is a gigabyte mobo , Intel q9550 cpu, 8gb DDR2-800 ram, a hx 620 psu, in an antec antec p180 case. I built in June of 2009. Thus far, I have added an SSD and an Nvidia gtx-570 gpu.

    At work I am running a core i7 3770 on an Asus P8z77 mobo. So, I have a good handle on current levels of performance and feel that my current home build is easily holding its own. I rarely keep a primary machine over 3 years...but this one has been a great build, stable, solid performer.
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    Taking this rant onto another fork...

    Holy crap! What is the with price of said mobile technologies?! Especially some of the Windows 8 PCs?!

    You can't find a decent laptop PC that doesn't start at least 800+ dollars, and these are non-touch PCs too. When we get into touch, there are a few decent non-expensive ones. But getting into the tablet PC realm, WOW! MSI announced this kind of neat slider tablet, 11.6 inch screen, specs of an ultrabook: $1,200! What the crap is that?! This is partly the reason why these new PCs are flying off the shelf, they cost a leg! Touch AIO PCs are apparently doing better, and they generally start at 800 dollars and decent specs as well.

    The other day I was at walmart and I saw this HP notebook running Windows 8, it had a lower end AMD APU I believe, 300 dollars. If one took a decent touch screen with a stylus, boom, for about 500 dollars one could have a cost effective touch Window 8 PC. Most of the laptop PCs I've personally come across from people are generally mid-range with prices from 250-600 dollars. I don't get why tablet PCs are even higher, there has to be some amount of economics with supply being less than demand here.
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