While I have always had good luck with AT&T as a phone service and with customer service, I haven’t been able to stand their upgrade page since 2007. Ever since the iPhone has been on AT&T they make it look like it is the only phone they have. You have to hunt around the page to figure out how to find the other phones that they offer.
This is what you get when you click to upgrade a device
Come on. I can’t believe how hard AT&T pushes the iPhone. They make it look to not tech savvy people that it is the only phone that you can upgrade too. Sorry for the little rant but this page annoys the crap out of me every time I see it. And I thought that after 5 years they might finally stop forcing it as the default device, but they have not. I think they made it even harder to try to find any other device actually. The iPhone 5 is great. One of the best phones but please just give people a chance.
One thing that makes it especially funny is that when they launched the first Lumia devices they said that it was going to be the biggest launch ever. Bigger than iPhone and promoted heavier. Yet we still have this page. 75% of the page is taken up by some form of iPhone and you have a couple of crappy other devices in the corner with one tiny link to get to more devices.
You win some, you lose some. And sometimes Disc Drivin decides to give your opponents a leg up at your expense. This isn’t the first time I have seen this happen and I am sure it won’t be the last. Not sure yet the rhyme or reason of this ‘bug’ but it only seems to happen if you are landing and have used your speed boost.
Setting Up For Failure
Little does he know, that this swipe will not get him the edge on the competition. Instead it will drop him through the floor.
Boost And Jump – Looking Good
The turn is still looking good here for mister 1st place, however the DD gods are not happy with him.
Coming In For The Landing
Still looks like a perfectly fine turn but there is a certain evil lurking.
Wait What? Quicksand‽
Where’d he go?
Remember to never anger the DD gods or you might just fall through the floor.
In case you didn’t know, Disc Drivin’ is the best iOS game around. It is the main reason one might own an iDevice actually. This will likely be one of a series of Disc Drivin related posts as this blog is about things I am interested in. DD as it is commonly referred to at work, is an integral part of our team. It gives us a nice couple of minute break, some competition, and some common ground on which we can all relate.
Bumper Beware – A Deadly Course
Bumper Beware is by far one of my most favorite courses in DD. The fairly simple jump that takes a bit of planning can make for a fun comeback or just a way to lap people and laugh. In case you do not know what I am referring to there will be some screenshots below.
Step 1 – Placement
Like most shortcuts in Disc Drivin’ placement before the jump is key here. Also: Don’t Try this without prior power up.
Setp 2 – Timing of The Jump
Along with this step it is worth noting that your speed is important and for this jump you should be able to go close to full speed.
This is less of a step and more of an outcome of careful preparation and flawless execution. Well Done!
Obviously the iPhone 5 announcements are going on right now. And while a lot of the things I have seen are very welcome updates; mostly better maps and a bigger screen. However, why the funky screen resolution? 1136 x 640. Sure it has the high pixel density that we are coming to be used to in phones and even laptops (eventually televisions and monitors), but it is just under 16:9 aspect ratio and is a bit away from 720P.
Apple Markets to Non-tech
One of the reasons I see that Apple doesn’t bother with relating anything to standards is that they advertise to people that do not understand the specs anyway and like buzz words more. But still, I mean why not make a 720P screen when many of the competitors are up to that and some even more.
Apple doesn’t need to compete in specs or performance as much as any other company does. Apple is this generations starlet of a company and as long as they use the words ‘Most Amazing Yet’ in any product they push it will sell well. Not saying they don’t make great products, because they do. They always have solid hardware and flashy design. But, they do deserve much of the ridicule that they receive because marketing is their strongest point and to the people that understand standards, specs, etc. see exactly how they manipulate people into wanting what they offer instead of offering what a user wants. Many people that have never used another smartphone are not willing to even try because they just think that the iPhone is the best.
Oh ranting. Fun sometimes, yet futile. Either way, enjoy your iPhone 5, but open your mind to other things once in a while. Brand loyalty can really make you miss out on great products. Just think of the people that were brand loyal to MS and got Vista, or just that were not educated enough to know that there were other options.
I like the presented features of Smart Glass. Although, I can’t help but feel that most of these features should have developed nicely through DLNA. DLNA as a group set out to make home media experience a nice seamless cross-platform experience, but so far has not been fruitful. Airplay on the other hand is a successful product but, it completely locks you into the Apple ecosystem so you have to buy a Mac, an AppleTV, and a iPhone/iPad/iPod to really get much out of it.
Just ask Siri on your iPhone 4s and she will certainly tell you what the best smartphone ever is.
For those of you who do not know, the responses that you get when you ask Siri what the best phone is usually is just a programmed response meant to be funny and will never actually tell you anything helpful. However, the programmers seemed to have let a few queries slip through the cracks. More or less just adding the word “ever” to the end of your query seems to give you a real response instead of some forced programmed response.
Nokia Lumia 900 – Best Smartphone EVER
The numbers don’t lie. For the average user the Nokia Lumia 900 is the best smartphone ever. Obviously for some people there are reasons to choose a different device but many are doing themselves and injustice by not considering a WP7 in their smartphone choices. Not just the Lumia line have awesome customer reviews. Almost every single WP7 sold has been in the top customer reviews on many different sites. Because it is simply awesome. The Windows Phone 7 operating system is beautiful, fast, intuitive, and just a joy to use.
So go get your hands on one and see for yourself. If you don’t like it all the carriers have easy return policies.
Well maybe I am just being a bit cynical but, tablets do not bring anything to the table. Seriously think about it for a second. What does a tablet do that either the phone or laptop can’t do. Not only that they can’t do but that they can’t do better than a tablet does. Today’s “tablets” are less portable cell phones that generally don’t make calls and have crappy cameras. Or if you try to compare them to a laptop then yes they are more portable but with very limited functionality and a need for extra peripherals to perform tasks almost as efficiently as a laptop.
Today’s Tablet is Nothing More Than A Status Symbol
It might sound a bit ridiculous but I honestly think this is a big part of the reason. Steve Jobs was absolutely insane and this is exactly the kind of thing that he would have done and completely forced everyone to agree with him. The small screen on the iPhone forces users to get something with a bigger screen. Personally I have no need for a tablet. I use my phone for general browsing and gaming, my desktop for work, gaming, research, and usually for blogging. Once in a while I might pull out my old Asus Eee netbook while sitting on the couch but not often.
Since A teenager I have been interested in technology. I bought my first computer when I was about 17 years old. It was a Windows 95 or 98 desktop with a Pentium II 333Mhz processor.
Now anyone would laugh at a processor speed like that in a phone. Bottom line is, technology has come a long way in the last 10 years. We went from desktops just starting to become big in the household to most households owning multiple smartphones which are more powerful than the computers from back then.
Every try to set up an event with your friends and have to text someone the date, time, or location multiple times? Or maybe you even have to call them. If you just put the event in their calendar then a lot of these problems can disappear. This is a feature that has been around for a while on different platforms but I don’t think that it gets the recognition that it deserves. Managing schedules is one of the biggest uses for a smartphone and many of us don’t ever see the full potential of our devices in that aspect. Siri has the neat new voice calendar entry which can be very useful but one issue with moving towards using smartphone calendars instead of the big one on the fridge is staying in sync.