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New work phone

Discussion in 'Tablets, Smartphones and Mobile Devices' started by Yellow Fang, 6 Nov 2018.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    Work has given me a new iPhone. I suppose I will get used to it eventually, but right now it frustrates me. One of the things that annoys me is that the USB cable, if that's what it is, does not fit my personal Motorola smartphone and vice versa. How typically Apple! Now I have to carry two USB cables to recharge my phones. I would rather have had an Android smartphone anyway, because I wrote hacked a little app for making noises, which I use for testing audio set ups. Ok, I can easily download another, but I wanted to use my own. Rhubarb! Rhubarb! Flipping over-priced, over-designed, over-controlled Apple.

    Our previous work phones were Nokias. It took me a while to remember how to write text messges with those. It was not entirely suitable because it was not as easy to record videos, download noise generating apps, etc. Besides, my colleague complained they gave him a headache. Nokias have a much stronger signal than most smartphones. It did not give me a headache. However, I do remember years ago, my computer monitor used to distort every time someone walked down the corridor the other side of the office wall. He had his mobile phone in his pocket, no doubt irradiating his testicles.
     
  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Yer the new iPhones are anything but logical imo. I had one back in the version 3/4 era and they seemed much better. Recently people have given me their iPhones to help solve problems and working your way around them does my head in. It feels like trying to find a config option in Windows 10!

    I recently got a new phone after a LOT of research and settled on a Blackview BV6000s which is not perfect but a reasonable phone for less than £150. It's got a good battery life that last a couple of days, unless I do a lot of gaming. The case is rugged so you don't need to buy a case, though I took off the waterproof protection on the headphones and power connector because they are really fiddly to get open. Though I bet really good at keeping it safe around water. The only design flaw is the USB power socket needs a long connector (one provided) but don't work well with standard USB cables. This is again because of the waterproofing feature.

    It's more than powerful enough to do everything I want and connects to networks really well. It amazes me that people pay £600-£1000 for phones when there are plenty around the £150-£250 that are probably more than good enough for what they actually need. The other cool thing is because the phone looks so radically different to the sleek thin phones everyone else has I get more comments about my phone looking cool than I would if I had a top of the range iPhone or Samsung device.

    The other nice thing is it's fairly bloat free. They put a few little apps on there like a nice geeky toolbox containing sound meter, compass, bubble meter, heart rate monitor, pressure and range of measuring functions. Their own calendar, which stopped updating so I switch back to the stock Android one... Which is the nice thing, all their stuff can be uninstalled if you don't want it.

    It took me a long time to decide on the phone I wanted because there are tons of different brands out there but some are hard to find because Google often points you to the same old phones. I was tempted by the new Nokia and Motorola phones but they did not really give me everything I wanted. This phone has it all. Even stuff like NFC. I can't say I'm a big fan of Android 7, which it runs and 8 looks even worse. Seems like the phones are getting like Win/Mac machines where both OSs are going downhill.

    There seems to be a bit of buzz at the mo about KaiOS which is a fork of the Geko Firefox OS that Mozilla abandoned. It seems to be very popular on 'feature phones' in places like India and there are a growing number of apps for it. Apple certainly seem to be loosing their mojo at the moment. We have two Mac in the office and both users have ditched the Apple mice and brought in old mice from home because they were impossible to work with, one of them we recently bought with 'Next day delivery' that turned up 8 days later. Actually we could have had it 7 days later as they sent an email on the 7th day saying it would turn up the next day, then they tried to deliver it that same day when no one was in. It one one example of a very long list of things I've seen from Apple this year where they seem to treat the customer like shoot.

    This year I've had all sorts of people saying they will strongly consider an Android phone next time, most probably will still just get the next iPhone but the numbers are definitely dropping and the investors have noticed. Their share price drastically dropped recently when they announced less sales of phones. Apple are probably too big to fail like they did in the 90s but like Sony found out a decade ago, if sales start to dry up a bit then those shop suddenly start looking like a very big expense. Sony were saved by the PS4, I'm not sure Apple have something like that up their selves.

    Don't get too used to your new phone... By the next time your company rolls out new phones, the current iPhone of that age may not even get a look-in.
     
  3. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    Yes, it's a flipping pain. I just hit the button or screen at random until it shows me want I want. I tried to find the camera today and couldn't. Other times I have had difficulty getting shot of the camera. I've got to work out how to use tethering again. I've got to work out how to download apps again. I've got to learn how to operate the camera and video again.

    Apple has always seemed an aspirational brand with Scandinavian styling, a bit like Band and Olufsson. Something young Porsche driving architects would buy. I prefer to pose with Linux.

    What really pissed me off with them was the iPod my brother bought for me for my 40th birthday. The tracks I transferred from my CD collection played under any format of software music player, e.g. Thunderbird, but any track I bought from iTunes only played on iPlayer. Microsoft were too big for Apple to ignore, but Linux: they could prevent any Linux application from playing those tracks. I've moaned online before, and other posters said the iTunes music format was not encrypted or proprietary. Well maybe it wasn't, but it was pretty difficult to get any Linux codecs for it. That really pissed me off, because when I bought 45s and LPs, I didn't expect to have to buy the music labels' record players to play them on. The other thing that annoyed me is that my PC got a virus and I had get Windows reinstalled. After that, I put iPlayer on my laptop and my PC, but each instance did its best to delete tracks from my iPod because what was on it did not match up with what was on that instance of iPlayer. Eventually my iPod was wiped.
     
  4. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    Can both handsets be charged wirelessly?
     
  5. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    Don't know. Didn't even know it was possible.
     
  6. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    Another way in which iPhones are rubbish. The camera does not pick up infrared signals. I wanted to check if a remote control unit was working. I could do that with my Motorola phone camera, not with my iPhone camera.
     
  7. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    It's supposed to work from the Iphone 6 upwards. No more charging leads plugged in and then forgetting it.

    Samsung say from the A7 up, it(wireless charging) is available
     
  8. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    The infra-red testing. Get a camera and check, it usually shows on them.
     
  9. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    Another reason the iPhone is rubbish. I've been missing phone calls because a tiny tab was clicked the wrong way.
     
  10. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    And another thing, the iPhone does not have a 3.5mm phono connection. In my job that would be handy to test the audio equipment.