10 mighty annoying things that manufacturers do (or don't do) and piss us off, part 1
10 mighty annoying things that manufacturers do (or don't do) and piss us off, part 1
1. Frustrating placements of the power key
And this is an issue that is far from resolved, even though such (mis)placements are becoming rare. The HTC One M8, for example, is a pretty tall phone, and it's power key is placed on the top, making it an annoyance to operate. Sure, you can wake up the screen with a double tap, but you can't lock it after you're done, so you're inevitably reaching for it all the time.
2. Lack of oleophobic coating on displays
The result? A screen that is so thoroughly smudged that you constantly have to wipe it with something (usually your clothes). We understand that these devices are usually on a budget, but the resulting mess is honestly oftentimes worth the extra dollar it will cost the manufacturer to get this sorted.
3. Raw spot: microSD cards
And who can blame them? Sure, not all microSD cards are created equal, and some do underperform, but the truth is that even if you shell out for a quality card, you're still likely saving money. Which gets us to our next point...
4. Storage upgrades that cost a fortune
Consider Apple (whose products have no support for memory expansion) -- a 16GB boost from 16GB to 32GB costs an outrageous $100! And even Google is charging $50 for the same deal with the Nexus 5. A high class 16GB microSD card, on the other hand, will cost you a fraction of either of those two sums.
There's a reason the South Korean government outlawed this practice and told companies that bloatware should be removable like any other app.
Image courtesy of BriefMobile.com
6. The tiny earpiece syndrome
This issue is only compounded by the fact that, nowadays, OEMs seem to be putting too little emphasis on call quality. The tiny earpiece syndrome is especially nasty if coupled with poor call volume.
7. Devices that weigh a ton
Putting the way a device feels in words is a tough job, but lets just say that the Liquid S2 feels like something that can be quickly re-purposed for other uses, like throwing it at an assailant in an act of self-defense, and putting him in the hospital. Yeah, it's that heavy.
8. Android skins that are way too heavy
9. Using plastic that is downright cheap
Once again, we understand that this a mostly budget phones-specific issue (but not completely), yet we can't help but call it what it is, cheapo plastic.
10. Fingerprint magnet back plates
Typically, this is an issue with plastics that have a glossy finish, but the issue is definitely not exclusive to them. The black Moto G, for example, while an awesome device in its own right, is completely ruined aesthetically by the never-ending barrage of fingerprints.
15. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2869; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Also #7, the statement is funny. "Liquid S2 feels like something that can be quickly re-purposed for other uses, like throwing it at an assailant in an act of self-defense, and putting him in the hospital." LOL...
Nice article Chris and this sequel idea is very nice, not like to long to read articles.
32. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
yeah quite right, liquid s2 is pretty heavy, however, other than this it is a beautiful, solid and sturdy phone... every phone must have a micro sd, it should be a standard... well, chris p always bring interesting articles
37. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1475; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I have to be the odd ball here, I love my Z2 and I do love its weight as well. I feel like I can better handle it in my hands. That's same way I choose my gaming mouse as well.
39. Chris.P (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
There are about 70 grams worth of difference between the Z2 and the S2, though.
44. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1475; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
So that's Z2 to gain about half of its weight? I can live with that. I feel safer holding a heavier phone anyway. I always feel like I would drop my Nexus 4 but Z2 was never the case when I'm holding it.
58. JC557 (Posts: 1165; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I'm the same way, I kinda like a somewhat weighty phone in my hands but not brick heavy like smartphones of years past.
61. Chris.P (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
You really need to hold the S2 before you can make that statement. Trust me, your hand's tolerance to extra weight is not linear.
62. deewinc (Posts: 192; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Provided that the size of your palm remains constant. hehehehe!
64. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1475; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
You might be right. but for the fact that I do go to the gym. 270g seems really light to me
66. JC557 (Posts: 1165; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I had the Sony Clie NZ-90 PDA and that thing weighed almost 10oz and I carried that thing every day because it had an awesome camera tied to a PDA. It beat carrying around a laptop though the browsing capabilities could have been better.
19. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
1. LG is laggy, s5 with last firmware not laggy
2. s5 have 107% (not 130%), 130% in z2
3. Why this displays is best in color reproduction?
36. fatexo (Posts: 127; Member since: 21 May 2010)
LG is laggy and S5 not laggy ?
What LG phone are you comparing ?
2. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
We're still in the dark ages.
16 gb is taking forever to evolve.
While its HDD counterpart in notebook and PCs, it only took a few years.
it's just sad.
5. AlikMalix (Posts: 1017; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
Tell me about it.... I think that 16GB shouldn't even be offered anymore. Start from 32GB and on...
Samsung Galaxy with only 16GB internal (and no 32GB or higher) is only about 8GB free space left, and unless you're ready to void warranty for your new phone and root, you gotta rely on that 8-9GB to fit all your apps and their data unless you can figure how to mount onto external... its ridiculous... and to think some of that precious space is taken up with Bloat...
13. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Yeah, quite honestly it's depressing.
I don't know why / what is taking too long for them to get out of that 16 gb rut.
26. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
The reason they don't is so they make more profit.
EMMC will be replaced by tech closer to ssd in phones soon, phones will be significantly faster and offer much more storage.
Samsung will be able to make 1TB phones with 3D nand at a reasonable price in 4-5 years.
42. elitewolverine (Posts: 2117; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
space and costs
Internal memory is not cheap. They are far superior to sd in all ways, from data speeds, to lower fail rates. The company has to take the loss when they choose a 32gb phone and a memstick goes bad and replace the entire device.
It is far from oh lets just increase the amount
51. AfterShock (Posts: 2997; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
My $150 Samsung 256gb SSD says, memory is not as expensive as its said or you make out to be.
Going from 16-64 is not worth more then $50, not $200 plus as defended by some fans.
67. blazee (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
are you really comparing pc hard disk drives( the size a book) to phone memory?
47. joey_sfb (Posts: 3294; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Don't buy is the best thing you could do for them and yourself.
I only buy if it's a 100% fit.
27. sachouba (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)
On the Galaxy S5, there is about 11GB free space left the first time you boot the device (with no carrier, of course).
3. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I'm planning to buy a Galaxy tab 4 7.0 , but now that i read about TouchWiz i should probably change my mind....btw can i delete somehow the bloatware from the device ?
10. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Don't even think about getting a Tab 4, it lags. Get something else that's not a low end Samsung tablet. The safest choice is the Nexus 7 2013.
16. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Okay but the Nexus 7 (1gb ram) costs 210€ while the Tab 4 (1,5 gb ram) costs only 160€....btw LG G Pad V400 7.0 costs only 140€ but it has only 1gb ram.....what should i get cuz it's my 1st android device after 4 years...
18. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Uh, the Nexus 7 2013 has 2GB RAM. Also, you're getting a better screen on the Nexus 7 2013, and offers a smoother experience than the Tab 4 7.0.
22. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I know but it's too expensive, i can't afford it....i'm looking to buy a low-end first and if i like.....any ideas ?
25. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Since you're on a tight budget, you should get the Tab 4 7.0 then. Good luck on your choice. :)
29. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I want it only for browsing and light games...i hope it can handle a launcher too....
34. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
go for tab s 8.4, the display is amazing and performance is buttery smooth... but I will suggest you, never buy samsung in mid range or in low end devices bcoz there are many many more alternatives which gives you better specs in same price of samsung...
30. sachouba (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)
I don't know about the Galaxy Tab 4, but the Galaxy Tab 3 which used to lag on Android 4.2 is now very smooth thanks to the KitKat update. But indeed, the Tab 4 is not the best tablet you can get for that price.
31. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
What the Tab 3 8.0 got the KitKat update ?
43. elitewolverine (Posts: 2117; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
If you not stuck on android, try a full windows 8.1 pc instead. This is coming out soon. And if not, their tablets aren't half bad. Here are two linkss
45. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Good, but the only cheap Windows with bing tablet in Greece is the Bitmore WTab801 8" that costs 159€ wth only 1gb Ram, Intel Atom Z3735E 1.33 GHz, 8" TFT - 1280 x 800 IPS Display...
12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2869; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
No, rooting your device is the only way to remove bloatware. Get a Nexus 7 instead.
20. ihavenoname (Posts: 1528; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Worth it, I guarantee. So much better experience.
21. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2869; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
OK, go get the Tab 4 then, as it has 1.5GB RAM and now-a-days the touchwiz doesn't lag like previous years after JB and KK. But Nexus 7 (2013) is worthier.
24. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Are you sure ? G pad v400 7.0 is good too but it has only 1gb ram.,..jeez why is so hard to pick an android device lol
28. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2869; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Yes, sure, go with extra RAM which is always good.
46. S.M.Talha (Posts: 68; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)
Well i use nexus 7 2012.Its quite good except that it dont have rear camera.1 gb ram is enough you dont have to worry about it.
I think you should check the lg g pad 7.0 for your self because i cant say much about this one.
But i might recommend the new asus memo pad 7 with intel chip.
Sorry but i am unable to give link.
48. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
So you think 1gb is enough to run a launcher,some 3d games and have a good multitask aon the apps.....right ?
53. S.M.Talha (Posts: 68; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)
I dont know what a launcher is but here are some games which run decently on my nexus 7
Asphalt airborn 8
Modern combat 4
I didnt notice any problem when playing any of these game.
Anyway there is no point in arguing because there is only samsung tab 4 and nexus 7 2013 with more than 1 gb ram.The first one is having bad performance and second one is out of your price range.
It means that your concern is not ram but to choose a better tablet now with 1 gb ram.
55. S.M.Talha (Posts: 68; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)
Well i can help you a little bit by giving you some options:
From high price to low price:
Nexus 7 2013 ---- $200---- best of all
Evga tegra note 7 ----- $180----- best for gaming
Asus memo pad 7 (new model) ----$150---- best budget tablet
56. S.M.Talha (Posts: 68; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)
I just noticed that asus tablet i mentioned have 2mp rear camera.But better processor ---1.8 ghz and latest android 4.4.
It is called asus memopad 7(me176 cx).
So if you prefer camera over the other two features then get asus memopad hd 7.
Dont get confused one have hd in name and the other dont have hd in it.
57. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I'll buy the Asus memo Pad 7 that costs only 139,00 €....
4. AlikMalix (Posts: 1017; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
Great list. I love iPhones, the experience using one somewhat justifies the extra cost of space if one desires. But I wish more and more articles and complaints bomb the price jumps for extra memory on iPhones to a point that Apple would be embarrassed. Unfortunately people pay for it because they need it and they dont wish to buy alternatives like Samsung with Android + TouchWiz running the show. I'm all for cheaper prices - so yes keep on pounding that issue everyone... I guess same goes for bloat on Android.
6. maherk (Posts: 1229; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
#10, they should have used the Z2 as an example, it's one of the most fingerprint magnet phones on the market.
9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3348; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
The white is not a magnet at all. Purple a little. Black yeah.
7. lalalaman (Posts: 392; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Come on bro, u can't lift??? O_O
I think the heavy skin prob is a big issue, I used cyanogen s4 and a touchwiz s4......and then I never complained android for lag.........cyanogen was smoother than butter while touchwiz ruined it (but give some extra features though)
8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3348; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Almost none of these apply for the Z2 :) Maybe the fingerprint magnet if you get the black version. Not a problem on my white though.
11. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 695; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
#6: Why on earth use a Lumia 630 to demonstrate a small earpiece? It's the same size as that of the iPhone 5s and only slightly smaller (not as wide, but higher) than that of the Galaxy S5, a larger device. It's also the same size or larger than mobile phones of the past, where this for some reason was not an issue...
59. JC557 (Posts: 1165; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
The Nexus 5 has an even smaller earpiece that's a somewhat tiny circle.
33. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
"There's a reason the South Korean government outlawed this practice and told companies that bloatware should be removable like any other app."
Wait, Bloatware is banned in Korea? F**K YEAH Korea!