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10 mighty annoying things that manufacturers do (or don't do) and piss us off, part 1

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10 mighty annoying things that manufacturers do (or don't do) and piss us off, part 1
Being a tech reviewer has its perks. You're constantly surrounded with what are considered very desirable devices, and new ones keep on coming all the time. Big ones and small ones, fancy or unattractive, powerful or impotent, we've seen most of them all. Many of those are great, or at least more than acceptable, and we make sure to share that insight with you. Others, however... not so much.

Indeed, when your 9 to 5 is mostly about getting to know the ups and downs of a never-ending stream of devices, you tend to retain some nasty experiences. Those are usually things that manufacturers either choose to do or not to do, and, honestly, those sometimes piss us off, and we know many of you are in the same boat. Certainly, a big portion of you have had devices that they've been on the cusp of buying, before realizing something rather essential (subjectively, at least) is missing or just isn't the way you'd like it to be.

So we sat down and went on a trip through memory lane, in an attempt to come up with a mostly objective list of Do's and Don'ts for manufacturers going forward. Obviously, a very big part of the entries on the list can't be considered deal breakers on their own, but it's fair to say that most of them pissed at least a bunch of tech reviewers and consumers off.

Arranged in no specific order.

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posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:07 15

1. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


+1 for 8

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:29 6

15. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 06:32 1

32. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; 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

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 07:05 1

37. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 08:10 2

39. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


There are about 70 grams worth of difference between the Z2 and the S2, though.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 08:39

44. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 18:16

58. JC557 (Posts: 1575; 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.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:38 1

61. Chris.P (Posts: 560; 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.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 07:50 1

62. deewinc (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Provided that the size of your palm remains constant. hehehehe!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:13

65. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


that's a good one :D

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 09:00

64. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; 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

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 15:15 1

66. JC557 (Posts: 1575; 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:55 1

19. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


samsunghatersarena
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?
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2742538
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2797810

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 06:56 7

36. fatexo (Posts: 221; Member since: 21 May 2010)


LG is laggy and S5 not laggy ?
What LG phone are you comparing ?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 15:05

54. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Much haters of TW are back.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:08 6

2. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:13 1

5. AlikMalix (Posts: 6291; 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...

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:24 1

13. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 06:11

26. Shatter (Posts: 2036; 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 08:21 2

42. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; 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

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 13:13

51. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; 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.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 17:09

67. blazee (Posts: 412; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


are you really comparing pc hard disk drives( the size a book) to phone memory?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 09:51 4

47. joey_sfb (Posts: 6015; 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 06:17

27. sachouba (Posts: 172; 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).

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:10 2

3. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; 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 ?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:20 9

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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:33 2

16. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; 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...

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:46 7

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.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 06:00

22. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; 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 ?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 06:11

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. :)

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