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
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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1. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

+1 for 8

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 3251; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

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

44. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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: 454; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

65. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

that's a good one :D

64. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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: Apr 14, 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=2742538http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2797810

36. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

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

54. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Much haters of TW are back.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 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 unregistered

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: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 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: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

47. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 261; Member since: Jun 08, 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: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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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