Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 1 Feb 2013.
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I think the mobile contract situation gave apple a massive boost. Most people wouldnt have paid £400 for an iphone if upfront fee. Looking back to pre-iphone you didnt get very much phone for your £25/month.
With apple TV - its the opposite, sky and virgin give you the box and you pay per month vs apple £300 upfront cost. With a games console though, you've always had to pay a chunk upfront for hardware so it's not so difficult to swallow.
None of that explains the ipad madness though.
Apple changed mobile phones for the better, if they can do a similar thing in tv and game consoles then it can only be for the better.
The obvious pathway for apple is the living room?
Not in this country it isn't
They certainly changed the face of mobile devices...for use as a phone however, todays "smartphones" are a lot worse than before. (Including Apples)(too big to hold to ear, dreadfull standby times, low speaking time on one charge)
Just turn off wifi and data on your andriod phone then you have the long battery life back. (at least with the S2, S3 and Note from Samsung. It has been a real life save when I go on vacation!
When I need Internet I just turn on wifi for that time and not leave it on searching for connections all day.
However you spin it, Smartphone battery life is horrendous compared to your old feature phones. My Nokia 3210 from 15 years ago lasted a week on a full charge, with plenty of texting, calling and playing Snake.
It was the first tablet to really not just cram a desktop os into a touch/smaller form factor which immediately made it easier to use. It also helped that at the time it was reasonably well priced for what it was.
iPad was an exquisitly balanced design for people who don't like computers, but want to be able to do things that until then were only done on computers. It was pure form-follows-function.
Of course it helped that technology had moved on in the 8 years since Windows XP tablets. Remember that Apple's last mobile effort around that time had been the Newton. Revolutionary, but too ambitious for the available technology at the time.
How come? 3210 had a 180/270 minute talk time and my 4S has an 840minute talk time on a comparable 2G connection.
The truth us that 3G connections use more power than 2G (Which is why my 4S drops to 480min on 3G) and that smart phones use more power because they are smart!
That big screen? Uses power.
Checking & Downloading your email? Uses power.
Sending all those texts? Uses power?
Many of us go through our smart phone batteries in a couple of days because we use the 'phone' as a smart device more than we use it as a phone.
If you only used it as a phone it would last a lot longer than those old feature phones.
If apple can get a game console in the living room with a decent selection of titles it can not be a bad thing.
May also force the likes of Microsoft and Sony to up there game. And maybe force developers to stop making rehashes of the same game.
Has not been many orginal games launched in a while.
The good thing about the app store (any of them not just ios), is that while many are just copies of other games, a lot of the games are original, whereas most console/PC games now just seem to be sequels.
The biggest threat in my living room is the big black thing with eight legs that's just ran across the carpet and behind the telly, bloody cats just sat and watched it as well.
Still think Apple are more of a threat to Chinese workers rights.
Try it. it won't.
Just checking for SMS ot the time a couple a time a day (activating the screen) will barely last you a weekend.
"feature phones" (hadn'd heared that one before) when new lasted...well, gee i always kept forgetting where the charger was.
Three "dumb" business grade nokia's lasted well over three weeks on a charge (but I don't phone a lot)
Battery technology isn't keeping up with the demands of new mobile tech you'll get your 2 weeks worth of charge back but just not any time soon. When there isn't a different between speed/displays/storage on a mobile devices then the battery becomes the next big deciding factor.
Back on topic : I think the steam big picture mode could do well. I dont see apple having much of an effect on the living room gaming market, and i dont see many people using steam big picture for Movies/TV
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