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Comment Re:Still no actually round screen? (Score 1) 52

Not sure about that -- if you look closely at the pics of the Huawei watch you'll see that the body extends out towards the lugs quite a bit. I suspect the extra tech is hidden in those chunky bits. The G watch R has the same styling; and whilst that could just indicate that Huawei and LG have no design smarts (which is often true) I'd be a little surprised that the two companies independently hit on the exact same ugliness by chance.

I suspect that at the moment some compromise has to be made: you can have a flat tyre, you can have a giant bezel, you can have chunky bits-that-aren't-lugs. One thing I'd be pretty certain about, though, is that Motorola didn't go with the flat tyre look just for kicks.

Here's an old article about Moto's design choices if you're interested.

Comment Re:Still no actually round screen? (Score 2) 52

Yes, well, KITT with a flat-tyre would be a bad combo ...

But having seen the watch in the flesh (it, with the apple watch, are the only two smartwatches I've ever seen in the wild) I can only say I didn't notice the flat-tyre look at all when coupled with a dark watch face. Horses for courses, naturally, but I liked the watch in person a whole lot more than in the renders.

Comment Re:Still no actually round screen? (Score 3, Interesting) 52

From the pictures, it seems the screen still isn't really round, but has a straight section at the bottom just like the old version.

This was discussed with the release of the original 360. IIRC, current display tech necessitates some non-display area, and Motorola decided (rightly, in my opinion) to go with the flat-tyre approach rather than the chunky-bezels approach. The LG G-watch R is an example of the latter approach, with bezels blown out of all proportion (although LG clearly don't understand watch design so I suspect that one looks worse than it had to).

Then again, I don't wear watches anyway, and if I did, it'd be a classic, not some smart toy.

I do wear watches, and I wear classic ones; there's something about mechanical movements that strongly appeals to my steampunk side. Like you, I wouldn't buy a smartwatch; I have no need for notifications on my wrist and it would go against my personal grain. But I have to say that so far Motorola has understood the "watch" concept better than any of the other smartwatch players -- the Moto360 actually looks great on the wrist.

I'm not Hasselhoff, I don't need to talk to my car.

Hey, if it came with KITT I might seriously consider it ... :)

Comment Re:Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (Score 1) 201

Sorry to hear that ... my N5 that was one of the first batch ever made (purchased in the first minute after launch) has never had a mic issue. I know it's one of the problems that got reported on forums, but all the other N5 owners I know (all five of them -- it's not a huge sample!) haven't had any issues with the phone and I suspect the batch of phones affected was relatively small. At least you got a refund!

In the almost-year I've owned the N5, I've been pretty happy with the build quality of the phone. The buttons still work and don't wobble, the case doesn't creak, and the soft-touch backing hasn't worn off. The screen's stayed scratch-free, too, and I'm still getting great battery life. The only issue I've got is that the USB port has become a bit temperamental for charging over the last month (it now seems to work reliably with only one particular cable -- I should probably get it replaced while I still can!)

I still think it's one of the best phones available -- right up there with the iPhone6, Sony Z3/Z3c and the Moto X; and for the price, the Z3c is really the only competition I can think of.

Comment Re:Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (Score 1) 201

I assume you had it replaced free-of-charge under warranty, and ended up with a perfectly good replacement? Google are very good with replacing Nexus phones bought through the play store -- you get sent a replacement phone before you ship your old phone off.

And if you didn't, you're still at least two weeks within the warranty period ... it's not too late :)

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 201

I'm not so sure there's a big market for 6" phablets yet -- that's going into uncharted territory, somewhere not even Samsung dared to go (this year's Note 4 has the same screen size as last year's Note 3, at 5.7"). At some point, phones are simply going to get too big for people, and this phone is going to be very hard to fit in a pocket or use one-handed.

It's also worth pointing out that Google's previous Nexii have had very mixed success sales-wise, so I'm not sure you can really assume that they've got the phone marketing thing down pat, or even that they care about sales that much. With a $650 price tag, the N6 seems more like a developer niche thing to me -- just as the Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus were (which also all had similarly high price tags).

But, I could be wrong ... maybe it'll sell like hotcakes, and we'll be seeing a 7" phone next year.

Comment Re:Parallax. (Score 1) 425

No one was using their "smartphone" (or super duper feature phone like the N95) because they were a disaster to use.

Hey, don't you go insulting Symbian! "Feature phone" my grandmother! The N95 was very much a smartphone. The number of 3rd party apps for Symbian back in the day was enormous, it was easy to develop for, the OS had a history reaching back to the days of the classic psion PDAs, and you could customise just about any aspect of the OS. And if you think about what a Symbian phone could do with crappy processors and no memory to speak of, it was even more impressive. Plus, the N95 had a superb camera -- far superior to the iPhone's shooter when it came out six months later. Your /. userid suggests you should be old enough to remember the N95 and its kin -- I'm surprised.

I also remember the first iPhone, and while it had a lot of promise and iOS was ground-breaking in its use of a touchscreen, it really wasn't that power-user-friendly. There was no cut and paste (remember how you had to jailbreak to add this?), no multitasking, no 3G, and there were very limited numbers of apps when it was released. Yes, it was a preview of the future and the sheer beauty of the graphics of iOS was amazing; but that first iPhone was a gimicky toy in comparison to what you could do as a power user with Symbian.

Comment Re:Parallax. (Score 1) 425

CyanogenMod. I have a six year old HTC Dream running the latest version of Android.

Seriously? You're running KitKat on 192Mb of RAM and a 512MHz processor??

That's ... well, I'm not sure whether that's insane, masochistic or extraordinary. But you definitely earn my respect for trying (and for saving the world's resources by not upgrading your phone in six years.)

Comment Re:Parallax. (Score 1) 425

Perfect example: Apple Pay. Google has had NFC payments via Google Wallet in Android for years. They could have built a huge business there, but they completely fucked it up. They put out the feature with almost no retailer support, minimal bank support, even worse CE vendor support, only in the US, and a half-assed marketing effort even for Google's usually low standards.

This article might be an interesting read. Timing is definitely on Apple's side, but you shouldn't underestimate Google's attempts to trail-blaze.

Personally, provided neither ecosystem destroys the other, I'm happy. The iPhone6 is at least some serious competition against an Android juggernaut which has really stagnated in the last year. Similarly, it was the larger displays of Android phones and their market dominance that spurred Apple to finally break away from their tiny screens. Competition is always good.

Comment Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (Score 1) 399

$350-$500 puts you into the range of cheap trash and knock-off timepieces.

Well, the watch I'm wearing right now is a Seiko automatic that cost well below that price range; yet it has a fully in-house movement (right down to Seiko's own oil formulations) and it's accurate to within half a second a day (technically it loses 8 secs every 30 days on average, after regulating it myself). As you may be aware, Seiko's movements are so good that Tag Heuer famously used one of them as the basis of their own "100% in house" movement several years ago :)

Getting back to topic, though, I agree that real watchmakers aren't in any danger from smartwatches. Mechanical watches are highly fashionable elite items that are valued because they are rare, handmade works of art. It's like suggesting that oil paintings will be threatened by digital photo frames -- the markets for the two products are pretty much non-overlapping.

Comment Re:@AC - Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (Score 1) 179

I still miss sawfish. So customizable, and the undo feature on window move/resize was awesome.

Yeah, but -- lisp! :( (Personally I was rather fond of IceWM back in the day, and contributed a bit of code to it. Customisability wasn't it's strong suit, but it was so damn fast on the crappy hardware I had fifteen years ago ...)

FWIW, Ubuntu still has both sawfish and icewm available as packages, not that'll stop the clowns here complaining that Unity took away all their desktop choices ...

Comment Re:I kind of wouldn't mind a less fancy one... (Score 1) 103

And there's other problems that really sound lame. I'd hate having to charge my watch every night.

Have you actually seen battery life estimates for the Moto360? I really hope it's not a charge-once-a-night scenario ...

I know a couple people who ordered Pebble watches. I haven't seen anyone who wears one regularly.

I have, and it's not pretty. I've got higher hopes for this Moto watch -- at least it's actually stylish.

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