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Comment: don't see that problem here.... (Score 1) 459

by smash (#47964685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
... seems about on par with 7 to me maybe with a little better battery life on my 4s. I did a back up and install through itunes, not over the air (didn't have enough free space). I have had issues with previous iOS before (Betas mostly) that were solved by backing up, setting up as a new phone with the new OS and then restoring data from backup.

Comment: Re:Product options always raise costs (Score 1) 381

by smash (#47959503) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple
The fact that Samsung has a "galaxy line" among a heap of other android handsets is telling. If they were to get rid of most of the lineup of garbage that few people want, they'd be able to sell more of the higher end models at a lower price due to cheaper cost of manufacturing. Henry Ford worked this stuff out with the Model T.

Comment: Re:Apple sells jewelry, plain and simple (Score 1) 381

by smash (#47959487) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple
I get evaluation phones on a regular basis at work. I've had perhaps 3 crashes on various iphones since 2008. I've used the Galaxy S4, The HTC One as examples of recent alternatives. Didn't like either of them. The shipping firmware on the HTC had bugs I stumbled across within a week, the S4 feels unpleasant to hold. And I do not like the android UI. If you do, great. I have zero interest in spending time to "learn how to use" my phone. It is an appliance.

Comment: Re:Apple sells jewelry, plain and simple (Score 0) 381

by smash (#47955415) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

You get logs on the Mac and plenty of diagnostic tools including dtrace. If the phone is broken you take it back to apple and they give you a new one, but there are diagnostic logs on that too that you can get off it.

Sounds like you're a typical nerd who gets asked to support apple gear and you're out of your depth, so just say "it's crap" because you don't understand it.

Comment: Re:Apple sells jewelry, plain and simple (Score 2, Insightful) 381

by smash (#47954947) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Whilst the iphone is pretty, what apple actually sells is a device you don't have to babysit, that does what it says on the box in a manner that is both attractive and pleasant to use.

The reason many people, myself included by apple gear is because I have spent the past 20 years babysitting computer shit because it half does what it says, needs care to use to ensure it doesn't get malware, etc. I'm fucking over it. I don't care about the theoretical reduced flexibility if the device does what I actually want it to do, and doesn't need babysitting.

Being pretty is a bonus, not the primary motivator.

Comment: economy of scale... (Score 4, Insightful) 381

by smash (#47954595) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

... there's a reason apple don't make 35 different models of smartphone, 18 different laptop models, and 5 different lines of desktop (like other OEMs seem determined to do).

Because stamping out 100 million copies of a single model (e.g., iphone) is a LOT more cost effective than trying to tool up to stamp out 10 million copies each of 10 different models. Which means that they can increase their profit margin or increase feature set at the same price as they see fit.

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