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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 20, 2014, 01:30:07 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 19, 2014, 07:05:01 PM

Verge has a close look on the 6 Plus. Though he loves the display and camera, otherwise sounds frustrated with it... and then says he plans to buy one anyway.  icon_razz
http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/16/6155009/apple-iphone-6-plus-review
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Iím going to buy an iPhone 6 Plus. Iím taken with it; it feels like an entirely new kind of device for Apple, and it has such a killer camera I canít say no. Itís every bit as good a phone as the iPhone 6; Iím docking it a little because Apple has a few software glitches to clear up. But Iím confident that will happen.

Thereís nothing here that competitors arenít doing with their big phones ó Samsung in particular is pushing the envelope with its S Pen stylus and multiple-app features ó but the overall package is so good itís hard to ignore. The smaller iPhone 6 feels like just the next iterative update to the iPhone, but the 6 Plus feels like something else entirely; with a few more software tweaks and some love from developers, it could really be my main computer. Itís as much iPad as iPhone.

But while Appleís early attempts to bridge the iPad and iPhone experiences on the 6 Plus are a little hit-or-miss, they point to a future where the regular-size iPhone, a bigger iPhone like the 6 Plus, and the iPad all turn into very different things. I canít see myself ever using my iPad mini again after having the 6 Plus, and itís getting harder and harder to justify pulling out my iPad Air. With the right software changes, I could basically use an iPhone 6 Plus all day long, for everything from sending messages to editing documents to watching videos. A do-everything phone like the 6 Plus would eventually allow Apple to push the iPad even further towards becoming the true laptop replacement it was always meant to be.
So wait, phablets aren't a terrible thing now? We just had to wait for Apple to come out with one for that to happen?
2  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Re: The forums - how can we improve the experience? on: September 20, 2014, 01:27:25 AM
Obviously the biggest improvement would be getting new blood. Don't ask me how to do that though.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Apple Watch on: September 13, 2014, 07:41:19 AM
I don't mind the redundancy. Sometimes we need to be connected but can't have easy access to our phones. What if you were a professional bike courier for example? I can't think of a more apt tech for those people.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 11:39:14 PM
6 is pretty harsh. Even Sim City got like a 9. They're no longer using the 7-9 scale I suppose?
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2014, 01:46:31 PM
I think there was some kind of supply issues with the 6+.
As for contracts, I bought my phone outright and am currently on a 3gb/month plan for $30 (no minutes included but I never talk on the phone. I rarely go above 1 gb in a month so I feel like dropping to the 1gb plan which is like $5 a month. If I go over I don't get cut off, the speeds just get cut to 150kbps.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 12, 2014, 03:58:07 AM
Aesthetically I like the Moto 360 better although I wouldn't buy it due to it's large size and poor battery life. The iWatch may be more polished in terms of software but if the iPhone and iPad have proven anything it's that you should never buy a first gen Apple product. The more I look at these watches, the more it seems like the Pebble way of doing things is the way to go. Do I really want to pay $300 for watch that doesn't last a day and whose screen I can't even read in direct sunlight?
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2014, 12:40:16 AM
Family sharing sounds pretty cool. Of course, I would have to live in an Apple family for that to happen. As for contracts-uhh, I'm glad I'm not one who has to be under the yoke of those things.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Apple Watch on: September 11, 2014, 08:47:43 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 11, 2014, 12:45:44 AM

That right there may be one of the reasons I don't really get the thing. I am about as far removed from a "watch guy" as there probably is. I don't think I ever wore a wristwatch at all until I was in my 20s. The concept of spending more than like $100 on a thing that tells time sounds utterly insane.

I did appreciate from the article that he explained some of the things that would make it appealing if you are into watches though.
That's a perfectly valid opinion but really it can be said about anything. Why even pay $100 when you can pay $10 for a cheap quartz which tells time more accurately than a Rolex? Sometimes people are willing to pay extra money for things that they consider to be valuable to them even if there are similar options that achieve the same purpose that are far cheaper.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 10:13:01 PM
The latest icloud data leak would suggest you do! smile
Personally, I don't feel I have any security problems with Android. I've never been affected.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 01:47:27 PM
I left Apple after the 3GS so I'm biased but I'm pretty underwhelmed. The new iPhones' screen resolutions have a lower ppi than all of the new Androids (including the Nexus 5 which came out a year ago), they still use only 1GB of RAM and they still have that ridiculous 16GB base option. Seriously, how many years has it been since 16GB was the base? At least the screen is larger.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 01:14:31 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 10, 2014, 12:43:34 PM

You guys are nuts. This watch will be a smash hit. You sound like the "experts" when the iPhone and iPad were released. DOOMED!
We'll see. The ipad has a lot of value, true. The iPhone is subsidized by carriers and people NEED a phone. I'm not sure how many people need a $350 watch that needs to be charged every day when most of them didn't need any watch at all.  Especially when they'll need to buy a new one in a couple of years in order to be able to take advantage of all the latest apps. I don't think it will fail but I don't expect it to go past niche status, just like all the other smart watches. At least not until it hits $100 or so.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 12:06:30 PM
Obviously not everyone is going to go out and get a smart watch but I think there's a market for it. Especially since unlike regular watches and just like phones you'll probably have to upgrade them every couple of years. Spending $350 on a watch? Peanuts. Spending $350 on a smart watch that you'll have to upgrade next year? Not so much.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 05:58:14 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 10, 2014, 04:37:49 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 10, 2014, 03:51:18 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 10, 2014, 02:10:18 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 10, 2014, 01:55:44 AM

They both look like you're wearing a toy watch on your wrist. We need to know more about the Apple watch. They didn't even say what the battery life is like. That tells me it needs a lot more time in the oven. Doesn't look like it can take a standard strap either. That's one reason why I didn't buy the Pebble Steel.

Nope, it's not a standard strap, it has it's own straps, many of them, which you can change without jewelers tools unlike the Android watches (and much nicer than the Android equivalents). Why is this a problem? I own a lot of watches, and most of them I would never swap bands, it would look silly. Battery life they said you need to charge it nightly, not a good sign, and that does worry me, but I am not a heavy user. People complain about the iPhone 5's battery not lasting all day. Mine does, easily. I am looking forward to hearing more, but the press people who were there and got to play with it seemed to like it, but they are Apple fan boys.
Obviously I'm not the target audience but people who are into watches often like to use different watch straps. It's really the only part of a watch you can customize or individualize. A good watch design won't look silly if you change the strap for something else. It should look better!

The band is part of the decision when you buy a watch, not something you swap out (which you can't easily do). People don't buy high end watches and change the band out. If you spend money on a watch it either has a metal band you can't change, or a high end leather band that you wouldn't want to swap out. People change the band on cheap watches when they break, they don't swap bands on high end watches (at least not normal people). The Apple Watch is a cheap watch, but they pretty much covered all the possible bands from metal to rubber. If you want a fancy fashion piece, this isn't the watch for you. And again, the bands are miles ahead of the Android watches.
You've obviously never visited the Watchuseek forums. smile
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 03:51:18 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 10, 2014, 02:10:18 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 10, 2014, 01:55:44 AM

They both look like you're wearing a toy watch on your wrist. We need to know more about the Apple watch. They didn't even say what the battery life is like. That tells me it needs a lot more time in the oven. Doesn't look like it can take a standard strap either. That's one reason why I didn't buy the Pebble Steel.

Nope, it's not a standard strap, it has it's own straps, many of them, which you can change without jewelers tools unlike the Android watches (and much nicer than the Android equivalents). Why is this a problem? I own a lot of watches, and most of them I would never swap bands, it would look silly. Battery life they said you need to charge it nightly, not a good sign, and that does worry me, but I am not a heavy user. People complain about the iPhone 5's battery not lasting all day. Mine does, easily. I am looking forward to hearing more, but the press people who were there and got to play with it seemed to like it, but they are Apple fan boys.
Obviously I'm not the target audience but people who are into watches often like to use different watch straps. It's really the only part of a watch you can customize or individualize. A good watch design won't look silly if you change the strap for something else. It should look better!
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 02:56:50 AM
Well I wouldn't keep it in my pocket of course. Fortunately I live in Japan where there's nothing wrong with men walking around with man bags. smile
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 01:57:49 AM
Who in the world uses a phone to talk on anyways? smile For my next phone I would seriously consider just grabbing the LTE version of whatever the next Nexus 7 turns out to be.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 01:55:44 AM
They both look like you're wearing a toy watch on your wrist. We need to know more about the Apple watch. They didn't even say what the battery life is like. That tells me it needs a lot more time in the oven. Doesn't look like it can take a standard strap either. That's one reason why I didn't buy the Pebble Steel.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Apple Watch on: September 09, 2014, 11:59:23 PM
Very disappointing. This is Apple. It was supposed to revolutionize watches. People have been talking about it since the iPhone came about. This thing is no better than a Samsung Gear.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 06, 2014, 02:32:14 AM
Sounds like some people in here have really drunk the koolaid. I haven't been following very closely. Is this going to be like the next Halo or COD or something? Not in terms of game play but in terms of being "the" game of the generation.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 05, 2014, 11:20:02 AM
What would happen if a console release was held and nobody came?

Japan
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: So, I quit smoking... Again... on: September 05, 2014, 11:15:43 AM
Never been addicted (nor smoked more than a couple) but just want to wish you the best. Maybe take up some kind of cardio exercise sport/program so that you can see the benefits for yourself? That might help keep you motivated (and blow off excess steam.)
22  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: [ios] Commander the Great War on: August 30, 2014, 10:17:34 PM
It's fairly expensive for a iOS game. I played the WW2 version on the PC version years ago and it was a very good beers and pretzels type of war game. If you're interested in the era then this would be a great game. I'm just waiting for a few more updates and for me to do a bit more reading about WW1 before I buy it.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 20, 2014, 12:38:58 PM
No one has said it is PS4 only. Well, the demo certainly is but as others have said, if it was a Sony exclusive then they would be shouting it from the heavens.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 19, 2014, 01:28:16 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 19, 2014, 10:52:13 AM

I hate this game. I had my girlfriend play it, and she got so freaked out that she couldn't fall asleep. Instead she spent the whole night keeping me awake.
And not in the good way, right? slywink
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P Robin Williams - Apparent Suicide on: August 12, 2014, 12:44:23 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 11, 2014, 11:51:32 PM

Man, crazy that he survived this long with all of his drug and alcohol issues only to succumb to depression.  What a shame.
im guessing that they're all connected. I'm totally gutted. These celebrity deaths rarely affect me but this one is different.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Podcasts on: August 09, 2014, 01:06:55 PM
I use Doggcatcher on Android. I listen to Stuff You Should Know,  Dan Carlin's Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts and a very good history of Rome podcast called The History of Rome podcast (which is about 73 hours long and covers from the beginning to the fall of the Western half of the Empire.
27  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Re: What do we think of this laptop? on: August 06, 2014, 05:25:36 AM
Really? It works for me. Perhaps it's the mobile site. This should be the regular link.
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acer-acer-aspire-v14-14-touchscreen-laptop-silver-intel-core-i3-4030u-1tb-hdd-6gb-ram-windows-8-1-v3-472p-35fz/10300393.aspx?path=351c5ed2f1a03d107373fca546978532en02&SearchPageIndex=1
28  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do we think of this laptop? on: August 05, 2014, 09:14:34 PM
Is this a decent cheap laptop?
http://m.bestbuy.ca/?lang=en#/catalog/productdetails.aspx?ajax=true&sku=10300393&lang=en-CA

My sister is going to teachers college in the fall and is looking to pick up her first laptop. Knowing her, the most she'll use it for is writing papers, checking email, doing Skype with her bf in France. I suggested she focus on something that has decent RAM, a touch screen and is lightweight and has a decent battery.
I realize that the screen resolution is a bit low and we're not talking about MacBook Air weights but this computer seems decent and has a good battery life. I haven't been able to find any reviews on it though. Thoughts?
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 31, 2014, 02:14:53 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on July 30, 2014, 05:59:03 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 04:38:00 PM

yeah, I've never understood the drive to buy a phone full price either unless you travel out of the country a lot.  Otherwise, you pay the same monthly rate I do as a subscriber but paid more for your phone.  I know it's due to the companies not wanting to cut profits though. 



Actually, I use a out-of-contract phone and paying $35 per month for unlimited everything. Is that the same price as your in-contract plan?

I generally keep my phone for 3-4 years, so it balances out in about 20 months, then it's pure savings after that.
Yeah, there must be a lot of people like me who want a high end phone but want to be able to save money by not using the high cost contracts which comes with high end phones. I don't mind spending $400 for a unlocked phone if it allows me to use a service where I only have to pay $20 a month which suits my needs.
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 04:13:47 AM
Err, I'm guessing this is satire or something? Because I don't get the connection with good service and being overly religious.
31  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 16, 2014, 06:49:26 AM
Scrolls by Mojang looks pretty interesting and so does the Anno game. Card Hunter I know is a good game. I can't believe there are at least 5 Warhammer games coming out! They must be raking in the licensing fees.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 15, 2014, 10:10:53 PM
Were the ratings good? The number of posts in this thread tell a different story.
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Net Neutrality on: July 15, 2014, 10:09:22 PM
Yes, but tell us your thoughts.
34  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: [iOS] OTTTD (Was Cool June Releases) on: July 14, 2014, 09:43:24 PM
Panzer Corps (Panzer General remake) has had a drop from $20 to $10. Matrix games rarely go on sale so pick this up if you want it.
35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Snowden on: July 11, 2014, 12:47:06 AM
What's the latest revelation?
36  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 09, 2014, 11:00:56 PM
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On Tuesday night, Palin made an appearance on Fox News during which she mocked Boehnerís planned lawsuit.

ďYou donít bring a lawsuit to a gunfight and thereís no room for lawyers on our front lines,Ē she said.

 

What exactly is she suggesting? That someone needs to bring a gun? Someone lock this woman up already.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 08, 2014, 12:42:25 PM
Take it back. Maybe they'll have the bugs ironed out for the Surface 4
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 07, 2014, 06:36:52 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 07, 2014, 04:02:25 AM



I am an Apple guy, so I am biased, but MS has a lot to learn from Apple as far as stores go. Employees needed the manager's help with the discount. The manager was busy playing Xbox and was quite annoyed that he had to help out. They were trying to get me a package deal with the warranty, case etc, which would have been cheaper, but they couldn't get it to work with the discount. Again the manager was too busy to care. I almost walked out due to him, but the employees themselves were doing everything they could to work it out and were very friendly. You could tell they were very embarrassed by the manager as well. I am going to see if I can leave store feedback somewhere.

Out of curiosity but we're you at a Microsoft Store? Sounds like someone needs to be looking for a new job.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 09:00:45 PM
Brazil is down their captain and their star player for them and they haven't really impressed the whole tournament so Germany could take them.
40  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: Civilization Revolution 2 Reased for Ipad...and apparently nobody knew... on: July 02, 2014, 02:19:58 PM
$15 is a little rich for my blood. I'll get it when it hits around $7.
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