Most WM devices have small 2.8 inch screens, where VGA screens would be very expensive, and add only little benefit. Small VGA screens are quite rare.
Sorry, but I'm dragging around the hulking HTC universal. Its not a cellphone, its a mini-laptop.
Anyway, the point I am making is that the screen resolution by itself does not impress me, and how could it, when I already have a larger screen with a higher resolution? Sure, its slim design is moderately impressive, but the resolution by itself leaves me cold.
- 08-03-2007, 10:29 AM #2328
as for the scroll bars, it's pretty silly in my book to offer scroll bars but not be able to use your fingers due to how thin they are (i refuse to use a stylus). exactly: a registry edit.....everything requires some sort of hack or registry edit to make the thing function the way it should. Hobbes was kind enough to point me in the direction of these hacks and the like and i appreciate him wanting to help. i simply find all of these hacks as band-aid remedies for larger problems.
recent calls stored with the contact? hec, all i know is that i can see my recent calls from the "recent calls" tab on the iPhone. i really don't find what you offer to be all that special.
doesn't look to be what i'm after. the memory issue simply doesn't cut it and i had yet to even install Goodlink (a requirement for my business email needs) on it. i'm not saying it's a bad device but it doesn't look like it will be replacing my Pearl.
- 08-03-2007, 10:31 AM #2329
I would also question the relevance of a super high resolution screen on a cell phone or business orientated device.
Sure it "looks nice" (cool, sweet, etc.) and in general I'm okay if a device offers a high resolution screen, but at the end of the day most cell phones/smartphones do not need a high resolution screen.
The iPhone is made to be a media device, especially for watching iTune movies and shows, so like the PSP it really benefits from a high res screen; WM devices are not advertised as such and MS does not promote WM devices as media centric handheld for watching movies, TV, etc. This also means very little for other devices (e.g. Gameboy DS) and the fact that most people do not need their email, contacts, notes or a battery meter in high resolution.
So outside of just aesthetic preference and higher cost the actual benefit is not that great to the end user.
Once again we're coming back to an argument of form vs. function i.e. it just looks cool.
The recent calls are in the call history list but ALSO stored with a contact, so when you look up a contact you can see when and for how long you spoke to them. WM often offers many ways to accessing the same data.
As to memory, I suggest not worrying about it unless it pops up an error.
- 08-03-2007, 10:39 AM #2331
- 08-03-2007, 10:40 AM #2332
(a) You knew the Mogul had low memory before you bought it, you knew it was an issue, yet you still went ahead. Just about everyone has lamented the issue. I think the Mogul is 2 years too late. Sprint should have at least have gotten the Kaiser to be relative...
(b) you refuse to use a stylus on a device that is meant for stylus use, yet somehow it is "silly" that MS did not accommodate your need to use the device as not intended. Should I ***** about the iPhone because I can't use a stylus? Is that a legitimate complaint too?
(c) all those "hacks" are not to make it work the way it should be so you can customize every aspect to your liking; it's a choice not a requirement.
(d) the recent call history w/contact feature is important for business users since they now have a call history associated with that contact. Instead of just searching your call history for "Jane" two weeks ago, you just jump to "Jane" in your contacts and see when you last spoke to her. If you make hundreds of calls to many people, it's very valuable. I can't believe I have to explain that to you...
(e) You don't even need this device. You said you don't need the 3rd party apps and you just need instant email. So why go with a Wm device as opposed to just your BB? You don't do any real office work on your smartphone so WM is not a good choice for you...
- 08-03-2007, 10:48 AM #2333
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That makes perfect sense for anybody that thinks 240x240 is acceptable. To me its not. Would you be alright if the next treo was 160x160? Who cares what it looks like, right?
Higher resolution screens are alot easier on my old eyes. Everything just looks better and clearer. It also makes using the phone alot more pleasant experience. Whats wrong with wanting that?
Almost every preview I have seen of the kaiser say the same thing. Awesome features, BUT where is the high res. screen. I guess I'm not the only one.
- 08-03-2007, 11:14 AM #2338
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- 08-03-2007, 11:53 AM #2346
Now if they pass that cost on to the customer, the device may end up costing $100 more, which may move it from a $600 to a $700 device (or $300 to $400 subsidized) which may cost them 20-30% sales from most people, who can not really appreciate such a high rez 2.8 inch screen.
I am one of the people turned of by the low res screen in such a high-end device, but I can understand the reasoning. At least HTC will cater to me with the HTC Omni. The Eten X800 also have a 2.8 inch VGA screen, so the competition may prompt HTC to step up to the plate.
7-inch widescreen display
30-gigabyte hard drive
Microsoft Vista Business OS
Windows Media Player 11
WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0
- 08-03-2007, 12:09 PM #2349
How do you know how much extra a high-res. screen will cost? I doubt your numbers. I will try to find the link, but somebody broke down an iPhone and found it only cost about $300 (maybe less), to build.
- 08-03-2007, 12:13 PM #2350