Most people have what we once called “big-screened” smartphones these days, with screens pushing past the 5 inch mark almost a prerequisite on most manufacturers’ checklist when building a new phone. It feels like bigger screens, plus a substantial leap in the computing power of mobile devices like tablets and phones have contributed to a change in the usage pattern of other devices such as our TVs and our PCs.
I once toted around a Nokia E61 and attracted remarks that it was huge, and looked like I was carrying around a calculator. It was way ahead of time though, with WLAN, SD card support and a large screen. Its multitasking was formidable too – browsing, podcast playing and messaging could all be juggled simultaneously.
Fast forward to the present day, and I find myself able to rely on my phone for almost all non-work related tasks. Browsing, media consumption, communication all go through the smartphone. I barely even need to pick up a tablet since the Note 3 does a good job at nearly everything. Not too long ago, Android devices still lagged when switching between open apps. Not optimal when you’re trying to switch between say, Officesuite, a PDF reader and email. Once they started putting 3GB of RAM in phones, I’d say that such lag has been reduced to be near negligible. App switching feels the same as doing it on a desktop. In many cases, my phone switches apps even faster than the work PC!
Do you think that big screens have changed the way we use our personal devices? My laptop is seeing much reduced use ever since I started using the Note 3, and the same fate has befallen my tablet. Will we see the day when personal laptops won’t really be needed anymore?
The soon to be announced HTC One (M8) running Windows Phone has been prematurely revealed, thanks to this image on Verizon’s servers. The switch to onscreen keys for Windows Phone, support for popular chipsets like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and HD resolution has probably made it much easier for manufacturers like HTC to simply slap WP onto existing Android handsets. The rumoured features for WP 8.1 Update One such as support for flip covers makes even more sense considering HTC has a neat Dot Cover for the One (M8) that its WP sibling will soon be able to take advantage of.
Hot on the heels of the Windows Phone 8.1 update (In the form of Lumia Cyan for most of us), the latest news from Microsoft is that there’s going to be a further update called, “Windows Phone 8.1 Update”, yes with a capital “U”. For convenience’s sake most people should just continue to call it GDR1, or at least Update 1, which is what I will call it.
Here are the list of the 8 Lucky Winners of TheGeekyBeng’s Great Nokia Accessories Giveaway.
All winner are contacts and most of them, except for 01 of the winner has already collected their lucky prizes from TGB. Continue reading →