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Gordon Henderson wrote:
But this is the thing - they're taking standard technology and trying to somehow 'personalise' it - its a bloody PC for gods sake. Most of the software is out there - its just they want their own 'personalised' stupid cut down office/browser/desktop. If they didnt try and 'own' your phone and 'own' your 'style' by making something different from anyone else then we wouldn't be paying for a whole bunch of useless style gurus to go out and make the same mistakes every bloody time. And for those advertising tossers to tell us the one we have isnt adequate cos we made it so you cant get arsebook on it cos that's some other companies and we didnt let anyone release the browser last time round. Why does a desktop PC with 2ghz, 2gig ram etc cost less than £100? - cos its built on a set of standards. If (say) Psion had made their P5 case a little stronger and I could have upgraded ram/cpu/flash/motherboard etc I'd still have it and be using it 24/7. The bit needed to talk to the phone networks is pretty small and could have been stuck on at one end so the whole thing could be dropped nicely into my pocket. But no, the industry and their gullible customers have been building and buying and throwing away perfectly usable hardware that's basically been crippled to STOP it doing things so that you have to buy the next version. If you had twenty PC's at home one for word, one for graphics, one for audio, one for browsing people would laugh at you - but thats what the phone industry (and e-reader idiots) seem to think is the way to go - and as long as people still dont know what a computer is they'll get away with it!On Thu, 14 Jan 2010, tom wrote:What bugs me is it seems that the phones are basically £150 worth of PC with £20 worth of coms equipment - this is why I say give me a psion sized PC with an option to put the coms eqpt on the sideI'm not convinced they are £150 though.The cost of developing the technology has to be paid for by someone - so a full year of R&D by a team of people (150+?) to develop the hardware and software platform has to be recouped, and although I suspect a lot if it these days is "join the dots", there's a lot of custom work in there - case, display, battery are typically all custom designed for the product - and there is additional engineering that will go into designing the electronics for low power usage and so on.
A phone is a computer with a small adaptor to connect it to a network. Tom te tom te tom -- The Mailing List for the Devon & Cornwall LUG http://mailman.dclug.org.uk/listinfo/list FAQ: http://www.dcglug.org.uk/linux_adm/list-faq.html