Ron Amadeo reviews the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for some Apple fanboy site.
From the opening:
I’m sad to report that Samsung failed at execution on all fronts. Samsung has been pushing the skinning envelope further and further, and, with this revision of TouchWiz, they’ve slammed into a brick wall. Couple this failure with astonishingly bad hardware and a $500 price tag, and you’ve got yourself a real disappointment.
On build quality:
This is a Samsung device, so you just know things in this department are going to be bad, but I never expected they would be this bad…
The Note 10.1 is wrapped in the trashiest, most awful, cheapest-feeling plastic I’ve ever experienced. Sure, the finish is Samsung’s usual glossy-plastic junk, but this plastic isn’t even rigid. It’s squishy…
The Note 10.1 doesn’t just feel like crap, and age like crap, it sounds like crap too. The plastic creaks and crackles when you apply any kind of stress to it - for instance, when picking it up with one hand…
On the software:
Out of the box, this thing runs like crap. I mean it.
On the keyboard:
So here’s a bad idea: Samsung decided that, instead of a button or something to change keyboard types they’re going with a pinch-to-zoom gesture. (Who makes decisions like this?) So if you type to quickly, especially with 10-finger typing, you will accidentally trigger this option. As far as I can tell, there’s no way to turn it off.
From the summary:
And as for the hardware: Please don’t buy this…
The hardware is pure, unadulterated garbage. The build quality is so bad, I think it gave me cancer. Samsung gave us last year’s display tech and saved their best tablet screen for Apple…
Oh, this wasn’t on some Apple fanboy site? My mistake. And this sums it up nicely.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: streaming music is shit and it’s still years away from being ready for primetime.
Nothing beats owning and storing music that’s accessible any time you want it.
Earlier in the week, I went into an Apple store for the first time in a while and they featured several third party devices that integrated with popular iOS apps. The Nest fits into that trend nicely. I got a Nest recently and it instantly became my favorite gadget in the house. Check it out here.
Good. I have yet to come across a story that’s been compelling enough to make me use one of these things.
Instagram (Facebook?) must be flattered as fuck. I launched Apple’s App Store today and found Gifture sitting atop the featured list. I looked at the screen shots and was shocked at how similar to Instagram it was. Actually, it’s not similar…it’s a carbon copy. See for yourself.
I haven’t tried Gifture yet but I’m guessing it operates exactly the same as Instagram. I know great artists steal, but come on.
Samsung is the Westboro Baptist Church of consumer electronics.
I’m not linking to it, but that’s the title of a Mashable article currently on their front page.
The report, released on Tuesday, is based on a “100,000-strong snapshot” of the millions of Macs that downloaded Sophos’s free Mac antivirus software. The study found that 20% of Macs were carrying one or more instances of Windows malware.
Who is Sophos? Why they’re an anti-virus company. How convenient.
I’ve been pulling to refresh since before it was cool.
I’m betting that the next Nexus device will just be called “Nexus”.
While my interest in Gizmodo as a whole has diminished dramatically, Mat Honan remains the bright spot. Also check out his fantastically dark recount of CES.
Lex Friedman at MacWorld:
Apple also named the winner of its 25 billion app countdown contest—and the $10,000 gift card that goes with it—as Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China. That seems appropriate, given that China has been a burgeoning market for Apple in the last couple years, with the company’s revenue in the country growing to $13 billion last year.
Just like I thought.