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You misunderstand me; i was referring to Linux as it's known: freedom, open-source; not the vanilla, 'shackled' IP version found in the likes of my S2.

What I'm saying is I'm not the sort of user to benefit from rooting, that's all. As long as my handset runs smoothly and intuitively I'm happy. I'm not interested in farting about with homebrew made by some dude.

I used to think i wanted to jailbreak my iPod Touch as well, before realising it already did everything I wanted it to do.

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If we are to believe the internet, the Galaxy S2 makes incredible photos. In fact, we should do a smartphone snapshot thread so that 1) We can see the quality of the cameras for ourselves. 2) We can show off our photography talent. What do you all say?

Yeah the camera isn't bad at all. But it's not something I use as much as I ought to (I always forget about it). I'm not really bothered about mega-pixel count when choosing a phone, but I suppose its always handy to have on one's person. The 1080p video recording seems decent as well. I'll take a couple of pics and upload them later.

Better late than never!

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One of my friends that lives in Vegas the other day switched from AT&T to Verizon and got the iPhone 4S. He likes the iPhone 4S and he even did the Suiri deal for me before we played Black Ops yesterday. I thought it was funny to hear that.

The reason why he switched though was because the part of town he lives in (out by Blue Diamond area) he virtually had no service on his phone. It would say "searching for service". I found it pretty funny that it took him this long to switch, considering my friend Joe and I were there last year visiting him and both Joe and I (on Verizon) had service and perfect signal strength. Now he does have service and full signal strength.

My sister also has AT&T and she doesn't like it all that much. She's gotten a lot of dropped calls and such and signal has been an issue for her too. I'm not sure if she and her husband would switch to Verizon but if they do then good for them.

Hell I've been in places like a hospital and using my phone and people have asked me, "You get signal in here?" and my reply was always yes and they were shocked at that. It seems like AT&T's coverage isn't that great for a lot of areas, probably one of the main reasons why I refused to join up with them.

Anyways I would have gotten an iPhone 4S this year but my discounted upgrade isn't available until October. I'm sure by then the next iPhone will be out and I'll just wait for that.

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Thanks for the pictures. Quality of the camera isn't bad at all. That's the biggest size, I suppose?

Hey since getting home I've realised that Tinypic must have auto-resized them (smaller) because opening them up shows them to be 1600x1200. Oh well, you get the idea.

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I wonder how many Mac apostles throw away their previous iPhone or iPad each time there's a new generation available. It must be in the millions. We Windows/Android people are not like that. We care for nature and such. The thing has to completely die on us before we even consider to get a new one.

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I wonder how many Mac apostles throw away their previous iPhone or iPad each time there's a new generation available. It must be in the millions. We Windows/Android people are not like that. We care for nature and such. The thing has to completely die on us before we even consider to get a new one.

I don't get every new version of the iPhone (or iPad if I had one) or iPod when it's out. I have the 3rd Generation iPod Touch and I'm perfectly happy with it. I'll continue to use it until it dies on me. I've got the iPhone 4 (regular) and I don't need another one until the new version comes out this year. I got my girlfriend the iPhone 4S because her discounted upgrade became available and that's what she wanted.

I don't understand why some people want the newest version of something that comes out... IE: iPhone. To me it's just a waste of money for few things that has changed with the newer version. No need to throw away something that still works.

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If the new iPad is a monster I'm afraid I'm going to be kneeling at the Apple alter and paying my dues. The screen on the thing is said to be spectacular, for starters.

Besides, I've already got a buyer lined up for the iPad 2. I'll get three hundred for it.

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The volume DOWN button on my iPod Touch 3G 32gb had been completely unresponsive for a good while so i decided to take it apart for a cleanup - armed with YouTube and a Stanley knife.

I utterly destroyed it. It's now in the bin.

Note to self: don't attempt to open up Apple gadgets again.

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The volume DOWN button on my iPod Touch 3G 32gb had been completely unresponsive for a good while so i decided to take it apart for a cleanup - armed with YouTube and a Stanley knife.

I utterly destroyed it. It's now in the bin.

Note to self: don't attempt to open up Apple gadgets again.

I hope it wasn't under warranty...

My mom gave my little brother an old iPod Video 80GB. I had to recently take that apart and replace the screen. All though something in it is still not working right with the screen. Either way it was a pain in the ass to take apart. Putting it together was easy, it was taking apart that was the hard part.

If you have an Apple product that's still under warranty, best to take it into an Apple store and let them look at it. May just give you a new one, especially if it's an iPod or iPhone.

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Nah, it was nearly three years old. Since I got my phone it's collected dust anyway; I wasn't that bothered when I broke it, if I'm honest. It was only going on ebay.

Ah okay.

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Yeah, I'll be gettin' one...

It's just a hyperbolic commercial to a lot of people, but to those who know , it's as real and easy as it looks. Say what the fuck you want about Apple, but they are the ONLY gadget designer who make you feel like you're touching the future. The first few words of their design philosophy are what separates them from their competitors, and that's what makes them really appealing to HEAVY users such as myself.

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Utter bullshit. 400 quid is an absolute bargain for such cutting edge technology. The iPad 2 is genuinely one of the best, most worthwhile purchases I've made in the last five years. That I can still sell it on for an excellent price is confirmation of that. You're talking bollocks, Koray.

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Lol, you're both thinking of them as laptops/pcs again. Schoolboy error.

We only have the 'measly' 16gb version. After a year of ridiculously heavy usage we still have over 2gb of free space - and even then the used memory is being occupied by easily deleted gimmicks from the app store. Free apps, games, some 69 pence impulse buys; you get the idea.

Instant at hand media consumption is what we use the iPad for. We'd be fine with 8gb. Think of that storage space as an endless Temp Files folder and you get closer to what tablets are really for...

It's a fact that the biggest detractors of tablet computers are either the totally clueless (fine) or they just completely miss the point (ignorant).

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My viewpoint is that there shouldn't be tablets and laptops. They need to be one in the same, or priced according to what either product can do. A Macbook isn't that much more than an iPad, yet it can do so much more with the same type of portability.

This is why I have a $200 Kindle Fire. For its price, it does exactly what I expect it to. I don't need nor want to draw up documents on it. I use it for web browsing, reading, and the occasional game or app. Apple advertises that iWork and iLife are now fully capable on an iPad, yet I've had them both for over 4 years on my Macbook. Why is that special?

When technology reaches the point where an iPad can be a detachable screen portion of a Macbook, then I'll get excited. Though with the company's focus on cloud storage, I doubt their products' hard drives will change at all. But of course you have to pay to have them store your files.

Quint, why is a 64GB iPod Touch the same price as an iPad 2? Things like that make no sense to me.

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Still not worth the price tag.

Agreed this is why I refuse to buy a Mac, a Macbook Pro or an iPad. For what it costs to get a Mac (regular computer) I could build me two custom computers at the same price that would be faster and bigger (terms of hard drive space). If Apple lowered their Macbook Pros (laptops) or even their regular computers to the standard prices of other laptops / towers then I'd get one. Until then I'll stick with the iPod.

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I've changed my mind. I read a live feed of the Apple show yesterday and I (and some of the reporting media) heard Tim Cook say that, "EVERY New iPad has 3G connectivity built in." He must have fucked up, because all trace of such a major new inclusion appears to have vanished completely. The claim is not backed-up by the Apple Store website in any way shape or form. Therefore, I cannot justify getting rid of the iPad 2 and upgrading. The new super-HD visuals may well be the dog's dick, but they aren't worth paying 200 quid for. Fuck no, the iPad 2 is still very much capable and functional on every level; bar useless camera upgrades.

I'll wait till next year. I wonder if I'm the only one?

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My viewpoint is that there shouldn't be tablets and laptops. They need to be one in the same, or priced according to what either product can do. A Macbook isn't that much more than an iPad, yet it can do so much more with the same type of portability.

I kinda agree with that.

my 9 Inch Netbook is 3.5 years old and dying. I'm thinking of replacing it with a tablet (not an iPad), because I do really like to concept. But I also know that there are definite draw backs.

BTW, why has SDD technology slowed down? I thought it would move much faster. You can get 32 gig on a card smaller then a thumb nail (much smaller actually) and tablets and phones still come with puny memories.

Why not load the iPad with 250 or 500 gig? The technology is there?

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It is ridiculous and mean, I agree. But there seems to be a culture in the industry in general where measly amounts of memory space are bundled into any sort of proprietary hardware which isn't a computer or a laptop. Initially, the first waves of games consoles were dished out with paltry amounts of memory built in; only now do you get a decent amount thrown in for the price; and even that is relatively small. Further down the line we should see iPads with greater memory, but even then I would never expect anything as high as 500gb.

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I believe the tsunamai in japan and flooding in taiwan have slowed down memory production somewhat but yea, memory is overall getting bigger in byte size and smaller in physical size and yet apple has kept their iphones and ipads in the same sizes for 3 years now (other than adding a 64gb option to the iphone 4s)

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I don't understand why iPod Classics haven't expanded beyond the 160 GB threshold either. I realize that with the number of ways that people can bypass iTunes "security," Apple might not want their iPods to be used as little pirate ships, but that's just silly. Portable 1 TB hard drives are far cheaper these days than iPods and can have zero security.

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I don't understand why iPod Classics haven't expanded beyond the 160 GB threshold either. I realize that with the number of ways that people can bypass iTunes "security," Apple might not want their iPods to be used as little pirate ships, but that's just silly. Portable 1 TB hard drives are far cheaper these days than iPods and can have zero security.

Ya I've not sure why Apple takes their sweet time updating memory sizes for their iPods. All though for me personally 120GB iPod Classic was an overkill. Hence why I decided to get a 64GB iPod Touch instead. I've got 55 scores on my iPod all are their expanded or complete versions (except for Star Trek Generations).

All the scores are in Apple Lossless format and I've only used up 28.4GB. I still have 29.5 GB's free.

Another thing to point out...with how much Apple charges for one of their laptops you could get two name brand laptops IE: Toshiba or Dell for virtually the same price.

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I'll wait till next year. I wonder if I'm the only one?

Hmmm...first the new iPhone was not the machine people were hoping and praying for, not the iPad 3 seems to disappoint.

I wonder if, with the death of Steve Jobs, the company are struggling somehow and these versions are being released as stop gaps.

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Apple might not want their iPods to be used as little pirate ships, but that's just silly. Portable 1 TB hard drives are far cheaper these days than iPods and can have zero security.

Perhaps that's why they don't put USB ports on these devices...

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Alert Android users: go to the marketplace and check out Opera 'Next'. It's a beta of sorts, but its a relative revelation. Silky smooth pinch-zooming and page-scrolling feels as damn good as iPhone/Pad as one can rightly expect, and easily just as good as the slick (if wildly unpredictable) S2 stock browser.

I'll be patiently awaiting the final build.

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I wonder if, with the death of Steve Jobs, the company are struggling somehow and these versions are being released as stop gaps.

The iPhone 4S and iPad 3 were mostly developed while he was still there. Even this summer's 6th generation iPhone I suspect will have had a lot of its development during Job's tenure (Rumor has it the 4S was only released because what will now be the 6th gen release wasn't ready in time). Really it will be Apple's 2013 offerings that we might get to see what direction they go without him I think.

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I'm not really interested in getting a tablet device because I'd like something with an actually keyboard. It sounds like the Ultrabook range of laptops might be for me, but are they anything like the Macbook Air where there's no actual hard drive, rather it runs on flash?

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