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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/10/2014 | 8:22:19 AM
Re: Windows-based Samsungs?
@brian: You could just get a Surface with Skype.  ;)
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/10/2014 | 8:19:50 AM
Re: Windows-based Samsungs?
@Kruz: Nope.  I am specifically talking about the old Nokia dumbphones.

I was so, so, SO pleased to get my first non-Nokia phone back in the day.
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
9/4/2014 | 11:49:04 PM
Re: Windows-based Samsungs?
I think it's fair for there to be competition in the maps market. I prefer Google Maps, but many use Apple Maps. I don't have an iPhone, but I have heard that Apple Maps could use some refining.

Having three direct competitors in the market will make better products for consumers, although this certainly changes the Android market for Samsung. 
mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/4/2014 | 6:37:05 PM
Not many mapping data services...
Google, Nokia, Mapquest, TomTom... how many mapping services are there? Apple Maps actually uses TomTom data, so Apple doesn't count. Microsoft and Yahoo use Navteq which is actually Nokia. There is at least one open Wikipedia-like mapping data database... 

Maps have a huge barrier to entry and underpin a LOT of localized services... so this will be an important battleground over who owns the mapping data -- unless that open mapping project actually produces decent maps.
briandnewby
briandnewby
9/1/2014 | 8:13:06 PM
Re: Windows-based Samsungs?
The main reason I haven't gone to a Windows phone is simply that I'd be an outlier.  I can't think of a good reason.  I'm not a super fan of Windows 8, but I like the way everything looks on my many PCs and tablets (I'm kind of out of control with 5 Windows 8 devices) and I've thought that the phone might be a natural extension of all that.  So, I plan to get a Windows phone, without service, to trial for potential applications in our office.  But every other time I've looked at Windows phones, I've been disappointed with the speed and usability, so I'm in no hurry to try the new ones.
Kruz
Kruz
9/1/2014 | 10:52:30 AM
Re: Windows-based Samsungs?
I hear your pain, but you must have had troubles with Nokia phones after MSFT, right? I never had an issue with old Nokia phones.
briandnewby
briandnewby
9/1/2014 | 10:46:13 AM
Re: something to watch
I've gone watchless for about 3 years, but there are times when it is more appropriate to look quickly at a watch rather than pull out a phone to see the time.  In school settings, for instance, students can't have their phones out and they need to know time remaining for tests.

I guess an old-school person could simply say, "Use your old watch,"and that's more than fair, but a gadgety guy, a smart watch is appealing to me, for specific situations.  There would be a major trendy factor with an Apple watch, for sure, so I see that aspect.  By all accounts, though, Android Wear is going to the be the standard because, well, there be a standard.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/1/2014 | 9:57:53 AM
Re: something to watch
We can see that there's already a bit of a demand for wearables insofar as third-parties have gotten involved (armband phone-holders, FitBits, etc.).

But after so many years of not wearing a watch, I really don't want to go back.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/1/2014 | 9:55:52 AM
Re: Windows-based Samsungs?
I see.  Pity, in any case.  The main reason I haven't gone with a Windows phone is because they're all Nokia, and I've had enough bad experiences with Nokia devices to make it not worth the risk.
Kruz
Kruz
9/1/2014 | 8:28:35 AM
Re: something to watch
Android is adding support to wearable. All major apps are making their app available on wearables. And with Android having a huge share in the market, Apple has no choice but to go into that direction now that major Android smartphones are creating their own wearables.
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