Episode 003

This week we’re talking about Microsoft’s two Surface tablets and whether or not it’s dangeous for the software company to compete with their hardware partners. We also discuss feature phones, should they exist in a market with 100 EUR Android smartphones? Stefan says no, James says yes, and you’ll just have to tune in to listen to the reasons why.

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[Episode 003, 34 minutes 11 seconds, 32.8 MB]

Episode 003

12 thoughts on “Episode 003

  1. OK, thoughts, in brief:

    Surface – I LOVE the vision. One device is my computer, need a keyboard? Slap one on, it’s also the cover! Need a big screen? smart-glass! Need to do “proper work”? get the pro, otherwise RT. I get the MS angle too, good tablet, make it do office properly so it’s a killer work device that people also want at home…this is what got PCs and the internet into a lot of people’s homes. Using it at work first.

    Big lumia tablet? In all the colours? Take my money now please. I’ll have a white one.

    Cheap phones – android’s not there yet. If ICS feels slow on a nexus, what’s it like on an even slower cheap device? It’s the full android experience, but a poor one. Where as the Asha experience might not be as full, but it’s a good experience. Also, IME android uses a boatload of data compared to symbian/s40 etc.

    1. The ‘one vision’ thing is a definite USP that I’m interested in (well, just SmartGlass really), so I’m down with that.


  2. A Smartphone should be define as being a general purpose computational device which provides its own power, networking , screen interface and User space Operating System which utilizes a standard developer platform. It is not a smartphone is I cannot download and build a “Hello World” App which can be uploaded and installed by any other similar platform smartphone user. It was demonstrably difficult to develop and deliver for Symbian there was no clear direction for building an Hello World App which you could provide for other users to install consistently. Meanwhile on iOS, Android and Windows8 it is possible to download the development tools and build the app and install and distribute. To be a Smartphone is to allow a developer base beyond the manufacturer.

    Meanwhile Surface is big news not for the hardware, MS have created hardware in the past ( Xbox is essentially a locked down PC ) but Microsoft can bring to the table the same thing Apple can, a series of licenses for copyrighted content that they can promise to distribute in a moderated fashion. Xbox Live marketplace and MS Marketplace is the answer to Apples App Store and has a large installed user base of members who already understand how to access music , movies and entertainment through the Xbox console. This is not about the hardware it is about controlling the second screen. Advertisers have been turfed out of the big screen by PCR and Advert skipping but on a second screen they can grab your attention whilst you surf that IMDB link or Tweet that GetGlue. Building TV shows and Second Screen experiences means advertisers have a far better lock in as to who their audience is in a way that no superbowl advert slot can ever truly offer them .

    Here endeth my blog post.

    1. Ah, that advertising point is a good one. You know those smart glass demos where the tablet shows info on characters on screen? I’d put money on there also being ads appearing for you to buy products appearing on screen too, etc.

      I wonder when we’ll get the first smart-glass enabled cinema? Go to see a movie, hook up to the wifi and get 2nd screen info right there…links at the side to order your snacks etc.

  3. Proper definition of a smartphone:

    A smartphone is a device that has communication abilities beyond basic voice/text (i.e. internet connectivity).

    Today’s definition of a smartphone:

    I think that the idea of a ‘smartphone’ has changed dramatically over the past decade. At the turn of the century, a smartphone was something that had a keyboard and could write emails. Now a smartphone is something that has apps and a touchscreen. The real definition of a smartphone is simply a device that has the latest tech, the high-end specs, and can do so much more than make calls and send text messages. It’s easy for us to think about what cell phones were like when they first arrived on the scene, and equally easy for us to differentiate them from what is now widely accepted as a smartphone. But that distinction will soon be lost. The advanced features of smartphones today are becoming widely available in every device manufactured, as evidenced by the recent Asha. ‘Smartphone’ will no longer hold the same meaning for the currently growing generation as it did/does for us. Smartphone will simply be something at the cutting-edge. Look back at the first smartphone to come on the scene (discussion topic for you two perhaps?), and tell me you still think it should be considered a smartphone. No way. The tech has changed so dramatically, that it’s laughable to think those old dinosaurs were ever considered ‘smart’.

    In conclusion, the term smartphone (as most things in language) is an ever-evolving word, which will have a very different meaning in the near future. I say ‘near’ future mainly because of the rapid rate of innovation and invention in the tech world. Obsolescence is forever nipping at our heels.

    MD 7
    +Bryan Harris

    1. Stefan Constantinescu says:

      Bryan: DUDE! Brilliant response. Sorry it took so long to approve your comment, I was camping.

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