Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

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Shaun McGill

Not the size - it's just bug ridden

Sick of my 6 Plus, not the size - it's just bug ridden. Safari - links don't work sometimes in landscape view. Battery life has crashed since 8.2 All my videos (itunes copied ones) keep disappearing from the iPhone. Seriously considering trading it in for a Note 4... Peter.

Interesting comment from Peter and one that feels all too familiar. Now that I am back with the iPhone 6, I have no issues with Safari and the battery is fairly stable, but the 6 Plus was a bit of a mess in terms of stability and in particular when web browsing. Why would they be so different?

Should Microsoft surrender?

I'm not sure what the landscape would have to look like for Microsoft to completely turn its back on mobile, but at some point the development and maintenance of the platform (even when it's more or less a repackaged version of desktop Windows) could conceivably get too expensive to justify devoting any resources to it at all. But that would be a drastic move, indeed, and there would likely be a devastating blow to the stock were the company ever to give up hope on such an important market... More at Mashable.

In your opinion, can you see a point where Windows Phone becomes popular enough to sustain itself or is it really time for Microsoft to bow out gracefully? Thanks to Paul for the link.

Shitphone: A love story

And so the same stubborn retail-limbic response that prevented me from avoiding this mess in the first place — by buying an AppleCare insurance plan — activated once more, and I placed an order I had been thinking about for months: One BLU Advance 4.0 Unlocked Dual Sim Phone (White), $89.99 suggested retail (but usually listed lower), $76.14 open-box with overnight shipping. 1,829 customer reviews, 4.3 stars. “This isn’t the best phone out there, but it is by far the best phone for only around $80–90,” wrote Amazon reviewer Anne.
Yes, Anne, sounds perfect, let’s do it. Shitphone would be delivered the next day... More at Medium.

A good read.

How do the Galaxy Edges change your buying preferences? (Results)

You are more likely to consider a Samsung Galaxy now

No- 76%

Yes- 23%

Not sure- 1%

You are less likely to consider a Samsung Galaxy now due to lack of expansion and removable battery.

No- 52%

Yes- 43%

Not sure- 5%

You are more likely to consider an iPhone now.

No- 54%

Yes- 39%

Not sure- 7%

You are more likely to buy an HTC, LG or other Android device.

No- 62%

Yes- 37%

Not sure- 1%

Is the lack of removable batteries and expansion cards a bad move on Samsung's part?

No- 33%

Yes- 67%

Do you believe Samsung did this to compete with Apple?

No- 14%

Yes- 64%

Not sure- 22%

With just over 200 responses, the above results are intriguing. The ones that stand out to me are that 67% of you see the Galaxy changes as negative and that only 23% of you are more likely to buy a Galaxy now. I can see the justification for Samsung doing this, but am far from convinced that it doesn't just play into Apple's hands. A removable battery and micro-SD expansion are hugely advantageous for many people. 

Why we should design things to be difficult to use

I love my camera. I love it even though I took terrible pictures with it for a month. I love it even though I have to adjust the aperture, worry about depth of field and annoy my family while I twiddle with its metal knobs. I love it because it makes me think: about light, colour, composition. I take fewer pictures with it than I take with my phone, but much better ones. And I’m not alone in my love for my camera. While sales of point and shoot technology continue to decline, the market for fiddly manual cameras is growing nicely... More at The Guardian.

I guess we are forever searching for easy to use products and rarely consider that objects which make us think are not always badly designed.

European regulators have dropped plans to ban roaming charges...

European regulators have dropped plans to ban roaming charges and have proposed net neutrality rules allowing privileged access in some cases.
They called for an "intermediate step" that would still allow carriers to charge more to use mobiles abroad.
And net neutrality rules would bar discrimination in internet access, but allow prioritisation of some services.
The proposals were a significant departure from those first floated in 2013, observers said.
According to documents seen by the BBC, far from ending data roaming charges as was promised, the European Commission has recommended that operators be allowed to add surcharges to their domestic rates.
The proposals were said to be "transitional" and mindful of "wholesale costs" incurred by the mobile operators... More at the BBC.