by Jin S. Kim
Dan Seifert, The Verge:
The Passport’s awkward dimensions are to accommodate its square display. It’s a high-resolution, 4.5-inch, 1,440 x 1,440 pixel IPS LCD with a dense 453PPI. It looks great: viewing angles are tremendous, colors are accurate, and pixels are invisible to my eyes. BlackBerry designed this display for reading and you can see a lot of stuff on it.
It’s a very purpose-built screen for doing business-y things like reviewing spreadsheets and slide presentations. But that makes it not very good at many of the other things that we use our smartphones for today. It’s much easier to navigate a spreadsheet or browse a webpage with the Passport, but reading my Twitter feed requires a lot of scrolling, and videos have annoying black bars eating up half of the display above and below the content.
BlackBerry is targeting hardcore business folks with the Passport. The name Passport is superb, and gets an A+ in marketing (unlike the Moto 360, which I gave an F). The name Passport makes me think of business people who travel a lot. And as the review pointed out the Passport features the same height and width as a real passport. That is smart. Having a smartphone the same size as another important tool provides familiarity. I am certain someone will design a case that perfectly fits both a passport and the Passport. How convenient would that be for the target audience who will have both with them most of the time anyway.
The square display is unusual, but it is purpose driven: it lets the business person read, review spreadsheets and presentations. Companies do not want their workers to waste time, using up expensive data, on company-issued devices watching videos on YouTube. Black bars on 16:9 videos? These ladies and gentlemen probably do not care; they will be watching movies on the large displays in their business class cabins.
I do not think BlackBerry with its Passport smartphone is targeting regular iPhone and Android folks; the company is laser focused on business people who want to get stuff done. And for that purpose the Passport seems supremely capable. Now, if only BlackBerry would realize the world of business requires the ability to communicate — as in type — in multiple languages…
Image source: Behance
The definition of the word ‘biased’ according to the dictionary app on my Mac:
unfairly prejudiced for or against someone or something
As exciting and fun as my work often is, however, it can also prove dispiriting and exasperating when I’m accused of being biased. Of course I’m biased, that’s the whole point. We all have preferences and partialities that accrue over our lifetimes and become embedded in our judgment of anything new.
I do not think you want to be biased, because being biased means you are unfair and prejudiced. And just to be certain we are talking about the same thing, according to the same dictionary, prejudice is defined as:
preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience
Being biased, unfair, prejudiced… all are things we do not want to be. I believe Savov does not want to be characterized as being those things either. Savov made an error: incorrectly thinking being biased is the same thing as having a preference. We all have preferences, but we are not all biased.
After years of disappointments, the Moto 360 looks like a breath of fresh air. It‘s not that it’s good, per se, but it has the notable distinction of being less bad than the things we’ve seen before.
So while it still has bad battery life, and they can’t manage to render the UI in a real circle, we’ve seen worse. As a result, the Verge gave it an 83, almost the same score as the 85 they gave the state-of-the-art Mac Pro. Ok, noted.
The UI cannot be rendered in a real circle because the display is not a real circle. A product Motorola named Moto 360 — 360 because Motorola wanted the world to know the display is a circle — is in reality only 270 degrees a circle. Motorola gets an F for marketing. I too was ooh’ing at the Moto 360, up until I realized the display was only a partial circle.
What if in an alternate world Apple came out with the iWatch 360, and had the same non-circular 270-degree display? It would have been the beginning of the end for Apple.
As part of the continued expansion of Cadillac, General Motors today announced a strategic realignment that will establish the flagship brand as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015.
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Arik Hesseldahl, Re/code:
The most costly component in both phones is the combined display and touchscreen. The displays come from LG Display and Japan Display, costing $45 on the iPhone 6 and $52.50 on the iPhone 6 Plus. The cost for the smaller 4.7-inch model is only four dollars more than the four-inch display used on the iPhone 5s.
These numbers are merely estimates by a market research company.
Chris Martin, PC Advisor:
Things have been quiet from Samsung this year on the laptop side of things with no new devices at IFA 2014 in Berlin. […]
“We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets,” said a Samsung spokesperson.
Is it the notebook market? Samsung? Europe?
Kelly Hodgkins, MacRumors:
As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding.
Crap happens when you are not careful in the quest for super thin, super light, etc.
I think Apple made the wrong decision to make it so thin; Apple should have made it slightly thicker — which enhances rigidity — to make the camera flush with the body. And can you imagine how much more battery could have been shoved in there?
If you have an unbreakable habit of putting large smartphones in your pocket — front, back, does not matter — but are flexible enough to try Android, I highly recommend the LG G Flex.
On the iPhone 6 Plus, Raymond Soneira:
Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the iPhone 6 Plus is the Best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested. It delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance. The iPhone 6 Plus is only the second Smartphone display (LCD or OLED) to ever get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories (except for Brightness variation with Viewing Angle, which is the case for all LCDs) since we started the Display Technology Shoot-Out article series in 2006, an impressive achievement for a display. The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch. See the main Display Shoot-Out Comparison Table for all of the measurements and details.
The iPhone 6 Plus matches or breaks new records in LCD Smartphone display performance for: Highest Peak Brightness, Lowest Screen Reflectance, Highest (True) Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, most accurate (pure logarithmic power-law) Intensity Scale and Gamma, most accurate Image Contrast, and the smallest Variations with Viewing Angle for Brightness, Contrast Ratio and Color. Where the iPhone 6 Plus display does very well but does not break LCD performance records is in: Resolution (1920×1080 versus 2560×1440), Pixels Per Inch ppi (401 ppi versus 538 ppi). and Absolute Color Accuracy (3.1 JNCD versus 2.1 JNCD).
The iPhone 6 was not as good. Compared to the Galaxy Note 4:
Both are impressive and excellent displays with great state-of-the-art display technology. We recently gave the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 our overall Best Smartphone Display award, and for the time being that continues for all of the reasons originally mentioned there. In particular, for implementing Color Management to provide multiple Color Gamuts, and then using the Color Management to provide the Highest Absolute Color Accuracy for Standard (sRGB/Rec.709) consumer content of any Smartphone or Tablet display that we have ever measured (in one of its four available screen modes, which many reviewers seem to overlook). As we discuss next, dynamic Color Management is something that every display will need to provide in the future.
The iPhone 6 Plus is the best mobile LCD according to Soneira, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the best smartphone display, LCD or OLED, period.
Let me put this another way: Here are a list of Internet leaders who decided to forego China, because the government has made it nearly impossible for them to do business in the way that built our capital markets: eBay, Yelp, Twitter, Google, Facebook… and that’s just off the top of my head. So by buying into Alibaba, we’re buying into a system that has, through government fiat, denied innovative US companies growth in the world’s largest market, then capitalized that fiat into a stock it’s now selling back to us. Again, that just seems wrong.