Of Beta Phones

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Tweet of the week:

You don’t call other phones ‘beta phones’ when your own device is unable to do Bluetooth file transfer in 2012

Rather on point, if you ask me.

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  2. You don’t call other phones ‘beta phones’ when your own device is unable to do Bluetooth file transfer in 2012

    Well- i do not know who is calling which phones ‘Beta’. I can only guess what this post means…

    But, yes, the fact that WindowsPhone 7 and iOS lack Bluetooth file transfer does not mean they are ‘beta phones’

    Obviously Microsoft and Apple have the technical capabilities to implement this. It is just a design decision they have taken, Unpopular decision- yes. But them I imagine they could implement that later on if it dawns on them the negative impact it is having on their sales..

  3. Obviously the reference to “beta” phones is meant to be patronising and condescending.

    When I first came across the comment on Twitter my first thought was “why would beta phones be in circulation”? But then I’m reminded of comments on a tech site recently where a number of iPhone users basically said Android users were too poor to own an iPhone so they have to “settle”.

    Some people take their obsessions with their phones too seriously.

  4. iPhone users basically said Android users were too poor to own an iPhone so they have to “settle”

    Hmm. Parochial perspective. Do high prices ALWAYS = equality? Of course not.

    Statements like that are why those folks are sometimes referred to as iSheep!

    High emotion and cold logic do not always mix.

    It explains – for instance -why lots of newborn_baby items are unreasonably highly priced-and they are still bought. The buyers are usually not in their ‘right minds’ @ such times.. Deliriously happy!

    Excessive brand loyalty puts you in the ‘passionate_love’ state – unobjective / mad…

  5. I find it hard to believe that someone would have a phone that can’t send files via bluetooth or a device that has ?????? mass storage option.
    I can never use them this is 2012 not 2002.

  6. I think the lack of bluetooth file transfer has its own advantages. If it doesn’t Americans won’t form long queues at every iPhone launch to get it. It is only in this part of the world that bluetooth file transfer has such importance, mostly because we can’t imagine buying music and we’d rather some downloads it or rip it from the CD and starts sharing it with others. Apple prefers to have some modicum control at what enters and leaves your iDevice and i assume this is for security reasons, this way software/files that may harm the phone and disturb its smooth operations won’t get in, this watchdog process is defeated when file transfer is included. Besides, a company that wants you to buy almost every software you own will frown at you getting it from outside sources for free! I have little problems with lack of bluetooth file transfer and its something most of us can live without, we just haven’t tried it and so we’re so frightened by the vision of it happening that we don’t want to imagine it. Bluetooth file transfer on smartphones may be one of the things that’ll gradually dissapear as technology advances, just like hardware keyboards…

  7. iSheep, an interesting term eh. I saw one funny comment on Cnet, which said if the ghost of Jobs appeared and told the iSheep to jump over a cliff that their iPhones’ll land them safely, these fanbies(i.e fan zombies) will actually do it!

  8. @saiddigie U????? said it all. Most iphone users are super loyal and if you are loyal you will tolerate anything. Cue hitler and germany. That is why. I am an avid user of bb and to me bb and symbian are quite similar that is why I use it. I have a friend who wanted to get an iphone but after deep thoughts she got a sony xperia

  9. saiddigge – if bluetooth disappears like infrared, be sure that cloud storage will be the next step.

    Not all markets outside of Europe and North America can handle that. We’re just about getting 3G (as are other countries) and these places are moving to LTE.

    The iPhone is a desirable device and people will queue for something they desire, whether it’s an iPhone or xBox or a pair of sports shoes. That desire isn’t driven because they need the product but because they want it.

  10. ”if bluetooth
    disappears like infrared,
    be sure that cloud
    storage will be the next step.”

    Good thing Microsoft and Apple already offers those through Skydrive and iCloud, and then there’s syncing through iTunes and Zune Software(or whatever Microsoft designs for that purpose). So the question arises, with all these alternatives do we *reeeally* need bluetooth file transfer that much?

    …now if only 3G works everywhere

  11. ”The iPhone is a desirable
    device and people will
    queue for something
    they desire”

    What makes it desirable? Its beautiful, and it works to most consumers’ taste and expectations. The Lumia 800 and 900 phones’re just as aesthetically pleasing as the iPhone but i don’t see people queuing, or selling their kidneys(it actually happened in China) to get one.

    ”You don’t call other phones ‘beta phones’ when your own device is unable to do
    Bluetooth file transfer in 2012”

    Actually if Bluetooth file transfer is the only thing that makes such ‘beta phones’ better than ‘your own devices’, well then i guess the ‘beta’ appellation won’t be too far from the truth…

  12. @saiddigge, it’s not just about desirability. You do realise there’s a whole ethos about branding and products don’t you? Aesthetics just scratch the surface.

    The Nokia Lumia phones may look nice and desirable, but it doesn’t have the same je ne c’est quoi as an iPhone. Give someone the choice of a free Nokia Lumia or iPhone, they will most likely pick the iPhone. Now ask yourself “why?”

    The fact that a sentence referred to phones using an OS as “beta” phones smacks of snobbery and derision, plain and simple. The appellation is silly, unless the person who said it is, as Eye.Bee.Kay called them, an iSheep or seeking attention. Only someone with a superiority complex about a phone which, last time I checked was not life and death, would go that far.

    I may not like some mobile phone platforms, but to make a poorly thought out blanket statement reeks of folly and immaturity in my opinion. But then many people feel no need to be responsible for what they say on the nameless faceless internet.

  13. Okay guys, I think that tweet is referring to this commercial:

    I think you guys should watch it so that some of you would stop speculating. Have a good day everyone!

  14. Eye.bee.kay:

    I am sorry if my link came late. I would like to read your comments before posting this link. I always admire it when you have a say on things of which you have no idea about. Anyway, great comments (or guesses?) coming from you, as usual.

  15. Apple prefers to have some modicum control at what enters and leaves your iDevice and i assume this is for security reasons, this way software/filesthat may harm the phone and disturb its smooth operations

    @saiddigge, i have often wondered about the true reason for those omission.

    There is NFC. I see it eventually replacing Bluetooth (the way Bluetooth replaced infra_red)

    I doubt if the omission is for security purpose- like you said. NFC circumvents that, so why implement a half_hearted security feature?

  16. “There is NFC. I see it eventually replacing Bluetooth (the way Bluetooth replaced infra_red)”

    Nope. NFC is limited to 20cm. It is designed for limited data transfer and a quick handshake. Bluetooth has a range of about 5 meters.

    These are two different tech that go well with each other.

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