The promised reply…

Brett Legree says:

OCTOBER 30, 2016 AT 4:21 AM EDIT

We’re in the same boat here in Canada, you can get anything from Apple on Day One, this time from Microsoft you can get the “new” Surface Book but not the Surface Studio (though, I’m not really in the market for one anyway).

Google stuff is often that way here too, either we get it later or not at all in the case of some things (e.g. Android Pay isn’t here yet, there is a LOT of protectionism in Canada when it comes to banking, media, telecommunications… banks and large corporations have a lot of pull with the government, or maybe they pay them off…!)

Our weak dollar doesn’t help with things either, along with hefty import duties, some of this stuff is astronomically priced (I know it is like that for you in New Zealand too, I’ve looked at the prices of a lot of stuff where you are).

With that in mind, I took the Pixel XL off my list (same price as an iPhone 7 Plus but not a nice in my opinion) and went with a Nexus 6P to replace my failing Moto X.

The price was good and it seems to be working well for me.

Now I just need a new computer of some sort.

Yeah, I was hoping that the Pixel would launch and really give Apple some much needed competition but here we are over a month later and nothing has been announced as to whether we’ll see Pixel officially come to New Zealand other than the usual parallel importers bring in the US model. The biggest let down in the case of Apple has been their Cloud offerings, specifically, the bugginess of what they have to offer when compared to more established players such as Microsoft and Google. Personally I’d love to see Microsoft make Edge available on macOS then provide the sort of integration that Google has to offer but I don’t see it happening thus the only real competition that exists for Apple is Google. Although Microsoft is gaining large enterprise usage for there cloud platform it is important to realise that the use of Microsoft is more of a byproduct relating legacy software within the organisation rather than necessarily a ringing endorsement of the cloud platform. I say that in respect to the companies that adopt the Google cloud platform predominantly tends to be younger businesses which do not have the legacy systems that one has to deal with and thus 

Personally I’m just dumb founded about this whole movement to Pixel when the Nexus actually was a great idea and the only thing they really needed to do is expand it to more countries and work on better marketing to inform people what the Nexus is actually all about. I’ve kept flirting with Android because it has the potential to be so much better if only the OEM’s spent time not loading crap and providing a synchronisation application akin to iTune that didn’t royally blow (Kies is horrible on macOS and HTC Sync is only marginally better). The HTC 10, after the fiasco with Samsung, is looking increasingly desirable by many but then again I have to ask whether iPhone has much competition other than in the low end given that even if you spend a sizeable chunk on a flag ship Android phone that there is no assurance of getting upgrades and updates in a timely manner as with iPhone and the iOS upgrades and updates coming along like clockwork.

Oh well, what I’m holding out for is 2-3 years time when X-Point is eventually released along with DDR4 and future CPU’s from Intel and future GPU’s from AMD because at the moment things have been more or less incremental upgrades meaning I can pretty much stand where I am for the next three years without too many issues given the current state of affairs. Oh, I’ve had a look at the iPhone 7 but I’m still thinking whether I’m better off waiting for the 7s to get all the bugs get sorted out in the 7 before making the big plunge.

2 thoughts on “The promised reply…

  1. Just getting back to this now – thinking about what you wrote above, it is true, not much has been changing and what is coming up *will* be worth having, so I am planning to just pick up a lightly used ThinkPad to keep me going for 2-3 years. I can max out the RAM, put in an SSD and live with Windows 10 for now.

    1. Funny enough I end up getting so close to buying an iPhone 7 but each time I stand back and go, “meh, the one I have works so why do I need something new” so I think even with the iPhone 7s I’ll probably end up making the same decision again as the improvements aren’t really worth the price tag unless something major comes along.

      The Thinkpad line is one of those bits of hardware I would buy if I could run macOS fully supported on generic Intel hardware if the opportunity ever arose – great hardware married with a great operating system. It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out for Windows 10 going forward particularly when you consider the work they’re doing with Windows Nano server and how Windows can be broken down into modules and built back up – whether that modularisation will creep back into Windows 10 ‘mainstream’ so it will be possible to deinstall legacy components gradually so that long term those legacy components because optional installs rather than part of the core of the system.

      For me what I’m excited about is next year with 10.13 when APFS becomes mainstream and hopefully we’ll see lots of under the hood improvements – hopefully further development of Metal to speed up adoption by third parties along with Apple making greater use of it in their operating system to improve over all performance and responsiveness.

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