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I think the majority of people severely misunderstand Apple and just how important they are for a competitive market.

 

The iPhone is expensive because unlike the majority of their competitors, they're not just building a phone and slapping a third-party operating system on there. They're developing and maintaining an entirely separate OS, an entirely separate cloud infrastructure and an entirely separate suite of apps to go along with it. All of that costs money. Severely more money than just getting the latest ready-to-deploy version of Android, pre-installing Microsoft Office and making the user sign up for Google Mail. It makes sense for their products to be expensive, because they inherently have more work to do with new releases than any of their Android competitors (outside of Google).

 

With them being the only real competitor to Google in the market of mobile operating systems, their role is a tremendously important one. Google's near monopoly in the web browser market has already shown that they're willing to abuse the power they've been given.

 

Of course there are problems with Apple's products, and of course people are rightfully mad at Apple for some of their questionable decisions in the past (such as what they did in regards to the right to repair). But they're an important player and, as of today, the only one preserving your chance to choose which mobile operating system you'd like to use. Even if you'll always be using Android, they're the only ones pushing Google to innovate, so even if you're never even considering an iPhone, you're benefitting from their participation in the market.

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4 hours ago, Paddo said:

Not every component in your PC needs RGB.

Blasphemy! ;)

4 hours ago, Murasaki said:

anything above 60hz no thank you

Respectfully disagree. Having gone from a 60Hz panel to a 144Hz and then back, there is a huge difference. But to each their own.

 

2 hours ago, Inversion said:

I feel like about 4 or 5 of these are not unpopular opinions?? Like I think most people agree replaceable batteries, USB Type C, expandable storage, upgradeable laptops and longer warranties are good things

They may be good things, but the trend seems to suggest otherwise. Take removable batteries for example, is there even a mid-range phone new this year that has this feature? The last decent one was made two or three years ago. Nowadays it's all about that IP68 and sealing the device from the elements. Even expandable storage is going away, with people choosing massive internal storage options. And most laptops have so many screws, proprietary I might add, that it makes it near impossible to gain access to your hardware. Of course with some digging I'm sure you can find one that's friendly to upgrading, but looking at the mainstream options I don't think it's the norm.  


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53 minutes ago, Stylized_Violence said:

Having gone from a 60Hz panel to a 144Hz and then back, there is a huge difference.

I switch between both several times a day, and sure there's a difference, but I'd argue that software makes more of a difference than the hardware.

MacOS on my desktop with a 60Hz panel feels smoother than my Windows laptop with a 144Hz panel.

 

I rarely game with my laptop, so the only reason I have the 144Hz panel is because it was the default panel option.

My previous laptop had a 120Hz panel, and the only reason I chose the 120Hz panel over the 60Hz panel was because of the increased colour accuracy. 

I would have happily went back to a 60Hz panel if I could have had a better CPU/RAM/SSD instead!

 

I get that if you're buying a GPU that is capable of pushing all the frames, then getting a monitor that can display all the frames is worth it, but I'd personally rather increase the visual detail than the frame rate.

 

Also, more unpopular opinions I have when it comes to monitors (although I guess a couple are less unpopular)

  • 24" is the perfect monitor size!
  • More taller = more better!* - 
  • 1080p is good enough, 1440p nice but not needed
  • 4K TVs are overrated, especially when all you watch is streamed content. Give me high bitrate 1080p over 4K any day! #floatplane
  • OLED HDR TVs don't look 'realistic'

* except on mobile,18:9 (2:1) is the perfect aspect ratio for mobile.

 

In fact, while I'm on the topic of mobile, I have to say mobile design peaked with the LG G6, and considering the sales numbers, I guess this is also an unpopular opinion

The only things IMO that LG could have improved with the G6 was adding dual front facing speakers, and giving it the SOC it deserved!

 

See spoiler for my reasoning

Spoiler

 

Size = perfect, has just enough chin and forehead to hold it landscape, and thin enough side bezels to not accidentally touch the screen when existing near the phone

Button layout = perfect - the finger print reader is where it belongs, on the back!

Cameras = pretty much spot on - wide angle and standard lens (telephoto is basically pointless), no camera hump, good enough image quality with the Pixel camera app

Headphone Jack = exists
USB C = need I say more?

Software = decent - I actually really like LG's skin, it's not far from stock. Shame about the lack of updates though

Wireless charging (unless you live in Europe that is!)

 

 

If LG just re-released the G6 with the 855 and front facing speakers, I'd buy it in a heartbeat


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3 hours ago, yolosnail said:

Gaming laptops are pointless - laptops are meant to be portable, and when the power brick that's required to actually game weights about the same as a small child, it's not portable

Most gaming laptops are easily portable.

 

Especially if you aren't a sniveling weakling.


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PSU tier lists are rubbish,  They serve absolutely no purpose as far as quality goes.  you only need two categories, those with a less than 5% failure rate and those with a higher than 5%.  The rest are feature dependent and even then most of those features are not necessary for the average consumer.

 

 


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20 hours ago, James Evens said:

4. the red nipple on think pads should be removed

1. No.

2. No, but from a ThinkPad.

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11 minutes ago, Drak3 said:

Most gaming laptops are easily portable.

 

Especially if you aren't a sniveling weakling.

My daily laptop that I carry around with me all the time is a 'gaming' laptop, a HP Omen 15 to be precise.  The laptop itself isn't too bulky, it's the charging brick that annoys me. The 200W charging brick alone weights just under 700g, which is more than the 12.9" iPad Pro, and that is with a cable that's so short I can't actually use the laptop on my lap without an extension cord.

What I do instead is carry around the 150W charger from my old HP Omen 15 which is about 1/3 of the size (but still weighs 500g with a 4m cable, so it's actually usable). Sure, it's now powerful enough to actually power the laptop while gaming (it shuts down after a few minutes!), but I rarely game, and certainly not outside the house.


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21 hours ago, Stylized_Violence said:

Ever feel like you were alone in what you thought about technology today? I sure have, so I thought I'd create this thread to see if we're truly as alone as we may think. So ITT, list off a few items that seems go against the grain when it comes to mainstream tech ideas. I'll start.

 

1. High end specs in a phone (ie 12GB of RAM) are a waste of money to both produce and buy

 

2. 'Safety features' in a modern vehicles, like applying the brakes for you, will create bad driving habits and bad drivers overall

 

3. Voice assistants are a bad idea

1. Apple is terrible 

 

2. Red Nipple on thinkpads should be removed

 

 

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29 minutes ago, mr moose said:

PSU tier lists are rubbish,  They serve absolutely no purpose as far as quality goes.  you only need two categories, those with a less than 5% failure rate and those with a higher than 5%.  The rest are feature dependent and even then most of those features are not necessary for the average consumer.

Woah shit, a fellow common sense bröther.

 

Mine is that this obsession with borderless phones is completely idiotic, and that quite honestly the Stylo 4 and similar phones got it right. Reasonably sized sides, symmetric and reasonably small chins, no need for a pinhole, notch, asymmetric chins (why is this a thing???), or those godawful mechanized front cameras.

 

1 minute ago, Genwyn said:

Windows 10 is such an immense piece of crap, borderline nonfunctional bowl of spaghetti code with a completely unusable UI and slew of anti consumer features and limitations that when it dies i will spit on its grave.

If it werent for "muh gaymes" and their shitty "we're the only real option" marketing 99% of microsoft's userbase wouldve hopped ship to OSX or Linux the second Windows 8 dropped onto the scene like a fetid turd.

I feel like this is far from unpopular lol

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3 minutes ago, Genwyn said:

Windows 10 is such an immense piece of crap, borderline nonfunctional bowl of spaghetti code with a completely unusable UI and slew of anti consumer features and limitations that when it dies i will spit on its grave.

If it werent for "muh gaymes" and their shitty "we're the only real option" marketing 99% of microsoft's userbase wouldve hopped ship to OSX or Linux the second Windows 8 dropped onto the scene like a fetid turd.

I was 99.9% about to switch to OSX after 8 dropped, but I just hated Apple too much to do it. That and I realized I could just run 7 like a champ.

 

I must agree about Windows 10 though, even 8. It seems like they've made it for idiots. The error messages are kinda belittling honestly, it makes one feel like an ass for something not working right. With some major tweaks, 10 is pretty good though (again, after major tweaks).

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I’ve got a few more:

1. 3:2 is the best aspect ratio if you don’t strictly game. 

2. The power consumption the RX 570 and 580 had compared to the 1060 is absolutely unacceptable and pathetic for that time period.

3. iOS 9 was the best iOS release 

4. The Linux ecosystem is not very newbie-friendly. It basically requires you to be stuck-up as hell to use it.


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I originally wanted to post in this thread - that the funny thing about technology is the numbers don't lie so your opinion doesn't matter.


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21 hours ago, Dan Castellaneta said:

4. I do fear that visibility has gotten worse in cars for the sake of "safety". And while I completely understand the push for more safety tech, I do believe there is a point of excessiveness and that point is when you can't even see out of your damn car properly. Ya know, like the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Focus.

Highly agree on this.  I drove a Focus once, those darn pillars and the back window either block view or can barely look out.

 

21 hours ago, Dan Castellaneta said:

6. YouTube generally is pretty decent at audio compression. So long as your source is fairly high quality, the compressed track YouTube'll make will generally sound just fine for most people. It really starts to suck in video compression, though, so don't catch me slippin' that hard.

The opus file format for sound from YouTube is really not bad at all. 


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57 minutes ago, Dan Castellaneta said:

3:2 is the best aspect ratio if you don’t strictly game. 

Nope.

 

It's totally use case dependant.


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i dont understand the purpose of AIO computers you are paying for more expensive lower performance laptop components for a system that doesnt run off of battery or needs to be/is that much more portable than a desktop. and if you dont have enough space to fit one of these under the desk theres probably not enough space for your employee to work

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5 hours ago, TempestCatto said:

Making everything wireless is over rated.

So true! It's helpful sure, but wired connections have plenty of advantages as well and surpass wireless in many respects.

6 hours ago, yolosnail said:

My daily laptop that I carry around with me all the time is a 'gaming' laptop, a HP Omen 15 to be precise.  The laptop itself isn't too bulky, it's the charging brick that annoys me. The 200W charging brick alone weights just under 700g, which is more than the 12.9" iPad Pro, and that is with a cable that's so short I can't actually use the laptop on my lap without an extension cord.

What I do instead is carry around the 150W charger from my old HP Omen 15 which is about 1/3 of the size (but still weighs 500g with a 4m cable, so it's actually usable). Sure, it's now powerful enough to actually power the laptop while gaming (it shuts down after a few minutes!), but I rarely game, and certainly not outside the house.

I too have a 'gaming laptop', an Acer NItro but it was the same price and actually cheaper than the traditional laptops at the time, so I figured it was a good buy since it had a discreet card and some other features I wanted. The brick though is quite big, but not bad overall and has very good length. I Googled your laptop and it seems mine seems roughly the same in terms of 'portability', and I think it's very reasonable. 

2 minutes ago, MagnumOpus said:

Stock android is not best Android.

Change my mind ?

I think that's subjective. I owned Samsung's and LGs and a couple others and yeah they added some neat features, but now I'm on the Pixel lineup and it's actually quite good as well. For me, I text and make phone calls and do some Netflix and Youtube, so I'm a fairly light user and I like the minimalistic approach that Google has. It seems the 'fluff' has been stripped away and you're just left with the basics. Perhaps it's not for everyone, but for me I love it.


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8 hours ago, yolosnail said:

I switch between both several times a day, and sure there's a difference, but I'd argue that software makes more of a difference than the hardware.

MacOS on my desktop with a 60Hz panel feels smoother than my Windows laptop with a 144Hz panel.

 

I rarely game with my laptop, so the only reason I have the 144Hz panel is because it was the default panel option.

My previous laptop had a 120Hz panel, and the only reason I chose the 120Hz panel over the 60Hz panel was because of the increased colour accuracy. 

I would have happily went back to a 60Hz panel if I could have had a better CPU/RAM/SSD instead!

 

I get that if you're buying a GPU that is capable of pushing all the frames, then getting a monitor that can display all the frames is worth it, but I'd personally rather increase the visual detail than the frame rate.

 

Also, more unpopular opinions I have when it comes to monitors (although I guess a couple are less unpopular)

  • 24" is the perfect monitor size!
  • More taller = more better!* - 
  • 1080p is good enough, 1440p nice but not needed
  • 4K TVs are overrated, especially when all you watch is streamed content. Give me high bitrate 1080p over 4K any day! #floatplane
  • OLED HDR TVs don't look 'realistic'

* except on mobile,18:9 (2:1) is the perfect aspect ratio for mobile.

 

In fact, while I'm on the topic of mobile, I have to say mobile design peaked with the LG G6, and considering the sales numbers, I guess this is also an unpopular opinion

The only things IMO that LG could have improved with the G6 was adding dual front facing speakers, and giving it the SOC it deserved!

 

See spoiler for my reasoning

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Size = perfect, has just enough chin and forehead to hold it landscape, and thin enough side bezels to not accidentally touch the screen when existing near the phone

Button layout = perfect - the finger print reader is where it belongs, on the back!

Cameras = pretty much spot on - wide angle and standard lens (telephoto is basically pointless), no camera hump, good enough image quality with the Pixel camera app

Headphone Jack = exists
USB C = need I say more?

Software = decent - I actually really like LG's skin, it's not far from stock. Shame about the lack of updates though

Wireless charging (unless you live in Europe that is!)

 

 

If LG just re-released the G6 with the 855 and front facing speakers, I'd buy it in a heartbeat

Just to comment specifically on what you said on the G6, I absolutely agree with most of your points. I would diverge slightly and say if they just had a Pixel-like UI and consistent upgrades, it would have pretty much been a perfect phone for me. I dislike LGs skin wholeheartedly. 


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I actually really enjoy Apple's "Butterfly" keyboard.

 

Quite a clicky keyboard with plenty of feedback and with a low travel making it easer to type.


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