Important Opinions 6-23-12
- LG is putting tablets on the back burner…GOOD! Now if only they would put smartphones on the back burner they’d be in good shape. It’s no secret, I’m no fan of LG’s smartphones. Ever since the G2X debacle, I’ve wanted nothing to do with LG smartphones. In order for LG to gain my confidence, they’re going to have to demonstrate they can make a competent high-end smartphone, and support it. Until then, I won’t be buying any LG phones, and wouldn’t recommend anyone else do it either. Remember, friends don’t let friends buy LG smartphones.
- Verizon is out of their minds! They intend to begin charging shared data plan customers an extra fee called the “Monthly Line Access Charge” (MLAC). That’s just plain ridiculous. Why does a person need to pay a fee for “monthly line access”? I thought that was the whole point of paying the bill. Last I checked, paying your bill is what gave you “monthly line access”. So now you will have to pay your bill, but that will not be enough for you to have access to your line?! That’s insane. Now there’s going to be a seperate charge just to use the line you’re already paying for? Come on Verizon, that’s just plain asinine, and screams greed. Can you guess what cell carrier won’t be getting my business?
- With SanDisk releasing a newer and faster microSD card for smartphones and tablets, this should (hopefully) drive down the price of existing class 10 microSD cards. The problem is, I doubt many stores will stock SanDisk’s Extreme Pro MicroSD cards, just as they don’t typically stock class 10 cards. The prices of class 10 cards are too high for them to be appealing to the average consumer. If they can get a class 4 16gb card for $15, they will buy that over a class 10 16gb card that costs more than $50.
- HTC still hasn’t gotten their quality control, under control. This week it came out, the HTC One X has a problem with keeping a wifi signal. The problem stems from a physical issue with the phone, that requires One X owners to ship them back to HTC for them to be fixed. Judging from past releases, and now this One X release, HTC has a real problem with quality control. This is a perfect example of why I don’t trust HTC enough to buy their products (hence why I never even considered the One X).
- I feel sorry for Sprint. They just can’t get a flagship release done without some sort of delay. With the Evo 4G LTE it was a customs delay, and now with the Galaxy S3, it’s a supply shortage. I wonder if Sprint will be compensating Galaxy S3 customers with a free case, like they did with the Evo 4G LTE. To be clear, it isn’t Sprint’s fault, but having yet another delay definitely doesn’t make them look good.
- Someone’s Galaxy S3 melted this week. I’m not ready to blame Samsung for this. If this were a problem with Galaxy S3′s, it would be more widespread. I believe this could be a result of using cheap aftermarket products. Heck it could even be a result of a piece of metal braid getting in the connector, and shorting it out. There are a lot of things that could have caused it, but I don’t necessarily believe it was because the phone was defective. I think the moral of the story here is, make sure you’re using quality products with your expensive smartphone.