As the hardware manufacturers we hang noodles on the ears

Business - it's almost like a war, and on the trade front is not a sin to use any, even the most dishonest and despicable in relation to the consumer techniques. The main thing - to sell. As a result, manufacturers, or rather their advertisers, teetering somewhere on the verge when centimeter is left to drain competitor who filed the exact same product more colorful, and a centimeter to the right - this is a real risk of getting stuck in litigation. We want to talk about the types of noodles, which handset manufacturers and other current iron trying to hang on our ears.

The amount of available memory

In the description of smartphones and tablets in the first place is often displayed memory. This is because that in fact is the only strong contrast within the range of the device. IPhones are divided into 16, 32 and 64 GB, because everything else is the same. With android situation is similar. The main question is whether the user is at their disposal is a memory space for storing their data? Of course not.

An excellent example here are the plates Surface from Microsoft. Carefully read the description of the model, which we proudly served as a top "128 GB Surface Pro». 89 GB available to the user. Okay, look at the "64 GB Surface Pro» - 28GB available. The rest goes under the system. We look at the 64GB iPad - available approximately 57 GB. We look at the top-end smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4 16 GB - about 8 GB available.


The size of the hard disk - it will never match the description. When yours truly bought ultrabook on Windows with 128 GB SSD, he worried whether it would be total deficit with the place? And when he saw the inclusion of 104 GB, and this is without taking into account the space taken up by the system.

So it is with HDD. Read the 500 GB, 465 GB see. Why is that? It's all in the units. Manufacturers use drives "GB = 10 degree 9", while technically uses Windows "gibibyte = 2 to the power of 30".

This is complete nonsense. Producers discs 1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes, 1 MB = 1000 kilobytes, and 1 GB = 1000 MB. Windows has 1 kilobyte = 1024 bytes, 1 MB = 1024 kilobytes, and 1 gigabyte = 1024 megabytes. As it will be counted as a hard disk volume of 500 gigabytes in the system? 500 * 1000 * 1000 * 1000 / (1024 * 1024 * 1024) = 465.66 GB.

4G, which is actually a 3G

Generally, the term refers to the generation 4G mobile communications, which includes in the future will include emerging technologies, realizing the data rate to mobile objects equal to or greater than 100 megabits per second.

In fact, the development of technology has given rise to the intermediate generation, and many of the technologies relate at the time the third generation, for some reason, suddenly "grown" to the fourth, but in fact do not meet the specifications. A good example may be the situation with the US telecom operator AT & T: after update iOS 5.1 users have seen as an indicator of the network changed from 3G to 4G. This does not mean that their iPhone 4 and 4S suddenly learned how to connect to LTE networks. Just operator wanted to be designated as a network of 4G network, though 4G there was no smell.

Now label 4G stuffing anywhere, it has lost its meaning and significance.

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Retina and other cool words

Removal of the brain most consumer heaped (and meaningless) a combination of letters and words - this is the norm. Take any device with a screen: Sony has «TruBlack» and «X-Reality Picture Engine», from Toshiba «TruBrite», from Nokia «ClearBlack» and «PureMotion HD +».

What does it all mean? Yes, what a difference, the main thing that this revolutionary unique technology is only for us, and if you do not buy our goods namely, you definitely die. Apple has a Retina screen. Only Apple has a Retina display. True? But technically Retina - it is only a certain measure ppi, and this figure has long been surpass several other manufacturers. But Retina is a registered trademark and can not be used by another, which is why only Apple has a Retina display. If not for the fact that other producers would appear Retina-Retina, Retina-Retina-Retina, Super Retina HD +++ and things like that.

To Wi-Fi ready - not ready

It is likely that you will come across terms such as Wi-Fi Ready. They flashed on the player and TV. What does Wi-Fi Ready? No, the device is not Wi-Fi module, but it is ready to connect this unit and then work on a wireless network. Why is this? There are two goals at once: to settle in our minds the idea that the function as it is in the device, and even beat us with money for the same module, which can cost several thousand.

Diagonal monitor

When a manufacturer of such a product can also cheat. The fact that the diagonal of the screen, and the diagonal region immediately display images may be different. All this is aimed at our not always understandable desire to compete gigs, kernels, and other indicators of inches, meaning that we can not understand.

Dear digital cables

There are so-called "elite" companies that produce "luxury accessories". For example, take the company Monster, which makes it terribly expensive cables for digital formats such as HDMI. What is the superiority of such a cable? In fact, in anything. When it comes to the numbers, it goes over the wire ones and zeros, and the only thing that is required of such a cable - a conductive metal / alloy and structural integrity, allowing the signal to inform the receiving device. There are no bells and whistles are important only in analogue cable, where the requirements for the conductivity of the wire and insulation are much higher, but figures it's all too much.

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Battery Life

We have long ceased to be surprised by the fact that in the practical use of the device battery life it is different from the manufacturer. Why is this happening? Obviously, to present your product as efficiently as possible. Internal testing device on the battery life comes in very specific circumstances that are very different from the actual practice of using the product.

In this post we touched on only a few points that you should pay attention when communicating with vendors and advertising. There are still many useful tips related to a particular type of equipment and accessories, and we hope that in the comments you share them. The most useful of them form the next post in this series.

Source: howtogeek via lifehacker

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