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XBox 360 Failure Rate May Be As High As 33%

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DailyTech, citing retailer reports, says that the rate of failure for the XBox 360 may approach 33%.  From the article:

Microsoft has said before that its Xbox 360 failure rate falls within three to five percent, what it believes to be well within industry standards. Internet reports from Xbox 360 owners, however, suggest that the failure rate is much higher than that.

EB Games held conference calls for its Canadian stores informing them of the new policy changes and revealing alarming failure rates of the Xbox 360. “The real numbers were between 30 to 33 percent,” said former EB Games employee Matthieu G., adding that failure rate was even greater for launch consoles. “We had 35 Xbox 360s at launch I know more than half of them broke within the first six months (red lights or making circles under the game discs). Two of them were dead on arrival.”

Between this and they way the PS3 is limping along, no wonder the Wii was the huge breakout.

Link [via Consumerist]

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July 3, 2007 at 5:02 pm

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A List of iPhone Disappoinments

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I found this list via Digg.  What I have always loved about Apple’s design philosophy is how they make products more useful by taking features away (e.g. no on/off button on an iPod).  It creates a simpler product that performs cleanly.  Whether or not the design of the iPhone is successful will be determined in the next year or two.  As far as the list of disappointments, there are certainly some valid issues on there, especially the issue of whether or not the keyboard will be usable.  But I think some items don’t need to be addressed.  For example, take these two:

2. There is no file browser on the device at all. Data must be organized (if at all) in the appropriate application.
3. The camera is a simple application that has ONE button: the shutter. Pictures come out okay on the device, but nothing too fancy on a monitor, especially if it was an attempt at a macro shot.

Are these things that I really want to do from a phone?  Now, certainly some people will want to manipulate files and use advanced camera setting on their phone, but I’m willing to be most people won’t.  Particularly with cell phone cameras, I think most people just want to point, click, and take a snapshot.  Just because more features can be added doesn’t mean that they should be added.  To each his own, but give me the simple approach.

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July 1, 2007 at 12:44 pm

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iPhone Activation – A Huge Leap Forward

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CNet has an article about what might be the most overlooked innovation of the iPhone: activating a cell phone online.  Activating phones in the store has to be one of the most frustrating consumer experiences.  From the article:

Here’s the scenario: go online and find the phone you want when your contract is up. Once you pick out your new companion for the next two years, drive over to your carrier’s nearest location and wait for one of the sales representatives to ask you why you’re there in the first place. Once you tell them you want a phone, go look around at all of the cellies they have laying around while they confirm that you are eligible for the low-cost offer.

OK, so now that your sales representative has come back, tell them which phone you want, and begin the agonizing process of switching your number to the phone and signing documents. One hour later, you are finally on your way home with a new cell phone while looking down the barrel at hours more of inputting contacts. Sounds great, huh?

With the release of the iPhone, this process will be entirely averted. Here’s the new scenario: Walk in and tell the sales representative you want an iPhone. He or she hands you the box, and you pay the bill. See ya later! In just a few short minutes, you will have your new phone, and a half hour, at best, is not wasted. Now that is what I call a revolution.

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July 1, 2007 at 9:38 am

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