Holiday Gifts to Avoid

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ChloeGreen22

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Wingzero_x

Actually I find the screen quality on the iPad2/mini to be just as good as the retina given the heat issues and battery life.

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lunchbox73

I'm outraged, offended and disgusted! Everybody knows the Packers will win the Super Bowl. Not The Patriots. Get your facts right, MPC!

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graydiggy

The nexus 4 does have 4g LTE. The chip is just currently deactivated. There is however a modification that can be found on XDA Forums to activate and use it.

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bigrigross

But there is no LTE antenna so the speeds you are getting will be slightly better, but not even close to LTE. Also, it doesnt work in the United States. Both ATT and Verizon in the US use a different frequency range. Rogers in Canada works, but again, its not close to LTE speeds.

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TheRyGuy

"Heck, just wait a couple of months for an employee to leave one laying around in a bar if you want to know all the details about the next model."

That should be *lying* around, not laying.

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Hey.That_Dude

No. The word used is correct. Use a dictionary.
Lying - the act of telling a lie
Laying - being in a horizontal position or resting on a surface

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Novus

Nope, it is incorrect.
Words have multiple definitions.
Your definition for laying actually seems to be for lying.
Laying is a transitive verb meaning there is an object that is being laid down, but the sentence is arranged in a way that laying refers to "one" I believe and is then incorrect.

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Hey.That_Dude

Okay. Then prove me and the author wrong. AS OF RIGHT NOW, I've not found anything to distinguish between lay and lie in their present participle forms (if you even know what that means). If you can find something, somewhere official, that shows that in participle form laying must still have a direct object (which would be odd considering that it's a participle and in this case is modifing leave) then you are right. UNTIL THEN, it is correctly used.

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TheRyGuy

"...and then kick back and watch the Patriots add to their dynasty."
Riiiiiiight, add another Super Bowl loss to their dynasty. Losing twice to the Giants, AND one of the seasons an undefeated regular season.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I'd put a Windows 8 PC at the top of that list.

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TrollBot5000

I'll sum this article up. All the arguing on here is between those that fall into one of two camps. Camp A : "Oh man the new [fill in the blank device] is out. Man I have to have one first so people will think I'm cool. I don't care what it costs or if its a smart purchase. I just have to have it so I'll be better than the rest of you. Camp B: Hmmmm the new [fill in the blank device] is out. Maybe I should wait and see what the reviews say. Let's let sites like Phoronix put it through the ringer. Let's see if it's a solid device first and is problem free. Maybe I should hold off until I see whether or not some firmware issues arise needing an update. Wasn't the first run of the iphone 4 plagued with bad call quality and that was the reason behind the 4s? Again Camp A.

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Teh_tourist

The call quality on the iPhone 4 was fine, the 4S was apples yearly upgrade. And only the router, Tv, and the overpriced linux laptop make any sense. All the other devices have already been proven to work fine. It's an opinion piece that pushes his opinions as facts.

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TrollBot5000

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=991279 I think youre the one presenting his opinions as facts. The iphone 4 did in fact have shitty call quality. It just took a simple google search to refresh my memory.

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sallystudios

The iPhone 4 did initially have a "problem" if you held it "incorrectly" - the infamous "death grip", however this was fixed by applying a free bumper case (or any case for that matter).

The iPhone 4s was apple's yearly upgrade to the iPhone line.

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TrollBot5000

Yeah I remember the fix they came out with. Point is it shouldn't have needed a fix in the first place. The damn thing should've been able to make calls without any hassles. Again I just used the iphone4 as another example that getting the latest and "greatest" device right off the assembly line isn't ALWAYS sometimes but not ALWAYS the best move.

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Teh_tourist

Well I had an iPhone 4 and the call quality was fine and I was never able to reproduce the "death grip". It was truly an overblown conspiracy. I like that a simple forum post is now fact, maybe I should go to macrumors and make up some new "facts" myself.

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TrollBot5000

the macrumors forum was the first link I saw. It was obviously unbiased considering it was from actual users complaining instead of a tech write up so I linked that. I could've linked posts from this actual website or theregister.com or take your pick of any website reporting on the matter. Once again the iphone4 was just an example.

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Baer

Actually I really like my Surface RT. I use it for giving PowerPoint presentations as well as other typical tablet use. It links well to a big screen or projector and it actually has a USB port which the iPad is sadly missing.

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Teh_tourist

I love my Surface RT, it's not perfect but I could never use another tablet/tablet OS. I have used a Nexus 7, and have long loved the iPad's; but the Surface just does things so much simpler and lets me do more.

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TrollBot5000

So explain in detail what the surface tab does so much simpler than other slate like devices. Do elaborate.

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jedisamurai

Nice article! Honestly, I don't understand all the hate. He's simply pointing out that these devices/software/etc under-perform and are over-priced when you compare what they are to what's coming. Some good advice I gave myself (and ignored) a few months ago was to NOT get an iPod Touch and instead wait for black friday sales. I didn't and missed out on some serious savings. He's just trying to save you the frustration that comes from paying a premium only to see someone else pay less for more a few weeks/months later.

Rich people with money to burn can skip this article since they will buy now and then buy something even newer/more expensive later.

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ApathyCurve

What jedi said.

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WilliamAngelo

I agree. This article is about saving some money. Who can argue with that?

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TrollBot5000

Yeah exactly. It's about people that are smart spenders vs the stupid kids that blow their entire pay check on the new toy.

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Scatter

Its also just an opinion piece. I don't see why people need to get outraged if their opinion differs.

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DarthDiggler

The PS Vita Bundles are sweet, $200 with a free game and if you are a PS+ member there are 6 free games to download which includes the new Uncharted game. Don't believe the haters, this unit is sweet.

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dwellman

Who gives an Operating System as a gift anyway?

That said $39 upgrade is as cheap as any. I'm running 8 on my personal machine and I like it just fine-- especially that I can play Wordament on my "desktop".

I'd add that SSD prices have been going up steadily since the middle of October.

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davelray

Hrmm, I'd have to say this is one of the most ridiculous articles you've written Paul. No offense, but most of these items are the very things people are going after this holiday season. Do people really give each other software like operating systems and office suites as presents? Those inclusions feel more like you needed filler for your article. And telling people to avoid products because they need to wait for the price cut or wait for the next iteration is a bit silly as well. If we did that, there'd be nothing but candy and sweaters under the tree. There's always going to be something better or cheaper around the corner. If your always waiting for it, you'll never get anything.

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WilliamAngelo

Nothing wrong with waiting for a price drop. I never understood why people feel the need to have the latest and greatest yesterday. Especially when it comes to cell phones. I always go no contract and use unlocked phones and replace my phones every 3 years. And when I do buy I buy last years model.

Heck, I still don't have flat screen TVs because all my CRT TVs still work fine.

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SPreston2001

Well thats you buddy. If you want the new stuff you gotta shell out for it. Now im not saying stand in line for a week just to get a new iphone but theres nothing wrong with wanting the latest gadgets. If your content with using old technology then thats fine too...

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kitsunekaji

I can't say that I agree with everything in this article, since the depth of knowledge seems too shallow.
Also some of the responses just emphasise the need for research. People need to educate themselves, instead of just going by hear-say. Sad to say, some people allow popular views to take the place of their own opinions.

To cover a few things about the Wii and Wii U

Weak game library:- Do some research on consoles and their libraries at launch. Also, just because YOU do not like the line-up, does not mean that it is crap. It would be stupid for a business of this type to cater to just one type of gamer, so having a wide array of genre to choose from makes more sense. I do not like RTS's but that does not mean that they are crap, does it?

The battery life issue:- Yet another been there, done that issue. So many other systems have had similar or worse issues at launch -red light, anyone? I guess it is really difficult to plug in the charger right? If it is, then you can get the extended life battery pack when it comes out, though it shouldn't have to be that way.

Gimmicks/Other issues:- Many new innovations are labelled as gimmicks. Many a time though, they lead to spectacular things down the road. The idea had to start somewhere, right? Be grateful, unless you like stagnation. I personally enjoyed the new approach to gaming, and finally being able to use motion in some instances. This had been a dream of many, since they first played SMB on the NES, and maybe earlier. The appreciation for how far things have come requires age and experience, something sorely lacking among society in this age of instant gratification.

I am not expecting everyone to agree with me. I just think that it is too easy for people to talk, without thinking first. We all have choices, so if you do not like what one company is selling, just move on to the next. Soon, you'll find that there is always a drawback to each piece of technology that comes up. Just wait long enough, though, it'll change.

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REDUXo01

I agree with that.

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ballistic90

I picked one up at launch (I'll admit, I was REALLY bored and just wanted a new console from anyone), and I have to say that the criticsm being lauded at the console is exagerrated to say the least. Most consoles don't launch with anywhere near the 23 titles the Wii U has (I believe the N64 only launched with 2 or 3), and they are good quality titles. HOWEVER: It is worth pointing out that your mileage with those games may vary. If you already have Assassin's Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on another console, the launch lineup will certainly look a lot more anemic than it would to someone who hasn't yet played those games.

For the unique, Wii U only console titles that are of good quality, that would be New Super Mario Brothers U, Nintendoland, Scribblenauts Unlimited (although it is out on 3DS too I add it here) and ZombiU. ZombiU is a devisive game, but it is unique and atmospheric and many people do enjoy it (such as myself). Nintendoland is only worth it if you have someone to play it with, but then it is a lot of fun. Scribblenauts and NSMBU are both good games, but aimed at a younger audience. For some people, that's important to them.

As for the battery life issue, I've honestly only seen the red light come on the gamepad twice while using it, and even then it's a console, not a portable game system. I plugged it in and kept playing. I wouldn't consider the gamepad as a gimic, since I've come to really start relying on it when I'm playing games. It adds atmosphere, and the motion controls on it are really well implemented. The screen shows the sniper scope in ZombiU when you're using the sniper rifle or crossbow, and the motion sensitivity was spot on. You still have the option to use the analog sticks, but I didn't feel the need. Other games do make good use of it, either to allow one player with a unique screen to allow for fun multiplayer (Nintendoland), allow local multiplayer without splitscreen (Black Ops 2), or general tactical maps and other controls (Mass Effect 3).

That being said, I'll throw in the disclaimer that I am still keeping a close eye on what Microsoft and Sony are doing (and am considering the next Xbox when it is announced, depending), because I spend way too much money on video games. Still, I'm really enjoying the Wii U and think it's definitely worth the purchase price.

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REDUXo01

I agree with that, too.

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schwit

The purpose of this article is not to be helpful, it is to create controversy.

The only item that should be avoided is the Cisco router, but that has nothing to do with the season. Cisco can no longer be trusted with users' privacy.

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pastorbob

I'd have to agree on all of these except Windows 8. Faster boot and response times alone made it worth the upgrade price for me. I've said it before and I'll say it again - the ones complaining about Windows 8 and hating it are those who haven't taken the time to really use it. I speak from experience since I was once among that group.

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stradric

I don't like this article because it perpetuates the notion that not having the latest and greatest gadget the second it comes out is somehow a bad thing. I'm still using a 2+ year old Droid Incredible. A Nexus 4 or an iPhone 5 would be a major upgrade, and I would be happy with either (well, maybe not the iPhone) for years. So what if a Nexus 4a and an iPhone 5s came out a few months later. Does that make those gadgets any less functional? Of course not.

Also, you assume that the next iteration of any gadget is always an improvement. That is not always the case, and first adopters often feel the pain associated with that.

Also, a router is a terrible gift whether it be a/b/g or ac. You're better off going with a gift card if that's what you plan on buying someone.

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ghost316

Love the patriots comment!! GO PATS GO!!

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Teh_tourist

The only real item on the list you really should not buy is an ac router, everything else is just fine. Also I think it's funny that you keep saying Win8 is crap, then when you have to explain it anywhere you guys decide "it's fine, there's nothing wrong with it, but I wouldn't use it". Windows 8 is better than windows 7 but Maximum PC hates it because it's the popular thing to do and that seems to be your thing. Anything opinionated on here has been terribly biased and many times uses plain wrong information to allow you to hate on everything that you don't personally love.

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TrollBot5000

You should just start visiting pcmag.com I think thats more your speed. We're an opinionated passionate sometimes biased bunch over here. Get used to it. Windows8 needs a registry hack or a program that runs that script just to be useable. Windows8 is a mobile operating system. This is MAXIMUMPC not MAXIMUMTABLETPHONE Windows 8 requires windows 8 approved pcs only. So even if i wanted to try it out on my laptop i cant. I'd have to build/buy a whole new pc. Fuck that. Run along little boy you don't belong here.

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someuid

"This is MAXIMUMPC not MAXIMUMTABLETPHONE"

Haha. That made my day.

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davelray

I think it's you that doesn't belong here, I have three pc's running Windows 8 just fine. One was designed for Windows Xp and the other for Vista. The third is my custom self-built system. So you are incorrect that Windows 8 will only run on Windows 8 "approved" computers. Go Troll elsewhere.

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TrollBot5000

So explain to me how you got windows 8 running on an older BIOS motherboard. I'd like to know. Dude if you tell me troll elsewhere you obviously don't understand the purpose of this account. my name is trollbot hence the word troll. By the way I love your avatar it reminds me of Oingo Boingo. Take care man.

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livebriand

It doesn't require UEFI. Only newer Windows 8-certified machines have to have it, and Secure Boot.

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TrollBot5000

I'll burn a dvd tonight just for the hell of it and see if it boots on my laptop. its only a couple years old. Even if it does boot up it doesn't mean it's soemthing I'd like to use on a day to day basis. Windows 7 and linux mint 13 64 bit fulfill all of my computational needs. *This comment was typed under heavy use of alcoholic beverages accompanied with herbal remedies. None of which are recommended or advised...unless you wanna be cool. And you do wanna be cool don't you???

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SPreston2001

Win8 is a bit faster and has a few other neat features but I wouldnt say its "better" than Win7 at the moment. And before you ask yes ive used it (Win8) for over a month...

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D1RTYD1Z619

Buy Windows 8!!!! Just don't install it till later when its more mature, but atleast you'll get it at the discounted price.

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ballistic90

With that many Exclamation Points, how can I say no!!!!

In all due seriousness, you make a good point. It's never going to be this cheap again.

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big_montana

Agreed! As the $15 or $40 price today is much better than the $150 tomorrow.

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