It was quite obvious that there would be no queues in the US this year, both the XS and XS Max came out completely calm and expensive, where would the crowds of people come from? And for me the question remained open, how Apple will try to drive people into stores, what they will do for this. The answer was found, and very quickly, on the day of the start of sales.

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Apple broke the system of pre-paid orders, when you can come to the store and just pick up your device (it works very conveniently and allows you to avoid queues and crowds). Randomly, this system failed on the day of the start of sales, and people had to come to the stores and line up, which is exactly what the company's employees advised to do. At the same time, the queues grew, since orders were not issued, the waiting time was more than an hour. In some stores, it was recommended to cancel the order, stand in line and buy the devices like that. In the US and other countries, this caused quite a serious reaction, many buyers consider the launch of iPhone XS sales to be the most disastrous in history. Read a few comments below, the bottom line is that people were forced to form a queue, and they were wasting their time on it. Comments taken here.

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Believing in a coincidence in this situation is extremely difficult, the system broke down in time to form queues in all countries where Apple began selling flagships. A very convenient coincidence, which is hard to believe. But at the end of the day, it's Apple's habit to create queues to show the product's desirability, it's their DNA.

Huawei used the start of iPhone sales to highlight their products and make fun of Apple. In particular, the company used benches with phone chargers in different countries, indicating that those standing in line will definitely need energy.

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They offered juice from mobile vans (absolutely free, as you understand). And no apple juice!

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In Hong Kong, they even gave away 10,000 mAh batteries for free. Which, in my opinion, is already too much.

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I am very interested in how Apple will form queues in Moscow at the start of sales and what will happen in other cities of Russia. But I think that the situation with the iPhone X will repeat itself, when a limited number of devices will be given to outlets, and then they will be supported on a starvation diet for about two weeks. Then everything will be available in large quantities. The first two batches of iPhones for September and October suggest that about 50,000 iPhone XS / XS Max will come to Russia, so there will definitely be enough devices for everyone. But free availability will be in the third week of sales. I wonder if there are those among our readers who will go in line for new iPhones, and if so, why?

One of our readers also sent me a message about how in Munich they offered to spend the night at the Apple store in order to buy an iPhone on the first day. The price of the issue is 70 euros.

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In Russia, new iPhones are already being sold on free classifieds boards, prices on the first day were undemocratic. So, in the Yula service, the average cost of phones on Friday evening, September 21: Xs 64 Gb - 142,000 rubles, Xs 256 Gb - 205,000 rubles, Xs MAX 256 Gb - 225,000 rubles, Xs MAX 512 Gb - 240,000 rubles. But already on Sunday they returned to normal, it was possible to buy gray iPhones at a cost as close as possible to that which would be in official deliveries.

Spikers #504. Apple service crashed, successfully creating queues for iPhone

And some crazy people are offering to buy a place in the queue for a new iPhone in Moscow, there is a suspicion that most of the queues will consist of such “entrepreneurs”. It is not very clear why pay 150,000 rubles for a seat, if you can already buy the top-end device and cheaper.

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This year everything is going according to the knurled pattern, but that spark is not felt, and the gray market sank very quickly, there is no rush demand for new items. However, this was last year, the only difference is that now people are hunting for Chinese devices because of the support for two SIM-cards. And this is a neat way for Apple to boost sales in China, as it is these iPhones that will feed the gray market and restore it. Let's talk about this iPhone functionality in more detail.

Dual SIM-cards in Apple flagships in 2019 - greetings from the past

The unadulterated joy of Apple fans in Russia that Chinese devices have support for two SIM-cards and this “new” technology has become available to them knows no bounds. Considering how it is discussed and procrastinated, there is a feeling that this is one of the main chips that the company introduced, and it allows you to refuse to carry two iPhones with you, and use only one. Apple touts this for travel, while around the world, dual SIM is commonly used in the home region by more people, it's just more convenient for them. In Russia, two-SIM iPhones are not officially available, they will have to be bought on the gray market. These Chinese devices are not covered by an international guarantee, which is also done deliberately. But I'm interested in the history of that Optima Lead Guitar With Accessories, how the work of two SIM cards is implemented in the flagship iPhone for the maximum cost to understand the differences between different devices, let's describe how they can work and what variants of this technology exist today.Dual SIM technology was originally created by Samsung, it launched the DUOS line on push-button phones, and it quickly became popular , revolutionized the market, became the most common.

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Spikers #504. Apple service crashed successfully creating iPhone queues

The first devices of the DUOS line had two radio modules, which at that time was perceived as a damn difficult engineering task, moreover, expensive in practice. In a short time, the technology was reduced in price when they refused to use the second radio module, leaving only one. There are three varieties of this technology on the market today:

  • DS passive mode, appeared back in the 90s, really has nothing to do with Dual SIM, it's just the choice of SIM card when you start the phone, when you can choose which SIM use the card, the second card is not used in any way, the phone also needs to be rebooted;
  • DSDS (Dual SIM Dual Standby) - this is the most popular technical solution, two slots for SIM cards are used, each of them can be assigned as primary or secondary, while usually there is one modem in the phone and radio module, which allows you to use only one SIM card at a time. You cannot simultaneously call from one SIM card to another from your device, you get to the voice answering machine on the operator's side (if you have it installed).It is this method that is implemented in the new iPhones and the same Galaxy line;
  • DSA (Dual SIM Active) - devices with this mode of operation have two radio modules or one radio module with several antennas (in this case, the main radio module can work simultaneously with two SIM cards at the same time). This solution allows you to simultaneously receive calls on both installed SIM-cards, which makes such devices universal, you do not lose calls, as in the case of DSDS, when talking on the phone. This mode is used in the flagships of a number of companies, for example, in devices from Huawei, Asus, but not in solutions from Samsung.

So, let's see how the technology works in the new iPhones. To begin with - a tray in Chinese devices and the installation of SIM-cards. This is a sandwich, one SIM card is installed on each side, physically not the most convenient location, they saved on the tray, and in subsequent versions, most likely, they will refuse such an arrangement. There is plenty of room in the iPhone case to make the tray longer.

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Since Apple decided not to go broke on technology, they used DSDS, that is, the cheapest way to organize the work of two SIM cards. It is not possible to receive calls on both SIM cards at the same time, as well as to transfer data, you need to select one of the SIM cards. Here's what they write about it on the Apple support site.

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In the iPhone settings, you can select a SIM card, which will be the main one by default, for calls you can select a card in real time (it's nice that the device remembers which card you called a specific person from, you can also fix this in the settings for each contact). The way out can be forwarding calls from one SIM card to another, which will need to be manually configured for each operator. The same can be done in Android through a simple menu.

Now about the unpleasant moments. Only one SIM-card can bind FaceTime, iMessage, if you use this technology. No duplicate apps, as you can on most DualSIM Android smartphones, you can't have two WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and so on. That is, a kind of hello from the distant past, when the second SIM-card is needed only for calls, there are no advanced functions in it and it is not expected. See how two SIM cards and two WhatsApp are side by side on my Note 9. If you wish, you can write to yourself from the same phone, this is also the thing that everyone tries to do, as it makes a lasting impression. We on Android have been accustomed to this for a long time, it will be delivered to the iPhone in future versions someday, and I am sure that it will be presented as the fruit of hard and exhausting research, which took thousands of man-hours.

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Now let's see how Samsung's flagships (and many other Android smartphones) work with dual SIM. They have an active mode when you can call yourself from one device and, of course, receive calls on both SIM cards at the same time. In the curtain you can see the SIM card settings.

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In the SIM manager, you can configure anything for them. But the main thing is that you can turn on the "Active mode" when both SIM cards are working. This is call forwarding from one operator to another when the SIM card is busy. It is important to consider that the number of calls in this case will be equal to two (each operator has up to two simultaneous lines, that is, four for two SIM cards, but when forwarding, each card is capable of working with two lines).

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In the settings, you can also see how much traffic or voice calls you have made from each card. You can set data transfer limits for each card separately.

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It can be welcomed that in 2019 for the Chinese market, and in 2020, apparently for the whole world, Apple will introduce dual SIM support. It's cool that technologies from a decade ago have begun to be introduced into flagships.There is no doubt that Apple will borrow many developments from Android, but there are doubts that in the near future they will make it possible to use duplicates (clones) of applications tied to second SIM cards. Painfully, this is a revolutionary step for the whole concept of Apple. But, given the joy that is distributed everywhere from the fans of the company, they suffered with one SIM-card all these years, but for some reason they could not admit it publicly. And now they celebrate the appearance of the second SIM-card violently and brightly. Congratulations.

Samsung's Mid-Segment - Galaxy A7 2019 and Update Policy

Let's start with a question that comes up all the time and is lingering all the time, is the update policy on Android. There has already been an article that is devoted to the changes that Google is making to this process, and in 2018 they are clearly visible, many devices receive monthly security updates, as well as new firmware.

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And this applies not only to flagships, but also to fairly budget models. For example, Samsung's J-series of 2017 was updated last week, the devices received Android 8.1 and Samsung Experience 9.5.

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Monthly updates arrive for all the models that I use, these are security patches, plus sometimes something extra. In September, the service for identifying unfamiliar numbers was updated on Note 9, a different provider is used (how much better or worse it is, I can’t say yet), the update arrived along with a security patch.

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Stories about the fact that Android smartphones are not updated are something from the past, in 2018 the situation has already changed dramatically and looks different. But, in addition to this, the priorities of companies have also shifted, for example, Samsung has unequivocally announced that they will strengthen the models of the middle segment, in particular, they released the Samsung A7 2019, which becomes the first sign in this strategy.

In Russia, this device will go on sale in early October, the cost is 26,990 rubles. Here are its characteristics.

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But the highlight of this handset is the triple main camera, let's quote the press release:

  • With a 120° ultra-wide field of view lens - the same as the human eye - the Galaxy A7 captures the world as users see it, easily creating widescreen photos.
  • With the Galaxy A7's Live Focus feature, you can easily achieve a smooth background blur effect for stunning, professional-quality portrait photos.
  • The 24MP camera automatically combines four pixels into one when shooting in low light conditions.
  • Smart Scene Optimizer assigns a frame to one of the categories (landscape, portrait, or food photo) and then adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color balance, instantly optimizing image quality.

The front-facing camera with LED flash makes capturing quality photos really easy, no matter the lighting conditions. Selfie focus and Pro Lighting mode help you capture self-portraits with a professional lighting effect. The resulting photos can be finalized by applying stylish built-in filters. The Galaxy A7 supports Selfie Moji for even more personalized communication with family and friends.”

This is not a flagship at all, but a model of the middle segment, in October the A9 will show four main cameras at all. Based on the characteristics of the model, it turned out to be interesting and may attract someone. The price is high with the Honor 10 for 20 thousand rubles (discount in MTS), but it is quite adequate for all markets where this device is sold at full price. On the other hand, the A7 2019 has a number of advantages - three cameras, a SuperAMOLED screen, a number of additional software features. These models are direct competitors, and so far in Russia Honor 10 looks more profitable. I am sure that after the start of sales we will see certain discounts on the A7 due to the situation with the price war waged by MTS. Therefore, it is definitely not worth rushing and buying this device in the forefront, there will certainly be interesting offers in December. The review of the device will happen slowly, I think that it will appear on the site in a week. Based on my impressions, I can say that the device turned out to be interesting, although you need to look at the camera in commercial samples, so far nothing sensible can be said about it, it shoots well for its segment, much better than most Chinese smartphones. I will definitely compare this device with Honor 10.

Another note 9 fire story, the first of this year

Why am I not surprised that in the US someone's Note 9 caught fire again, and this is the first case, and exactly before the start of sales of new iPhones? A New York real estate agent (Diane Chung) found in the elevator that her Note 9 had become hot, after which she placed it in a lady's purse, then threw it on the floor in the elevator and pushed it out when the elevator stopped. Someone helped extinguish the apparatus by placing it in water.

Diana approached the issue thoroughly and immediately went to court (there was no appeal to the company). Among the requirements of Diana, I will list only the main ones:

  • Payment of monetary compensation for moral and material damage;
  • Prohibition of sales of Note 9 in the United States.

I would have believed this story if the woman had demanded compensation, which is normal. But the ban on sales looks like something so far removed from the average consumer and his aspirations that it is hard to believe in this story and the causes of the fire. It is not difficult for me to create situations in which any smartphone, from any manufacturer, will burn in elevators. But it will be a conscious action. It is possible that Diana decided to recall the story of Note 7, which was withdrawn from sale and considered that it was possible to cash in on her story on Note 9. I will not judge whether this is true or not, but I can say that I will receive some significant payments or achieve banning sales will be extremely difficult, and here's why.

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Samsung has completely redesigned the way it checks both batteries and finished phones after assembly. The control is now not just multi-stage, it affects one hundred percent of the devices on the assembly line, which is not done by any manufacturer in the world. They check the batteries on X-ray machines, the Samsung database contains millions of pictures of the insides of the devices, that is, it will not be difficult to find a photo of the device that Diana burned down. Then it will also not be difficult to simulate how the device burned and what damage it should have received. Which will ultimately show what exactly happened to the device and whether there was any external influence, for example, heating from the outside at a specific point or a breakdown of the battery shell. I will follow this story with great interest, as parallels are inevitable, but this time Samsung will not be led by external circumstances and will definitely show their teeth. Therefore, most likely, in the end we can even see a counterclaim, if it is confirmed that the situation is artificially created. I don’t like this kind of PR war at all, as it can take our market very far.

Once again pure Android and its bugs

Stereotypes live, and many talk about how good pure Android is, for example, in the AndroidOne program, since there is nothing superfluous in it. Including there is no sufficient quality check of the firmware, unlike many other manufacturers that test their devices. In Nokia 3.1, it turned out that localization was not completely done, but the main thing is that during the initial setup, when you just bought the phone, the device offers to download firmware weighing more than 1 GB. And then a vicious cycle begins, in which the initial setup does not go through, the user needs to guess to reboot the device in order to be able to complete all the steps. I am sure that most will cope with this task, but the mistake is childish and is due to the fact that HMD Global simply did not have enough engineers to catch it. This is not an Android error, this is a manufacturer's error that could not check their device. However, see how it looks in practice in a short video.

Sony XZ3 for 69,990 rubles - a break from reality

In Berlin, Sony showed its flagship XZ3, moving back to the policy of updating the lineup every six months. In the past, this was one of the reasons for the decline in sales of flagships, since in six months it was not possible to make any fundamental changes in the models, and buyers found themselves in a situation where their new device was morally obsolete, it was not the best. And again, the same rake that Sony lovingly laid out to go over it.

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From October 1 to October 9, when pre-ordering a smartphone, you will be presented with a PlayStation 4. In my opinion, an adequate price for XZ3 at the start of sales may be 49,990 rubles (this is a Snapdragon 845 model, 4/64 GB, with one main camera ). The cost above this level, including with a load in the form of a set-top box, makes this flagship unsellable in principle. It is impossible to expect that Sony will have at least some sales higher than a few hundred units a month. Unfortunately, Sony Mobile is finally losing its market share; in September, weekly sales reached a historic low and continue to decline. We can say that, as discussed earlier, in 2019 the company will become a niche player with sales of about 6-7 million devices per year worldwide. Alas, this means the de facto closing of the division.

A trip to St. Petersburg and conversations in Sapsan

Most recently, I complained that MegaFon removed all the possibilities for Internet roaming in Russia on my tariff, and paying 10 rubles for one megabyte is somehow extremely wasteful. At the same time, he said that, following the results, they suggested turning on the “Be at home” option, but did not check the operability of this proposal. After a trip to St. Petersburg, I can say that it was impossible to connect the option promised to me by my personal manager, nothing happened. Total only one option - to pay 10 rubles per megabyte. What I did not do, since I have SIM-cards of all operators and each one does not fully consume traffic for a month. I imagine, on the other hand, what annoyance this causes for corporate VIP clients and how they want to change the operator after that. I don’t know what kind of enemies got into MegaFon, that they dare the most paying subscribers so much and make such efforts so that they change the operator.

Sapsan is a kind of microcosm of our society, where you can encounter completely different people, this time I saw one of the former vice-presidents of Euroset from the time of Zhenya Chichvarkin, I haven’t seen each other for fifteen years, and

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The sales of new iPhones have begun in the world, and pre-orders for them are already being collected in Russia. Traditionally, we hear about the explosive growth of pre-orders, but, what is most curious, articles about this with numbers appeared exactly on the same day that they opened pre-orders. I don’t know how many hours this data was collected, but it’s extremely difficult to believe that there is “rush demand” taking into account the price of new products. On the other hand, there will be queues, since this is already part of the ritual, which we will discuss below, we will start with news about the new iPhones. Let's go!

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Artificial queues for iPhone on sales day, service failure

Already last year, it was difficult to form queues for Apple's iPhone X (not to mention the G8s, they could be bought easily), visually there were few people who wanted it, they had to resort to tricks and encourage resellers. We have talked about why Apple creates queues many times, this is the creation of an image of a desired product, part of a PR strategy formed by Steve Jobs. The product should be so desirable that people should queue up, and the media should show this picture and whip up hysteria.

It was quite obvious that there would be no queues in the US this year, both the XS and XS Max came out completely calm and expensive, where would the crowds of people come from? And for me the question remained open, how Apple will try to drive people into stores, what they will do for this. The answer was found, and very quickly, on the day of the start of sales.

Spikers #504. Apple service failed, which successfully created queues for iPhone

Apple broke the system of pre-paid orders, when you can come to the store and just pick up your device (it works very conveniently and allows you to avoid queues and crowds). Randomly, this system failed on the day of the start of sales, and people had to come to the stores and line up, which is exactly what the company's employees advised to do. At the same time, the queues grew, since orders were not issued, the waiting time was more than an hour. In some stores, it was recommended to cancel the order, stand in line and buy the devices like that. In the US and other countries, this caused quite a serious reaction, many buyers consider the launch of iPhone XS sales to be the most disastrous in history. Read a few comments below, the bottom line is that people were forced to form a queue, and they were wasting their time on it. Comments taken here.

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Believing in a coincidence in this situation is extremely difficult, the system broke down in time to form queues in all countries where Apple began selling flagships. A very convenient coincidence, which is hard to believe. But at the end of the day, it's Apple's habit to create queues to show the product's desirability, it's their DNA.

Huawei used the start of iPhone sales to highlight their products and make fun of Apple. In particular, the company used benches with phone chargers in different countries, indicating that those standing in line will definitely need energy.

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One of our readers also sent me a message about how in Munich they offered to spend the night at the Apple store in order to buy an iPhone on the first day. The price of the issue is 70 euros.

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In Russia, new iPhones are already being sold on free classifieds boards, prices on the first day were undemocratic. So, in the Yula service, the average cost of phones on Friday evening, September 21: Xs 64 Gb - 142,000 rubles, Xs 256 Gb - 205,000 rubles, Xs MAX 256 Gb - 225,000 rubles, Xs MAX 512 Gb - 240,000 rubles. But already on Sunday they returned to normal, it was possible to buy gray iPhones at a cost as close as possible to that which would be in official deliveries.

Spikers #504. Apple service crashed, successfully creating queues for iPhone

And some crazy people are offering to buy a place in the queue for a new iPhone in Moscow, there is a suspicion that most of the queues will consist of such “entrepreneurs”. It is not very clear why pay 150,000 rubles for a seat, if you can already buy the top-end device and cheaper.

Spikers #504. Apple service failed, successfully creating queues for iPhone

This year everything is going according to the knurled pattern, but that spark is not felt, and the gray market sank very quickly, there is no rush demand for new items. However, this was last year, the only difference is that now people are hunting for Chinese devices because of the support for two SIM-cards. And this is a neat way for Apple to boost sales in China, as it is these iPhones that will feed the gray market and restore it. Let's talk about this iPhone functionality in more detail.

Dual SIM-cards in Apple flagships in 2019 - greetings from the past

The unadulterated joy of Apple fans in Russia that Chinese devices have support for two SIM-cards and this “new” technology has become available to them knows no bounds. Considering how it is discussed and procrastinated, there is a feeling that this is one of the main chips that the company introduced, and it allows you to refuse to carry two iPhones with you, and use only one. Apple touts this for travel, while around the world, dual SIM is commonly used in the home region by more people, it's just more convenient for them. In Russia, two-SIM iPhones are not officially available, they will have to be bought on the gray market. These Chinese devices are not covered by an international guarantee, which is also done deliberately. But I'm interested in the history of that Optima Lead Guitar With Accessories, how the work of two SIM cards is implemented in the flagship iPhone for the maximum cost to understand the differences between different devices, let's describe how they can work and what variants of this technology exist today.Dual SIM technology was originally created by Samsung, it launched the DUOS line on push-button phones, and it quickly became popular , revolutionized the market, became the most common.

Spikers #504. Apple service crashed, successfully creating iPhone queues

Spikers #504. Apple service crashed successfully creating iPhone queues

The first devices of the DUOS line had two radio modules, which at that time was perceived as a damn difficult engineering task, moreover, expensive in practice. In a short time, the technology was reduced in price when they refused to use the second radio module, leaving only one. There are three varieties of this technology on the market today:

  • DS passive mode, appeared back in the 90s, really has nothing to do with Dual SIM, it's just the choice of SIM card when you start the phone, when you can choose which SIM use the card, the second card is not used in any way, the phone also needs to be rebooted;
  • DSDS (Dual SIM Dual Standby) - this is the most popular technical solution, two slots for SIM cards are used, each of them can be assigned as primary or secondary, while usually there is one modem in the phone and radio module, which allows you to use only one SIM card at a time. You cannot simultaneously call from one SIM card to another from your device, you get to the voice answering machine on the operator's side (if you have it installed).It is this method that is implemented in the new iPhones and the same Galaxy line;
  • DSA (Dual SIM Active) - devices with this mode of operation have two radio modules or one radio module with several antennas (in this case, the main radio module can work simultaneously with two SIM cards at the same time). This solution allows you to simultaneously receive calls on both installed SIM-cards, which makes such devices universal, you do not lose calls, as in the case of DSDS, when talking on the phone. This mode is used in the flagships of a number of companies, for example, in devices from Huawei, Asus, but not in solutions from Samsung.

So, let's see how the technology works in the new iPhones. To begin with - a tray in Chinese devices and the installation of SIM-cards. This is a sandwich, one SIM card is installed on each side, physically not the most convenient location, they saved on the tray, and in subsequent versions, most likely, they will refuse such an arrangement. There is plenty of room in the iPhone case to make the tray longer.

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Since Apple decided not to go broke on technology, they used DSDS, that is, the cheapest way to organize the work of two SIM cards. It is not possible to receive calls on both SIM cards at the same time, as well as to transfer data, you need to select one of the SIM cards. Here's what they write about it on the Apple support site.

Spikers #504. Apple service crashed, successfully creating queues for iPhone

In the iPhone settings, you can select a SIM card, which will be the main one by default, for calls you can select a card in real time (it's nice that the device remembers which card you called a specific person from, you can also fix this in the settings for each contact). The way out can be forwarding calls from one SIM card to another, which will need to be manually configured for each operator. The same can be done in Android through a simple menu.

Now about the unpleasant moments. Only one SIM-card can bind FaceTime, iMessage, if you use this technology. No duplicate apps, as you can on most DualSIM Android smartphones, you can't have two WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and so on. That is, a kind of hello from the distant past, when the second SIM-card is needed only for calls, there are no advanced functions in it and it is not expected. See how two SIM cards and two WhatsApp are side by side on my Note 9. If you wish, you can write to yourself from the same phone, this is also the thing that everyone tries to do, as it makes a lasting impression. We on Android have been accustomed to this for a long time, it will be delivered to the iPhone in future versions someday, and I am sure that it will be presented as the fruit of hard and exhausting research, which took thousands of man-hours.

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Now let's see how Samsung's flagships (and many other Android smartphones) work with dual SIM. They have an active mode when you can call yourself from one device and, of course, receive calls on both SIM cards at the same time. In the curtain you can see the SIM card settings.

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In the SIM manager, you can configure anything for them. But the main thing is that you can turn on the "Active mode" when both SIM cards are working. This is call forwarding from one operator to another when the SIM card is busy. It is important to consider that the number of calls in this case will be equal to two (each operator has up to two simultaneous lines, that is, four for two SIM cards, but when forwarding, each card is capable of working with two lines).

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In the settings, you can also see how much traffic or voice calls you have made from each card. You can set data transfer limits for each card separately.

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It can be welcomed that in 2019 for the Chinese market, and in 2020, apparently for the whole world, Apple will introduce dual SIM support. It's cool that technologies from a decade ago have begun to be introduced into flagships.There is no doubt that Apple will borrow many developments from Android, but there are doubts that in the near future they will make it possible to use duplicates (clones) of applications tied to second SIM cards. Painfully, this is a revolutionary step for the whole concept of Apple. But, given the joy that is distributed everywhere from the fans of the company, they suffered with one SIM-card all these years, but for some reason they could not admit it publicly. And now they celebrate the appearance of the second SIM-card violently and brightly. Congratulations.

Samsung's Mid-Segment - Galaxy A7 2019 and Update Policy

Let's start with a question that comes up all the time and is lingering all the time, is the update policy on Android. There has already been an article that is devoted to the changes that Google is making to this process, and in 2018 they are clearly visible, many devices receive monthly security updates, as well as new firmware.

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And this applies not only to flagships, but also to fairly budget models. For example, Samsung's J-series of 2017 was updated last week, the devices received Android 8.1 and Samsung Experience 9.5.

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Spikers #504. Apple service crashed successfully creating iPhone queues

Monthly updates arrive for all the models that I use, these are security patches, plus sometimes something extra. In September, the service for identifying unfamiliar numbers was updated on Note 9, a different provider is used (how much better or worse it is, I can’t say yet), the update arrived along with a security patch.

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Stories about the fact that Android smartphones are not updated are something from the past, in 2018 the situation has already changed dramatically and looks different. But, in addition to this, the priorities of companies have also shifted, for example, Samsung has unequivocally announced that they will strengthen the models of the middle segment, in particular, they released the Samsung A7 2019, which becomes the first signs in this strategy.

In Russia, this device will go on sale in early October, the cost is 26,990 rubles. Here are its characteristics.

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But the highlight of this handset is the triple main camera, let's quote the press release:

  • With a 120° ultra-wide field of view lens - the same as the human eye - the Galaxy A7 captures the world as users see it, easily creating widescreen photos.
  • With the Galaxy A7's Live Focus feature, you can easily achieve a smooth background blur effect for stunning, professional-quality portrait photos.
  • The 24MP camera automatically combines four pixels into one when shooting in low light conditions.
  • Smart Scene Optimizer assigns a frame to one of the categories (landscape, portrait, or food photography) and then adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color balance, instantly optimizing image quality.

The front-facing camera with LED flash makes taking quality photos really easy, no matter the lighting conditions. Selfie focus and Pro Lighting mode help you capture self-portraits with a professional lighting effect. The resulting photos can be finalized by applying stylish built-in filters. The Galaxy A7 supports Selfie Moji for even more personalized communication with family and friends.”

This is not a flagship at all, but a model of the middle segment, in October the A9 will show four main cameras at all. Based on the characteristics of the model, it turned out to be interesting and may attract someone. The price is high with the Honor 10 for 20 thousand rubles (discount in MTS), but it is quite adequate for all markets where this device is sold at full price. On the other hand, the A7 2019 has a number of advantages - three cameras, a SuperAMOLED screen, a number of additional software features. These models are direct competitors, and so far in Russia Honor 10 looks more profitable. I am sure that after the start of sales we will see certain discounts on the A7 due to the situation with the price war waged by MTS. Therefore, it is definitely not worth rushing and buying this device in the forefront, there will certainly be interesting offers in December. The review of the device will happen slowly, I think that it will appear on the site in a week. Based on my impressions, I can say that the device turned out to be interesting, although you need to look at the camera in commercial samples, so far nothing sensible can be said about it, it shoots well for its segment, much better than most Chinese smartphones. I will definitely compare this device with Honor 10.

Another note 9 fire story, the first of this year

Why am I not surprised that in the US someone's Note 9 caught fire again, and this is the first case, and exactly before the start of sales of new iPhones? A New York real estate agent (Diane Chung) found in the elevator that her Note 9 had become hot, after which she placed it in a lady's purse, then threw it on the floor in the elevator and pushed it out when the elevator stopped. Someone helped extinguish the apparatus by placing it in water.

Diana approached the issue thoroughly and immediately went to court (there was no appeal to the company). Among the requirements of Diana, I will list only the main ones:

  • Payment of monetary compensation for moral and material damage;
  • Prohibition of sales of Note 9 in the United States.

I would have believed this story if the woman had demanded compensation, which is normal. But the ban on sales looks like something so far removed from the average consumer and his aspirations that it is hard to believe in this story and the causes of the fire. It is not difficult for me to create situations in which any smartphone, from any manufacturer, will burn in elevators. But it will be a conscious action. It is possible that Diana decided to recall the story of Note 7, which was withdrawn from sale and considered that it was possible to cash in on her story on Note 9. I will not judge whether this is true or not, but I can say that I will receive some significant payments or achieve banning sales will be extremely difficult, and here's why.

Once again pure Android and its bugs

Stereotypes live, and many talk about how good pure Android is, for example, in the AndroidOne program, since there is nothing superfluous in it. Including there is no sufficient quality check of the firmware, unlike many other manufacturers that test their devices. In Nokia 3.1, it turned out that localization was not completely done, but the main thing is that during the initial setup, when you just bought the phone, the device offers to download firmware weighing more than 1 GB. And then a vicious cycle begins, in which the initial setup does not go through, the user needs to guess to reboot the device in order to be able to complete all the steps. I am sure that most will cope with this task, but the mistake is childish and is due to the fact that HMD Global simply did not have enough engineers to catch it. This is not an Android error, this is a manufacturer's error that could not check their device. However, see how it looks in practice in a short video.

Sony XZ3 for 69,990 rubles - a break from reality

In Berlin, Sony showed its flagship XZ3, moving back to the policy of updating the lineup every six months. In the past, this was one of the reasons for the decline in sales of flagships, since in six months it was not possible to make any fundamental changes in the models, and buyers found themselves in a situation where their new device was morally obsolete, it was not the best. And again, the same rake that Sony lovingly laid out to go over it.

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From October 1 to October 9, when pre-ordering a smartphone, you will be presented with a PlayStation 4. In my opinion, an adequate price for XZ3 at the start of sales may be 49,990 rubles (this is a Snapdragon 845 model, 4/64 GB, with one main camera ). The cost above this level, including with a load in the form of a set-top box, makes this flagship unsellable in principle. It is impossible to expect that Sony will have at least some sales higher than a few hundred units a month. Unfortunately, Sony Mobile is finally losing its market share; in September, weekly sales reached a historic low and continue to decline. We can say that, as discussed earlier, in 2019 the company will become a niche player with sales of about 6-7 million devices per year worldwide. Alas, this means the de facto closing of the division.

A trip to St. Petersburg and conversations in Sapsan

Most recently, I complained that MegaFon removed all the possibilities for Internet roaming in Russia on my tariff, and paying 10 rubles for one megabyte is somehow extremely wasteful. At the same time, he said that, following the results, they suggested turning on the “Be at home” option, but did not check the operability of this proposal. After a trip to St. Petersburg, I can say that it was impossible to connect the option promised to me by my personal manager, nothing happened. Total only one option - to pay 10 rubles per megabyte. What I did not do, since I have SIM-cards of all operators and each one does not fully consume traffic for a month. I imagine, on the other hand, what annoyance this causes for corporate VIP clients and how they want to change the operator after that. I don’t know what kind of enemies got into MegaFon, that they dare the most paying subscribers so much and make such efforts so that they change the operator.

Sapsan is a kind of microcosm of our society, where you can encounter completely different people, this time I saw one of the former vice-presidents of Euroset from the time of Zhenya Chichvarkin, I haven’t seen each other for fifteen years, and

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The sales of new iPhones have begun in the world, and pre-orders for them are already being collected in Russia. Traditionally, we hear about the explosive growth of pre-orders, but, what is most curious, articles about this with numbers appeared exactly on the same day that they opened pre-orders. I don’t know how many hours this data was collected, but it’s extremely difficult to believe that there is “rush demand” taking into account the price of new products. On the other hand, there will be queues, since this is already part of the ritual, which we will discuss below, we will start with news about the new iPhones. Let's go!

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Artificial queues for iPhone on sales day, service failure

Already last year, it was difficult to form queues for Apple's iPhone X (not to mention the G8s, they could be bought easily), visually there were few people who wanted it, they had to resort to tricks and encourage resellers. We have talked about why Apple creates queues many times, this is the creation of an image of a desired product, part of a PR strategy formed by Steve Jobs. The product should be so desirable that people should queue up, and the media should show this picture and whip up hysteria.

It was quite obvious that there would be no queues in the US this year, both the XS and XS Max came out completely calm and expensive, where would the crowds of people come from? And for me the question remained open, how Apple will try to drive people into stores, what they will do for this. The answer was found, and very quickly, on the day of the start of sales.

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Apple broke the system of pre-paid orders, when you can come to the store and just pick up your device (it works very conveniently and allows you to avoid queues and crowds). Randomly, this system failed on the day of the start of sales, and people had to come to the stores and line up, which is exactly what the company's employees advised to do. At the same time, the queues grew, since orders were not issued, the waiting time was more than an hour. In some stores, it was recommended to cancel the order, stand in line and buy the devices like that. In the US and other countries, this caused quite a serious reaction, many buyers consider the launch of iPhone XS sales to be the most disastrous in history. Read a few comments below, the bottom line is that people were forced to form a queue, and they were wasting their time on it. Comments taken here.

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Believing in a coincidence in this situation is extremely difficult, the system broke down in time to form queues in all countries where Apple began selling flagships. A very convenient coincidence, which is hard to believe. But at the end of the day, it's Apple's habit to create queues to show the product's desirability, it's their DNA.

Huawei used the start of iPhone sales to highlight their products and make fun of Apple. In particular, the company used benches with phone chargers in different countries, indicating that those standing in line will definitely need energy.

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They offered juice from mobile vans (absolutely free, as you understand). And no apple juice!

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In Hong Kong, they even gave away 10,000 mAh batteries for free. Which, in my opinion, is already too much.

Spillikins #504. Apple service crashed successfully creating iPhone queues

I am very interested in how Apple will form queues in Moscow at the start of sales and what will happen in other cities of Russia. But I think that the situation with the iPhone X will repeat itself, when a limited number of devices will be given to outlets, and then they will be supported on a starvation diet for about two weeks. Then everything will be available in large quantities. The first two batches of iPhones for September and October suggest that about 50,000 iPhone XS / XS Max will come to Russia, so there will definitely be enough devices for everyone. But free availability will be in the third week of sales. I wonder if there are those among our readers who will go in line for new iPhones, and if so, why?

One of our readers also sent me a message about how in Munich they offered to spend the night at the Apple store in order to buy an iPhone on the first day. The price of the issue is 70 euros.

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In Russia, new iPhones are already being sold on free classifieds boards, prices on the first day were undemocratic. So, in the Yula service, the average cost of phones on Friday evening, September 21: Xs 64 Gb - 142,000 rubles, Xs 256 Gb - 205,000 rubles, Xs MAX 256 Gb - 225,000 rubles, Xs MAX 512 Gb - 240,000 rubles. But already on Sunday they returned to normal, it was possible to buy gray iPhones at a cost as close as possible to that which would be in official deliveries.

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And some crazy people are offering to buy a place in the queue for a new iPhone in Moscow, there is a suspicion that most of the queues will consist of such “entrepreneurs”. It is not very clear why pay 150,000 rubles for a seat, if you can already buy the top-end device and cheaper.

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This year everything is going according to the knurled pattern, but that spark is not felt, and the gray market sank very quickly, there is no rush demand for new items. However, this was last year, the only difference is that now people are hunting for Chinese devices because of the support for two SIM-cards. And this is a neat way for Apple to boost sales in China, as it is these iPhones that will feed the gray market and restore it. Let's talk about this iPhone functionality in more detail.

Dual SIM-cards in Apple flagships in 2019 - greetings from the past

The unadulterated joy of Apple fans in Russia that Chinese devices have support for two SIM-cards and this “new” technology has become available to them knows no bounds. Considering how it is discussed and procrastinated, there is a feeling that this is one of the main chips that the company introduced, and it allows you to refuse to carry two iPhones with you, and use only one. Apple touts this for travel, while around the world, dual SIM is commonly used in the home region by more people, it's just more convenient for them. In Russia, two-SIM iPhones are not officially available, they will have to be bought on the gray market. These Chinese devices are not covered by an international guarantee, which is also done deliberately. But I'm interested in the history of that Optima Lead Guitar With Accessories, how the work of two SIM cards is implemented in the flagship iPhone for the maximum cost to understand the differences between different devices, let's describe how they can work and what variants of this technology exist today.Dual SIM technology was originally created by Samsung, it launched the DUOS line on push-button phones, and it quickly became popular , revolutionized the market, became the most common.

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Spikers #504. Apple service crashed successfully creating iPhone queues

The first devices of the DUOS line had two radio modules, which at that time was perceived as a damn difficult engineering task, moreover, expensive in practice. In a short time, the technology was reduced in price when they refused to use the second radio module, leaving only one. There are three varieties of this technology on the market today:

  • DS passive mode, appeared back in the 90s, really has nothing to do with Dual SIM, it's just the choice of SIM card when you start the phone, when you can choose which SIM use the card, the second card is not used in any way, the phone also needs to be rebooted;
  • DSDS (Dual SIM Dual Standby) - this is the most popular technical solution, two slots for SIM cards are used, each of them can be assigned as primary or secondary, while usually there is one modem in the phone and radio module, which allows you to use only one SIM card at a time. You cannot simultaneously call from one SIM card to another from your device, you get to the voice answering machine on the operator's side (if you have it installed).It is this method that is implemented in the new iPhones and the same Galaxy line;
  • DSA (Dual SIM Active) - devices with this mode of operation have two radio modules or one radio module with several antennas (in this case, the main radio module can work simultaneously with two SIM cards at the same time). This solution allows you to simultaneously receive calls on both installed SIM-cards, which makes such devices universal, you do not lose calls, as in the case of DSDS, when talking on the phone. This mode is used in the flagships of a number of companies, for example, in devices from Huawei, Asus, but not in solutions from Samsung.

So, let's see how the technology works in the new iPhones. To begin with - a tray in Chinese devices and the installation of SIM-cards. This is a sandwich, one SIM card is installed on each side, physically not the most convenient location, they saved on the tray, and in subsequent versions, most likely, they will refuse such an arrangement. There is plenty of room in the iPhone case to make the tray longer.

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Since Apple decided not to go broke on technology, they used DSDS, that is, the cheapest way to organize the work of two SIM cards. It is not possible to receive calls on both SIM cards at the same time, as well as to transfer data, you need to select one of the SIM cards. Here's what they write about it on the Apple support site.

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In the iPhone settings, you can select a SIM card, which will be the main one by default, for calls you can select a card in real time (it's nice that the device remembers which card you called a specific person from, you can also fix this in the settings for each contact). The way out can be forwarding calls from one SIM card to another, which will need to be manually configured for each operator. The same can be done in Android through a simple menu.

Now about the unpleasant moments. Only one SIM-card can bind FaceTime, iMessage, if you use this technology. No duplicate apps, as you can on most DualSIM Android smartphones, you can't have two WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and so on. That is, a kind of hello from the distant past, when the second SIM-card is needed only for calls, there are no advanced functions in it and it is not expected. See how two SIM cards and two WhatsApp are side by side on my Note 9. If you wish, you can write to yourself from the same phone, this is also the thing that everyone tries to do, as it makes a lasting impression. We on Android have been accustomed to this for a long time, it will be delivered to the iPhone in future versions someday, and I am sure that it will be presented as the fruit of hard and exhausting research, which took thousands of man-hours.

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Now let's see how Samsung's flagships (and many other Android smartphones) work with dual SIM. They have an active mode when you can call yourself from one device and, of course, receive calls on both SIM cards at the same time. In the curtain you can see the SIM card settings.

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In the SIM manager, you can configure anything for them. But the main thing is that you can turn on the "Active mode" when both SIM cards are working. This is call forwarding from one operator to another when the SIM card is busy. It is important to consider that the number of calls in this case will be equal to two (each operator has up to two simultaneous lines, that is, four for two SIM cards, but when forwarding, each card is capable of working with two lines).

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In the settings, you can also see how much traffic or voice calls you have made from each card. You can set data transfer limits for each card separately.

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It can be welcomed that in 2019 for the Chinese market, and in 2020, apparently for the whole world, Apple will introduce dual SIM support. It's cool that technologies from a decade ago have begun to be introduced into flagships.There is no doubt that Apple will borrow many developments from Android, but there are doubts that in the near future they will make it possible to use duplicates (clones) of applications tied to second SIM cards. Painfully, this is a revolutionary step for the whole concept of Apple. But, given the joy that is distributed everywhere from the fans of the company, they suffered with one SIM-card all these years, but for some reason they could not admit it publicly. And now they celebrate the appearance of the second SIM-card violently and brightly. Congratulations.

Samsung's Mid-Segment - Galaxy A7 2019 and Update Policy

Let's start with a question that comes up all the time and is lingering all the time, is the update policy on Android. An article has already been published that is devoted to the changes that Google is making to this process, and in 2018 they are clearly visible, many devices receive monthly security updates, as well as new firmware.

Spikers #504. Apple service crashed, successfully creating queues for iPhone

And this applies not only to flagships, but also to fairly budget models. For example, Samsung's J-series of 2017 was updated last week, the devices received Android 8.1 and Samsung Experience 9.5.

Spillikins #504. Apple service crashed successfully creating iPhone queues

Spikers #504. Apple service crashed successfully creating iPhone queues

Monthly updates arrive for all the models that I use, these are security patches, plus sometimes something extra. In September, the service for identifying unfamiliar numbers was updated on Note 9, a different provider is used (how much better or worse it is, I can’t say yet), the update arrived along with a security patch.

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Stories about the fact that Android smartphones are not updated are something from the past, in 2018 the situation has already changed dramatically and looks different. But, in addition to this, the priorities of companies have also shifted, for example, Samsung has unequivocally announced that they will strengthen the models of the middle segment, in particular, they released the Samsung A7 2019, which becomes the first sign in this strategy.

In Russia, this device will go on sale in early October, the cost is 26,990 rubles. Here are its characteristics.

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But the highlight of this handset is the triple main camera, let's quote the press release:

  • With a 120° ultra-wide field of view lens - the same as the human eye - the Galaxy A7 captures the world as users see it, easily creating widescreen photos.
  • With the Galaxy A7's Live Focus feature, you can easily achieve a smooth background blur effect for stunning, professional-quality portrait photos.
  • The 24MP camera automatically combines four pixels into one when shooting in low light conditions.
  • Smart Scene Optimizer assigns a frame to one of the categories (landscape, portrait, or food photo) and then adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color balance, instantly optimizing image quality.

The front-facing camera with LED flash makes capturing quality photos really easy, no matter the lighting conditions. Selfie focus and Pro Lighting mode help you capture self-portraits with a professional lighting effect. The resulting photos can be finalized by applying stylish built-in filters. The Galaxy A7 supports Selfie Moji for even more personalized communication with family and friends.”

This is not a flagship at all, but a model of the middle segment, in October the A9 will show four main cameras at all. Based on the characteristics of the model, it turned out to be interesting and may attract someone. The price is high with the Honor 10 for 20 thousand rubles (discount in MTS), but it is quite adequate for all markets where this device is sold at full price. On the other hand, the A7 2019 has a number of advantages - three cameras, a SuperAMOLED screen, a number of additional software features. These models are direct competitors, and so far in Russia Honor 10 looks more profitable. I am sure that after the start of sales we will see certain discounts on the A7 due to the situation with the price war waged by MTS. Therefore, it is definitely not worth rushing and buying this device in the forefront, there will certainly be interesting offers in December. The review of the device will happen slowly, I think that it will appear on the site in a week. Based on my impressions, I can say that the device turned out to be interesting, although you need to look at the camera in commercial samples, so far nothing sensible can be said about it, it shoots well for its segment, much better than most Chinese smartphones. I will definitely compare this device with Honor 10.

Another note 9 fire story, the first of this year

Why am I not surprised that in the US someone's Note 9 caught fire again, and this is the first case, and exactly before the start of sales of new iPhones? A New York real estate agent (Diane Chung) found in the elevator that her Note 9 had become hot, after which she placed it in a lady's purse, then threw it on the floor in the elevator and pushed it out when the elevator stopped. Someone helped extinguish the apparatus by placing it in water.

Diana approached the issue thoroughly and immediately went to court (there was no appeal to the company). Among the requirements of Diana, I will list only the main ones:

  • Payment of monetary compensation for moral and material damage;
  • Prohibition of sales of Note 9 in the United States.

I would have believed this story if the woman had demanded compensation, which is normal. But the ban on sales looks like something so far removed from the average consumer and his aspirations that it is hard to believe in this story and the causes of the fire. It is not difficult for me to create situations in which any smartphone, from any manufacturer, will burn in elevators. But it will be a conscious action. It is possible that Diana decided to recall the story of Note 7, which was withdrawn from sale and considered that it was possible to cash in on her story on Note 9. I will not judge whether this is true or not, but I can say that I will receive some significant payments or achieve banning sales will be extremely difficult, and here's why.

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Samsung has completely redesigned the way it checks both batteries and finished phones after assembly. The control is now not just multi-stage, it affects one hundred percent of the devices on the assembly line, which is not done by any manufacturer in the world. They check the batteries on X-ray machines, the Samsung database contains millions of pictures of the insides of the machines, that is, it will not be difficult to find a photo of the machine that Diana burned down. Then it will also not be difficult to simulate how the device burned and what damage it should have received. Which will ultimately show what exactly happened to the device and whether there was any external influence, for example, heating from the outside at a specific point or a breakdown of the battery shell. I will follow this story with great interest, as parallels are inevitable, but this time Samsung will not be led by external circumstances and will definitely show their teeth. Therefore, most likely, in the end we can even see a counterclaim, if it is confirmed that the situation is artificially created. I don’t like this kind of PR war at all, as it can take our market very far.

Once again pure Android and its bugs

Stereotypes live, and many talk about how good pure Android is, for example, in the AndroidOne program, since there is nothing superfluous in it. Including there is no sufficient quality check of the firmware, unlike many other manufacturers that test their devices. In Nokia 3.1, it turned out that localization was not completely done, but the main thing is that during the initial setup, when you just bought the phone, the device offers to download firmware weighing more than 1 GB. And then a vicious cycle begins, in which the initial setup does not go through, the user needs to guess to reboot the device in order to be able to complete all the steps. I am sure that most will cope with this task, but the mistake is childish and is due to the fact that HMD Global simply did not have enough engineers to catch it. This is not an Android error, this is a manufacturer's error that could not check their device. However, see how it looks in practice in a short video.

Sony XZ3 for 69,990 rubles - a break from reality

In Berlin, Sony showed its flagship XZ3, moving back to the policy of updating the lineup every six months. In the past, this was one of the reasons for the decline in sales of flagships, since in six months it was not possible to make any fundamental changes in the models, and buyers found themselves in a situation where their new device was morally obsolete, it was not the best. And again, the same rake that Sony lovingly laid out to go over it.

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From October 1 to October 9, when pre-ordering a smartphone, you will be presented with a PlayStation 4. In my opinion, an adequate price for XZ3 at the start of sales may be 49,990 rubles (this is a Snapdragon 845 model, 4/64 GB, with one main camera ). The cost above this level, including with a load in the form of a set-top box, makes this flagship unsellable in principle. It is impossible to expect that Sony will have at least some sales higher than a few hundred units a month. Unfortunately, Sony Mobile is finally losing its market share; in September, weekly sales reached a historic low and continue to decline. We can say that, as discussed earlier, in 2019 the company will become a niche player with sales of about 6-7 million devices per year worldwide. Alas, this means the de facto closing of the division.

A trip to St. Petersburg and conversations in Sapsan

Most recently, I complained that MegaFon removed all the possibilities for Internet roaming in Russia on my tariff, and paying 10 rubles for one megabyte is somehow extremely wasteful. At the same time, he said that, following the results, they suggested turning on the “Be at home” option, but did not check the operability of this proposal. After a trip to St. Petersburg, I can say that it was impossible to connect the option promised to me by my personal manager, nothing happened. Total only one option - to pay 10 rubles per megabyte. What I did not do, since I have SIM-cards of all operators and each one does not fully consume traffic for a month. I imagine, on the other hand, what annoyance this causes for corporate VIP clients and how they want to change the operator after that. I don’t know what kind of enemies got into MegaFon, that they dare the most paying subscribers so much and make such efforts so that they change the operator.

Sapsan is a kind of microcosm of our society, where you can encounter completely different people, this time I saw one of the former vice-presidents of Euroset from the time of Zhenya Chichvarkin, I haven’t seen each other for fifteen years, and

Spillikins №504. Apple service crashed, successfully creating queues for iPhone

The sales of new iPhones have begun in the world, and pre-orders for them are already being collected in Russia. Traditionally, we hear about the explosive growth of pre-orders, but, what is most curious, articles about this with numbers appeared exactly on the same day that they opened pre-orders. I don’t know how many hours this data was collected, but it’s extremely difficult to believe that there is “rush demand” taking into account the price of new products. On the other hand, there will be queues, since this is already part of the ritual, which we will discuss below, we will start with news about the new iPhones. Let's go!

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Artificial queues for iPhone on sales day, service failure

Already last year, it was difficult to form queues for Apple's iPhone X (not to mention the G8s, they could be bought easily), visually there were few people who wanted it, they had to resort to tricks and encourage resellers. We talked about why Apple creates queues many times, this is the creation of an image of a desired product, part of a PR strategy formed by Steve Jobs. The product should be so desirable that people should queue up, and the media should show this picture and whip up hysteria.

It was quite obvious that there would be no queues in the US this year, both the XS and XS Max came out completely calm and expensive, where would the crowds of people come from? And for me the question remained open, how Apple will try to drive people into stores, what they will do for this. The answer was found, and very quickly, on the day of the start of sales.

Apple broke the system of pre-paid orders, when you can come to the store and just pick up your device (it works very conveniently and allows you to avoid queues and crowds). Randomly, this system failed on the day of the start of sales, and people had to come to the stores and line up, which is what the company's employees advised to do. At the same time, the queues grew, since orders were not issued, the waiting time was more than an hour. In some stores, it was recommended to cancel the order, stand in line and buy the devices like that. In the US and other countries, this caused quite a serious reaction, many buyers consider the launch of iPhone XS sales to be the most disastrous in history. Read a few comments below, the bottom line is that people were forced to form a queue, and they were wasting their time on it. Comments taken here.

Believing in a coincidence in this situation is extremely difficult, the system broke down in time to form queues in all countries where Apple began selling flagships. A very convenient coincidence, which is hard to believe. But at the end of the day, it's Apple's habit to create queues to show the product's desirability, it's their DNA.

Huawei used the start of iPhone sales to highlight their products and make fun of Apple. In particular, the company used benches with phone chargers in different countries, indicating that those standing in line will definitely need energy.

They offered juice from mobile vans (absolutely free, as you understand). And no apple juice!

In Hong Kong, they even gave away 10,000 mAh batteries for free. Which, in my opinion, is already too much.

I am very interested in how Apple will form queues in Moscow at the start of sales and what will happen in other cities of Russia. But I think that the situation with the iPhone X will repeat itself, when a limited number of devices will be given to outlets, and then they will be supported on a starvation diet for about two weeks. Then everything will be available in large quantities. The first two batches of iPhones for September and October suggest that about 50,000 iPhone XS / XS Max will come to Russia, so there will definitely be enough devices for everyone. But free availability will be in the third week of sales. I wonder if there are those among our readers who will go in line for new iPhones, and if so, why?

One of our readers also sent me a message about how in Munich they offered to spend the night at the Apple store in order to buy an iPhone on the first day. The price of the issue is 70 euros.

In Russia, new iPhones are already being sold on free classifieds boards, prices on the first day were undemocratic. So, in the Yula service, the average cost of phones on Friday evening, September 21: Xs 64 Gb - 142,000 rubles, Xs 256 Gb - 205,000 rubles, Xs MAX 256 Gb - 225,000 rubles, Xs MAX 512 Gb - 240,000 rubles. But already on Sunday they returned to normal, it was possible to buy gray iPhones at a cost as close as possible to that which would be in official deliveries.

And some crazy people are offering to buy a place in the queue for a new iPhone in Moscow, there is a suspicion that most of the queues will consist of such “entrepreneurs”. It is not very clear why pay 150,000 rubles for a seat, if you can already buy the top-end device and cheaper.

This year everything is going according to the knurled pattern, but that spark is not felt, and the gray market sank very quickly, there is no rush demand for new items. However, this was last year, the only difference is that now people are hunting for Chinese devices because of the support for two SIM-cards. And this is a neat way for Apple to boost sales in China, as it is these iPhones that will feed the gray market and restore it. Let's talk about this iPhone functionality in more detail.

Dual SIM-cards in Apple flagships in 2019 - greetings from the past

The unadulterated joy of Apple fans in Russia that Chinese devices have support for two SIM-cards and this “new” technology has become available to them knows no bounds. Considering how it is discussed and procrastinated, there is a feeling that this is one of the main chips that the company introduced, and it allows you to refuse to carry two iPhones with you, and use only one. Apple touts this for travel, while around the world, dual SIM is commonly used in the home region by more people, it's just more convenient for them. In Russia, two-SIM iPhones are not officially available, they will have to be bought on the gray market. These Chinese devices are not covered by an international guarantee, which is also done deliberately. But I'm interested in the story of the Optima Lead Guitar With Accessories, how the two SIM cards are implemented in the iPhone flagships at the maximum cost for the market. To understand the differences between different devices, let's describe how they can work and what variants of this technology exist today. Initially, Dual SIM technology was created by Samsung, it launched the DUOS line on push-button phones, and it quickly became popular, revolutionized the market, and became the most common.

The uncomplicated joy of Apple fans in Russia that Chinese devices have support for two SIM-cards and this “new” technology has become available to them knows no bounds. Considering how it is discussed and procrastinated, there is a feeling that this is one of the main chips that the company introduced, and it allows you to refuse to carry two iPhones with you, and use only one. Apple touts this for travel, while around the world, dual SIM is commonly used in the home region by more people, it's just more convenient for them. In Russia, two-SIM iPhones are not officially available, they will have to be bought on the gray market. These Chinese devices are not covered by an international guarantee, which is also done deliberately. But I'm interested in the history Optima Lead Guitar With Accessories Optima Lead Guitar With Accessories how the work of two SIM-cards is implemented in the flagships of the iPhone at the maximum cost for the market. To understand the differences between different devices, let's describe how they can work and what variants of this technology exist today. Initially, Dual SIM technology was created by Samsung, it launched the DUOS line on push-button phones, and it quickly became popular, revolutionized the market, and became the most common.

The first devices of the DUOS line had two radio modules, which at that time was perceived as a damn difficult engineering task, moreover, expensive in practice. In a short time, the technology was reduced in price when they refused to use the second radio module, leaving only one. There are three varieties of this technology on the market today:

  • DS passive mode, appeared back in the 90s, really has nothing to do with Dual SIM, it's just the choice of a SIM card when you start the phone, when you can choose which SIM card to use, the second card does not in use, phone restart is also required;
  • DSDS (Dual SIM Dual Standby) is the most popular technical solution, two slots for SIM cards are used, each of them can be assigned as primary or secondary, while usually there is one modem and radio module in the phone, which allows you to use only one SIM card. You cannot simultaneously call from one SIM card to another from your device, you get to the voice answering machine on the operator's side (if you have it installed). It is this method that is implemented in the new iPhones and the same Galaxy line;
  • DSA (Dual SIM Active) - devices with this mode of operation have two radio modules or one radio module with several antennas (in this case, the main radio module can work simultaneously with two SIM cards at the same time). This solution allows you to simultaneously receive calls on both installed SIM-cards, which makes such devices universal, you do not lose calls, as in the case of DSDS, when talking on the phone. This mode is used in the flagships of a number of companies, for example, in devices from Huawei, Asus, but not in solutions from Samsung.

So, let's see how the technology works in the new iPhones. To begin with - a tray in Chinese devices and the installation of SIM-cards. This is a sandwich, one SIM card is installed on each side, physically not the most convenient location, they saved on the tray, and in subsequent versions, most likely, they will refuse such an arrangement. There is plenty of room in the iPhone case to make the tray longer.

Since Apple decided not to go broke on technology, they used DSDS, that is, the cheapest way to organize the work of two SIM cards. It is not possible to receive calls on both SIM cards at the same time, as well as to transfer data, you need to select one of the SIM cards. Here's what they write about it on the Apple support site.

In the iPhone settings, you can select a SIM card, which will be the main one by default, for calls you can select a card in real time (it's nice that the device remembers which card you called a specific person from, you can also fix this in the settings for each contact). The way out can be forwarding calls from one SIM card to another, which will need to be manually configured for each operator. The same can be done in Android through a simple menu.

Now about the unpleasant moments. Only one SIM-card can bind FaceTime, iMessage, if you use this technology. No duplicate apps, as you can on most DualSIM Android smartphones, you can't have two WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and so on. That is, a kind of hello from the distant past, when the second SIM-card is needed only for calls, there are no advanced functions in it and it is not expected. See how two SIM cards and two WhatsApp are side by side on my Note 9. If you wish, you can write to yourself from the same phone, this is also the thing that everyone tries to do, as it makes a lasting impression. We on Android have been accustomed to this for a long time, it will be delivered to the iPhone in future versions someday, and I am sure that it will be presented as the fruit of hard and exhausting research, which took thousands of man-hours.

Now let's see how Samsung's flagships (and many other Android smartphones) work with dual SIM. They have an active mode when you can call yourself from one device and, of course, receive calls on both SIM cards at the same time. In the curtain you can see the SIM card settings.

In the SIM manager, you can configure anything for them. But the main thing is that you can turn on the "Active mode" when both SIM cards are working. This is call forwarding from one operator to another when the SIM card is busy. It is important to consider that the number of calls in this case will be equal to two (each operator has up to two simultaneous lines, that is, four for two SIM cards, but when forwarding, each card is capable of working with two lines).

In the settings, you can also see how much traffic or voice calls you have made from each card. You can set data transfer limits for each card separately.

It can be welcomed that in 2019 for the Chinese market, and in 2020, apparently for the whole world, Apple will introduce dual SIM support. It's cool that technologies from a decade ago have begun to be introduced into flagships. There is no doubt that Apple will borrow many developments from Android, but there are doubts that in the near future they will make it possible to use duplicates (clones) of applications tied to second SIM cards. Painfully, this is a revolutionary step for the whole concept of Apple. But, given the joy that is distributed everywhere from the fans of the company, they suffered with one SIM-card all these years, but for some reason they could not admit it publicly. And now they celebrate the appearance of the second SIM-card violently and brightly. Congratulations.

Samsung's Mid-Segment - Galaxy A7 2019 and Update Policy

Let's start with a question that comes up all the time and is lingering all the time, is the update policy on Android. There has already been an article that is devoted to the changes that Google is making to this process, and in 2018 they are clearly visible, many devices receive monthly security updates, as well as new firmware.

And this applies not only to flagships, but also to fairly budget models. For example, Samsung's J-series of 2017 was updated last week, the devices received Android 8.1 and Samsung Experience 9.5.

Monthly updates arrive for all the models that I use, these are security patches, plus sometimes something extra. In September, the service for identifying unfamiliar numbers was updated on Note 9, a different provider is used (how much better or worse it is, I can’t say yet), the update arrived along with a security patch.

Stories about the fact that Android smartphones are not updated are something from the past, in 2018 the situation has already changed dramatically and looks different. But, in addition to this, the priorities of companies have also shifted, for example, Samsung has unequivocally announced that they will strengthen the models of the middle segment, in particular, they released the Samsung A7 2019, which becomes the first sign in this strategy.

The front-facing camera with LED flash makes capturing quality photos really easy, no matter the lighting conditions. Selfie focus and Pro Lighting mode help you capture self-portraits with a professional lighting effect. The resulting photos can be finalized by applying stylish built-in filters. The Galaxy A7 supports Selfie Moji for even more personalized communication with family and friends.”

This is not a flagship at all, but a model of the middle segment, in October the A9 will show four main cameras at all. Based on the characteristics of the model, it turned out to be interesting and may attract someone. The price is high with the Honor 10 for 20 thousand rubles (discount in MTS), but it is quite adequate for all markets where this device is sold at full price. On the other hand, the A7 2019 has a number of advantages - three cameras, a SuperAMOLED screen, a number of additional software features. These models are direct competitors, and so far in Russia Honor 10 looks more profitable. I am sure that after the start of sales we will see certain discounts on the A7 due to the situation with the price war waged by MTS. Therefore, it is definitely not worth rushing and buying this device in the forefront, there will certainly be interesting offers in December. The review of the device will happen slowly, I think that it will appear on the site in a week. Based on my impressions, I can say that the device turned out to be interesting, although you need to look at the camera in commercial samples, so far nothing sensible can be said about it, it shoots well for its segment, much better than most Chinese smartphones. I will definitely compare this device with Honor 10.

Another note 9 fire story, the first of this year

Why am I not surprised that in the US someone's Note 9 caught fire again, and this is the first case, and exactly before the start of sales of new iPhones? A New York real estate agent (Diane Chung) found in the elevator that her Note 9 had become hot, after which she placed it in a lady's purse, then threw it on the floor in the elevator and pushed it out when the elevator stopped. Someone helped extinguish the apparatus by placing it in water.

Diana approached the issue thoroughly and immediately went to court (there was no appeal to the company). Among the requirements of Diana, I will list only the main ones:

  • Payment of monetary compensation for moral and material damage;
  • Prohibition of sales of Note 9 in the United States.

I would have believed this story if the woman had demanded compensation, which is normal. But the ban on sales looks like something so far removed from the average consumer and his aspirations that it is hard to believe in this story and the causes of the fire. It is not difficult for me to create situations in which any smartphone, from any manufacturer, will burn in elevators. But it will be a conscious action. It is possible that Diana decided to recall the story of Note 7, which was withdrawn from sale and considered that it was possible to cash in on her story on Note 9. I will not judge whether this is true or not, but I can say that I will receive some significant payments or achieve banning sales will be extremely difficult, and here's why.

Samsung has completely redesigned the way it checks both batteries and finished phones after assembly. The control is now not just multi-stage, it affects one hundred percent of the devices on the assembly line, which is not done by any manufacturer in the world. They check the batteries on X-ray machines, the Samsung database contains millions of pictures of the insides of the machines, that is, it will not be difficult to find a photo of the machine that Diana burned down. Then it will also not be difficult to simulate how the device burned and what damage it should have received. Which will ultimately show what exactly happened to the device and whether there was any external influence, for example, heating from the outside at a specific point or a breakdown of the battery shell. I will follow this story with great interest, as parallels are inevitable, but this time Samsung will not be led by external circumstances and will definitely show their teeth. Therefore, most likely, in the end we can even see a counterclaim, if it is confirmed that the situation is artificially created. I don’t like this kind of PR war at all, as it can take our market very far.

Once again pure Android and its bugs

Stereotypes live, and many talk about how good pure Android is, for example, in the AndroidOne program, since there is nothing superfluous in it. Including there is no sufficient quality check of the firmware, unlike many other manufacturers that test their devices. In Nokia 3.1, it turned out that localization was not completely done, but the main thing is that during the initial setup, when you just bought the phone, the device offers to download firmware weighing more than 1 GB. And then a vicious cycle begins, in which the initial setup does not go through, the user needs to guess to reboot the device in order to be able to complete all the steps. I am sure that most will cope with this task, but the mistake is childish and is due to the fact that HMD Global simply did not have enough engineers to catch it. This is not an Android error, this is a manufacturer's error that could not check their device. However, see how it looks in practice in a short video.

Sony XZ3 for 69,990 rubles - a break from reality

In Berlin, Sony showed its flagship XZ3, moving back to the policy of updating the lineup every six months. In the past, this was one of the reasons for the decline in sales of flagships, since in six months it was not possible to make any fundamental changes in the models, and buyers found themselves in a situation where their new device was morally obsolete, it was not the best. And again, the same rake that Sony lovingly laid out to go over it.

From October 1 to October 9, when pre-ordering a smartphone, you will be presented with a PlayStation 4. In my opinion, an adequate price for XZ3 at the start of sales may be 49,990 rubles (this is a Snapdragon 845 model, 4/64 GB, with one main camera ). The cost above this level, including with a load in the form of a set-top box, makes this flagship unsellable in principle. It is impossible to expect that Sony will have at least some sales higher than a few hundred units a month. Unfortunately, Sony Mobile is finally losing its market share; in September, weekly sales reached a historic low and continue to decline. We can say that, as discussed earlier, in 2019 the company will become a niche player with sales of about 6-7 million devices per year worldwide. Alas, this means the de facto closing of the division.

A trip to St. Petersburg and conversations in Sapsan

Most recently, I complained that MegaFon removed all the possibilities for Internet roaming in Russia on my tariff, and paying 10 rubles for one megabyte is somehow extremely wasteful. At the same time, he said that, following the results, they suggested turning on the “Be at home” option, but did not check the operability of this proposal. After a trip to St. Petersburg, I can say that it was impossible to connect the option promised to me by my personal manager, nothing happened. Total only one option - to pay 10 rubles per megabyte. What I did not do, since I have SIM-cards of all operators and each one does not fully consume traffic for a month. I imagine, on the other hand, what annoyance this causes for corporate VIP clients and how they want to change the operator after that. I don’t know what kind of enemies got into MegaFon, that they dare the most paying subscribers so much and make such efforts so that they change the operator.

Sapsan is a kind of microcosm of our society, where you can encounter completely different people, this time I saw one of the former vice-presidents of Euroset from the time of Zhenya Chichvarkin, I haven’t seen each other for fifteen years, and