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微软 Surface DUO:重新思考智能手机

由 Rob EnderleSep 14, 2020 4:00 AM PT

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/86843.html

我已经使用微软 Surface Duo一周多了, 这是我新喜欢的智能手机。

并不是每个人都会更多为了业务而优化,而不是为了消费者使用。但对于我使用智能手机的方式,对我来说它是一个更好的设备。让我告诉你原因,我们将结束我的产品周 - 新的Nvidia RTX 30卡,它是可能会让你看起来更好的下一个缩放电话。

回转至业务焦点

我是黑莓用户中最后一批之一,直到最近才放弃最新的黑莓手机,因为它太过时了。虽然我仍然有点想念键盘, 但我真正错过的是设备的业务焦点。

当市场从像Palm、微软和运动研究(BlackBerry)这样的手机转向Android和iOS设备时,我们失去了一些东西。主要是我们损失了很多时间。我们应该把注意力集中在工作上,而不是分心。虽然流式处理的内容很有趣,但它往往会消耗我们的资源,即时间和金钱。同时,可以说,旧的商业标准更注重帮助我们赚更多的钱,并在事业上进步。

对我来说,我意识到我在这里不代表大多数人,更重要的是专注于增加我的收入和生产力,而不是增加分心并消耗我的自由和工作时间。

我认为微软在他们为旧微软手机投放广告时是正确的,他们认为人们应该远离手机,体验生活:

对我来说,手机应该主要是一种沟通工具,但现在我们沟通的方式大相径庭,我们用于通信的应用程序似乎更喜欢大屏幕;这带我们到二重奏,它有双屏幕, 和它的竞争对手折叠手机非常不同。

新做事方式

微软 Surface Duo 是一部非常不同的手机,这意味着它有一个学习曲线。例如,要将它用作手机,您需要打开它,将屏幕旋转到后面,然后将屏幕与相机放在耳朵旁边(这也会自动应答手机)。

当您使用耳塞或为数不多的 Android 智能手表(如最新一代 Diesel 智能手表)时,此配置使设备更加更好。它运行Android与微软UI,它确实需要一些再培训。学习独特的手势使它更有趣使用,但首先,因为它是不同的所以这是有点令人沮丧,。

现在,这个设备特别擅长的是阅读书籍、做电子邮件和 Microsoft 团队呼叫。在所有三种情况下,可折叠屏幕使设备效率大大提高。

对于阅读书籍:你会得到两页(当你把它放在两页模式),这使得它感觉非常接近一个小平装本。

对于电子邮件:您可以在一个屏幕上获取邮件列表,另一个屏幕上突出显示的邮件列表。这使得通过电子邮件的效率要高。

对于 Microsoft 团队:您可以在一个屏幕上获取视频会议,在另一个屏幕上获取另一个功能(如聊天窗口或 PowerPoint);允许您使用手机的方式与可能使用个人计算机的方式类似。

手机使用玻璃作为外壳,在盒子里配备了橡胶保险杠:使用它们。我并没有使用。我把电话掉在了地上,打碎了箱子。它仍然工作正常,橡胶保险杠覆盖了大部分的裂缝,但我希望我开始使用手机之前,我能把橡胶保险杠套上。

应用程序像在其他任何手机上工作一样,但尽管你有一个可转换的笔记本电脑,你可以将这款手机支撑在你的办公桌或桌子上观看视频,所以你不必拿着手机。然而,与可折叠手机不同,使用两个屏幕播放视频很烦人,因为中间有中断。我同意这一点, 但有些人可能就是想要更大的屏幕体验。

Surface Duo 附带 128 或 256 GB,价格差异为 100 美元,因此我会用额外的存储空间购买资金。基本价格是1,399美元,所以这并不一个便宜,我建议你在挑选购买之前试玩一下。此外,这是第 1 代产品,因此如果您不喜欢成为早期采用者,最好等待第 2 代或第 3 代版本,下一代应具有 5G 和 Wi-Fi 6。

手机没有无线充电,我确实错过了一点,它没有5G或Wi-Fi 6,但鉴于5G还没有覆盖到我住的地方,它只是一个手机,我并没有遗漏它的缺点,但是当5G可用时,我可能遗漏了其缺点。我的笔记本电脑是Wi-Fi 6,我需要用它加载更大的文件,但图片上传是的速度是Wi-Fi 5,这个Duo确实支持4x4 MIMO。它有一个体面的相机,不是从前置摄像头切换到后面,你可以折叠屏幕拍照或者将它折叠成书的样式来自拍。

但我喜欢这个东西,它是我最喜欢的新手机。

包装: 为什么这款手机适合我

我是一个读者。我读了很多书。我不在手机上玩电子游戏。我有电脑和游戏系统, 我已经习惯了使用耳机、手表、或耳塞来打电话。

作为一个图书读者, Surface Duo是令人难以置信的。手机上的 Outlook 类似于我的笔记本电脑上的体验。我通常携带手机和平板电脑, 我发现, 现在用 Surface Duo, 我只需要携带手机。我甚至在晚上用它在床上看书, 只有当它快要没电时, 我才去使用平板电脑。

它也适合我在家里使用,主要是在离开办公桌时仍保持连接,并且下次阅读时能接到上次阅读的界面。它放在我的后袋,所以我总是带着它;如果我必须跑腿或去一个我必须等待的地方 (比如去拿晚餐), 我手头有我最好的阅读器。

Surface Duo 手机值得一试,对于像我这样的人来说,这可能是值得的。然而,再次说明,它是第一代设备,在未来两代中,它很可能会发生很大的变化。因此,对于那些喜欢的东西更煮熟一点,你会想等待第2代或第3代。但对我来说,第一代就很适合我;而且,作为一个分析师,痛苦总是伴随着我。

说真的, 这款手机我用得很开心, 如果你是一个沉迷于电子书的阅读者, 这可能刚好是为你量身打造的手机。我认为这就是为我量身打造的手机。

Nvidia RTX 30系列已经大大地推动图形信封,但是,正如我上周提到的,显著的优势是,它显著推进了你在家工作时需要做的其他的事情。

Nvidia 广播允许您创建更好的视频图像。虚拟背景看起来更真实、更主动的降噪功能几乎可以消除背景噪音,您可以动态地将图像放在要共享的内容中。

所有这一切让你能够更好地呈现给那些虚拟的会议者们,这可以带来巨大的改变。这个星期,我在与VP进行电话连接,他有各种视频和声音问题,这些问题都是这个卡可以缓解的。当然,现在这是一个仅适用于台式电脑的解决方案,但我发现当我在家工作时,我依赖于我的桌面电脑。

我继续认为这是图形的新战场,高通和英特尔在提供增强功能方面也在同一页上。但我喜欢当 OEM 开箱即用地思考并开始处理超出其标准领域的问题时。

Nvidia 是所有关于图形性能, 这个新的卡线应该是惊人的。

Nvidia RTX 3080 和 3090 显卡

不是每个人都玩游戏,但现在我们大多数人都在网上开会,改善这种体验在我们的需求清单上可能远远高于更好的游戏玩法。虽然我应该提一下,这些新卡也大大减少了延迟,所以对于那些游戏玩家,这可能是你的菜,你可以使用它来获得更多的胜利。

在任何情况下,我使用台式电脑,并且我现在经常使用视频通话。这个卡系列十分适合我- 这使得 Nvidia Rtx 30 系列成为我本周最佳的产品。

Microsoft Surface Duo: Rethinking the Smartphone

By Rob Enderle Sep 14, 2020 4:00 AM PT

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/86843.html

I've been using the Microsoft Surface Duo for over a week now, and it is my new favorite smartphone.

Optimized more for business than for consumer use, it isn't for everyone. But for the way I use my smartphone, it is a better device for me. Let me walk you through why, and we'll close with my product of the week -- the new Nvidia RTX 30 card that may make you look better on your next Zoom call.

Spinning Back to a Business Focus

I was one of the last of the BlackBerry users and only recently gave up the latest BlackBerry phone because it was just too far out of date. While I'm still missing the keyboard a bit, what I really miss was the business focus of the device.

When the market pivoted from phones like the Palm, Microsoft, and Research In Motion (BlackBerry) devices, to the Android and iOS devices, we lost something. Mostly we lost a lot of time. We should have been focusing on work instead of distractions; and while streamed content is fun, it tends to consume our resources, i.e. time and money. At the same time, the old business standard arguably was more focused on helping us make more money and advance in our careers.

To me, and I realize that I'm not in the majority here, it is more important to focus on increasing my income and productivity than it is to focus on increasing my distractions and eating up both my free and work time.

I think Microsoft had it right when they ran this ad campaign for their old Microsoft phone, arguing that folks should take their nose out of their phones and experience life:

For me, a phone should predominantly be a way to communicate, but we communicate far differently now, and the apps we use to communicate seem to prefer larger screens; and that takes us to the Duo, which has twin screens and is very different from the foldable phones with which it will compete.

New Ways of Doing Things

The Microsoft Surface Duo is a very different phone, which means it has a learning curve. For instance, to use it as a phone, you need to flip it open, pivot the screen around to the back, and put the screen with the camera above it next to your ear (and this also automatically answers the phone).

This configuration makes the device much better when you are using earbuds or one of the few Android smartwatches, like the latest generation Diesel smartwatch. It runs Android with a Microsoft UI, and it does take some retraining. Learning the unique gestures makes it a ton more fun to use, but at first, it's a little frustrating because it's different.

Now, what this device is particularly good at is reading books, doing email, and Microsoft Teams calls. In all three cases, the foldable screen makes the device substantially more efficient.

For reading books: You get two pages (when you put it in two-page mode), which makes it feel pretty close to a small paperback.

For email: You get the list of messages on one screen and what is in the highlighted message on the other. This makes going through email far more efficient.

For Microsoft Teams: You get the video conference on one screen and another function on the other screen, like the chat window, or PowerPoint; allowing you to work with the phone similarly to how you likely work with your personal computer.

The phone uses glass for its case, and it comes with rubber bumpers in the box: USE THEM. I didn't. I dropped the phone and cracked the case. It still works fine, and the rubber bumper covers most of the crack, but I wish I'd put on the rubber bumpers before I started using the phone.

Applications work as they would on any phone, but you can tent this phone much as you can a convertible laptop and prop it on your desk or table to watch a video, so you don't have to hold the phone. Unlike a foldable phone, however, doing a video using both screens is annoying because of the break in the middle. I'm ok with this, but some may want a larger screen experience.

Surface Duo comes with 128 or 256 GB, and the difference in price is US$100, so I'd go with the extra storage for the money. The base price is $1,399, so this isn't a cheap date, and I'd suggest you play with one for a bit before picking it up. Also, this is a Generation 1 product, so if you don't like being an early adopter, you may be better off waiting for the Generation 2 or 3 version -- and the next generation should have 5G and Wi-Fi 6.

The phone doesn't have wireless charging, which I do miss a little, and it doesn't have 5G or Wi-Fi 6, but given 5G isn't deployed yet where I live, and it is a phone, I'm not missing the shortcoming, but I might if 5G was available. My laptop is Wi-Fi 6, and I need it for larger files, but picture uploads are fast with Wi-Fi 5, and this Duo does support 4x4 MIMO. It has a decent camera, and rather than switching from the front camera to back, you fold the screen over to take a picture or leave it in book form to take a selfie.

But I love the thing, and it is my new favorite phone.

Wrapping Up: Why This Phone Fits Me

I'm a reader. I read a lot of books. I don't play video games on my phone. I have PCs and game systems for that, and I'm used to using a headset, my watch, or earbuds for calls.

As a book reader, the Surface Duo is incredible. Outlook on the phone is similar to the experience on my laptop. I typically carry a phone and a tablet, and I've found that now with this Surface Duo, I'm down to carrying only the phone. I even read with it in bed at night and only go to the tablet if my charge starts running low.

This form factor also fits how I'm using the phone at home, mostly to stay connected when I'm away from my desk and to read from when I have some downtime. It resides in my back pocket, so I always have it with me; and if I have to run an errand or go someplace where I have to wait (like to pick up dinner), I have my best reader in hand.

The Surface Duo phone is worth checking out, and for people like me, it may be worth it. However, once again, it is a first-generation device and it will likely change a lot over the next two generations. So for those that like something a bit more cooked, you'll want to wait for Generation 2 or 3. But for me, Generation 1 is where I live; and, as an analyst, pain is my middle name.

Seriously, I'm having a ton of fun with this phone and, if you are a heavy ebook reader, this could be just the phone for you. It is for me.

The Nvidia RTX 30 series has pushed the graphics envelope significantly, but, as I mentioned last week, the significant advantage is that it significantly enhances other things you need to do while working from home.

Nvidia Broadcast allows you to create a much better video image of yourself. Virtual backgrounds look more real, active noise cancellation virtually eliminates background noise, and you can dynamically place your image inside the content you are sharing.

All of this makes you present better to the folks you are virtually meeting with, and that can make a huge difference. This week I was doing a call with a VP, and he was having all kinds of video and sound issues that this card could have mitigated. Granted, right now this is a desktop PC-only solution, but I find I live on my desktop PC when I'm working from home.

I continue to think that this is the new battleground for graphics, and Qualcomm and Intel are on this same page concerning providing enhancements. But I love it when an OEM thinks out of the box and starts working on problems that are outside of their standard field.

Nvidia is all about graphics performance, and this new card line should be stunning for that.

Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3090 Graphics Cards

Not everyone games, but right now most of us are meeting online, and improving that experience is likely far higher on our needs list than better game playing. Though I should mention that these new cards also reduce latency significantly, so for those of you who are gamers and like first-person shooters, this could be your ticket to more wins.

In any case, I use a desktop computer and I live on video calls right now. This card family hits me where I live -- which makes the Nvidia RTX 30 Series my product of the week.

原文链接:https://www.technewsworld.com/story/86843.html

原文作者:Rob Enderle

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