Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data • The Register

Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data • The Register:

Is Google double dipping? It is selling a premium priced phone, like Apple, but still wants our data:

Re Register points out:

All that changed in 2016 as Google adopted the Pixel brand instead and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into marketing. This entailed a significant price hike, what we called “the Mountain View equivalent of the Cupertino idiot tax”. It was an, um, interesting decision.

In its splash screens Apple says it believes “privacy is a fundamental human right”. But it can afford to: Apple merely sells overpriced hardware and doesn’t use your data for targeting advertisements as its main source of income. The Apple “tax” is the price you pay for privacy. With Pixel, Google wanted to keep Apple inflated margin and slurp up all your data, too?

It seemed a lot to ask, especially since the first 2016 Pixels were good without being standout attractive.

A Rugged, Lightweight Folding Bluetooth Keyboard.

I often use my mobile phone or tablet as a notebook during lectures and seminars. A Bluetooth keyboard is a must-have for long periods of typing.

This lightweight, 250mm long keyboard is ideal for traveling with the minimum equipment, and being able to take notes on a phone or tablet.

My search for the perfect pocketable keyboard has lead me into a few dead-ends. Most folding keyboards are in two halves and shift keys around. Often splitting the spacebar into two keys. The central hinge results in nothing being in the quite the right place.

The tri-fold keyboard I have found is the perfect compromise. The actual keyboard is 235mm or 9.25” long, so touch typists may have problems. They layout, however is excellent. It is a robust metal tri-fold design. The left and right ends fold over to cover the middle of the keyboard. It is spring loaded, and stays open or shut. Opening it locks the ends down with a click and switches the keyboard on, initiating the Bluetooth connection. My 8” tablet, once paired, now connects instantly, with no user intervention. I can switch from the on-screen keyboard to the folding keyboard in two or three seconds. The keyboard powers on as it is opened.

Bluetooth 4I carry a small rectangular piece of Coreflute with may as an almost weightless lap desk. The aluminium case slides around, so I have added 4 small plastic feet to the back. This keep the keyboard stable and stops it moving.

It is available under several brand names. I purchased a white keyboard, but most suppliers only have the black version.

The documentation is less than perfect, but basic functions are obvious. There are some options to configure it for iOS, Android or Windows.

This keyboard is here on Amazon.

There is also a full sized version here: