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post Mar 19 2016, 04:04 PM
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Are instruction manuals an outdated phenomenum.

Just bought a new smart phone.

There is no proper instructions other than getting started, how to insert sim, battery life, charging etc

There are no instructions to tell you how to use the apps, download music, or transfer photos from the camera to computer (so you can print them) to save for posterity and much more. Or even how to take a selfie.
Nothing to tell you about uploading or downloading music to or from a laptop.
I've even had trouble finding how to delete photos from the camera.
My camera doesn't even have a USB port only the charger and earphone sockets. No leads apart from the charger and only earphones.

Why do tech giants NOT give full instruction manuals like they used to.

They want us to buy their products but don't care if we can use them.

What do you think

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post Mar 19 2016, 04:08 PM
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Who reads instruction manuals these days
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post Mar 19 2016, 04:14 PM
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To an extent, yes, I think instruction manuals are out of date these days. Especially for something like a smartphone. With everything having internet/wi-fi compatibility, I think it makes sense for Apple/Samsung etc. to direct you to their detailed FAQ sections on their website. If there's anything I'm uncertain of with my phone, I just look it up online and usually Apple have a section on their website dedicated to it, or someone has asked the same question in the forum/troubleshooting area. Basically - why would you need an instruction manual for a phone that connects to the internet, it's almost a waste of paper.
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post Mar 19 2016, 04:16 PM
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What is the point when Google/ the Internet will most likely have the answer you are looking for?
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post Mar 19 2016, 04:25 PM
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I've noticed that with games. When I had early PS3 and PS/PS2 games there was probably a 20 page booklet with info about the game and how to play it included. Now it's literally a one page flyer! laugh.gif
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post Mar 19 2016, 04:46 PM
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I just got one of those £3 smart watches and the intruction manual is hilarious as you would expect:

"and then in the option Bluetooth notification application needs to choose a good news message push push or require shielding applications."

= push notifications. lol
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post Mar 19 2016, 05:11 PM
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Mar 19 2016, 04:16 PM) *
What is the point when Google/ the Internet will most likely have the answer you are looking for?


...But what if it's for a router/computer laugh.gif

I'm not one to read instruction manuals personally (apparently it's a male thing kink.gif) but I still think it's an essential part of selling products. Businesses shouldn't rely on people having to Google for answers when it's the business being too cheap or lazy to produce a decent piece of information on how to use the product.

I know Apple is infamous for its lack of instructions dry.gif
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