I am a tech and I read the manuals. I even download them and save them on my computer and e-reader.
They don’t come with manuals or instructions of any kind. As RAGs points out, you can presumably find and download one online. But that requires an affirmative action on the part of the consumer, while making it much less expensive for the manufacturer to ensure that you have that information “readily available.”
I thought it was going to be a manual explaining everything, instead it was a fat manual explaining they weren.t responsible for ANYthing. The manual was a 1-page quick-start!
Who actually includes printed instructions?
Yesterday, I had to pull up the manual for the thermostat to re-program it for the summer. I had hoped there was a way to just access the cooling program, but you have to scroll through heating first. There are three sections as Sat. and Sun. have their own cycles and four times per section and three settings per time for heating and cooling – each.
And yet he still found out where the speaker and microphone are.
I’m actually going through this right now with a replacement phone from Tracfone. It’s a nice phone, but as I suspected, there are “gotchas”. To configure it for file transfer to/from my PC, a config change has to be done every single time, the setting won’t “stay”. Also, instead of being able to load a “Bookmark.html” file into the phone’s browser, only Syncing with the PC’s browser will do it, which involves creating a new “account” for the PC’s browser company. Both of these “fixes” I discovered by Googling. I’m not finished, so there will probably be more…
Electronics no longer come with manuals. Most irritating. How am I to know what I can even do with my phone? Just keep pushing buttons?
I feel all your pains. My iPhone came with a postage stamp sized booklet. I got a good magnifying glass and, under a bright light, took a look at it. Microscopic print in grey on a grey background. After getting a headache from the light and eyestrain, I realized it was the legalese indicating there was no warranty and they refused all responsibility for everything — even the stuff they advertised. I didn’t even know how to turn the D@##d thing on. That is the last thing I buy from Apple.
I can’t believe that nobody has commented on Bub’s arms in the first panel. 1st panel: zombie arms. Panels 2 & 3: normal arms.
I was a tech writer, so I always read the manuals.
First cell was Nokia, with a tiny pull up antenna, smaller than the palm of my hand. The manual was a bit bigger ans 3 or 4 x as thick. ensuing phones came with 4 pages, 2 in English and 2 in Spanish.