Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1663 times:
I never understood the media -hype around this phone anyhow..
It's an expensive way to have some features that normal people never use anyhow - why on earth would a normal person pay to watch a ridiculous music-video on a telephone display ?
I can see the usefulness of a phone with a camera-but that's it.Puting too much functionality in small devices over-complicates them and constitutes always a bad compromise.
I agree with you 100%. My cell phone is some crappy Alltell free one, and I've had it for four years. It has cuts in it, I've thrown over 10 feet at least twenty times, I've dropped subwoofers and chairs on it, and it still works just as well as the day I got it! The rest of my family has Chocolates and such, and they're always having problems with the things breaking, batteries dying, docks randomly going dead...
I guess if I wanted to text people (I actually LOATHE text messages.), my phone would suck...but I just want to (be able) to call people, and my phone does that well. Even better, the phone was free! Hmmm....$299 goes a long way if you're smart.
I can see the use of Blackberries phones of that sort, but I just don't understand them being used as entertainment centers...
Guess I'm a different breed.
Ans, lastly, I don't begrudge anyone about the use of the handy however they please...I just don't understand it.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21592 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1582 times:
Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 1): I can see the usefulness of a phone with a camera-but that's it.Puting too much functionality in small devices over-complicates them and constitutes always a bad compromise.
That's indeed the general experience with mobile phones so far - and the reason why most people react like you do.
The reason why many people are so impressed with the iPhone is that it obliterates exactly that expectation. When it's no longer complicated to use the various functionalities, it really begins to make sense putting them all together.
NWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
Quoting Klaus (Reply 4): The reason why many people are so impressed with the iPhone is that it obliterates exactly that expectation. When it's no longer complicated to use the various functionalities, it really begins to make sense putting them all together.
Hence the continued tradition of Apple products - making things easy for stupid people!
Captoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1473 times:
It seems the more crap we cram into cell phones the less able the phones are to serve their primary function- Make a flippin phone call.
I can count on 1 hand the number of times I have used my cell phone camera. I maybe signed into IM on it once just for the hell of it. I do text like a fiend but that relates to making a phone call. I carry a PDA because I like my PDA. Cell phone sales people don't know how to deal with it when you tell them you just want a phone that makes a phone call.
Apparently the Iphone is following the trend.. Really cool features not related to making a call, and sucks at making a call.
NeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1422 times:
Quoting Halcyon (Reply 2): I can see the use of Blackberries phones of that sort, but I just don't understand them being used as entertainment centers...
I'm with you. I think once you are over about 15 your phone should be used as just that, a phone. I'll admit to having a BlackBerry, but it's not the newest one with the camera and whatnot, I use it for the tons of e-mails that I send everyday, as well as, obviously, a phone. If people like them that's fine. I just can't imagine them ever being used in large businesses, and I know it certainly isn't for me.
Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 8): How far do you have to hold the phone from your head?
About two inches.
Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 8): I dont really see why people want to be able to surf the internet on their phone, and go on IM and other things...
It's not that people want to be able to surf the internet on their phone....it's that they want to be able to surf the internet at all. When I'm at an airport with pay-to-connect wireless, or someplace without wireless at all, it's really nice to be able to kill some time (or get information) on the web. And it's not always convenient to fire up the laptop.
Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 8): maybe its just the whole apple fashion thing. To be cool you must have Apple things...
I'm absolutely convinced that this impression is at least twice as common in the heads of non-Apple users as it is in reality.
All too often, the minute an iPhone owner takes the phone out of his/her pocket to simply use it, he/she is labeled (by non-Apple owners) as somehow 'flaunting' the ownership of the phone.....when in reality, the iPhone user couldn't care less about the opinions of others, and is simply accessing information.
I won't argue that there's the occasional Apple showoff who makes an ass of him/herself, but overall, that's the rare exception...not the rule. And for what it's worth, the other 99% of us Apple owners really don't appreciate being labeled as such.