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Mobiles as fashion item (?)

post #1 of 9
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Today as part of a free open-air concert festival (Vienna's annual Donauinselfest) I had a chance to look at Nokia's new "fashion" mobile, the Vertu. The version I saw was about 6000 euros (....), in stainless steel with ceramic front and back case. Here's a pic. http://www.threegmobile.net/gallery/...sSteel_640.jpg (any way to get that to show up in the message?) Frankly, a lot of it looks to me to be inspired by the phone I've been carrying since October, the S40 model by Siemens. And the screen, while unscratchable, has the blue-on-black colouration of the monitor of my first computer, an IBM PC jr. It's considerably longer than my S40. It's a bit heavier, too, but I'm willing to spot it that, given that it's made out of much better, non-petrochemical materials. (I do appreciate the design of the Siemens -- see below, taking note of the faux matt aluminium finish, schweet metal mesh grille covering the speaker, and cool blue backlight -- but ultimately bought it because it was the cheapest "worldphone" -- i.e. GSM 900/1800/1900 -- with an IR port and programs written to allow it to work with my Palm that I could find at the time.) http://www.handy-discount.de/s40.jpg So, what do you think? Is this gonna work in the world outside of "IT-girls" and oil sheiks? Would you spend six grand on a phone, assuming that it would be perfectly reliable, upgradable forever, and sound great? Would I spend six grand on the Ventu? Nope. I'm perfectly willing to spend money for superior design (my home phone is a Bang & Olufsen), but mobiles strike me as disposable. No one's going to pass a Vertu on to her/her kids, as one might a Patek or JLC Reverso. Peace, JG
post #2 of 9
I think the S40 looks better. Vertu has a really bad ad campaign running right now. They're probably spending more on advertising than R&D. Save the money and buy a nice Pocket PC so you can surf the net anywhere your mobile phone works.
post #3 of 9
I love the convenience of my cellphone, but frankly, I hate having to carry around the extra bulk. On the days I don't feel like carrying around my messenger bag (and I still haven't reconciled myself to smaller "man-purses") I carry the damn thing in my pocket, along with my keys, because having a bulge in the pocket beats having it on a clip on my belt, or worse yet, carrying it in a holster (those guys remind me of Trekkies in full form at the convention). So I guess I'm saying that I don't really think of the thing as a fashion item, and definitely not as a durable heirloom. I've dropped mine so many times I'm pretty glad it still works. I guess that if you feel the need to impress on someone that you are a stunning example of fashion victimhood though...
post #4 of 9
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Save the money and buy a nice Pocket PC so you can surf the net anywhere your mobile phone works.
You can do that with a Palm, too. My mobile internet use has been pretty limited, though. Basically, I'll use it to check train schedules, or to check my e-mail aboard planes. (One minor lesson that 9-11 should have taught people is that mobiles are NOT dangerous to use on planes.) My PDA (Palm Vx) is monochrome, but nothing I've done with it would be easier in colour, and I like the extra battery life that monochrome provides. (Also, that fold-out keyboard is absolutely brilliant.) Besides, I haven't seen a PPC that looks as elegant as a Palm V- or m500- series. And neither Hermes nor Coach make cases designed just for a PPC.   Peace, JG PS: I always carry my phone in my pocket, just because often I don't want to disturb those around me, so I leave the ringer off and just use the "trembler", as Siemens calls the vibration-ring. Phone and keys stay in my hip pockets, everything else goes to the map-case.
post #5 of 9
With Pocket PCs you use Internet Explorer to surf the net and MS Word to type documents. They can almost replace laptops. Sony makes a very nice PalmOS PDA though.
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With Pocket PCs you use Internet Explorer to surf the net and MS Word to type documents. They can almost replace laptops. Sony makes a very nice PalmOS PDA though.
No real interest in starting a PalmOS/PPC thing, but a few comments about mobile use in general. I don't really see much utility in things like mobile internet, be it PDA or mobile based. I think the technology is moving ahead of what's useful. In Vienna, I'll use the WAP capabilities of my Palm+phone to see when the last train leaves, or when the Nightbuses are supposed to come. When I want to send someone a quick message, I'll dash off an SMS. It's faster and cheaper than using the 'net. In America, I have no idea why I'd use it at all, because one drives everywhere. I don't day trade or otherwise gamble, so I've no need for up-to-the-second stock quotes or sports scores. Even the other internet things, like reading the NY Times via AvantGo, I d/l at home and take with me. In the US, I'd be driving instead of riding, so unless I had a doctor's appointment or something, that's not really super useful. I don't see myself needing anything more than my basic monochrome (sleek metal case) Palm Vx anytime in the near future. Besides, to pull this thing back to fashion, a girl might be impressed by Gucci loafers, say, but pull out a bunch of electronic toys, and she's apt to think one's a geek... Peace, JG
post #7 of 9
The trekkie comments is giving me a strong image of the newer Star Trek communicator, the one that looks like a brooch that is activated with a tap, and the user talking into thin air A brooch or pin type phone might be cool though. Definitely a fashion statement.
post #8 of 9
My comment to you all about the Vertu is how long do you think it'll be before there are pseudo-Vertus floating around? Guys with brief cases running up and down Times Square, and Canal St. flooded with faux Vertu faceplates for your normal Nokia? I think this phone will be quickly co-opted and copied by the nock-off manufacturers, and thus devalued for its elitist apperance.
post #9 of 9
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My comment to you all about the Vertu is how long do you think it'll be before there are pseudo-Vertus floating around?
I've already seen the faux-Vertu faceplates. They strike me as a much better deal than the Vertu itself, but I'm happier with neither.
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