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post #256 of 339
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Originally Posted by SGladwell View Post
Maybe it's my inferior Anglo-African blood showing through, but I just don't see how an expensive (and inevitably fragile) small bauble is superior to standard commuter fare such as The Economist or the New Yorker. Then at least the grease from the person's head in front of you will be on cheap paper instead of a bauble and/or one's hand.

Many times there's not enough room to read a newspaper.
post #257 of 339
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Originally Posted by SGladwell View Post
Maybe it's my inferior Anglo-African blood showing through, but I just don't see how an expensive (and inevitably fragile) small bauble is superior to standard commuter fare such as The Economist or the New Yorker. Then at least the grease from the person's head in front of you will be on cheap paper instead of a bauble and/or one's hand.

The reality of a crowded commuter train in Japan is really barely imaginable to anyone who has not ridden one at least a few times. A lot of the time, opening up a magazine or newspaper is completely impossible, whereas gazing at a cell phone screen is still relatively easy.

Then there's just the fact of cultural preference. The Japanese love their cell phones and use them a lot. They walk down the street and even ride bikes while staring into their cell phone screens. Many people own more than one and operate both at once.
post #258 of 339
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim View Post
Many times there's not enough room to read a newspaper.

I find it hard to picture a situation where one can hold a video screen far enough away to focus upon it with both eyes where a magazine such as the Economist or New Yorker (or, heaven forbid, a book) would be unusable. Maybe such a situation exists, I'm just having a hard time imagining it.
post #259 of 339
I imagine everyone standing shoulder to shoulder packed in like sardines holding their phones around waist level and staring down.
post #260 of 339
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Originally Posted by capnpyro View Post
I imagine everyone standing shoulder to shoulder packed in like sardines holding their phones around waist level and staring down.

At waist level, you are being pressed against by at least half a dozen other people -- waist level basically does not exist. The only room for anything is above eye level unless you are one of the few sitting down. Even then, you are squeezed in between people.
post #261 of 339
The iphone is a silly status symbol.
post #262 of 339
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red View Post
At waist level, you are being pressed against by at least half a dozen other people -- waist level basically does not exist. The only room for anything is above eye level unless you are one of the few sitting down. Even then, you are squeezed in between people.
Okay that's just ridiculous, seeing it in action is quite funny though- http://www.flickr.com/photos/scott-5...n/set-1713171/ Followed by the people pushers http://www.flickr.com/photos/scott-5...n/set-1713171/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOIV22mpgBQ
post #263 of 339
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Originally Posted by robbie View Post
The iphone is a silly status symbol.

Yea its def turning into that for sure. I know poeple who hate mac and want this thing. I like mac. I like it because of the interface and therefore I like the iphones interface in comparison to other pda phones. However, I would never buy a pda phone. I dont really like cell phones too much and pdas get boring after the first month. I used it at the apple store today. Its pretty cool but I woulnt buy one because I cant use AIM or MSN messenger on it. And because the ATT service is really slow and it would cost me 2 grand to switch over and thats ridiculous when I can spend that money elsewhere
post #264 of 339
To me the perfect idea of an all in one device is one that is basically a shell with various modules that can be added and upgraded without having to change devices. When you need to upgrade or add a new component you open the case and switch out modules and reboot. To me it's silly buying a super expensive device that does a whole bunch of things, albeit none good as separate counterparts.
post #265 of 339
I had dinner with a friend of mine who bought an iPhone today, and played with it a little bit. All I can say is...it's fucking brilliant. I have a feeling that when my current contract runs out, we'll be getting a pair of them.
post #266 of 339
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Originally Posted by ghulkhan View Post
Its pretty cool but I woulnt buy one because I cant use AIM or MSN messenger on it.
Use meebo.com on it... problem solved.
post #267 of 339
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Originally Posted by vaclava krishna View Post
Today on the N train , I lost my, iphone.
The N train wasn't running this past weekend because of construction. You, might want, to take a little, more care when, making up inane, stories.
post #268 of 339
Since the current trend is to cut everything open, here you go:



post #269 of 339
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red View Post
At waist level, you are being pressed against by at least half a dozen other people -- waist level basically does not exist. The only room for anything is above eye level unless you are one of the few sitting down. Even then, you are squeezed in between people.

which reminds me why I would rather not live in japan.....
post #270 of 339
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post
which reminds me why I would rather not live in japan.....

Just so you know... I usually get about 5 inches of extra space, because I terrify the Japanese.
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