Monday, June 04, 2007

Um... whoop-de-doo?


The new iPhone is out and it's pretty, the touch screen is nifty, and iTunes is convenient, but it's far from revolutionary. They've had phones that can do all that and more for at least five years in Japan and other parts of Asia, and they cost well under 100 bucks now.

From an Asian perspective, it's pretty much a run-of-the-mill phone but five times as expensive. What's to get excited about? It makes me kinda sad that we're stuck with such crappy phones here in the States that people are stoked about something this routine.

3 comments:

  1. I'm with Cingular and checked --- supposedly the iPhone doesn't come out until June 29th....
    I want more info on it but I'm not going to buy one. I just like the tech of the thing. There are several proposed features in the phone that My friends from Tokyo and Hong Kong have never seen yet.
    I also work for a Japanese firm who have offices in those places and my boss/owner says it's still new tech.
    Could you help me out with a few links to similar tech already in Asia?

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  2. Mayren,
    The touch screen is new and cool, of course, but pretty much every phone in Japan already has internet, music, and texting, plus a video/still camera, and if you go over $100, plus TV, plus debit card type functions, plus a bunch of other stuff. I just don't see what the big deal is.

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  3. Let's just say that when I went to Thailand last August, Razr was all the craze and the Chocolate phone just came out in the US.

    The spare phone someone handed to me to use while I was in Bangkok, a Razr. And dad was struggling with the "really old" phone that he likes because the numbers were big, a Chocolate.

    And there I was, thought I was cool with my little MP3 player. No one seems to have one. Because everyone else was playing their MP3s out of their phones.

    Whoops.

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