Linked by David Adams on Fri 16th Jul 2010 17:59 UTC
Apple In a move that should surprise nobody, Apple has sort-of admitted to iPhone antenna problems in their press conference this morning, claiming it affects a small number of users, but they claim to be working hard to fix the problems that they have confirmed. They've offered free bumpers (that have until now been a $30 accessory) to all iPhone buyers, and are offering to waive any restocking fees for anyone who wants to return their iPhone 4. Whether or not there's going to be a hardware fix for future iPhones, Steve Jobs says he doesn't know yet whether that will happen.
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sat 17th Jul 2010 05:26 UTC
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I must be about the only person here who doesn't have one of these smart phones; I have a basic Telecom R6 and it does all that I need, and better still I can hold which ever way I want in any location around Wellington without the signal dropping out - and tether it to my laptop without having to pay a 'special fee' to the carrier:

$149 for the lot and a great phone at that; and for my music player I have an iPod Classic (160GB). Am I going mad being the only person on this forum who seems to have no interest in smart phones? what am I missing out on that everyone seems to be enjoying. It as though there is secret that everyone else is in on except me?

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by shotsman on Sat 17th Jul 2010 07:12 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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No you are not alone.
I still have a plain Nokia 6310 that I use whenever I go into Government places and the increasing number of commercial places that won't allow phones with a Camera.

It stays in my car on charge and ready for use. I bought it years ago in the Riyadh Souk for some tiny amount.
And for texting, wonderful. Just the right size for two fingered operation.
If it weren't for email connectivity then I'd use it more.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Stratoukos on Sat 17th Jul 2010 07:57 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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Well everyone is entitled to their choices and if a feature phone suits you well you obviously have no problem. But as with everything, you can't know what you're missing if you don't have first hand experience.

For example, with my smart phone I have an internet connection, a browser, e-mail, IM, an office suite, I can ssh anywhere, GPS, the wolfram app, plenty of games etc. Plus all the usual phone stuff (phone, sms, mms). If you don't need any of these or if you're carrying a net/notebook all the time, chances are you don't need a smart phone. But asking what everyone seems to be enjoying is a bit silly. Smart phones have a lot more useful stuff than feature phones.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by PLan on Sat 17th Jul 2010 21:16 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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I must be about the only person here who doesn't have one of these smart phones ...

I didn't have one until recently, but eventually ended up with an HTC Desire. The advantage over a basic phone is that it's just easier to use(touchscreen interface) as well as being feature packed.

I don't understand how people can witter on for hours about smartphones but they are definitely a big step up from their low end counterparts.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by marcus0263 on Sun 18th Jul 2010 01:06 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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I must be about the only person here who doesn't have one of these smart phones;

No you're not, too many people just get sucked into the hype and and believe that "They must have one".

What do I have?

1. A PHONE, I don't text either.
2. Web surfing while mobile? I have a Netbook
3. MP3 player, I have a Cowon iAudio
4. A Reader, I have a Kindle

I'm not going to waste my money on something that tries to do everything 1/2 assed. Seriously surfing the web or watching a movie on a 3 inch screen? Give me a freaking break .....
If someone needs to get in touch with me, leave a freaking Voice Mail.
My Cowon will blow the iPhone away (not to mention the iPod also) in quality muisc and it's just a little bit larger than a pack of gum with 32 Gig of space.

Now don't get me started on the Maxipad ......

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by qroon on Sun 18th Jul 2010 05:21 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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I have a $25 dollar phone (Nokia 1200). Battery life is I dunno, a week or so. And I barely use SMS (mostly calls). Games? I love snakes! LOL!

If I really need to kill some time, I take one of the paperbacks at my car (when wife and daughter is at the mall).

When I'm not at work or at not at home, I barely touch a computer. So there, I don't need an all-in-one device. And oh, I have this old Creative Muvo audio player (that I barely bring).

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