Late Evening Reading

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Just because Maarten's copy of C&C 3 isnt there yet I'm going to play mine tonight and giggle. I enjoy his misery you know?

- Your Razr is soooo 2005
- Chrysler doing satellite TV
- Giving up social networks for lent
- Double sunsets are rad
- Think you can read the whole thing?
- Upscale tap water

Lastly, that GTA4 trailer really wasnt much of a trailer was it? I guess we can count on the environment being kinda pretty but thats about it.

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    March 29, 2007 7:47 PM

    "Now some industry watchers are saying that the iconic flip phone, which reinvigorated Motorola and pushed cell phone design to a new level, has "run its course" as a style leader."

    I always thought of the razr as a piece of shit that has been repackaged over and over since it was originally announced. Mostly because its motorola, but also because the camera has never been very good, and neither has the software.

    I see them all over the place and they are usually the default free phone with sign up now, but sheesh, I never really though of them as a style leader for phones.

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      March 29, 2007 7:49 PM

      I really like that sony ericson from a few years ago. It was a perfect example of how sensible phones should look.

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        March 29, 2007 7:52 PM

        T616 4 life!

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          March 29, 2007 7:58 PM

          Not the 61x range, though they're not bad either. I meant the K750, purely in terms of looks and the controls, I really liked that specific shape of the buttons, and I think it still looks good, though I guess it's all about the 810 now.

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        March 29, 2007 7:52 PM

        Slowest UI and worst menus ever. Ugh, I had Sony Ericsson phones for three years and they were all just garbage. Nokia and Motorola are leaps better.

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          March 29, 2007 8:03 PM

          I rent from Nokia to Sony man....

          Sony was so much better bro, butI think it just has to do with timing.

          Timing aside, Sony has a major edge now though man.

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      March 29, 2007 7:50 PM

      I've always hated motorola's ui with a passion.

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      March 29, 2007 7:51 PM

      when taht razr phone came out, it was like 400 bucks, and it was like an elite phone... lol.. and now its the throwaway phone.

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      March 29, 2007 7:53 PM

      I have the Samsung copycat: http://images1.filecloud.com/152218/Samsung-MM-A900-ss.jpg

      and I think he's pretty, but every Samsung I've had has had a slightly funky ui. I deal with it because it's so pretty though :(

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        March 29, 2007 8:25 PM

        I had the a900 before my Treo 700wx; loved that phone

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          March 29, 2007 8:28 PM

          i am ridiculously monogamous to my cell phones, so I'll use him until he's a dinosaur that'll barely function :x

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        March 29, 2007 8:26 PM

        I considered that one but got a Katana instead

        http://www.analytica1st.com/analytica1st/img/sanyo_katana.gif

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          March 29, 2007 8:30 PM

          They're both very similar, except the A900 has a more metalic feel on the body, and a better camera. I believe the Katana has better bluetooth stack. I ended up with the A900 because it just felt more "sturdy" to me.

          Sanyo and Samsung are two of my favorite cell phone companies (and sony ericsson)

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        March 29, 2007 8:31 PM

        I really like the UI on my T809.

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      March 29, 2007 7:55 PM

      I really hate the keypad for the Razr and its cousins.

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      March 29, 2007 7:56 PM

      i always used to hate it because it was so ubiquitous, but then i actually used one and i liked it a lot.

      i bought a V3C and it's signifigantly better than any of the Samsung phone's i've owned.

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      March 29, 2007 7:57 PM

      i still have and use an old school silver nokia. non-flip. it's indestructible, get's perfect reception everywhere, and is relatively tiny. I don't understand why people buy $300+ cell phones

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      March 29, 2007 7:58 PM

      I fucking hate flip phones with a passion.

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      March 29, 2007 8:01 PM

      The Razr is actually a very nice phone. It's ridiculous how "standard" it's become now though. Little kids, Grandmas. So I had to buy a BlackBerry Pearl.. now, no less than 3 months later, I'm already seeing ghetto hoodrats with my phone. Get off my shit people. As Hunter S. Thompson would say, "F*ck the Poor!"

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        March 29, 2007 8:06 PM

        I wouldn't think that trying to stand out by purchasing something expensive and claiming it as your "shit" is very difficult to do =\

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        March 29, 2007 8:25 PM

        There's nothing good about a motorola phone in my book. There's just always better options for the same price, if not cheaper

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      March 29, 2007 8:01 PM

      i love the razr cause I can have it in my pocket and it doesnt look like I've carrying a bottle of flintstone vitamins around with me

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      March 29, 2007 8:06 PM

      i love my razr, i think im gonna get another one when i get a new phone.

      its all i want and need in a cell phone. perfect imo

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        March 29, 2007 8:22 PM

        I'm using Verizon and I just hate the god damn slow as UI for the V3c. it is seriously slow sometimes.Also the battery seems to run out too quick now. I want a barebones phone with awesome reception, at least a week of battery time, nice buttons, and slim. Anything like that out there?

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          March 29, 2007 8:26 PM

          The big problem is verizon pushes their custom UI on all these phones; although with how shitty the Motorola software is, in that case it's a step up

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          March 29, 2007 8:29 PM

          Are you running the latest firmware update? (From mid-2006 I think.) It really sped things up a lot on the V3c. Also, if you have a ton of text messages or pictures saved it can slow the whole system down. Mine has always been really snappy until lately when I realized I have over 1000 messages saved and everything lags hah. I really shouold clear some out.

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            March 29, 2007 8:30 PM

            I forget how to get the updates. Can't you just dial a number?

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              March 29, 2007 8:31 PM

              You have to go into a Verizon store and have them do it. Takes about 10 minutes.

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        March 29, 2007 8:37 PM

        And then you use a Blackberry Pearl.

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      March 29, 2007 8:07 PM

      my samsung E635 is way cooler than a stupid razr

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      March 29, 2007 8:24 PM

      i just picked up a samsung m610. it's a pretty simple flip phone, but i like it so far. much better than my old LG slide phone.

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      March 29, 2007 8:24 PM

      Personally, I love flip phones - i've had one ever since my first cell phone back in 2000.

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      March 29, 2007 8:27 PM

      i have a cheapo motorola and i have pretty much hated it for the last year or so, its just sort of junky and is sort of falling apart without any undue abuse. I think I'll probably switch to verizon and get one of those lg chocolate phones as they have the features I'm looking for. US Cellular's selection of phones really seems lackluster to me.

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        March 29, 2007 8:27 PM

        My room mate has one and it has like touch sensitive buttons and although I have not looked, you cannot turn it off. I'm sure he is just a fuckin tech idiot though.

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      March 29, 2007 8:34 PM

      Are there any phones out there with good software?

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      March 29, 2007 8:36 PM

      I have the motorola L6. I was tempted to get a razr, just because I had an erickson for awile that was not a flip phone. I like my L6 and the camera is cool, but it's not like I'd replace a digital camera with it. It's camera is comparable to my boyfriend's sprint equivalent too a razr and he seems to like it more than the real razr

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      March 29, 2007 8:37 PM

      I've had a Razr for 2 years now and like it pretty well.

      Good points: Size and weight - I can drop it in my pocket and you won't know it's there. Style - it's pretty snazzy looking I think.

      Bad points: Somewhat laggy UI. No backlit display, it sucks in sunlight.

      All in all it met my needs very well. It's about time for a new phone, but I've no idea what I'll get this time.

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      March 29, 2007 8:39 PM

      I really don't give a shit about Cellphone style to be honest. I see everyone with all these bells and whistles and I ... just want a phone. No camera. No Mp3 player. I just want something that works and won't cost me a fortune. I had Motorola i90c for the longest time till last year when I updated to the i730.

      http://www.amazon.com/Sync-Charge-Cable-Motorola-Bastens/dp/B000JQB144/ref=sr_1_16/102-6246461-2158533?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1175225751&sr=8-16

      ^^ This one ^^

      I'm so far behind in "style", but I don't care. I want something that doesn't feel like it's going to break if I hold it wrong, I want something with some weight behind it (my Dad has this really fake plastic-feeling Motorola that he got from Verizon.. it's seriously a POS), and for it to be flip so I don't accidentally call people while it's in my pocket. That's it. I don't ask for much.

      :(

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      March 29, 2007 8:42 PM

      Are candybar-style phones back in yet? I'm still rocking mine that I've had since 2003.

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        March 29, 2007 8:43 PM

        The LG Chocolate is pretty slick. The buttons take a little getting used to, though.

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          March 29, 2007 8:44 PM

          but it's black. i don't get the name.

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            March 29, 2007 8:45 PM

            dark chocolate is basically black :D

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              March 29, 2007 8:46 PM

              no it isn't. plus i'm close enough and my skin is brown.

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            March 29, 2007 8:56 PM

            there are several different colors! If I go with that phone I will be getting the white one. Because obviously, I am a gigantic racist.

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              March 29, 2007 8:59 PM

              Wanna go burn a cross in front of justsayno's house?

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                March 29, 2007 9:02 PM

                omg NOT funny

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                  March 29, 2007 9:03 PM

                  Aww but I <3 you :(

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                    March 29, 2007 9:03 PM

                    just happened to my mom in real life :(

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                      March 29, 2007 9:06 PM

                      Wow. I'm a douchebag. :(

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                      March 29, 2007 9:07 PM

                      this shit still goes on? what the hell. i mean i'm not overly surprised but burning crosses is like the all your base of racism.

                      sucks that it happened to your mom regardless :(

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                        March 29, 2007 9:11 PM

                        it happened when she was growing up in LA, but yeah, it still happens in quite a few places in the south, and maybe some crazy rural places elsewhere.

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                          March 29, 2007 9:18 PM

                          ignorance is a powerful weapon unfortunately

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                          March 29, 2007 9:22 PM

                          There are still some hardcore white supremacist groups in Socal, even though times have changed quite a bit.

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                            March 29, 2007 9:24 PM

                            the LA i'm talking about is Louisiana, but there were some extreme skinheads in Santa Cruz where I went to school, so I don't doubt there are some in socal where it's more diverse.

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                March 29, 2007 9:12 PM

                wow way to step in it, dude

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                  March 29, 2007 9:17 PM

                  Well, it's not the first time.

                  Am I banned yet?

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                    March 29, 2007 9:18 PM

                    ...hmm. Strange. I figured this was a good deal worse than my previous offenses.

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                March 29, 2007 9:15 PM

                hahahah what an awesome moment for *recordscratch.wav*

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          March 29, 2007 9:08 PM

          The chocolate has gotten some pretty shitty reviews, it looks semi pretty but really doesn't have any special features.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/24/technology/24POGUE-EMAIL.html?ei=5070&en=ea82837a95b66023&ex=1175400000&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1175227637-es6OYWZf5ZOydiQcLa6mDA

          Sure enough, these buttons are a nightmare. They’re balky, nonresponsive, slow to react and all-around infuriating (and yes, I tried all four sensitivity settings). The three people who tried my review unit had amazingly similar reactions, even after I told them to stop running their thumbs around the dial as though it were an iPod. One said he felt like throwing the phone “through the window,” another “into the trash,” and another “across the room.”
          For the cost I'd go with another phone.

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            March 29, 2007 9:13 PM

            hmm, that sucks. basically i want a phone that:

            - has an mp3 player
            - can connect relatively painlessly to my computer to transfer said mp3s
            - is not motorola

            i don't care about internet access or the camera or anything. I just want a non-fugly mp3 player + phone that doesn't suck.

            the sony ericsson i810 sounds like the phone for me but afaik is not compatible with the decent service providers around here (us cellular and to a lesser extent verizon are good coverage wise, everything else is pretty sketchy). I'm pretty retarded when i comes to just about anything regarding cell phones though.

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              March 29, 2007 9:18 PM

              do you have a regular portable mp3 player? I was tempted to get the slvr because it had itunes, but then i got a nano, so the mp3 feature didn't matter anymore.

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                March 29, 2007 9:22 PM

                i don't, that's why i'd like to consolidate and have both in one device. another reason being that just knowing myself, if i did get an ipod or something I would never use it, it would just collect dust. but if my phone can do the same thing, well I always have my phone on me.. i'd be much more likely to actually use the mp3 player feature in that case.

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                  March 29, 2007 9:26 PM

                  well it depends on your service provider, but they should have a non-motorola equivalent. You should ask.

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                  March 29, 2007 9:27 PM

                  I have a Samsung a950 with a 1gb Transflash card, and it does everything I need it to do as far as MP3 playing goes. I do have to arrange my songs in to playlists to get any kind of order (I'm used to just selecting the artist and album, and having all of it play at once), but otherwise it's fine. I use it at the gym.

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      March 29, 2007 8:52 PM

      I find phones these days are all about the software. Fortunately Verizon puts their crappy interface on every fucking phone. /gun

      Also, can I have a phone that makes calls, has a speakerphone, good reception and isn't really quirky, shittily made, or crapass battery life? Please?

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        March 29, 2007 8:57 PM

        lol I think a few us said almost the same thing in this thread. god damn cell phone makers/carriers suck!

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      March 29, 2007 8:53 PM

      I'm a huge nerd so my phone has to have a lot of memory, windows, touch screen, and wifi. Non-smart phones are what the plebs use

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        March 29, 2007 8:57 PM

        Find me a smartphone that will fit in my pocket, is good at making calls, long battery life and I won't look like a huge nerd when I use it and we've got a deal.

        Honestly I think the only answer is the iPhone and it's too expensive for my cheapass :(

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          March 29, 2007 8:57 PM

          Tmobile MDA fits in my pocket, I've never had an issue calling someone, lasts me through a day plus, and next to my face looks like any other phone.

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      March 29, 2007 8:54 PM

      candybar 4 life yo

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      March 29, 2007 9:11 PM

      I like my Razr because pretty much the only things I care about are that it works reasonably well as a phone, and that it fits comfortably in my pocket. I've had a desire to use the camera all of twice.

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      March 29, 2007 9:13 PM

      please no, i hate non flip phones, i like to stick a phone in my pocekt and not worry about buttons/screen, they better keep making them! i dont know how anyone would carry an iphone except in some fancy holster and ive had holsters that get stuck/fall off so i wouldnt trust a $600 in a cheap holster