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iJerk [Sep. 20th, 2007|12:00 pm]
Roy Janik

There are only two things I don't like about my new iPhone:

1) It only has 8 gigs of storage
2) I feel and look like a jerk for owning an iPhone

Other than that, it's boss. I haven't had a proper ipod in a year and a half or something, since the last one was stolen, and this is leaps and bounds beyond that.

It only took me a day before I downloaded the software that would let me hack into the phone and install new apps, so now I have (among other things) a Nintendo emulator (fun, but not very useable in practice), an AIM chat client, this game called Lights Off!, and some other stuff.

Video-wise, I downloaded all the Backpack Picnic sketches, an episode of Star Trek, an episode of The State, and some episodes of The Daily Show. It all looks great.

I've also got it loaded with my audiobook of the week, Lamb, and a number of Improv podcasts that I haven't convinced myself to listen to yet.

Why am I telling you this?


Something else I've been thinking about is the increasing need/option/way of life of being constantly entertained. You see this in so many ways: TVs on and blaring in a large number of the restaurants/bars you go to... internet everywhere, and yes, the little demon of a device called the iPhone. Kareem told me about seeing a couple at a restaurant, each with an iPhone, surfing the web or something, rather than talking. And a report just came out saying (duh) that people are trading socializing for web-surfing.

So that's a real danger. But it's useful, too. The built-in Google Maps will prove a handy tool on our forthcoming road trips. And the iPhone combines my phone and mp3 player into one device, so that's good, right?

For me, it's all coming to a head. I crave simplicity. I crave cleanliness, order, and a life dedicated to that which I love. This is another post altogether, though.

From: enderspawn
2007-09-20 05:19 pm (UTC)
The last thing I need is a device I can play on more than my blackberry and my old ipod. Dangerous. I already get into trouble during conversations for typing on it instead of, you know, paying attention to the other person...
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[User Picture]From: ripresa
2007-09-20 07:08 pm (UTC)
i love my iphone.

the nintendo emulator: useless because you can't play the games?
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2007-09-20 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the controls aren't really useable. Maybe for puzzle games.
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[User Picture]From: cailin23
2007-09-21 12:26 am (UTC)
i didn't know about the AIM client! link me, please.

if you haven't already i suggest you get some sort of case for it. though it messes with the awesome lightness it does keep the dents away. mine flew out of my hands after about 2 weeks and is now bent by the ringer on/off toggle.
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