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Over a thousand people waited in line Saturday for the grand opening of Beijing's Xidan Joy City store and the launch of the iPhone 4 in China.

Michael Kan of Computerworld covered the launch of the smartphone. With "more than 1,000 people lined up outside" the brand new Beijing store, Saturday's iPhone 4 launch saw significantly better turnout than last week's rained-out iPad launch.

Several Apple fans camped out for the release, with the coveted first place in line going to Yu Zhong Hui, who lined up after 5 a.m. Thursday. "When you want something, you have to pay a price. The price I paid is that everyone has had to see me wait out here," Yu said, according to the report.

Last week, China Unicom announced that over 50,000 users preordered the device on the first day that preorders were offered, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The announcement alleviated analyst's fears that China's lucrative gray market, which bypasses official channels to bring devices in from overseas, had cooled consumer interest for the phone.

After last year's launch of the iPhone in China, China Unicom saw an underwhelming 5,000 new subscribers in the iPhone's first week of availability. The muted sales may have come as a result of regulatory complications that prevented the official China iPhone from launching with Wi-Fi.
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With more than 1,000 people lined up outside

*cough*
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Very impressive.

But how about getting the white phone out, Apple. Or at least, provide us an update, so that those that are still waiting (like my wife has been) can make a decision.\
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According to the trolls no one in China will buy one. We'll see soon enough.
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According to the trolls no one in China will buy one. We'll see soon enough.

And just wait until they(the Chinese) get the CDMA iphone in Jan '11.
Wait... D'oh!
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According to the trolls no one in China will buy one. We'll see soon enough.

Which is funny after even the original iPhone seemed to huge market for Apple right out of the gate. Possibly the 2nd larger user base after the US within the first few months of sales.

On the other hand, with 1.3 BILLION people having 1000 people in queue is pretty small.
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Did anybody tell them that they are getting a crippled phone? Why in the world are they lining up like that? For what? For an obviously inferior phone. Why are tech sites even the anti apple ones rank them as the highest rated phone? Somebody from PCWorld, PCMag, ComputerWorld, eWeek should just rank all the smartphones (android, bb, iphone) and put the iphone at the bottom of the heap where it belongs. Why? It doesn't have the features I want.

For example:

It has an overly simplified GUI that is based on principles of hiding engineering complexity. I don't want that. I don't want a simple GUI. I want a complicated UI phone that is different from vendors to vendors that allows full customization that will make it even more complicated. That way, when there is a new phone I will have to re-learn it again and again and my customization will never end. That is sooo exciting just thinking about that.
Besides, I want flash on my phone so I can play the thousands of games (not to mention those lovely ads) that is not optimized to finger gestures and as long as I can move it with an imaginary mouse pointer,I am good. I don't care if the battery juices run out. I have 3 replaceable batteries in my bag for that. In which I might add, idiotic iphone couldn't do. Who cares if iphone battery lasts longer? It can't tether all my multiple android phones (3) in which I need to get all the capabilities I want in one phone (but I can't so I bought all three of them) and all advantages that each network provides and none of the limitations.
Such iphone fanatics are plain dumb, stupid, and not technical savvy enough for a smartphone. iphone should be called a dumbphone. They don't know that the reason of the occasional hiccups on android GUIs are caused by the garbage collection mechanism inherent with Java. But wait I can't say that because Oracle might read this and they might sue android because we can't really say we rip off that from java. I should say GC which is really too technical for appletards to understand is an architectural design decision that is the centerpiece of our very elegant java-like uhhmm, "clone", well, "derived" framework. But it is open and can be used by hundreds and hundreds of handsets and maybe tablets each one competing for it's own interests and introduce its own unique drivers that Google had to manage and to include but couldn't possibly optimized all of them. This is what I want. You can't tell me otherwise coz any mention of apple makes my blood boils for no apparent reason except Apple is making almost 40% of the profit and they only have 5% phone market share. I mean this is insane!. That is why I why I would petition the CEO of Verizon. Please don't add the iphone. Let it stay to a crippled network like ATT. We all know, Apple will only look out for its own interests disguised as "maintaining a polished and consistent user experience". I would rather, sir, have my android phone bloated with unnecessary software from Verizon and the occasional malware that I get from the app market and the growing trojans and viruses that for the life of me I don't understand why they target the android platform but not the ios. I did not say freedom is cheap. I have to pay for those but I don't mind. Because I love freedom. It is as american as pizza and spaghetti. So please PCW, ComputerWorld, and eweek. Please rank the iphone the lowest and make us all technology pundits happy. Just to balance it out with all stupid AI readers.
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Did anybody tell them that they are getting a crippled phone? Why in the world are they lining up like that? For what? For an obviously inferior phone. Why are tech sites even the anti apple ones rank them as the highest rated phone? Somebody from PCWorld, PCMag, ComputerWorld, eWeek should just rank all the smartphones (android, bb, iphone) and put the iphone at the bottom of the heap where it belongs. Why? It doesn't have the features I want.

For example:
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LOL Welcome to the forum. Paragraphs would make your post more readable and your sarcasm less likely to get lost in your comments.


Your post reminded me of this clip from The Big Bang Theory.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8r3tHUK6v4
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"Yeah, but billions would have been in line if it were not for the design flaw". - Ireland


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LOL Welcome to the forum. Paragraphs would make your post more readable and your sarcasm less likely to get lost in your comments.


Your post reminded me of this clip from The Big Bang Theory.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8r3tHUK6v4

And the op needed to add a 'bazinga' at the end!
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Which is funny after even the original iPhone seemed to huge market for Apple right out of the gate. Possibly the 2nd larger user base after the US within the first few months of sales.

On the other hand, with 1.3 BILLION people having 1000 people in queue is pretty small.

Nah. That's all of 0,0000769% of the population.
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suggest you go back to bed and stop wasting forum space with moronic statements.

when you grow up you will realize that money talks and bs walks. it seems that the public has spoken and your treatise is just a personal fantasy.

btw, what name did you post on prior to this one or are you on everybody's ignore list?
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Did anybody tell them that they are getting a crippled phone? [ . . .]

Wow, Neanderthal's are not extinct!
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post #14 of 71
Looks more like millions lined up to me! Oh, wait. There's no pictures. That's odd.
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suggest you go back to bed and stop wasting forum space with moronic statements.

when you grow up you will realize that money talks and bs walks. it seems that the public has spoken and your treatise is just a personal fantasy.

btw, what name did you post on prior to this one or are you on everybody's ignore list?

He was being sarcastic, you should read his post it's actually funny.
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suggest you go back to bed and stop wasting forum space with moronic statements.

when you grow up you will realize that money talks and bs walks. it seems that the public has spoken and your treatise is just a personal fantasy.

btw, what name did you post on prior to this one or are you on everybody's ignore list?

Did you actually read his whole post or get your panties in a wad after the first line? Freakin' hilarious, but maybe a little too long.
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Wow, Neanderthal's are not extinct!

Yeah, you too
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suggest you go back to bed and stop wasting forum space with moronic statements.

when you grow up you will realize that money talks and bs walks. it seems that the public has spoken and your treatise is just a personal fantasy.

btw, what name did you post on prior to this one or are you on everybody's ignore list?

I suggest you read his WHOLE post and not just the "headline". .... Doesn't anyone recognize satire and sarcasm anymore?
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suggest you go back to bed and stop wasting forum space with moronic statements.

when you grow up you will realize that money talks and bs walks. it seems that the public has spoken and your treatise is just a personal fantasy.

btw, what name did you post on prior to this one or are you on everybody's ignore list?

Hes being ironic.


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Wow, Neanderthal's are not extinct!

There is some newer finds from Portugal that may show a successful breeding between Homo sapiens sapiens and Homo sapiens neanderthalensis.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapedo_child This is a only a few thousand years after the last known Neanderthals are to have existed, and could mean that H. sapiens and H. neanderthelenisnot only copulated (as that is beyond likely) but that they had successful parings that resulting in offspring, even if it was rare and the pairing were only successful when the mother was H. sapiens (as mDNA is passed from the mother and thus would have been discovered in DNA tests years ago). Even if that is the case, having the offspring be non-sterile would be the next step before we could determine the origin of our species. At least, that is how I understand it.
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I suggest you read his WHOLE post and not just the "headline". .... Doesn't anyone recognize satire and sarcasm anymore?

I thought it would get missed, but thought my post would have helped point it out. Maybe Im on their ignore list.
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Clydor's post above was so stupid it made my nuts hurt....
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I thought it would get missed, but thought my post would have helped point it out. Maybe Im on their ignore list.

Maybe you and I have the same problem ... I'm still a "hunt and peck" two finger "typist so while I'm busy "composing" everyone else is posting!
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Did anybody tell them that they are getting a crippled phone?

Haha, nice. Doing it with a new user code with 1 post was a nice touch too.
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That's funny... Next time don't lump it in one big paragraph so it's readable.
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you're post was fine but i guess my schooling didn't quite teach me the difference between sarcasm and what's up front and on paper.

especially from a first time poster. i recognize most of the other regular names.
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After all, it is made there. So they are buying Chinese
Maybe the Chinese don't get the profit, but they sure get loads of jobs making all those idevices.
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especially from a first time poster. i recognize most of the other regular names.

I understand that. I take more time reading regular posters I respect than the newer ones who set a tone in the first sentence and use a less than optimal writing style.
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Over a thousand people waited in line Saturday for the grand opening of Beijing's Xidan Joy City store and the launch of the iPhone 4 in China.

Michael Kan of Computerworld covered the launch of the smartphone. With "more than 1,000 people lined up outside" the brand new Beijing store, Saturday's iPhone 4 launch saw significantly better turnout than last week's rained-out iPad launch.

Several Apple fans camped out for the release, with the coveted first place in line going to Yu Zhong Hui, who lined up after 5 a.m. Thursday. "When you want something, you have to pay a price. The price I paid is that everyone has had to see me wait out here," Yu said, according to the report.

Last week, China Unicom announced that over 50,000 users preordered the device on the first day that preorders were offered, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The announcement alleviated analyst's fears that China's lucrative gray market, which bypasses official channels to bring devices in from overseas, had cooled consumer interest for the phone.

After last year's launch of the iPhone in China, China Unicom saw an underwhelming 5,000 new subscribers in the iPhone's first week of availability. The muted sales may have come as a result of regulatory complications that prevented the official China iPhone from launching with Wi-Fi.


i may be out of line to say this but it seems to me the only ones going to be allowed to win in china are the chinese companies. But please everyone else bring in your technology, let us have access to it, then fail as we promote our 'own' that is 'surprisingly' a lot like what you brought in....
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Clydor's post above was so stupid it made my nuts hurt....

Hmm... You probably should see a doctor about that. Just to be safe. You know, in case it's not clydor's post. Not saying it's an STD or cancer or anything. Could be nothing.

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Did anybody tell them that they are getting a crippled phone? Why in the world are they lining up like that? For what? For an obviously inferior phone. Why are tech sites even the anti apple ones rank them as the highest rated phone? Somebody from PCWorld, PCMag, ComputerWorld, eWeek should just rank all the smartphones (android, bb, iphone) and put the iphone at the bottom of the heap where it belongs. Why? It doesn't have the features I want.

you just made my day
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i may be out of line to say this but it seems to me the only ones going to be allowed to win in china are the chinese companies. But please everyone else bring in your technology, let us have access to it, then fail as we promote our 'own' that is 'surprisingly' a lot like what you brought in....

What do you propose? Western nations have traditionally had open borders, there's no way to stop foreigners coming in and taking technology back home and reverse engineering it. The only thing to do is to keep lobbying them to improve their legal system, so companies whose designs are stolen have legal recourse. We're not going to close our borders and change our open way of life because of a few crooked Chinamen.
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It really is amazing that someone who seems very technically astute doesn't understand why Apple is the most successful technology company in the world.
The Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad use the A4 chip and advanced battery technology to produce long battery life, beautiful graphics and high speed operation. The release of the iPad using this technology allows 10 hours of operation with a beautiful 10" display.
Regarding Flash, it is obsolete. How many Android phones run flash? What is the battery life of the ones that do. Adobe is attempting to redesign it while the rest of the industry will switch HTML5.
The iPhone has superior graphics, battery life, applications (Apple checks their applications for virus' et al) it's operating system is faster and easier to use (which is not a fault) and those are the reasons are why it is so successful. Yes Apple designs their products so that technically challenged people can use them. The iPad has shown that Autistic kids take to it, so do older people who have difficulty using a computer.
I guess you hate Apple so much that you still yes a Walkman or maybe a Zune. I wonder what Android phone you have? Does it even have Flash?
Hewlett Packard is introducing a tablet, only 7" size. It's battery life is only four hours. Microsoft cancelled their tablet and started a development with ARM to produce a low power chip like the A4. When Samsung saw the iPad they cancelled their tablet and started from scratch. Apple simply is the most well run technology company and their products prove it.
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ENJOY YOUR " BLOATWARE "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


etc etc

Please stop giving us a headache. Learn to punctuate. And drop the caps.
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I am glad everybody has the opportunity to get an ip4 but where I live in Canada people are still queing up at 6am every morning outside the Apple Stores 7 weeks after they arrived. My local Rogers store has a waiting list of 150 people and they get at the most 10 phones per week. Same story all over town.
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I am glad everybody has the opportunity to get an ip4 but where I live in Canada people are still queing up at 6am every morning outside the Apple Stores 7 weeks after they arrived. My local Rogers store has a waiting list of 150 people and they get at the most 10 phones per week. Same story all over town.

Can't you order it online? Or is it so much a social event to go to a store knowing that you won't get one?
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Did anybody tell them that they are getting a crippled phone?

Terrific post. This isn't Colbert is it?
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Did anybody tell them that they are getting a crippled phone? Why in the world are they lining up like that? For what? For an obviously inferior phone. Why are tech sites even the anti apple ones rank them as the highest rated phone? Somebody from PCWorld, PCMag, ComputerWorld, eWeek should just rank all the smartphones (android, bb, iphone) and put the iphone at the bottom of the heap where it belongs. Why? It doesn't have the features I want.
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Sorry that you are sick. But why are you trying to give it to everyone else?
post #38 of 71
Elmer Dewitt in Forbes is reporting that the pre order number is up to 200,000. The 50,000 order number is the number of reorders on the first day of pre orders. I would say with this in mind, having more than a thousand show up and wait in line is a good number.

I wonder if Apple will report first day sales numbers for China? My guess is we will hear a number reported from Apple if they exceed expectations.
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He’s being ironic.

There is some newer finds from Portugal that may show a successful breeding between Homo sapiens sapiens and Homo sapiens neanderthalensis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapedo_child ...

This is completely off topic, but FYI: archeological evidence is no longer really needed for this point. We have genomes for us and them, and we are essentially a single, interbreeding species. Ethnic Europeans and Asians share Neanderthal genes.
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Originally Posted by screamingfist View Post

i may be out of line to say this but it seems to me the only ones going to be allowed to win in china are the chinese companies. But please everyone else bring in your technology, let us have access to it, then fail as we promote our 'own' that is 'surprisingly' a lot like what you brought in....

Apart from the status that comes from having the genuine article in a sea of counterfeits and clones, there are obviously plenty of people in China willing to pay that price.

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Did anybody tell them that they are getting a crippled phone? Why in the world are they lining up like that? For what? For an obviously inferior phone.

I can't believe you left out the most obvious whine of the haters!

Stereotypical Asians MUST HAVE A STYLUS THEY ARE UNABLE TO USE A TOUCHSCREEN WITHOUT IT!*

*(Revised somewhat since other manufacturers started using capacitive rather than resistive screens.)
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