Originally Posted by addabox
Man, that video didn't exactly win me over.
Yes, you have to use a "flip" button to change sides.
They made it super slim by using a tiny battery, they're claiming "a day" of usage, which probably means an hour of talk time plus music.
But wait! They include a big bulky "battery wallet" that clips onto the phone so you can't use the music side without taking it out! Which gives you average battery time, but now it's a great big phone! With compromised functionality!
I simply can't imagine how buying music on this thing would be anything other that a massive, massive pain in the ass.
Why would I want to buy music on my computer that I plan to put on my phone, as wnurse asked?
Because that's where I can manage my giant library of tunes, with a nice, big interface that lets me make play lists and browse for music in comfort and tweak settings without getting carpal tunnel syndrome.
Then, I can deploy those tunes in a number of ways, using the seamless integration of my Apple set-up: iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, all served by one database, all with their own smart playlists.
Instead of being afraid of these new initiatives, I would think Apple is licking their chops, because it is exactly here-- where hardware and services and integration are needed-- that they are head and shoulders above any product, present or announced, in the cell phone market.
Sure, somebody can match pricing, or put together a not terrible music store, or bring out a decent handset.
But who is going to match the iTMS/iPod/iPhone/Apple TV ecology? Which cell phone carrier is going to provide a system that lets me integrate my music purchases, rips, MP3 player selections, phone selections, ringtones, pictures, data and home stereo playback?
None of them. Ever. A few might get a few of the pieces, but Apple's steady build out of an integrated consumer digital media ecology is about to start paying off, in spades.
Then go buy an iPhone. Honestly, it seems you want an iPhone (which, btw, so do I). But here are the things that get me with the iPhone:
Cingular. I don't like this company, nor do I plan to switch because of a phone that I simply don't need.
It's price. It's a pricey piece of technology. I don't think it's expensive for what it is -- it has a lot of stuff -- but it is a bit out of my price range.
And thats it. Now back on topic. The UpStage is not an iPhone killer. The UpStage is not meant to do anything but usher Sprint into the music phone age. Version, T-Mobile, Cingular all have "Music Phones" -- and although Sprint has had some pretty decent phones with the ability to play music, the music players were crippled. So here it is. The UpStage.
I don't mean to start anything nor do I mean to offend anyone here. I like this community, you guys are a good bunch of people (so far). It's just that you guys are preaching that no one gets what Apple gets with the phone -- how the iPhone is so simple, so easy to use -- witch is ALL true. But, you guys don't get that the UpStage, The Blade, The Razor and the new Slider all serve a different purpose then the iPhone. The iPhone is a smart phone. it is built to do it all. The UpStage. The Blade. The Razor. The Katana. Even The Chocolate by LG are all good phones because thats what they are -- phones. Some might not play music, but then thats why we have iPods. Some might not play video's, but thats why we have TV/Video iPods. Some might not surf the web well, but hey, thats why we have laptops/computers. And iPods might not call people, but hey! Thats why we have phones.
I get that you guys hate the UpStage for both it's uniqueness and it's functionality. And until I use it, I might hate it as well (I do plan on buying it -- or at least looking into buying it) -- but it's not because I want an iPhone killer. It's not because I want a mp3 player. it's because I want a phone (my current one sucks big a$$) that lets me have my music on my mac as a ring tone. This one does. it's because I don't like to have a phone that everyone has (though...everyone might have this phone, i dunno). I like to try out and buy new things -- and the fact that so many people DON'T like this kind of makes me want it.
Oh, and first and foremost it's a phone and from what i hear, does it well. The reviews I read said that it's a great phone...just that when ur surfing the web, it's annoying and anytime u have to type in text it could get annoying. So about the only thing I might not like is texting -- but then again, I might not be annoyed with it -- I kind of like the idea of a small screen for text, and a big screen for reading the text.
So there you have it. I want the UpStage for those reasons. I know the iPhone is popular, i know the iPhone will sell, and I do wish some day I can have one. But right now -- being a poor college kid who works at wal-mart -- the UpStage works for me. And I REALLY like the "big bulky battery wallet" because when wal-mart sends me outside pushing carts, i can easily break my phone. If i bought the iPhone, it would be (pushing carts it's easy to break things...). And I need the phone for time. That wallet would do some good work for protecting my phone from everything besides water (I hate it when it rains...). Oh, and it gives more then the average amount of battery life...at least for sprint, the average is about four hours of talk time. So yea.