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I feel a little like Tweek from South Park. I want that phone. sierra_nevada was cruel kind enough to point out that it's at Neiman Marcus for a whopping $899.

I don't know if I can control this one. I've been on a huge spending binge for the past few weeks, and my Amex could really use a day off... but this phone is just *SO* sexy to me... and it's not the everyone-already-has-it RAZR. It's different... and beautiful. It's the Mercedes of cellphones (the Rolls of cellphones is actually made by another company).

I want this phone. WANT. NOW. I've even gone so far as to call Neimans and see if there's a store that has it in stock so that I can hold it in my hands. I've researched online stores to buy it from (I can find it cheaper, but I want a decent return policy unless I really just don't like it, and Neimans has the best). I want this phone. How many times do I have to tell you this?

I'm having a hard time justifying it though, for pretty obvious reasons. Can someone please tell me if it's absolutely Nucking Futs for me to buy this thing? ...or will someone please be the enabler for me to just go out and do it? :) Please?! :)
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From:cekyr0
Date:November 21st, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)

the enabler speaks

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again, if you can afford it, and it's not gonna have nasty reprecussions on your finances, then what's the harm? i understand and appreciate the need for something everyone doesn't already have, i'm big on originality. i must admit, even with my love for gadgets, i don't think i could spend 900 bux on a fone, but then i have other priorities, lol...lord knows i'd pay a fortune for a mint in box g1 optimus prime if i had the dough to blow on it, so there's my vice. the way i read this, you're gonna regret it much more if you DON'T get that fone, and it'll eat at you. just do it! :)
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From:soundofthemoon
Date:November 21st, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
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If you really want it, just buy it. Manage the guilt by making a donation of an equal amount to a good charity you wouldn't otherwise get off your ass to support. If you can't afford to do both, you can't afford the phone :-P
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From:sierra_nevada
Date:November 21st, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
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My current phone is the Samsung SPH-i500, MSRP $600. I bought it for $300 over the Internet after various discounts were applied (no sales tax, either), about a year after it was announced (to be fair, I wasn't shopping for a phone when it first appeared; my AT&T-crippled Nokia 8260 worked well enough, though TDMA coverage around Lake Tahoe (and particularly along I-80 between Sacramento and Truckee) sucked).

The one thing I absolutely insisted on was to be able to sync the phone's address book to a computer, which the 8260 (and each of its predecessors) could not, to my great annoyance. I swore that I would never buy a phone that I had to put the data into manually, ever again.

While I want a phone to be nicely designed, I want function first, and I don't like spending a lot of money to get it. It sounds more like you want to trade out your current phone for this fashionable phone because it's pretty, and (for now) unique.

If it weren't GSM (yuck), I'd be tempted to go there too. It has bluetooth which suggests the sync problem is a non-issue. It seems to be small enough (I hate bulky phones after the 8260). Nokia is likely to get the SMS interface right (Samsung didn't). Nokia has a fixation on WAP as the answer to Internet browsing (it isn't; it sucks!), but the 8801 seems to have a real browser in it...

I still think that $900 is too much for a phone unless it comes with a service provider who'll blow you every week, and charge you nearly nothing for service ...

But if it will make you happy while not making you broke ...

You be better off sticking the $900 into an index mutual fund, though.
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From:kuteluvr
Date:November 21st, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)

In further thought...

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I hear all that you're saying, and agree almost completely... that what I don't doesn't matter much. I'm not JUST after novelty (though that is clearly a driving force here) but I'm actively trying to get away from Sprint, AND I miss Nokia phones, which prior to my sony-ericsson stint, loved. Minor things aside (such as the web browser), they've generally done pretty damn well in the UI design, and that works for me... and I still long for text input as good as what I remember on my Nokias.

That being said, you're right... and I have serious doubts I could get Cingular to hire someone I would find acceptable to blow me once a week. Though it's an intresting concept. ;)

What's taken the wings out of my sail is that I finally decided to do a size comparison with my current Sanyo, and the Nokia is larger. OUCH.

I want a SMALLER phone (I have a specific form factor in mind, appx the size of the T616). I don't care about most of the other features, such as a camera.

So, does it win me over on cool factor alone? Not as much as it did when I uninformedly believed it was a smaller phone. Reality is kicking in, and I'm backing down slowly.

However, if I do buy it online, I can get it for ~$400... is that better? ;)
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From:kuteluvr
Date:November 21st, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)

Re: In further thought...

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WOW... did I ever managed to screw up the wording and grammar on THAT post. :P
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From:redarius
Date:November 22nd, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
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Buying that phone is ridiculous.
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From:kuteluvr
Date:November 22nd, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I think I've been somewhat beaten into accepting that fact. (this msg is the nail in the coffin :P)
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From:john1082
Date:November 25th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)

For big bucks . . .

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I qualified for a cut-rate Treo 650 courtesy of United Airlines and I am debating taking the deal. It requires signing up with Cingular, I believe, and I don't know if I wantthat. The added cost may not justify the 'deal' and a new Palm may be a better, cheaper alternative.
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