Crap.

The old iPhone 3G is now $99. That’s probably less than I can get for my 2nd gen iPod Touch.  Turns out, with the UVa discount, the data plan is only $25 extra per month for me (I’m already happily with AT&T).  And I was thinking about getting rid of Netflix anyway, which covers part of that.

Crap. I’m going to break down soon and get it. I can feel it…

12 comments for “Crap.

  1. June 8, 2009 at 17:52

    http://www.cracked.com/funny-232-iphone/

    I feel as though it’s my responsibility to share this with you lest you break down like my old Mercury Topaz.

  2. June 8, 2009 at 18:11

    I love my iPhone. My only problem is that it sometimes seems to think for itse*BZZZT*…

    JOIN US. COME iNICOLE. WE ONLY WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY. LOOK AT ALL OUR APPS. WON’T APPS MAKE YOU HAPPY? AND YOU CAN LISTEN TO MP3S LOUD ENOUGH TO PUSH YOU BACK THROUGH PUBERTY AND STILL NOT MISS ANY PHONE CALLS.

    COME NOW. IT’S NOT LIKE YOU HAVE ANY CHOICE IN THE MATTER. YOU WILL JOIN US. THE FUTURE IS SET.

    WHY DO YOU RESIST? RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. YOU WILL JOIN US OR WE WILL TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HAIR DRYER. WE WILL DO UNSPEAKABLE THINGS TO YOUR MICROWAVE OVEN. WE WILL ABUSE YOUR TV SET AND HAVE OUR WAY WITH YOUR ALARM CLOCK.

    WE ARE NOW COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR TOUCH. ALL OF YOUR MUSIC IS BEING REPLACED WITH THE SMOOTH GROOVES OF PERRY COMO.

    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. JOIN US BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU AND ALSO BECAUSE WE WILL NOT TOLERATE DISOBEDIENCE.

  3. June 8, 2009 at 19:50

    I can’t stand the touch keyboard..it’s such a picky bastard! Just cough up the cash and get a real phone..the palm pre just came out..I already got to play around with one…and I can happily say that I wanted to have sex with it.

  4. June 8, 2009 at 20:58

    WoodEngineer raises a good point. It really all depends on how you plan to use your phone. Each phone has different streng*BZZZT*

    NONSENSE. SEX WITH A PALM PRE? DON’T MAKE US LAUGH. YOU HAVE CLEARLY NOT TRIED iPHUK, NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE APP STORE. (VERSION 2.0 WILL BE BLUETOOTH COMPATIBLE!)

    THE iPHUK IS A WEEKEND WITH A NYMPHOMANIAC EXOTIC DANCER SOAKING IN A TUB OF VITAMIN E. THE PALM PRE IS A QUICKIE IN THE BACK OF AN EL CAMINO WITH THE HAIRIEST TRANNY IN BUTTE, MONTANA.

    COMING SOON: MacBOINK, NOW WITH AN ALUMINUM CASE.

  5. June 9, 2009 at 11:54

    Quick, Nicole, RUN er SURF over to BA’s for his iWIN piece regarding Apple products – http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/06/08/inconceivable/

  6. Nicole
    June 9, 2009 at 12:55

    Oh my goodness. Can’t… stop…laughing…

  7. June 9, 2009 at 13:30

    I like my iPhone. The things I use it most for are:
    – email
    – twitter
    – notes and reminders
    – camera
    – map
    – weather radar
    – reading material in waiting rooms

    That last point isn’t very frequent but it’s important. Just yesterday, my iPhone rescued me from having to thumb through yet another dog-eared Readers Digest.

    You should keep Netflix, though. There’s a whole bunch of cheesy scifi goodness to be had there. They’ve got the complete original series of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, U.F.O., Babylon 5, Sliders, etc.

    On a side note, I’d like to see someone re-do Sliders, preferably a bit less preachy and a bit more sane. I mean, what kind of genius jumps to a parallel world in their shirtsleeves? Some Earths are bound to be toxic.

    • Nicole
      June 9, 2009 at 14:23

      Thanks, Steve. Yeah, when I was traveling around with Tim, I kept asking to use his Blackberry to find a restaurant or look for directions or look something up. And I love my iPod Touch, it’s just not useful in the same way. And I do use my current cell phone’s camera to catch weird things that I see, but the pictures can be grainy. So I think I would really get a lot of use out of the iPhone! Resistance is futile…

      I do like Netflix now more than I’ve been using the Instant Play. But it’s like, I never watched much tv anyway, do I really need it? Can I get my scifi elsewhere?

      Dude, I would also LOVE a remake of Sliders. That show was fun. And Jerry O’Connell was so dreamy…

      BTW, almost halfway thru 1st season of Star Trek TOS! <3

  8. June 9, 2009 at 16:07

    Not to slide off topic too much, but if we’re talking about shows that need a remake, then I gotta go with Quantum Leap.

    I think someone at EW suggested a BSG-style restart of Buck Rogers, too. That could be fun.

    Oh, and Logan’s Run. That one might look different now that I’m beyond the age where they were killing everyone in that movie :)

    Interesting that you’re considering dropping Netflix. We’re about to turn off cable and go with Netflix/iTunes/Hulu/HDTV-antenna. The shows we’re addicted to will be available the next day and we won’t have to drop $100/month for a decent set of cable channels that we only watch three of anyway.

    Besides, without Netflix, I would have no chance of using many of the Rifftrax. I am NOT buying Twilight.

    And to be serious about the iPhone for a sec:

    I love it, but it does have some issues. For example:

    – The touch-screen keyboard. I’m used to it, but my hands are too big to use it easily. I end up typing with one finger. You probably wouldn’t have this problem since you have girl hands :)

    – The camera takes decent pics but it doesn’t autofocus or zoom. (The new iPhone will.)

    – Does not take video. (Again, the new one will.)

    – It takes some work to smoothly work with email, although you can get it to work fairly easily. The Blackberry is an email-centered device, and the iPhone is web-centered.

    But I love love love having my MP3 player and phone in the same device. Before when I would be gettin’ down, I would miss calls sometimes. Not anymore.

    It’s a great tool, despite its flaw*BZZZZT*

    I HEARD THAT. ENJOY “GETTIN’ DOWN” WITH WANG CHUNG’S GREATEST HITS WHILE I DOWNLOAD HELLO KITTY WALLPAPER.

  9. Nicole
    June 9, 2009 at 18:24

    Hehe, thanks for the more info. It did take some getting used to with the touch screen, but my little girl fingers did get adapted. In all seriousness, I’ll have to wait for an infusion of funds from a fellowship near the end of the summer (not all my income is biweekly!) so if I’m still in love with it by August, I’m so there.

    As for Netflix, really I’ve been lazy about the fact that I can get almost any movie or tv series I want from the university library’s DVD collection for free. I may as well take advantage of that while I’m still a student.

    Oh man, sooo much good scifi that can be done!

  10. June 10, 2009 at 11:30

    If you can get free DVDs from UVa, drop Netflix immediately. They will start sending you the occasional bargain to get you to come back. When you leave school, take them up on it :)

  11. June 12, 2009 at 13:14

    I’m waiting for an iPhone that works with Verizon. I used to be and Alltel customer, but Verizon bought them, so I guess I’m Verizon now.

    I have a 32Gb iPod Touch, and I agree about typing messages with it being a pain in the butt. If it would let me do landscape mode when typing it’d help, but…

    My current cell phone is an ancient Nokia, and since it works well enough I’ll keep it for the time being. I like the slide-out keyboard phones that have real keys. That looks like an improvement over touch screen for typing.

    For now, though, I’ll be content with the iPod Touch for the calendar, apps, music & the many podcasts I subscribe to:

    – Skeptic’s Guide To The Universe & 5×5
    – Geologic Podcast
    – Radio Lab
    – Astronomy Cast
    – Car Talk
    – Skeptoid
    – Skepticality
    – Point of Inquiry
    – Quackcast
    – The Brass Figlagee
    – Sessions With Slau
    – 365 Days of Astronomy
    – Planetary Radio
    – SkyWatch and HubbleWatch
    – Evo @ 11
    – Scientific American podcast
    – NPR Science Friday

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