Recent Apple Gadgets Reminiscent of HPs of Old



#9

Greetings all,

I have recently concluded that, after a busy year, I have about all of the HP calculators I want for now.

I have turned my attention to Apple's new gadgetry. I already own a well used iPod mini and some peripherals and have recently acquired the tiny perfect iPod nano and beautiful iPod touch. I am eager to get the much praised iPhone if it ever finds a carrier in Canada.

The usability and design of Apple's new issues titillate and satisfy me in a way I have not know since getting my first HP calculator over 20 years ago. I suspect that these devices will be regarded by many as throwaways to be replaced when faster and smaller ones come along in a year or two, but I still see collectibility potential here.

Thoughts?

Les


#10

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I suspect that these devices will be regarded by many as throwaways to be replaced when faster and smaller ones come along in a year or two, but I still see collectibility potential here.

The only Apple product I currently own is a third-generation iPod; it's not very collectible any more since it got pretty scratched up over time -- heck, I actually use the thing and when I shove it in the same pocket as my keys these things happen. ;-)

Anyway, to answer your question, even though a 3rd gen iPod is obsolete in many ways, I think it has stood the test of time pretty well so far. My only beef with it, and also with other recent portable Apple devices, is the non-user-changeable battery. Fortunately, there are third parties that offer battery replacement kits (including the tools needed to open the darn devices without damaging them), but it shouldn't be this hard. (I have the same complaint about my Palm Z22, which is a great little device in all other respects.)

- Thomas

#11

I'm not sure I share your enthusiasm for all things Apple, but I am reminded of a quote:

There is a tactile, almost sensuous pleasure
in a beautiful piece of equipment.
-- Stanley Kubrick

#12

being a film director, he was perhaps thinking of a camera and i've had cameras i thought of exactly like that:

the nikon f3
the nikon fm2t
the canon a1
the minox b
the contax t

and, in the modern era, my nikon d200 approaches this elegance and attention to detail, but doesn't quite hit the mark.

note to photo buffs that i've owned leicas, but none are on the list ... [g]

/guy

Edited: 26 Sept 2007, 8:45 p.m.


#13

You're correct, the quote was in reference to motion picture cameras.

#14

Hello!

Quote:
Thoughts?

I don't think that the current Apple gadgets will ever become true collectibles. The production numbers are much to high and due to their internal construction (failure prone hard disks and non-replacable batteries) they are not going to work forever.

Even the (then) expensive and therefore quite rare Newton Message Pad is not popular among collectors as the extremely low prices on eBay show.

I have been a convinced fan and user of Apple Computers since nearly 20 years and cannot imagine of ever switching to a different brand again, but as for their gadgets, I couldn't care less. I would rather wish they dedicated all this effort into the development of innovative and stable computer hard- and software (as they used to do before they invented the iPod, whatever the latter did to their bank balance)! BTW: This is my favourite iPhone Website :-) : http://www.willitblend.com/videos.a...fe&video=iphone

Greetings, Max

NB: You can get unlocked iPhones for less than 500 $ US on eBay now that should work fine in Canada and everywhere else!


#15

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NB: You can get unlocked iPhones for less than 500 $ US on eBay now that should work fine in Canada and everywhere else!


Or until next week when Apple releases the automatically enforced update to disable unlocked phones. Those whascally wabbits.


#16

I don't believe ANY updates to the iPhone are "forced".

If you update to get the latest features, etc., yes, they may do other feature removals. :-)

See everyone at HHC2007!


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