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    OT: Apple the French cars of the computer world?

    I was flicking around on some apple news sites and found an article about someone travelling around with their iBook, and how it reminds them of a certain sitron...

    As I am sitting here with my trusty old 500 MHz iBook in the Servisair Lounge at London Heathrow. Surrounded by Dells, Gateways, and HPs, I can't help but noticing that I am the only Apple user sitting in this rather busy lounge.

    How many of you portable Apple geeks feel the same way, I find myself asking. These days finding two Apple users in the same room creates the same sort of response Citroen 2CV drivers were used to in the eighties -- happy and gleeful waving, knowing one drives a superior but almost extinct car.
    I've just found another one:

    <a href="http://www.macopinion.com/columns/roadwarrior/05/07/29/index.html" target="_blank">Why my iBook reminds me of a Renault 4</a>

    <small>[ 20 October 2003, 10:09 PM: Message edited by: nJm ]</small>

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    I think so Nick.

    The other one is Siemens phones!! I saw a couple of cars on the drive yesterday with Apple stickers, and I noticed quite a number of drivers with Siemens S55 phones like mine.

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    A hearty BAH! to those try to identify their existence by the product brands they buy. whip

    That being said, I must confess... I drive a French car, use a Siemens phone .. and I did own a Titanium PowerBook for a little while last year (but I prefer IBM ThinkPads tongue )
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    OK enlighten us, what's so good about Siemens phones? (I'm still using my 3yo Philips Xenium 929, a phone that I've never seen used by anyone else...)

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    I have a Siemens SL45 and it's the only phone I've had that hasn't fallen to pieces after just over 2 years of my (ab)use wink It's got a lot of stuff that's actually useful (MP3 player, Outlook sync, etc.) and none of the obnoxious shit that is targeted to the 14 year old schoolgirl demographic.

    <img src="http://www.cellularmania.kataweb.it/novita/siemens/sl45/sl45.jpg" alt=" - " />

    They discontinued it a little while back though frown
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    silverexec:
    OK enlighten us, what's so good about Siemens phones? (I'm still using my 3yo Philips Xenium 929, a phone that I've never seen used by anyone else...)

    Cheers,
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    They're made in Germany, last forever, and are cheaper than the equivalent Nokia model. Their menu system is just as intuitive as Nokia.

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    I think so Nick.

    The other one is Siemens phones!! I saw a couple of cars on the drive yesterday with Apple stickers, and I noticed quite a number of drivers with Siemens S55 phones like mine.

    Derek.
    Was there other cars with Apple stickers too? I only saw the one wink
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    I've had friends with non stop problems with those phones. Multiple returns, replacements, repairs, and eventually giving it away just to rid themselves of the annoyance. Glad to hear you've had better reliability.
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    French cars occupy too much of a market percentage to be compared to Apple in the computer world

    oh, and french cars don't charge for software upgrades :p
    (auto boxes vs 10.x)

    They do both run with older less competitive engine tech than is currently used by rivals though
    (engines vs processors/architecture)

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    Hey!! I work for Nokia!! ^^ nothing wrong with them, phone is a phone after all. I have the N-Gage and cant wait for the rally games to come out, multiplayer bluetooth rox!!
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    Hey!! I work for Nokia!! ^^ nothing wrong with them, phone is a phone after all. I have the N-Gage and cant wait for the rally games to come out, multiplayer bluetooth rox!!
    Games aside, the N-Gage seems pretty comprehensively spec'd for it's price...

    It's a pity you apparently have to hold the thin edge (think edge of a taco) to your head to use it as a phone....

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    Hey!! I work for Nokia!! ^^ nothing wrong with them, phone is a phone after all. I have the N-Gage and cant wait for the rally games to come out, multiplayer bluetooth rox!!
    Games aside, the N-Gage seems pretty comprehensively spec'd for it's price...

    It's a pity you apparently have to hold the thin edge (think edge of a taco) to your head to use it as a phone....
    Call me old fashioned but I think a phone is supposed to be used to communicate with people - not really for playing games... mallet eek!

    All my friends have been suprised at how well my Philips has held up over the years, it's never missed a beat. It's got a reasonable range of features and a really easy to use menu system. I've been really happy with it except for some of the half thought-out SMS capabilities, and the fact that everyone says my display is green when it's really a turquoise blue (as it was advertised...)
    <img src="http://www.zfone.com/images/phones/philips_xenium_929.jpg" alt=" - " />
    Oh yeah, it looks a bit like a brick, but it's still quite small.

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    I got a French car have a siemens s55 and siemens sl45 but i use a pc. wink wink
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    Nokia a good phone!! I had two nokia's and I wish I never had them, and 8210 with constant screen problems, doggy ringer which had to be replaced twice in four months, and finally when it fell on the ground it broke in 1 million pieces, the 8850 same thing just more expensive, My siemens after the sl45 I was so happy with it I got a new one the s55. wink wink wink
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    SLC206:
    Was there other cars with Apple stickers too? I only saw the one wink
    Simon,

    Gotta make it *sound* like there's more of us! If MY 4 had come along there would have been 3 of us. He has his white Apple sticker bang smack in the middle of the rear window of his RS Clio (with really dark tinting) so it stands out...

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    I was another mac user but I got over the sticker thing ages ago. Picked up my new 15" Albook a couple of weeks ago.

    My first 306 had the colourful Apple stickers all over it (17 years old and dumb as a doorknob)

    I've currently got a Nokia 6210 but am looking to upgrade to a SE T610 or Z600.

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    Nokia a good phone!! I had two nokia's and I wish I never had them, and 8210 with constant screen problems, doggy ringer which had to be replaced twice in four months, and finally when it fell on the ground it broke in 1 million pieces, the 8850 same thing just more expensive, My siemens after the sl45 I was so happy with it I got a new one the s55. wink wink wink
    I've still got my Nokia, a 3210. I know of a lot people who have problem with Nokia's, I must be lucky . It's been dropped a couple of times, but it still works fine. Being such a common phone I've even manage to get a lot a spare bits and pieces (chargers, batteries cases) off people over the last few years. Oh, and I use a PC. Haven't been able to justify the cost of a decent spec Mac, as nice a machine they are.

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    maybe i shouldnt have said anything Y_Y! I look at it like this, with the sheer volume of phones produced there is bound to be faulty ones. I know the guys at the repair centre, and they think that Nokia is quite good, some of the other brands are worse. Having said that, there are some phones that are more prone to problems than others. Yeh, i have an N-Gage. For that price, who can complain about being able to play PS1 standard games at the bus stop (or in meetings^O^Y) as well as having an Mp3 and mpeg player. it is pretty cool. yes, the taco l+ook is pretty different I must admit. But hey, it was made for bluetooth, and the bluetooth headset. My advice for the best phone with the least problems is the 6100. ^^ not the best looking, but classic and simple with all the features and they hardly ever break. I used to Use apple, but they are too expensive. I put together my own PCs now. I do use a palm Tungsten T2 though, does that count?
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    Phone is a luck thing sometimes ... still have an 8210 and 8250 in good working order ... don't want to get rid of them as I have 2 car kits ... the new phones all have a different connection - the upgrade cost would be crazy.

    I had a Mitsubishi DiamondTel 9000 - awesome analog phone, small, voice activated, a tonne of features, was going strong right intil the network was shut down.

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    I guess your right xtc206 i really liked nokia the phone but i had no luck with them, i loved the easy to use menu on them. renault_
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    Motorola T180.

    Cheap, and good.

    Been completly soaked and still works. Opens it up, left ti in the sun, works like a ........ phone with a dodgy speaker.

    Good solid phone though

    Hate the aerial though.

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    Of course you'll hear about more Nokia's failing, they're the most popular phone! Hardly any Siemens or Philips phones are sold, so you won't hear much about them.

    I've had bad experiences with Motorola, and nothing by reliability with all of my Nokias over the years. (The 2110 rocked!!!).

    I've heard awful stories about consistent and reoccuring problems with Motorola, Philips and Seimens. But we all hear different things, I guess.

    I use a 6210i and am very pleased with it. But I don't pay for it, and if it breaks, I get a new one...
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    GTI124:
    Of course you'll hear about more Nokia's failing, they're the most popular phone! Hardly any Siemens or Philips phones are sold, so you won't hear much about them.
    Ditto,

    I've had many an Ericsson (or Sony Ericcson) phone and hear many bad stories about them, but I've never experienced anything but "bullet proofness" from them.
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