NPR doesn't think you need an iPhone.

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  1. shecky Guest

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    nobody needs an iphone, so the article has merit.
     
  2. Rooskibar03 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't know about that. The fact I'm spending 7:58 of an 8 hour work day this week on MR or other sites reading about iPhone sure makes it seem like a need. More of an addiction if you will. :D

    Agrees with Furgster as well.
     
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    Did anyone find any errors in the article? I didn't.

    Overall, a balanced analysis. If the writer had concluded "you need an iPhone!" how stupid would that have sounded?
     
  4. ps49556n macrumors regular

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    I like NPR for the most part and I will agree nobody NEEDS iphone but then again nobody needs ipod either.
     
  5. Icebird macrumors member

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    Exactly... and that's the problem with a lot of articles coming out now. They try and bait readers by negatives comments and perspectives. If they had made it "You need an iPhone!"... would someone have posted it here? Or at least be talking about it?
     
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    A wee inaccuracy, if you are new to iTunes/iPod, it would seem that the only way to get music onto your iPhone would be to buy it from iTunes, which would be a monstrous limitation.
     
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    NPR does not know what I do and do not need.
    Back off NPR!
    ;)
     
  9. greymouser macrumors newbie

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    I do. I listen to NPR daily. And I plan to listen to their podcasts constantly on my iphone.

    All alarmist sentiment aside, the article was quite fair and balanced. It simply looked at the iphone from the point of view of someone who isn't going crazy, like I am, over the iphone.

    It's looking at features of the iphone, including drawbacks. It's addressing the lack of a "true" keyboard and AT&T's lackluster performance as a cell phone carrier. For me, I haven't texted much anyways, so I can learn to use the keyboard fresh, and AT&T's coverage will probably be on par with every other cell carrier. Sprint's okay, but I've never gotten the coverage or service they claim to have.

    I guarantee you that there will be plenty of NPR staff and listeners buying the iphone when it comes out. Me included.
     
  10. Nagooya macrumors 6502

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    I'd like to hear a review from a non-biased source, which at this point i would deem impossible, everyone has an opinion on the iPhone already, everybody thinks they are a critic.:rolleyes:
     
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    As usual, NPR takes a balanced and fair approach. They make it pretty clear that they've never touched one, all they're doing is summarizing other news articles. There's nothing in the least bit sensationalist here. Just NPR's normal cautionary tone when it comes to consumer products.

    It's a sober assessment of what's already known. The review certainly points out the good as well as the bad. The iPhone has a lot going for it but it is missing a few things and AT&T's service will be a problem for a lot of people.

    You'll note the first thing they discuss is Apple's wow factor. A lot of people are going to be buying it simply for that alone.

    I want one and I'll get one but not now. NPR's article makes it clear that there are a lot of unknowns about the iPhone and its service so their cautionary note makes me feel better about waiting for awhile.
     
  12. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    The article is badly biased against the iPhone, but at least it's truth in advertising with the headline!

    You don't have to "buy" the song on your computer first, we NOW know that it will work fine with corporate networks, and I really don't like how they only take small quote snippets from other reviewers when it is strongly negative in the shortened context, but they have obviously sourced ALL of this information secondhand to begin with. Sort of misleading, IMHO.

    This doesn't seem NPR-like to me. I'm disappointed, as a usual NPR appreciator.
     
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    The funny thing is, who is so stupid that they need NPR or the usa today or whomever tell them why or why not they need this phone? If YOU cannot figure it out......

    I have found most of these articles to be highly condescending. Do you really need one device instead of the 4 you have now? Did you know the battery is not replaceable? The network sucks, ect ect ad Naseum. The new blackberry I looked at over at the ATT store is edge only. Have not seen one article trashing it. Blackberry is highly insecure and is parasitic middleware, not one article trashing it.

    The iphone is threatening the established order of stupid IT people that blindly follow microsoft and really do not work all that much.
     
  14. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Some people are actually paid to be critics...it's their job to have opinions about things. That said, this NPR article doesn't really come down strongly for or against the iPhone. It just mentions the things that people should consider before buying one. Things most of us here have already taken into consideration. The article doesn't suggest not buying an iPhone, it suggests critically thinking about the purchase before shelling out the Benjamins.
     
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    Warning

    Let's not go down the political road here, folks. Posts have been edited/deleted when suitable to keep things on-topic.

    Discuss the article here - if you want to discuss NPR vs. MSM please start a discussion in the political forums.

    Thanks :)
     
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