80,000?!? Lot more than the original $199 for the 8GB and $299 for the 16GB (x current yen rate) How can they sell it for more than twice the quoted price? I certainly won't be getting one. I guess Softbank has decided to set their own price because of demand.
the only complaint i have about it is, it's much easier to input text on a traditional keitai and the kanji conversion is a bit slow. that said, the web browsing is siiiiiiick. already installed tetris and air hockey on it.
also, everywhere i go people are like, "is that an iphone? can i see it." hehehehe. rock star keitai.
And the "rock star 携帯" effect doesn't die down... I've had mine for almost 8 months now, and I still get that answer.
And as since last friday I finally have japanese IME on it (thank you, firmware 2.0), I'm in heaven ! (and Korean, and Russian, and Chinese... Come on, Apple, how am I supposed to post on Arabicpod101 ?????)
I agree the kanji conversion is a bit slow. I liked the "old" ipod touch japanese IME better... and I find the kana keyboard confusing. But on the whole it's great.
Next thing I need : the capability to add new dictionary in WeDict (like in the old, Installer-version), and iFlash for Iphone to sync with my mac iFlash...
My cousin, who works for Softbank in Kawasaki, said you get discounts on the monthly bill which brings the 80,000 円 down to the quoted figures. Seems fishy to me!!! So Marky, the question we're all dying to have an answer for is, can the new iPhone download the podcasts directly and can we read the PDFs without having to sync with the computer?
What about the wireless capability of both the iPhone and the iTouch? I rarely use my phone now except for the email. Are there a lot of hotspots around Tokyo/Yokohama?
the iphone is connected to the web at all times via the 3G network (i guess. not a tech guy). so the only time i've had problems connecting so far is on the subway... but it's in area again when you arrive at each station... so just like a regular keitai.
i've been able to stream the free audio and premium audio.
i was surprised that it didn't choke, so the bandwidth must be pretty good.
(as for downloading directly from the site, i'm not sure. somebody else may know the answer to that).
pdf's display beautifully.
video vocab didn't stream, but i'm sure if i downloaded it thru iTunes, the ipod part would play it just fine. but i didn't try that yet.
I really like Jpod on my iPhone, you can listen to the podcast from iTunes while viewing the PDF online. Scroll and zoom with one-two fingers, even take the quizzes, and then leave a comment (like I'm doing now).
The only problem is that the video vocab won't play. Anyone know why?
I'm also using the iPhone to study Kanji readings. I type in a reading and see if the correct Kanji comes up. I know you can do all that on any computer, but this is just more portable (and fun).
i went to the omotesando hills shop at 5 am and waited in line. lol.
i had to do the whole transaction in japanese. it's a big shop, so i figure they had some english speaking staff, but i didn't see the need since the iphone plans are limited. so you can't do a lot of picking and choosing as with other phones.
that said, i'm sure the roppongi shop has english speaking staff as well.