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Just wondering what the peeps here think of this lovely new portable system? Prayer at cracking the market? New contender for the throne? Unwieldy box that looks silly, doesn't appear to be an ergonomically designed phone, and is striving to do too much?

 

With the imminent launching I figure we might as well have a topic up here in the portables. Has anybody actually managed to hands-on one of these puppies yet?

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Any system that requires me to first remove the batteries before I can change the game cartridge is worthless, in my book.

 

Then you have the simple fact that in order to use the phone features I would have to press my cheek onto the screen. This means a good cleaning every time I want to play something.

 

It's not a bad concept, but the execution seems poor.

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As The Guardian's Guide section so wonderfully put it this week, musicians playing both guitar and harmonica on tracks are regularly still hailed as geniuses. Ones that then also strap a drum on their back and cymbals between their knees are usually a laughing stock.

 

In trying to do everything, it looks like a really bad phone as well as a really bad handheld.

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In trying to do everything, it looks like a really bad phone as well as a really bad handheld.

 

I totally agree. I don't understand the thinking that all functionality has to converge into one device. Not to mention, cell phones take a beating. What happens when it's time to upgrade your phone? Either you have to get the same one, or hope that the whole concept hasn't failed miserably and they are producing new models. No thanks. I don't want a PDA-phone either.

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-I'm surprised that this thing has gotten so much buzz as I agree that it should tank fairly quickly. Looks like someone has big pockets and powerful friends and is squandering both on a half-cool / half-ass pet project. And EA's support boggles my mind, ... i.e. see "powerful friends"

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Since I'm bored at work today, I decided to check out IGN's N-Gage section. I checked out some videos of Rayman, Splinter Cell, and MotoGP. Both Rayman and Splinter cell were not very smooth. To my surprise though, MotoGP was in 3D and ran really smooth, althought there was only 1 bike on the screen, and the enviroment was pretty plain.

 

I'm still not sure about this, but I'll have to wait until it's out before I can really make a judgment on it...

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Originally posted by merlot@Sep 22 2003, 12:50 PM

Since I'm bored at work today, I decided to check out IGN's N-Gage section. I checked out some videos of Rayman, Splinter Cell, and MotoGP. Both Rayman and Splinter cell were not very smooth. To my surprise though, MotoGP was in 3D and ran really smooth, althought there was only 1 bike on the screen, and the enviroment was pretty plain.

 

I'm still not sure about this, but I'll have to wait until it's out before I can really make a judgment on it...

Ditto. Though the price makes me hesitant. I already have a tiny cell phone. A GBA at its price point is a much more compelling purchase decision.

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I'm thinking the price is way to much for this kind of device. Even if it has the best games (which it does not yet) price can make or break or break it. I'm not ready to spend $300 on it.

 

The whole phone issue with putting up against your face does not attract me either. I have a hard enough time keeping my cell phone clean, nevermind a cell phone/gaming device.

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The whole phone issue with putting up against your face does not attract me either. I have a hard enough time keeping my cell phone clean, nevermind a cell phone/gaming device.

 

 

Unless, of course, you use a headset. But that's starting to cross the line on how much convenience you should have to give up.

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You actually hold the narrow top end against your ear to use it as a phone, which does keep your cheek grease off the screen, but you will end up with fingerprints on it. This, along with the gaming button layout and removing the battery to change games, shows that very little thought was put into the N-Gage's ergonomics.

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