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    Hey All -

    I'm posting this here too because I'm not sure how many people check the 'Currently in Japan'-thing thread.

    So, I was wondering if buying an I-touch would be a good investment. I've read there are tons of apps for learning Japanese and navigation apps too. It seems really useful, but I don't have an I-touch. I've been interested in buying one, but I'm not really sure if I would use it that much here (in the U.S.--laptop seems good enough for me).

    But, I was thinking that I might want to get one of those electronic dictionary things when I got to Japan. And that runs, what, like $300-$400, right? An I-touch has apps for Japanese dictionary, right. So, would it be more useful to save the money I would have used to buy an electronic dictionary in Japan to buy an I-touch?

    Love to get your opinions/thoughts.

    Thanks!


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    an 8gb iPod Touch + a regular (ie superior to the iPhone) Japanese phone would be more than enough, especially if you have a laptop.

    It's true wifi coverage is spotty, but map/train/dictionary apps don't need it. I use the Metro app for train directions, Kotoba (an extremely awesome and thorough free dictionary) for my J-needs and the photo viewer + some app whose name I forget for looking at maps. They don't do street names, but they have all nearby landmarks listed, so it's easy to get around.
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    Why did you make the same thread in two different sub forums?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tenderRondo View Post
    Why did you make the same thread in two different sub forums?
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    he would never call it an I-touch
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    Is I-touch the new word on the street for crack?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ten_of_spades View Post
    an 8gb iPod Touch + a regular (ie superior to the iPhone) Japanese phone would be more than enough, especially if you have a laptop.

    It's true wifi coverage is spotty, but map/train/dictionary apps don't need it. I use the Metro app for train directions, Kotoba (an extremely awesome and thorough free dictionary) for my J-needs and the photo viewer + some app whose name I forget for looking at maps. They don't do street names, but they have all nearby landmarks listed, so it's easy to get around.
    +1

    I love Kotoba. Definitely an awesome app to have.
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    I keep thinking there must be some horrible catch with it, but it keeps getting better with each update.

    I love the new JLPT/Japanese school curriculum kanji lists they have.
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    i hated having just an ipod touch and finally upgraded to an iphone. i like it better than my old japanese phone. wish i got it at the beginning. never found wifi anywhere.

    Kotoba is the shit no matter what you have.

    also, yeah unify these threads. wtf.
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    why would a lack of wifi cause you to hate the ipod? apart from the web browser and google maps what did you need wifi for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikewise View Post
    i hated having just an ipod touch and finally upgraded to an iphone. i like it better than my old japanese phone. wish i got it at the beginning. never found wifi anywhere.

    Kotoba is the shit no matter what you have.

    also, yeah unify these threads. wtf.
    What's the monthly cost for an iPhone on a decent plan in Japan anyway?

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    6000yen?
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    By the way, there's something called pocket wi-fi here which is basically wifi-on-the-go. Gezora might know more about it, but the coverage map seemed decent from what I remember.
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    man am i sick of hearing how japanese phones are so great but noone ever says why

    iphone vs japanese phone

    lets hear it folks

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    No. it's been done to death already. just do a search for "iphone," read the rants by coollead, and then read all the replies where everyone basically rolls their eyes at him.

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    just looked and every post of his says the iphone is crap

    look, just answer the question will you
    write down the facts
    iphone doesnt have a tv tuner
    iphone doesnt have IR

    jap phone doesnt have the app store


    stuff like that - cmon now

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    You know, it took me about 20 minutes to realise that your avatar was sonic's eyes and mouth, and not one of those ink blots.

    Or maybe it is an ink blot test, and that's just proof of how SEGA have invaded my brain.
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    haha, thats no ink blot test

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverx7 View Post
    just looked and every post of his says the iphone is crap

    iphone doesnt have a tv tuner
    iphone doesnt have IR
    and iPhone doesn't have a really good QR scanner app.

    that's pretty much where it ends as far as what the iPhone "doesnt have" that Jphones do.

    so if you really like watching NHK on a tiny screen and scanning barcods, buy a Jphone

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