Wednesday, November 26, 2008

X1 is finally here!!!

Well, that would have been true if I'd gotten around posting this on Saturday, 22nd November!! (sorry for the delay!!)

In my previous post, I'd mentioned that the early birds (i.e. first 50) stand to get between RM 1500 to RM 250 discounts on the X1.

Officially the launch was from 12noon to 3pm that Saturday in 1 Utama new wing. It turned out the first 5 customers got RM1500 discount.... no gimmick, fooyoh! Next got RM 1000 and it slowly tapered down to if you were among the last 50 then the discount shrank to RM 250.

What I hadn't anticipated was that X1 fans had already started lining up in as early as Friday afternoon!! You'd think you only read about this level of enthusiasm in other countries and when it was about the iPhone or another StarWars sequel. In Malaysia you'd hear about people lining up for home ballots.... but for a handphone??!! wow....

To cut the story short... I missed my chance to be the first 50. Even if I were early enough... I seriously had to then ask if I was willing to part with RM 3,199 for the phone??!? As cool as it is (you should see the one in brushed steel... its to *die* for!!!), can you seriously part with what's effectively a month's or a couple of months' salary for many people, just  for a gizmo to say 'hello!' ? 

Evidently, that's an easy 'YES!' for many purchasers of the X1 on that day. I met an Andy who, like me, missed out being the top fifty... but he went ahead and still bought the phone at full price.... "what to do?" he asked disappointingly!

Economy not doing so good you say? Tell that to the tech fans, my friends.... tell that to the tech friends!!!

7 commented:

WLE said...

and here i am contemplating whether to spend my dec bonus on iphone 3g, unlocked from s'pore...

if someone finally does get one x1, skin it with "invisibleshield" by zogg. amazing stuff that is military grade used to protect helicopter blade.

Center Parted said...

Hi WLE, welcome back dude, how have you been??!!

And thanks for the tip... is that the same stuff as the so called 'crystal protector' we stick on digital camera LCDs?

WLE said...

better... they placed 1000lbs on the stuff and yet it refused to break.

they tried to pierce it with a pen and it's also no go..

free shipping from US as well!

Center Parted said...

kewl!!

sample resignation letter said...

the x1 ... is quite nice I must say although it should be for that hefty pricetage

Center Parted said...

SRL,

Actually, considering the features packed into the E71, I feel its a good value for money phone.

The only regret is perhaps due to this same reason, Nokia decided to get cheap with the camera.... which is such a shame....

alogamento said...

NOVEMBRE 2008? WOW, A LOT OF THINGS HAD CHANGED GUYS... (I LOVE OLD POSTS HEHEHEHEHEHHE!!!).