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March 28, 2012 7:26 AM   Subscribe

An elephant uses a Galaxy Note, proving that not everybody looks ridiculous while using a phablet.
posted by schmod (60 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
well damn, now I want one, too.

an elephant, of course.
posted by entropone at 7:28 AM on March 28, 2012 [15 favorites]


Hope they offer free shipping on the package deal.
posted by ook at 7:30 AM on March 28, 2012


They're looking for mammoth sales on the back of this.
posted by Segundus at 7:33 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


Give a new meaning to the phrase 'trunk call'!

geddit?! hahahahaha
posted by TheAlarminglySwollenFinger at 7:33 AM on March 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh my absolute god this is the best thing ever. I cannot believe how well he handles sliding photos, pushing tiny buttons. There was a short moment where I was no way how can the tip of a trunk be that dexterous?

Damn elephant. You amazing.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 7:36 AM on March 28, 2012 [6 favorites]


A table operated by an elephant? I'm all ears!!!!!!

going to lie down now. byeee!
posted by TheAlarminglySwollenFinger at 7:37 AM on March 28, 2012


That's awesome.
posted by valkyryn at 7:37 AM on March 28, 2012


I cannot believe how well he handles sliding photos, pushing tiny buttons.

Okay people, take 526, let's see if he accidentally does anything that we can edit together to look like intentionality this time. ROLL CAMERA

That's assuming the screen we're seeing isn't matted-in CGI in the first place.
posted by ook at 7:41 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


I demand the word phablet be revoked from the English language.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:43 AM on March 28, 2012 [17 favorites]


Um... this is just some commercial? I mean yeah sure, elephant and all, but really.
posted by JHarris at 7:45 AM on March 28, 2012 [9 favorites]


That was pretty cool, but all I could think was that the tablet was way too small for him -- that pachyderm needs an iPad.
posted by bjrubble at 7:47 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


... let's see if he accidentally does anything that we can edit together to look like intentionality this time.

... and? The elephant completes these tasks one way or another, even if he did make errors. In multiple (unmanipulated, uncut) shots in the original video and in the links located below the video especially he is focusing a large instrument (his trunk) into a very small, fingerlike point in order to push very small buttons. This was honestly impressive to me by itself. Moreso than holding a paintbrush, because I'd argue that it is more difficult with a trunk to push a tiny thing than hold what amounts to a stick.

The fact that he also responds to what the tablet does with continued interest (watch the one with the drums or any of the instrument things) and seems to be capable of understanding the woman's 'direction' and following her example is pretty fantastic. Question the 'intentionality', fine, and if you think it's CGI, fine. But I think you're kidding yourself. Yes, I am biased, but I don't think I'm reaching too far in this. The elephant is entertained and curious enough to stick around and see what all these different things do, at the very least.

Elephants are very intelligent, socially and mechanically. We know this from plenty of studies on their behavior.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 7:50 AM on March 28, 2012 [16 favorites]


May I be the first to call fake?
posted by Outlawyr at 7:52 AM on March 28, 2012


May I be the first to call fake?

Too late, I'm afraid.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 7:52 AM on March 28, 2012


May I be the first to call fake?
Too late, I'm afraid.


The person who didn't read the thread was slower than the person who didn't read the video description.
posted by Ian A.T. at 7:54 AM on March 28, 2012 [10 favorites]


"Phablet?"

Oh god, that actually is what they're calling them.

it sounds like a small fart
posted by pts at 7:57 AM on March 28, 2012 [6 favorites]


Elephants are wicked smart.

I love elephants.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:57 AM on March 28, 2012


I'm pretty sure he drew an elephant.
posted by chillmost at 7:59 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Doubt it's fake. Elephants can do amazing things with their trunks. There are a lot of elephants trained to paint, for instance. But yeah, count me as one of those who sees this as a cynical ploy to sell a copycat product.
posted by aturoff at 8:00 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love elephants too. It seems like the little teeny display would ask a lot of an elephant's eyes.
posted by Trochanter at 8:01 AM on March 28, 2012


pts: "it sounds like a small fart
posted by pts
"

To be fair, so does your username.
posted by schmod at 8:02 AM on March 28, 2012 [11 favorites]


the person who didn't read the video description.

Guilty as charged. In my defense, their comments section has kind of trained me to mentally blur out any text on any youtube page.
posted by ook at 8:04 AM on March 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Video = cool.
Phablet = dumb word.
posted by dirigibleman at 8:07 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wish there were a way to flag the commercial and favorite the elephant.
posted by DU at 8:08 AM on March 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


It seems like an odd marketing angle. One of the biggest criticisms about the Note is that it's way too ludicrously big to use as a phone...so they make a viral video suggesting that it's the perfect size for an elephant?
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:16 AM on March 28, 2012 [9 favorites]


I'm typing on one right now (Note, not an elephant). It's big, but you come to value all the screen real estate. Not for those with baby hands, though.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:23 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is where we find out that elephants are not very good at prank calls.

"Hello, lion?"

"Yes?"

"Is that herd of gazelle running?"

"Um...yeah. That's pretty much all they do. That and graze."

"WELL YOU'D BETTER GO CATCH THEM THEN HAHAHAHAHAHA *click*"
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 8:23 AM on March 28, 2012 [15 favorites]


I'm typing this on a Note. I suppose it's too big for you mere mortals, but for me it is just fine. I had a Dell Streak before this and I love the large screen. The only people I talk to on the phone is my fiancée and mother and not at worried about what the phone looks like next to my head. You should really try it for yourselves before making any judgements, the Note is a great product.
posted by black8 at 8:26 AM on March 28, 2012


If it's good enough for an elephant, it's good enough for me. Consider me converted.
posted by londonmark at 8:32 AM on March 28, 2012


My girlfriend carries her Kindle around all day in her purse, and it's barely noticeable. Plus she carries around an iPhone. I can see why someone would want to combine those too, and an iPad is just too big and heavy for all-day every-day carry.
posted by smackfu at 8:36 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Look, a commercial!
posted by mistersquid at 8:43 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


that the tablet was way too small for him

Well, somebody get Android running on a 42" touchscreen monitor with a CCD camera and wifi access, set it up near the feeding kiosk of an elephant sanctuary, and let's see some pachyderm app action!
posted by CynicalKnight at 8:50 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Besides, I can do immature things like this on the Note while sitting in meetings. (I'm not that bad of a sketch artist; that took me all of 40 seconds and I'm familiar with the subtleties of the brush interface yet since I just got this thing). It's the return of the pissing elephant!
posted by Burhanistan at 9:05 AM on March 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Re: all the hey guys this is a commercial comments, yeah. I think most of us know, given that it says the product name in the post and the tagline is "Phablet Blue". Unless you think schmod has a connection with the company I was under the impression the right thing to do is flag it and move on?

For me, if the content of the commercial is good enough I don't care. Commercials have been posted here and will be again.

Personally 'neat elephant playing with random tablet thing' is fine and I have no trouble ignoring the marketing angle. I'm sure as shit not any more inclined to buy it.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 9:07 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


mistersquid: Look, a commercial!
From the FAQ: A good post to MetaFilter is something that meets the following criteria: most people haven't seen it before, there is something interesting about the content on the page, and it might warrant discussion from others.
Look, a good post!
posted by tzikeh at 9:08 AM on March 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


To be fair, so does your username.

Man, wow! That was a remarkably mean thing to say! I'm slow-clapping over here at how nasty that was. Dang!
posted by pts at 9:18 AM on March 28, 2012


SOMETIMES COMMERCIALS HAVE VERY COOL THINGS IN THEM

IF YOU REALLY HATE SEEING COMMERCIALS SO MUCH, STOP CLICKING ON YOUTUBE VIDEOS
posted by shakespeherian at 9:20 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yey Elephants!! Teh internets needz moar lolephants!!

Yey Android. Yey Condoms too.
posted by jeffburdges at 9:20 AM on March 28, 2012


I bet my grandmother would love this commercial. Of course, she likes most commercials. Except the one with that annoying thing! God, have you ever?!?
posted by Edogy at 9:21 AM on March 28, 2012


Man, wow! That was a remarkably mean thing to say! I'm slow-clapping over here at how nasty that was. Dang!

Lighten up, Francis...
posted by Mental Wimp at 10:17 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pepsi Note?
or
Galaxy Blue?
posted by sexyrobot at 10:44 AM on March 28, 2012


SOMETIMES COMMERCIALS HAVE VERY COOL THINGS IN THEM
IF YOU REALLY HATE SEEING COMMERCIALS SO MUCH, STOP CLICKING ON YOUTUBE VIDEOS


If a cool thing frequently comes with an obnoxious extraneous thing, it is valid to criticize the extraneous thing.
posted by JHarris at 10:57 AM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Phablet?"

Oh god, that actually is what they're calling them.


The ‘phablet’ is a hit!
posted by Artw at 11:35 AM on March 28, 2012


Best part of the video was the bit where the elephant waved back. Awww.
posted by Mars Saxman at 12:01 PM on March 28, 2012


The ‘phablet’ is a hit!

Behold the power of a phone subsidy.
posted by smackfu at 12:02 PM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


> Behold the power of a phone subsidy.

Well, that's the same regardless of iPhone or Android.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:12 PM on March 28, 2012


Oh, everything's cruel according to you.
Keeping him chained up in the back yard is cruel.
Pulling on his tail is cruel.
Yelling in his ears is cruel.
Not using an iPhone is cruel.
Using the stylus is cruel.
Everything is cruel.
Well, excuse me if I'm cruel!
posted by Fizz at 12:30 PM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


I feel compelled to mention that elephants are pretty good musicians too and this isn't all that different -- you know, hit something with your proboscis and it makes a cool sound or reacts in some other nifty way.
posted by speicus at 12:38 PM on March 28, 2012


Am I the only one who sincerely thinks the Galaxy Note looks really cool?

And wishes he had a spare $600 to get one without a contract?

But realizes that there's no such thing as a spare $600 because life is expensive?

But seriously, I like my android phone, but don't like tiny buttons and I have big pockets because I am an adult male wearing big boy pants. I think they should be calling it a Phone+ or something, though.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:09 PM on March 28, 2012


Also, can we get a photoshop of an elephant shitting an iPad to make a statement?
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:11 PM on March 28, 2012


Well, that's the same regardless of iPhone or Android.

True, but I mainly meant that you can't get a subsidy on an iPad.
posted by smackfu at 1:22 PM on March 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


True, but I mainly meant that you can't get a subsidy on an iPad.
posted by smackfu at 1:22 PM on March 28 [+] [!]


You can here is Australia, and we are normally a year or two behind in introducing this kind of stuff.
posted by trialex at 4:09 PM on March 28, 2012


Every time I see "phablet" my mind kind of stutters a little bit, and the only pronunciation I can imagine is something Bill the Cat might say.
posted by BrashTech at 4:50 PM on March 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is the first time I've seen 'phablet' and no sir, I don't like it. Please don't do that any more.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:28 PM on March 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Couldn't you just stick a bluetooth device in your ear?
posted by TheKM at 3:57 AM on March 29, 2012


Yay for immature things!
posted by MsVader at 8:59 AM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yey for imgur things?
posted by jeffburdges at 10:31 AM on March 29, 2012


Bonobo Chat
posted by jeffburdges at 5:02 AM on March 30, 2012


Is the Galaxy Note available with Android v4.0? It appears only AT&T phones received that upgrade thus far?
posted by jeffburdges at 6:02 AM on April 6, 2012


It was leaked early for AT&T handsets but hasn't been released for general upgrade yet. There was already ICS for the international version, although that ROM was buggy.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:29 AM on April 6, 2012


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