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James Cameron Won’t Watch “Avatar” on a Phone. But if You Want To….

“Avatar” director James Cameron at D8, June 2, talking to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher:

MR. MOSSBERG: Have you ever watched a movie on an iPhone or an iPad?

MR. CAMERON: The iPad I would do. The iPhone is just too small for me. Now, I think other media, whether it is news, sports or whatever it is, that is fine. But I would not watch a movie that way. To me there still has got to be some shred of sanctity in the film-watching experience.

Okay, the iPhone is too small, from a sanctity perspective. But what about the Vibrant Galaxy S Series Smartphone from T-Mobile? That’s an excellent device for viewing “Avatar,” say Samsung and News Corp. (NWS), which owns both 20th Century Fox and, um, this Web site. They’re including a copy of the movie with each new phone, preloaded on a two-gig external memory card.

To be fair, the Vibrant, which runs Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system, features a four-inch screen. And Apple’s (AAPL) handset has a mere 3.5 inches. So perhaps that’s enough to change Cameron’s mind.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik