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June 29, 2007

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Larry

hey Erick, good points.

I have the same feeling as I bought my iBook back in 2004. And I have to do all the upgrades (RAM, Airport, webcam etc.) Look at the latest macBook, it has everything I need plus more in a much cheaper price as well.

And the expensive phone/data plan is holding me off as well. Wonder when they could really come down to a more economical price.

I can wait too.

Way2Poppy

If you always wait for the next upgraded version, you'll always be waiting.

justin

EDGE is NOT slower than dialup...you just forget how slow dialup is. People wanted Word and Excel, they got it, now they're not happy they can't edit. You can't please everyone. The phone is meant to sync with your computer, not your old phone...if your contacts were in there, you'd be just fine. As far as pricing, compare it to Verizon...same price, only they offer 450 minutes vs the 900 you get on the ATT program.

Kevin

I agree with everything you've said, but would like to add two other things that are the main reasons why I will not be buying an iPhone any time soon:

1. Internal battery - you can carry extra batteries for long airline flights or any other place where an AC outlet is not readily available.

2. No expandable memory - every other smartphone on the market has expandable memory. One of the main reasons I would want an iPhone is to ditch my current phone and my current iPod. 8GB is just not going to cut it. I want to be able to watch movies on long airline flights, 8GB is not enough for movies AND music, but Apple doesn't want you to ditch your iPod, they want you to buy both and I'd imagine that the die hard Apple lemmings will be doing exactly that

Kevin

Correction: you CAN'T carry extra batteries

Alan

I your review of the iPhone was more thorough than the review of the spelling and grammer in your article. If not, maybe you should choose another profession.

foobar

the last paragraph is misleading. it's only true if you don't have cell phone today. if you have one, you are most likely paying $40-$50 per month already.

Rick

There is a difference between waiting for the next upgrade and waiting for a mature product. If this was a Microsoft product I would say wait for Service Pack one to be released. Jobs has done wonders for Apple and I would venture to guess that it will not take long for many of the drawbacks to be fixed. Some of them which require hardware upgrades will have to wait until the second version of the iphone. It will be interesting to see what the people that buy it have to say.

Rick

Phillip Arnold

Anyone that's owned a pda knows that data plans are extra and can be costly.. the voice/data/sms usage on my Q (Verizon) runs me $119. The same usuage on iPhone would run me $109. The EDGE thing is a disappointment however I can respect the battery issue. Constantly running out of juice on my Q. Without a charge, there would be no surfing anyway.

dj

Why I am Going To Wait to Buy an iPhone

Who cares what YOU think? Is the whole world like you? I
hope not.

Rich

I may be the only one on the planet, but I'm not even remotely interested in the iPhone. I have the vast majority of the iPhone's functionality on my current smartphone. It has a user replaceable battery and a microSD slot for additional memory and supports chat clients - all things the vaunted iPhone lacks.

The iPhone is, at best, an incremental improvement, but the Apple marketing machine has pumped it up to be some kind of new earth-shattering technology. Its all hype.

Vishakh

The iphone lacking an expandable is not a drawback. Most phones that have expandable memory take in mini and micro SD cards and the like. However these phones do not support SD cards more than 4 GB in most cases. Currently there are no SD cards available with capacity more than 8 GB. Also an 8 GB SD card would cost more than $100 easily. The iphone on the other hand has 8 GB inbuilt.

HR

Don't be hatin... Early adopters are usually more intelligent and richer that the lagards. The largards just have to rationalize why they cant afford the new cool stuff because this feature is missing and that feature is not completely there yet and blah blah blah. Poor little lagards...

Larry

As far as the internet goes speed is everthing. I think there are going to be alot of unhappy people comes Saturdy. Having to wait 100 seconds fo CNN to load is not going to cut it. I hope ATT has lots of phone lines tto handle the in rush of customers complaining that there Iphone is slow.

Larry from Scottsdale AZ

Larry

As far as the internet goes speed is everthing. I think there are going to be alot of unhappy people comes Saturdy. Having to wait 100 seconds fo CNN to load is not going to cut it. I hope ATT has lots of phone lines tto handle the in rush of customers complaining that there Iphone is slow.

Larry from Scottsdale AZ

Andrew from Columbus OH

Re:Is the whole world like you? I hope not.

Nice attitude Captain Consumerism, lets all rally around the latest 'must-have' unproven technology. Too bad $500 iphone does not come in Paris Hilton pink like last year's razer mobile!?

Whatever you do...DO NOT DROP IT!

csci1000

$500 + 2 year contract. 2 year contract like valued upto $200. So you are paying $700 for iphone. And that's for something brand new just stepped into wirelessphone market. I would rather get HIGH END NOKIA ---any smartphone NOKIA would beat iphony crap. crazos outthere who spend money like growing on trees.!!!

philip

If they were really smart..,
Iphone would be $350 it would be ipod video on steroids it would be xpandble memory and if you wanted phone capability you would pay the rest of the 200-250 for the phone module to put in. (heck thats what we have now Ipod video +Phone=$500-$600
The real dinger= use it as an interface for your laptop which is in you backpack better processing speed and power

Douglas

I'm drained from all the people hating the iPhone. If you add more features, you add to the price. GPS, IM client, video recording, functional iTunes Store, iTunes song ringtones, Java and Adobe support, that's just a free (hopefully) software download away. And half those functions are bungled in corporate contract red tape anyway (I can see it and I'm no business major).

What about battery life... hmmm, iPhone delivers better battery life than any other phone I've ever heard of that's on the market. While lack of an exchangeable battery is regrettable, it'll last possibly twice as long as your Nokia, Blackberry, or Treo anyway (how many extra cell batteries do you carry anyway).

No expandable memory is a non-issue. Because your current phone only comes with 16 MB internal memory and no memory card. Does your phone even support higher memory SD cards! And can you even buy a 8GB microSD yet? You've lived your life without so much memory before today.

Let me get this correct: you pay $300-$450 for a laughable "equivalent" smartphone, then you pay $100+ for that 4GB microSD card , then you pay $50+ for that extra battery. Wow that's TRULY equivalent to the price of the 4GB iPhone, except with the iPhone you get near-laptop internet, best email ever on a phone, ipod music and video functionality (arguably the best), easily syncs everything from your computer, oh and I don't know, can be upgraded through software instead of upgrading through $300-$450 replacement devices every 1.5 years. The iPhone is a good deal!

The only deal-breakers I see are corporate email functionality (Apple's working on that), 3G support (which is a battery hog and the world's going Wi-Fi anyway), AT&T only (but there are lots of devices chained to one carrier and that ALWAYS changes with time as with all other first-release devices), and everything else can be added with a sync, download, and play away.

So please don't bash this device. If anything it'll only inspire the stagnant competition to create beautiful (and hopefully user-friendly) next generation, laptop-quality smartphones.

Douglas

I'm drained from all the people hating the iPhone. If you add more features, you add to the price. GPS, IM client, video recording, functional iTunes Store, iTunes song ringtones, Java and Adobe support, that's just a free (hopefully) software download away. And half those functions are bungled in corporate contract red tape anyway (I can see it and I'm no business major).

What about battery life... hmmm, iPhone delivers better battery life than any other phone I've ever heard of that's on the market. While lack of an exchangeable battery is regrettable, it'll last possibly twice as long as your Nokia, Blackberry, or Treo anyway (how many extra cell batteries do you carry anyway).

No expandable memory is a non-issue. Because your current phone only comes with 16 MB internal memory and no memory card. Does your phone even support higher memory SD cards! And can you even buy a 8GB microSD yet? You've lived your life without so much memory before today.

Let me get this correct: you pay $300-$450 for a laughable "equivalent" smartphone, then you pay $100+ for that 4GB microSD card , then you pay $50+ for that extra battery. Wow that's TRULY equivalent to the price of the 4GB iPhone, except with the iPhone you get near-laptop internet, best email ever on a phone, ipod music and video functionality (arguably the best), easily syncs everything from your computer, oh and I don't know, can be upgraded through software instead of upgrading through $300-$450 replacement devices every 1.5 years. The iPhone is a good deal!

The only deal-breakers I see are corporate email functionality (Apple's working on that), 3G support (which is a battery hog and the world's going Wi-Fi anyway), AT&T only (but there are lots of devices chained to one carrier and that ALWAYS changes with time as with all other first-release devices), and everything else can be added with a sync, download, and play away.

So please don't bash this device. If anything it'll only inspire the stagnant competition to create beautiful (and hopefully user-friendly) next generation, laptop-quality smartphones.

Katie

That's how I feel about the iPhone.

For those who only use their communication device for phone calls and entertainment, this device may be OK. For PDA users, it's fluff. Pretty fluff... but fluff.

In another iteration or two, it will shine. Right now, although it is certainly PRETTIER than my Blackberry Pearl, it can't do any of these: IM, voice dialing, games, custom apps, games, any ringtone I want, voice recording, or editing of business documents. And since functionality-wise my BBP can do every single thing the iPhone can do at a much cheaper monthly rate (T-Mob)... I will definitely pass this time around.

Also, I advice anyone looking at buying an iPhone to take a long hard look at Helio's "Ocean" before committing to a purchase.

David Scott Lewis

As a communications device, the iPhone may be fine. But for all the other highly-touted features, even a Treo may be better.

But there's another take on this. See this on the AlwaysOn Network:
http://alwayson.goingon.com/permalink/post/15610 .

Jonako

Just wait for the iPhone Nano.
;-)

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