January 09, 2007

Some Personal Thoughts on the iPhone

I know the web is buzzing about the new Apple iPhone announcement by Steve Jobs at this morning's Macworld Keynote, but even so I have some comments. I've been salivating at the idea of an iPhone since I heard the rumor months and months ago. I have a crappy old Samsung mobile phone, and while the urge to upgrade it has, at times, been overwhelming, I held out hoping for the rumors to be true.

And they were! The iPhone presented this morning lived up to almost every expectation I had. The design and user interface are so fantastic that just seeing still photos from the keynote in progress had me jumping up and down in my chair, smiling like a crazy person. For those of you who haven't kept up, the new Apple iPhone (which will be released this June) is a combination of three products - a cellphone, an iPod, and an "internet communicator" (meaning it can access the internet, get email and all kinds of other fun stuff). It doesn't use a keypad or buttons, but a touchscreen interface to navigate. I'll have a difficult time trying to describe it here, but checkout the demos available on the Apple site. Way cool.

Now I'll explain why I probably won't be buying one when it's first released.

Firstly, it's just too expensive. The initial release will have two offerings: a 4GB ($499) and an 8GB ($599) version. Those prices are WITH a 2-year contract with Cingular... so no markdown with a contract, unfortunately. While I wouldn't call myself frugal when it comes to tech purchases, I don't always need to have the first gen of the newest, hottest item.

Plus, if I'm going to spend $600 on a cellphone/iPod, it'd better have more than 8GB of space on it. My music library alone is almost 20gigs, and I'd also want to put all my favorite photos (probably around 5gigs) on it. Not to mention the fact that I can also download videos to watch on it. And movies can be near the 1gig mark. I'm not saying I want an 80GB lugger of an iPhone. But I'm sure that, just like the original iPod, Apple will be able to get more space onto it eventually.

Thirdly, I'm a bit hesitant on the network it's being released on. Sure, it has Wifi connection, and Bluetooth, but in terms of cell service, Apple has tied with Cingular on their EDGE network, as opposed to their newer, faster, better(?) 3G network. I'm sure it will evolve and have access to other (better) networks, but the first gen won't. If I'm going to pay for unlimited data (which is bound to be an expensive monthly toll in itself, I'm sure), I want it to be FAST.

All in all, I'm super-excited about the new iPhone. Barring the very few inadequacies I listed above, this handy gadget has so much promise, and is sure to be highly desired. I know I will have one eventually, just probably not in June.


posted by julie at January 9, 2007 04:07 PM

things people have said

You KNOW I'm ALL over that!!! :o)

so said: Brandy at January 9, 2007 08:27 PM

PS: I think I read something about 3G capability at a later time, but don't quote me on that...??

so said: Brandy at January 9, 2007 08:28 PM



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