I checked out the official Apple iPhone site especially the screencasts of the phone user interface and ipod capabilities set. As an iPod owner, $500 is worth it just to get my hands on this next generation iPod which makes my Video iPod look old and busted. On the other hand, although the text messaging UI is pretty sweet a cellphone without tactile feedback when pushing its buttons is a pain in the ass especially when the layout of the buttons continually changes. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Maybe I'm just unusual in the fact that I don't want to be required to look at the cellphone's screen when using it. I pull my phone out of my pocket, unlock it and call the last number dialed often without looking at the screen before putting it to my ear. It's hard to imagine that my muscle memory would ever get used to to doing that without tactile feedback from the phone when navigating its interface. It also hasn't been announced whether the phone will be able to sync with Microsoft Exchange or not. As someone who used his phone to keep on top of the goings on at work while at CES, this is another non-starter.

That said, I have to agree with a lot of the stuff said in the article Macworld: Ten Myths of the Apple iPhone. A lot of the complaints about the iPhone just seem like sour grapes. Me, I'm going to wait until I can get an unlocked iPhone so I don't have to replace my Cingular 3125 or until Apple ships a 6th generation iPod (aka iPhone sans phone features).


 

Friday, January 12, 2007 11:37:15 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Why not just buy a Zune phone? *squirt* *squirt*
rupert
Saturday, January 13, 2007 4:30:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
It'll be interesting to see what an unlocked iPhone sells for. Given that most unlocked phones sell for near 2x their locked price, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it'll cost you somewhere around $900 for a widescreen iPod ... at those prices the PS3 starts to look good :-).

Saturday, January 13, 2007 1:59:04 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I was beginning to wonder whether I was the only one who thought this. As a phone, the Nokia N95 still looks a lot more interesting to me than the iPhone.
Tom
Saturday, January 13, 2007 5:13:52 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Prasenjeet, I think the PS3 looks good at the price it's at!
rupert
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 5:33:59 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I'm glad someone is willing to call it like it is. This week's Time Magazine has a very *interesting* article about Steve Jobs and the new iPhone. It's a bit gushing to say the least.

What I don't get is why Apple lovers immediately turn on anyone that critically evaluates the product. Hey, I have nothing against the iPod, iPhone, etc. but to claim that "it'll change the world" every time Apple comes out with a new device is a bit ludicrous.
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