Friday, January 12, 2007

Apple iPhone

So I'm a little late behind the bandwagon in writing about the iPhone that everyone and their grandmother in blogworld is excited about. I can't understand why anyone outside America can be excited over this phone. It won't come out in the states till June and it will be available exclusively with Cingular where you won't be able to get it without a 2 year contract. In fact, even if you are a Cingular customer with a contract you will have to extend it for another 2 years to get your hands on one of these babies. It's not like people this side of the world are going to be able to get theirs' ordered from the US and have it shipped over. It will come out in Europe at the end of the year and the rest of the world won't get to get their hands on an iPhone till next year. Unless Apple is planning to come out with a series of iPhones between now and then, I just can't get myself excited over a phone that's announced in Jan 2007 that I won't have a chance to buy till a year later.

4 years ago I bought a Qtek smartphone when they first came out. I sold it less than a month later because I couldn't deal with the touch screen. I need to have real buttons on my phone. 8 gigs of memory and all the cool functions that iPhone are all cool, but I text way more than I call, and I need to be able to text blindly without looking at the phone - like when I'm driving, for example. Without the touch of real keys, I can't see how a touch screen keypad can work for me.

Unlike other bloggers, I'm not gonna bitch about the lack of 3G for the simple pathetic fact that Oman still doesn't have 3G and even if it did, it would probably be so expensive that I'd never use it. We're still prehistoric here and regular data costs 1 baisa per kilobyte (that's 1 rial per mb). However, the 2 megapixel camera is pathetic, especially considering the 1 year into the future time-line. The Nokia 95 should be hitting stores anytime now with a 5 megapixel camera and by the end of the year I'm sure 5 megapixel phones will be available from Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

The 8GB iPhone is going to cost $599 with a 2 year contract. How much would it be for us who buy it off the shelf? I'm guessing it would probably not less than $800 or even $900. That's a tidy lump of change to put on a phone. Time magazine says "Apple's new iPhone could do to the cell phone market what the iPod did to the portable music player market: crush it pitilessly beneath the weight of its own superiority." I'm not so sure about that.


(Kottke.org has the best roundup of iPhone reactions from around the web.)

13 comments:

Emirates Mac said...

It is a really, really cool phone though. But I wish it was 3G and we had some wide spread 3G here. Apparently there's 3G in UAE but Etisalat doesn't advertise it... yet...

Anonymous said...

I can't see how you don't get the point from Time magazine. I, too, agree that the portable media market could have been a notch or two better than it is right now, simply because any company that came out with a truly innovative device was rivaled (and beaten) by the iPod-mania, not the iPod itself.

You haven't mentioned anything about the Cisco case .. you do know about it right ?

muscati said...

ti3gib - I don't agree with Time's comment because I don't believe the iPhone is really that superior a product. It's a great product, definitely. But not so superior that it can crush the entire mobile phone industry, no way. Unless Apple starts coming out with a whole range of iPhones all the way from iPhone nano to top of the range 80GB iPhones, there's no way that they are going to dominate the industry. Nokia doesn't own the cell phone market because of its top of the range N series. They own because they sell cheap phones by the bucket load. They own that segment of the market and they're milking it.

The iPod came into a DAP market which was young and introduced something new and unmatched. When the iPod came out, it was something never seen before. Creative was already in the market with their Nomad Jukebox, but it was made to look like a portable CD player cut in half. The iPod looked revolutionary, while the Nomad was evolutionary. That and Apple's brilliant marketing expertise was enough for Apple to dominate the market and even now 5 years later, they still own it.

As for the Cisco iPhone name ownership thing, I think it's a non-issue. Even if they don't solve it, the product stands for itself no matter what the name is.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Muscati:

Personally, I think it's great phone regardless whether it has a keypad or not. The basic structure of changing the market direction is to lead and so far Apple have a great deal of expertise in that field.

I think I just might consider buying it should it come out in our region.

secretdubai said...

Well for me I don't see it as a phone, I see it as an advanced PDA and the perfect replacement for my Palm Tungsten T5. So I plan to buy one in June, and just ignore the phone function.

My fear is that all the Euro ones will be operator-locked as well, so why bother waiting?

Anyway there will eventually be a way of unlocking it, like always. But with such short battery life, it's not so great for a phone anyway. Future versions of it will be though.

muscati said...

Secretdubai - I think I read somewhere that the iPhone won't work unless it's activated so even if you can get your hands on one in June you won't be able to use it. You can't just buy one and use the other functions and ignore the phone. Besides, between June and the 4th quarter it won't be available anywhere except from Cingular/AT&T.

Anonymous said...

Like any other Apple product, iPhone has great styling. iPod took a beating when all and sundry introduced MP3 players in their mobiles. This time around, Apple has taken a calculated gamble with their iPhone. Will be interesting to watch Nokia vs. Apple tug-of-war anyways!

Anonymous said...

You send text messages when you are driving?
You're a menace to yourself and others if you do.
If you are caught doing that in Britain you would get a stiff fine and three points on your licence.

Sue said...

Hmmmm i wonder when this fon is gonna reach oman?! Not that im intreasted! Jus curiosity!

Mohammed said...

its pretty obvious why they released specs like 2 megapixel and no 3G
its apples business strategy
they like to introduce products in phases
they did the same with the ipod
it took them years until they released an ipod with video
its obvious that it will take them another couple of years to do the same with the iphone
and they would probably do an iphone nano and go up to a more superior model

Jyoti said...

I've been researching a bit on the Iphone, planned to send it from USA (i'm in USA) to a friend in Muscat, but looks like to buy it from Apple wud cost $400, additionally a 2 year contract with AT&T where i would need to pay $60 - $100 per month..?
Hence, am wondering would it be easier for me to send an unlocked version of the phone to that part of the world?

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