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.)