Thanks, madd scientist. Thank you. My gadgetlust was at an all-time high when you stepped in with some very cogent reasons not to buy an iPhone now (and perhaps never). From the thread,
i hate flip phones. i needed a new phone. i like the internet, and i don’t hate apple (3 ipods)… so why oh why would i not want to get in line behind rumthumbs, and titty fuck the iphone? because fuck the iphone, that’s why.
it isn’t a phone. it is a mobile device that brilliantly recreates the feel of the desktop internet, namely what has been labled the world wide web and email. it is a mobile mobile computer. it is a stripped down pda in modern terms with highly sensual responsive software. and that is cool and useful to some, but that is what it is. it is a pda that has a phone feature, sort of like the palm treo or motorola Q.
so the things i don’t like about it:
1) has your ipod every died for 2-3 days and you don’t know why and you get all worried that’s it’s really broke this time, and then on the 4th day it works again? well, i don’t want my phone doing that, and the iphone has the same internal sealed battery, so that isn’t cool.
2) 6 steps to make an outgoing call. sure if you get a call you can just hit one button or pinch the earphones… but if you want to make one you have to unlock it, and open the phone application before you can even launch your contacts database.
3) so the only reason you’d want this is if you want the mobile internet…. which is a valid want if you don’t get enough of it the rest of the day… on the AT&T cellular network you are going to get like 1kbsp max which means web pages will load in like a minute. that is lame and unusable. that is why all the other devices scale down the internet to make it quicker. apple ignored this, because content is key, but then they didn’t include a flash codec, which powers most graphic/video websites which is exactly what this phone is supposed to be for… so thats dumb. but to get around all that, they include a wi-fi adapter… so thats good as long as you are always around a wireless network that isn’t encrypted, and i’m sure after these phones are all over the place exploited unencrypted networks that won’t encourage the owners of the networks to lock them down. blah, dumb
what the iphone does is cool, but where it does it there are already better options… maybe phoneless options, but you can get shit done better in better ways.
so i went with the 4 fold attack
1) samsung upstage phone
2) 8gb ipod nano
3) dv1000 hp laptop computer
4) garmin nuvi gps
all are best at their sole function and balanced at rich feature set and small size.
as a tool, i see it as a gimmic, and that is why apple advertised to me on television that this is not intended to be a corporate tool… because corporations like strong tools, not gimmics… it’s cool, and you can do things you couldn’t do before but dreamt would be awesome and now they are real… but ultimately, dumb.
as it evolves from a gimmic to replace a once useful tool (as all gimmics that don’t die do), then i would be glad owning an iphone, but this isn’t an iphone. this is an imnotdonewithityet.
This is a very good analysis of why the iPhone is all hype. I can’t refute any of it, really. I own a laptop and a desktop computer (not counting my work laptop), and there really isn’t a good reason to buy a phone that does the exact same shit. That $500 could better be used paying off my All-Time Most Stupidest Purchase Ever™: my truck.
At some point in the near future (within the next year) I’d like to sell off my custom-made desktop to my parents, and buy a Mac Pro for all my media wants and needs (hell, development too, I love TextMate). I’d have my Sony VAIO Windows XP laptop and a Mac Pro desktop. That’s all I want; the iPhone doesn’t really have a place in that world.
Also, as was expected by anyone who has had to work with
AT&T Wireless Cingular AT&T, the activation of iPhone service plans is becoming an incredible headache. Really, should that surprise anyone? Probably the biggest collection of shitheads ever to assemble in one industry, AT&T Wireless Cingular AT&T and Sprint duke it out regularly for who hates their own customers the most. Well, perhaps Charter Communications could step in to make it a Texas Tornado Three-Way Deathmatch. Not sure.
Again, thanks for the perspective Mike. You have the ability to keep a cool head in the face of new technology (except when it comes to Garmins, but I can understand that shit.)