I can't understand why they don't have a flat retail purchase price (unlocked Phone) and a discounted price for going on a Contract.
Part of our contract with Apple - no discounts.
Everyone always complains about apples "fixed battery" electronics. Have you ever had to replace one? Seriously go to the store it takes all of 10 minutes and they'll install a new one.
Well I assumed a trained tech would be able to get you a new battery with no problems whatsoever...but don't forget...there aren't iStores with certified techs everywhere. You live in Hawaii? Expect to be without a phone for at least two weeks.
Does your phone have a comprehensive map feature that actually works? iPhone's is amazing. I was able to find where I needed to go in a minute. It even has a feature that tells you what traffic flow looks like.
And 8525 will do just that with TeleNav. So does a few of the Blackberrys.
Try getting through all your music on a pda phone as easily as an iPhone.
I pop out my microSD card, toss it into my comp, drag and drop what I want into whatever folder I want and pop the SD card back into my phone. Hit play from my "desktop" and there's my music.
Also everyone here seems to be forgetting that the iPhone has more internal memory than any other pda phone that I know of, even at 4 gigs.
This is most definitely true. But I can also carry 10 4GB microSD cards in my pocket and have 40gigs of music, movies and files at my disposal at anytime. Once you fill up the 4 or 8 gigs on the iPhone, you need to delete to add more. Can't just throw files onto another card.
I admit that I'm an Apple hater, but I'm not unfair. I can give credit where credit is due. I can admit that Apple's systems will give you much
better video and sound editing than any PC ever could. Why the PC market hasn't stepped up the game, I don't know. But the Mac editing is a lot better than anything else.
But the iPhone is just Steve trying to get his hands into another market.
Having been a part of the mobile phone industry for the last three years, and another year prior to that (not to mention vested personal interest in mobile phones), I become very familiar with just about all the devices on the market. I try a lot of phones and tend to know what certain people want, and what factors matter to everyone. I'm not "hating" just to hate, but seriously, from a professional standpoint, I just do not think the iPhone is worth more than $200. I have actually not yet had a person name a function on the iPhone that cannot be done on any regular PDA aside from iTunes and the whole "multi-touch" interface...and even iTunes are supposed to be able to convert to MP3 format, no? Then you can still play them on your PDA.
More or less, my feeling about the iPhone is that it could have been a much more superb device if they at least made it 3G, gave it removable storage and user-changable battery. Anything else is easily overlooked, but those three - especially for the price point - just makes me really wonder what the hell is wrong with Steve.