iHmm…

the iPhone hype is starting to get to me. 🙂 i had pretty much decided i’d get one, but likely not until the Autumn, once they’ve had a chance to work out some of the inevitable kinks. but these reviews from mossberg & levy et al are soooooo happy shiny, that it’s breaking down my resolve.

but i’m pretty sure i’ll still wait, and here’s why: the 2 year contract. as the world is now, the folks who are in line now to buy a contract-subsidized $499/$599 phone will have contracts that won’t expire until June 2009. which makes them early adopters now, but not so much for next generation. maybe that’s okay — maybe this tech will be so incredible it’ll last. and, probably, a year from now they’ll be able to sign up for another 2 year contract to get a new subsidy for v2 or v3.

it just seems like there’s so much in flux, so much that we’re all learning about what mobile hardware & software can do, that there’s going to be a bunch of advances quickly. just take the physical layout, for example: i suspect that practical day-to-day use of the iPhone is going to drive putting 1 or 2 indicator LEDs on the hardware to indicate new e-mail or phone messages. maybe a physical button to get to a commonly used function quickly (here’s one: the phone!). the software/OS bits seem much easier to me, but i suspect there will be some things there that will need new revs.

so it feels like what can/should happen is a secondary market for iPhones — that is, when v1.1 or v2 or v3 comes out, there should be a way that you can transfer your phone & contract to someone else and get the new shiny. without SIM cards (that are accessible, anyway), this is a lot harder to do than it would be otherwise (and that would be a nice hardware modification for future versions, too!).

anyway, like everything else with the iPhone, who knows. it’s a great step, obviously, and is going to be really attractive to me every time i walk by the increasingly ubiquitous Apple stores. but hopefully i’ll be able to wait a bit and see how things play out.

4 Replies to “iHmm…”

  1. I feel the same way. I had originally decided that I’d wait it out and basically see what kind of reviews it got, maybe even wait for a friend to get one and play with theirs first.However, this wall of hype has started to wear on me, and with all of the (mostly) positive reviews coming out of major news outlets, you have to think this thing is going to be a success.I’m already an AT&T customer, so the switchover won’t be too tough, whenever (if) I decide to do it … and I keep telling myself I don’t NEED an iPhone. But these past few days have really been tough…

  2. I feel the same way. I had originally decided that I’d wait it out and basically see what kind of reviews it got, maybe even wait for a friend to get one and play with theirs first.

    However, this wall of hype has started to wear on me, and with all of the (mostly) positive reviews coming out of major news outlets, you have to think this thing is going to be a success.

    I’m already an AT&T customer, so the switchover won’t be too tough, whenever (if) I decide to do it … and I keep telling myself I don’t NEED an iPhone. But these past few days have really been tough…

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