Everyone I spoke to today was having an orgasm about Apple’s iPhone announcement at MacWorld. It’s definitely a cool looking device and Apple is sure to sell millions of them, but there are some major problems that will keep me from buying it. I can’t believe that some people are willing to overlook that:
– There’s no HSDPA. Yeah, I know Cingular’s EDGE is deployed in far more areas, but it’s just too slow. Not having HSDPA totally kills the iPhone for me as an Internet appliance.
– Cingular’s track record with data sucks. The company is really tight with data use and limits what its customers can do with its products.
– Not only will the iPhone cost $600 with a two-year contract, but to get a reasonable plan with data and SMS packages, you’ll be paying at least $100 a month after taxes.
– The battery is not user replaceable. When iPod batteries bork, you can send it back to Apple for a replacement. That’s going to suck for a phone that you use every day. On second thought, maybe this isn’t so minor….
– No over-the-air iTunes downloads. This was one of the dumbest things about the Zune and it’s even dumber for a phone with EDGE and WiFi.
There’s no way I’m going to buy an expensive phone that uses an outmoded network by a company that overcharges for services that it caps. At best, I’ll wait for a European (Q4 2007) or Asian (2008) version that comes unlocked. More likely, I’ll wait for v2.0 of the iPhone.