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June 29, 2007

Why I won't be buying an iPhone... yet

It's been called the Jesus Phone. My 4 year old son watches the demo videos online. My 7 year old daughter begged me for one the other day. And it's made by one of the two company's that I have actual affection for (Nintendo is the other one).

It honestly is a breakthrough device. Anybody who doesn't believe it, you have to take a look at the videos that wowed my son. It deserves to sell a ton, and it makes cell phones cool to me (which they have never been before, I've always hated them).

I'm even on Cingular already, so one of the main reasons to hold off isn't a problem for me.

So why won't I buy one now?

It's not just the price. In fact... even if it were $199 I still wouldn't buy it right now. (Crazy, I know). But price is one of the reasons. That is an awful lot of money. But that's not it.

1) Not enough storage.
I've been waiting for the full screen iPod for so long. So long. And now, it's more than a little disappointing to me that the first one to have this exact feature only has 8 GB of storage, max. I know that's a lot of room, but my music collection is 40GB by itself, plus video takes even more space. People say, "Why do you need ALL your music with you." It's because... no matter how I pick and choose playlists with my nano, invariably I'll want to hear something and... It's not there. I know this will be taken care of eventually. But I have to wait. But even this wasn't the dealbreaker.

2) Not fast enough.
It's been said a million times, but this is running on a slower network. This actually wouldn't bother me so much, because I can deal with the speed of EDGE, I've been doing it for quite some time already. But, it bugs me to know that eventually a new iPhone will be able to get on a faster 3G network, and I'll be left behind if I buy into this first generation. This isn't an upgradeable feature either. But even this, I would be willing to overlook because of how awesome the phone is.

Which brings me to the reason that makes the decision for me. The reason I would keep a phone that I hate while rejecting a phone I would absolutely love.

3) Doesn't act as a bluetooth modem for my laptop.
I rely on having an internet signal for my livelihood. I need to be able to get emails, work on software on my laptop, even in places that might not have wifi. I use my motorola razor as a modem for my mac, and it's been a lifesaver any number of times. So, if I have a Macbook Pro, the iPhone should work as a modem even more seamlessly, right... being from the same company, one that has a well-earned reputation for their stuff "just working."

The iPhone does not communicate with a laptop through bluetooth. And it won't work as a modem.


I'm not really sure, honestly. But until this is fixed, I won't be able to buy this wonderful breakthrough.

Darby's phone just stopped working, though....

Posted by jason on June 29, 2007 10:29 PM


it was the limited storage capacity that did it for me...for that amount of money, i want it to have at least 80 gigs in it and be able to store all of my music and a video or two.

Posted by: jd on June 30, 2007 08:07 PM

All valid points I also want to add that I was at an apple store the day of release (went there to by a MacBook with my brother for him to use at school) I got to see it an play around with it and while it is a good phone and really fun to use it is painfully slow and the applications that are present are not super useful at this point.

Also of important note should be the fact that some people still cannot get their phones registered. I was reading yesterday something like 50% of the people who have bought the phone could not register it at first and of those (and this was as of yesterday) 38% still do not have the phone registered because tech support does not know what is wrong. This is a big problem if you ask me and something that Apple or AT&T needs to fix right away. I was going to buy one but I think at this point I have to agree with you Jason I'm holding off until they clean it up a bit.

Posted by: Jagang on July 3, 2007 11:16 AM

Cow has a iPhone.

Should I change my gamer tag to CowHasAiPhone?

Posted by: CowHasAGun on July 5, 2007 03:41 PM


Posted by: Xerxes [TypeKey Profile Page] on July 5, 2007 03:47 PM

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