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MacBytes
Jun 5, 2007, 08:13 AM
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bdj21ya
Jun 5, 2007, 08:42 AM
Reading the article so you don't have to:

This article doesn't actually make any interesting points about the actual product. A very boring article, don't waste your time.

redwin11
Jun 5, 2007, 09:32 AM
Reading the article so you don't have to:

This article doesn't actually make any interesting points about the actual product. A very boring article, don't waste your time.

Don't agree - it is talking a NZ audience, who are hearing all the continual spouting about the iPhone, but are probably still a year away from even seeing it.

Admittedly, it's based on a lot of if, buts and maybes, but then what iPhone articles aren't? Apple says nothing, so people have to speculate.

Clive At Five
Jun 5, 2007, 09:34 AM
Reading the article so you don't have to:

This article doesn't actually make any interesting points about the actual product. A very boring article, don't waste your time.

Okay, with a little more detailed analysis of the article...

It basically only applies to New Zealand. Their arguments that the iPhone's price will be jacked up about 20 - 30% and won't arrive for 2-3 years from now so it's better to buy a smartphone because they are available now. Also, it makes the incorrect point that the iPhone won't allow 3rd-party dev't.

But overall, yes, this article is a waste of time.

-Clive

PCMacUser
Jun 5, 2007, 04:14 PM
Okay, with a little more detailed analysis of the article...

It basically only applies to New Zealand. Their arguments that the iPhone's price will be jacked up about 20 - 30% and won't arrive for 2-3 years from now so it's better to buy a smartphone because they are available now. Also, it makes the incorrect point that the iPhone won't allow 3rd-party dev't.

But overall, yes, this article is a waste of time.

-Clive

Yeah, it doesn't really apply to the US market. Here in New Zealand, the focus is more on 3G and fast wireless capabilities, so the iPhone will only be useful as a gimmick or showpiece down here.

Phones like the Nokia N95 are where it's at now. The iPhone will already be obsolete when it launches.

nagromme
Jun 5, 2007, 05:16 PM
Obsolete as long as ease of use doesn't matter :)

In my case, raw speed matters some, but not as much as usability.

(Of course the iPhone will have the 3G speed too by the time NZ gets it, and who knows what other new features. I do like the GPS in that Nokia and would love to see it get the Apple multitouch treatment.)

EDIT: Wow! That Nokia N95 makes an iPhone sound cheap! $750-800?? (Maybe up to ~$1100 according to a review?) It has a few nice specs but it's also badly lacking compared to a $500 iPhone in some important areas:

* Half the iPhone's screen resolution (good thing it doesn't have a real browser able to show pages like a computer or iPhone can)

* No multitouch (or even any kind of touch/stylus UI at all?) nor prox sensor or tilt sensor (and therefore lots of buttons and doodads--I count 25 physical buttons/controls, compared to the iPhone's 5)

* 2.6" screen vs. the iPhone's 3.7" (apparently not 3.5" after all)

* 256MB flash storage (1/8 of the bottom iPhone's) upgradable to 2GB max

* Almost twice as thick - while being a little smaller in the other dimensions... except when you unfold it different ways (a needless step on iPhone) to expose the actual controls--then it becomes longer. And some controls require sliding it one way, while others require sliding the other (talk about "gimmicks"). You can't access your music controls and your phone controls at the same time?? And no alpha keyboard??

* The iPhone has 25% more talk time

The Nokia still looks like a very cool choice if you don't mind dealing with a clutter of physical controls all over, but not better than the iPhone to the tune of costing SO much more. I want a GPS badly, but not that badly :p

http://www.navigadget.com/wp-content/postimages/2006/09/nokia-n95-331.jpg

solvs
Jun 5, 2007, 11:26 PM
The iPhone will already be obsolete when it launches.
This amazes me when I hear it. You obviously haven't seen it. Even if we go on specs, which is not the way we should go about this (hint: it's about usability), it's still far better than most of what's out there as shown above.