- Aug 27, 2006
For European (Q4 2007) and especially for Asian (early 2008) customers iPhone is DOA. Think about it... GSM/EDGE phone as a modern smart phone If you have ever downloaded mail attachments or any files with GSM/EDGE you know what I'm saying. Thats just painfully slow. Browsing web pages isn't pleasurable either. Modern smart phone needs to at least 3G or better yet 3.5G. Old GSM/EDGE just won't cut it in real use.
In Q1 2007 Nokia will be releasing N95 which is 3.5G smart phone that is far ahead of iPhone regarding the features and specs By the time iPhone arrives to Europe Nokia, SonyEricsson, Samsung, Moto etc. have released even better phones.
Anyway, I have to say I love iPhone's big screen and that lovely graphics chip and especially the design but thats far as it goes. iPod / phone combo would be great but I rather wait for that real wide screen video iPod that I can actually use without being afraid of running out of battery all the time.
DId it ever occur to you that the staggered release is so they can get 3G into the thing?
I highly doubt Apple will launch this phone with EDGE in Europe and Asia. It is not gonna happen.
Same thing as far as phone features. Pushing the roadmap for those countries out to late 2007 and 2008 will allow Apple to release a phone in those markets that can actually compete and offer the same features with all their new enhancements and takes on the smartphone.
I highly doubt that Apple will release the current iPhone in Europe or Asia when that time comes. By that time, there will another rev of the iPhone. One worthy of being released in those markets.
That being said. Not only does the iPhones new interface, gorgeous display (can the n95 touch it? http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/26/nokias-n95-smartphone-goes-legit/), sexy seamless integration between the three main functions make me want it. But above all Mac compatibility. I have a Treo 650. I can barely get it to work with my Mac. It is a huge PIMA.
There are things I want the iPhone to have:
1: Strong developed support. EVen if under Apples watch. Everyone wants to say well what if Apple controlled the apps on your Mac? That is a weak argument. A Computer is such a general tool. It can do ANYTHING. You can't restrict the apps on it. The iPhone is a phone. Yes, it does other things but of course I want it to work as a PHONE first. My Treo 650 has crashed many times from adding applications. Even apps I have paid for that are reputable. The platforms are simply not stable. Sure not everyone experiences that, but I can understand where Apple is coming from here. Besides, Steve did not say "No apps will be produced", he simpy said Apple would offer apps and there may be apps from developers that are certified (or something like that). They will not let the support of developers slip through their hands.
I think making this a stable platform should be first most important part right now. Apps can come later.
2: 3G and WiFi. THis is important. EDGE is indeed slow. Peak performance is never met. With this phone offering rich media, it needs 3G. Also, it would seem that it needs better WiFi performance as well. I don't know what he was connected to in the Hall though. He said 3G will come. So it may be best to just wait. The reason here is that it adds to the bulk of the device. The Pearl is EDGE. Hence its size. The Q does have 1xEVDO but it is a CDMA dual band phone which would allow for a 3G antenna. It is slightly lager as well. The Treo 750 is a brick.
For me that is it. Replacement battery. Meh. Don't care. It isn't the end of the world for me. I don't carry extra batteries around. If my phone dies. It dies. But carrying an iPod cable around isnt too hard. When the battery needs to be replaced I will stroll into an Apple repair shop and get it done. No need to send it off.
What it comes down to is this: If it doesnt do what you need it to do right now, don't buy it. Things may be a lot different in June. I say people start writing and strongly voicing these issues. That is the only way to get them to add those features (which wouldnt be hard) before launch. But who knows what they are working on and what they didnt show us. June gave them a lot of room to work with. Maybe even to get some feedback (despite the whole FCC thing) to see what they can jam in.
Lets just wait it out folks. They have til June. If then it doesnt have what you want. Wait til the next rev.
I may wait. As my sprint contract isnt up until March 08. By then there should be a snazzy iPhone out.