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This is Leo Notenboom for askleo.info.
Unless you've been living under a rock of late, you know that Apple's new iPhone is set to be released this week.
Let me tell you why I think it's incredibly cool.
And why I'm not going to get one.
The iPhone is the next logical step in an evolution that's turning the lowly telephone into the center of your wireless digital life. True to Apple's strengths, the design is cool and the user interface - at least as shown in the demonstrations - is stunning. The iPhone could perhaps be the closest thing we've seen yet to a mainstream computer in your pocket.
With a full featured web browser, email, widgets, and a bunch of other doodads I'm sure, it's clearly going to be an incredibly lucrative device.
But I'm not getting one.
There are a couple of deal killers for me:
It's only available through AT&T wireless. Good for them, but for various reasons, mostly related to data plans, I don't want to switch carriers. Now I understand that this is a strategic marketing thing, and that Apple's probably making more money per phone than if they'd allowed other carriers to have it. But still, I need choices.
Speaking of data, can you tether it to your Mac or PC? By that I mean can you use your iPhone as a modem for connectivity for your laptop as you travel? Rumor has it that you cannot. I know that the iPhone is supposed to be your on-line digital device, but for a lot of people it's still not enough. It's not the laptop that we still need. I know that AT&T wants to sell me - for for an extra monthly cost - an adapter for my laptop instead, but today I can connect to the internet using my phone. Getting an iPhone? That's serious a downgrade that will cost a lot of extra money every month to overcome.
It's a version 1 product. No disrespect to Apple at all, but I'm going to let others take the pain and learn the lessons for this first generation device. Let's talk again at version 2. Or maybe even version 3.
In the mean time, the good news is that the iPhone is bound to stimulate the market: Apple's innovations aren't going to go unanswered. I expect to see some exciting new phones from the traditional major mobile phone makers. In fact, I believe that may already have begun.
Maybe they'll let me use my current carrier.
And maybe they'll let me use my phone as a modem for my laptop.
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Till next time, I'm Leo Notenboom, for askleo.info.
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