So it's 3 days til what has been labelled the "must have" gadget of all time (or something along those lines) is released - the Apple iPhone.
Who could ask for more? The most popular style/make/model of portable mp3 player with a phone - eliminating either your mp3 player or your current mobile from your handbag, manbag or pocket.
So, who will be buying it and who will be staying away?
I'm so on the fence. All I know is I would get it SIM Free from a well known dealer if I get one at all, as I am not prepared to pay £269 for a phone then 18 months of line rental at £35 a go for the minimal 200 texts and 200 minutes. The contract alone is £630, add the handset cost and it becomes £1 short of £900! And that's assuming you don't go over your minutes and texts!
So lets look at the good and bad bits.
I'm going to be as general as possible and take a neutral as possible view on these, so please don't scream at me! :thumbsup:
Right, first, the good.
It's been said it's the most anticipated gadget sinced the bread slicer!
It combines the 2 most everyday objects that people tend to use therefore saving space.
It has quite a few interesting features such as being able to be used as a Sat Nav as well as an internet browser that you can watch YouTube videos on too.
There are numerous other positives, but from what I think I can see, they seem to be around the above 3.
So, the bad.
No 3G services.
Very basic phone technology compared to other phones already out.
The SIMLock issue.
The price - phone and tariffs.
What happens when it goes wrong.
No removable memory.
Now for my view:
It may be a great gadget that combines 2 products into one etc, but what happens when it goes wrong? I can't say for sure this will happen, but if your phone needs to be sent back to Apple for any reason, if they flash it, I would imagine everything on the phone will be lost. It may only be a case of having to readd the mp3s, but things like photos and whatnot may not be as easy to restore, unless you have backed everything up somehow (not sure if that is possible though).
That kind of goes over the probem with the lack of removable memory, but only glides over the surface of problem of sending it back. You've lost your phone and mp3 player for a few days. Some people can live without it, but others may not. It is only a phone afterall is what some people will say, but if you need it for business, that'll be a problem. Or if you use your ipod function of it when at the gym, you may well be stuck there too, unless you also update your ipod (assuming you already have one) at the same time as you do your iPhone, which almost makes it pointless to buy an iPhone if you already have an ipod to a point doesn't it?!
Another reported problem is that if you try to unlock it, aliens come down and start poking you with ice picks! Well, not quite, but your new iPhone is rendered useless. This kind of goes into a few other areas. As o2 have won the exclusive selling rights to sell the iPhone in the UK, if the network coverage is poor, then you are at an unfair advantage straight away. Linking in with the very poor yet expensive tariffs o2 are offering, they state on their website, you can keep your number to phone people to brag that you have the iPhone, well, surely, soon after doing that, you won't have any friends (or if you're like that already, you won't be making those kind of phone calls!). But if the network coverage is poor in your area, you won't be able to make the phone calls in the first place even if you wanted to!
I'm not having a go at o2 for this as I reckon any network would have done this, but they have made the prices of the phone and tariffs is a bit much in my opinion. o2 will probably give the spiel that they have taken a chance (believe that, and you'll believe anything) on the iPhone, they have done the usual network subsidy of it making it more of an attractive price in the hope more people would buy it, but then whack a high cost tariff with low reward on:
Ignoring a few bits and pieces, such as data charges etc
The iPhone £35 tariff gives you 200 minutes and 200 texts
For the same amount, a normal 18 month contract with o2 gives you 600 minutes and 1000 texts! You also get unlimited texts or o2 calls!
So if you did want to brag to your friends, it will cost you a lot more than friendship at those tariff rates!
Back to the blocking of your iPhone if you try to unlock it. I find this totally unfair. If you can only buy it on a contract, the o2 will get your money no matter if you unlock it or not as you're tied into that contract. Apple will have had the money from you/o2 anyway, so I can't see their problem myself.
The other (and final) thing that o2 have done that annoys me is that they are not releasing it until 2 minutes past 6 in the evening of Friday the 9th of November.
What is wrong with that? Quite a bit actually in my opinion. Firstly I've never heard of things being pushed back til later in the day for a huge release, such as the PS3, Harry Potter books etc, the stores open at midnight of the day of release until the small hours of the morning. So why change? Also, if you order online, they won't be able to send it until Saturday, which means you won't get it until the Monday at the earliest, Tuesday would probably be more realistic.
In conclusion, I feel you will be paying over the odds for something that's outdated in a few ways and I feel it's very unfair you have to be pigeon holed into what you get, but if you create the hype, market it well and all the other necessary bits and pieces, the people who complain that they'd never dream of spending that much on a phone etc won't have their voices heard over the noise of the people clambering and rushing to get one!
What are your views people of HUKD?!