I've had an iPhone 2G... The iPhone 3G... Then iPhone 3GS (Reluctant buy).
It is and was an incredible phone, but inbetween the 3G and 3GS i was getting a distinct feeling i was being ripped off. I had sold my iPhone 3G around 2 weeks before WWDC (Before the new iPhone was announced), purposefully to get as much revalue out of it. Really to splash out on whatever materialized.
To be presented with the iPhone 3GS - what i considered contract wise to be a complete and utter rip off in price.. I still do.. Especially considering the hardware inside and what it cost Apple to build. This incredibly high pricing has always been Apple influence, wanting a great deal more cash out of the network providers for each handset sold than other mobile manufactures.
Even the SIM free O2 price is high when looking at the manufacturing / marketing costing on each handset.
I was pissed off, furious.. I bought a 3GS. Reluctantly lining the pockets of Apple.. How dare they.. I love the phone and i don't mind paying a premium for that, but to be ripped off by that margin.. Seemed ludicrous to me, i wasnt happy.. But didnt have any other options which meet the high expectations you have after owning an iPhone.
Finally however.. After waiting.. And waiting... Then being disappointed somewhat with the HTC Hero... I found the answer.
I have a HTC HD2, which after the various xda-developers tweaks and latest 1.61 firmware update... Is absolutely fantastic.. Sure, lack of good apps.. But that's a small issue, when considering the benefits.
Love it so much, that my iPhone 3GS will be whacked on ebay next week :).
So Steve Jobs,