As much of a computer nerd as I am, I'm usually a late adopter to technology for a few reasons. I feel most new hyped technologies and electronics are mainly fads, and I'm also cheap.
Adopting later means you avoid the bugs, kinks and most importantly pay the lowest price, that's me being cheap again :)
I never read much about the iPhone but I saw all the hype around it and until recently I wasn't a big fan of anything Apple until a few years ago I realized Mac OS is practically based on the BSD kernel (Unix variant).
With that said I know I read so many great things about iPhone, but I dismissed it as "hype" becuase most new products and technologies never live up to that expectation.
I think Apple has set a new standard for cell phones and really have outdone themselves, in terms of the value, power flexibility and customization the iPhone is capable of.
Once I saw the screenshots and videos and finally used my cousins iPhone I was blown away. For $299 (on a ridiculous 3-year Rogers contract) you can have the new iPhone 3GS with 32 Gigs of space.
I'm still blown away at the size of the screen and how well the entire design and layout was thought out and the power of this little phone. It is not only your phone, PIM, movie/music player, video recorder, but it looks like the quality of the games and graphics is going to give PSP a real run for the money.
For someone who is always busy (no exaggeration) and has little free time, an iPhone is perfect for me. Sure, I have an XBOX360 (which has done more sitting than playing) since I bought it in early 2008 due to a lack of time, but being able to play 3D games that are PSP/DS quality anywhere (even in the washroom), will really allow me to get some much needed gaming in.
Even better, you can play wireless over the WiFi or over the 3G network with friends and family, and this is really great for boring meetings, outings, and other gatherings or functions where you might have the time or want to pretend you were somewhere else.
The other amazing thing is the sheer amount of APPS, and this is something Apple deserves credit for. Since the iPhone is basically running Mac OS, it must be easy for developers to port and create applications since they've already been developing on the OS X platform.
Even better is the sheer power and speed the new 3GS has, it's really going to challenge Sony in my opinion and this is just the beginning. Expect Apple to release revision after revision that gets bigger, better and faster.
The possiblities with iPhone are endless, and it's actually prompted me to look into developing some apps for Mac OS X and of course the iPhone.
I could go on and on, but to sum it up, the iPhone isn't hyped enough, it more than delivers and who thought one device would offer this many features and do all of them so well?
There is really no one who can compete with them, and due to the brilliance of Apple's engineers, leveraging the existing Mac OSX onto the iPhone, they'll always have a huge competitive advantage when it comes to software.
This also bolds very well for Mac OSX and will undoubtedly convert Windows users to eventually switch to Mac OSX.
I can't wait to buy my first iPhone 3GS, and I doubt any company will come close to challening iPhone for a very long time.
It's annoying that there are no external buttons to do basic functions such as phoning in the case you're wearing gloves during the winter etc.., this is something they should consider for the future. It is also annoying that they've purposely left out the microSDHC slot, so you can't expand the storage. This is something they should once again consider for the future.
With that said, I can't pick on anything else, not like I did with the horrible Nokia N97 which I almost bought and kept.
This is one phone that does it all and does not disappoint.
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