iPhones – The wait is over!

11 11 2007

Recently, so many people have been talking about the Apple iPhone.  Those people can rejoice – the iPhone is out now in the UK, and the country seems to already be iPhone mad.

Whether it’s down to hype, special features, or company reputation – and I suspect it’s a combination of the three – people have been queuing up to buy their iPhones, and if the BBC is to believed, many of them “love” their iPhones (I’m strongly reminded of Danielle Flora and her BlackBerry here).  This mirrors the reactions in the USA, as reported by the BBC, where overwhelmed happy customers have lauded it as “amazing” and “a masterpiece”.

There have been some complaints, mostly centered around the fact that the iPhone can only be used with the O2 network.  Unlocking them for use in other networks voids the warranty and could, apparently, damage the ‘phone.  This hasn’t stopped 250,000 Americans from unlocking it, which makes sense if your area doesn’t even have good O2 coverage.

The BBC also publish a review of the iPhone by Darren Waters, who writes that “The greatest success of Apple’s iPhone lies in the realisation that most phones you have owned previously are compromises.”  Although he levels numerous criticisms at the device – overhyped, 2G not 3G, slow-loading pictures, O2’s Edge network only working well in urban areas, lack of ability to send instant messages and voice over IP, lack of ability to sync data, “deeply disappointing” camera and only 8GB of flash memory – his review is overally positive, concluding that “like the iPod, the iPhone will force every other competitor in the market to raise its game. And for that consumers should be thankful for the iPhone – even if they have no intention of buying one.”




4 responses

11 11 2007

I don’t think the iPhone’s supposed to be be released here in Australia until the first quarter of 2008, unless they push it forward for Christmas, but it’s actually been quite good seeing the delay over here; we’ve been able to see a lot of the reaction in the US and now the UK and evaluate it without getting too caught up in the hype. The main thing I hope is that Apple’s learnt from their mistake with the initial price; if they cut it in the UK three months after its release like they did in the US, their share price will take a hit again. Although it sounds like it’s more subscription-based, so that shouldn’t happen anyway.

I like the idea of the iPhone; not so much because it’s a revolutionary phone (I don’t think it is on the whole), but because it’s one of the more reasonable multimedia devices on the market. I think the future is the balance of functionality and portability; the idea is in 10 years to have something the same price and functionality as a cell phone, which can also be a fully functional MP3 player (say 60GB), GPS tracker, PDA, web browser, etc. People don’t want to be carrying four or five gadgets around with them, and the iPhone seems to be way ahead of the pack as far as that goes. It’s also the best iPod, so it’s got that going for it too.

Not sure if I’ll get one when it does come out, but I’m very interested to see how it takes off everywhere, and how Nokia and Motorola respond. I think I might look at the 2nd gen iPhone when a few of the kinks have been worked out! 🙂

11 11 2007

That sounds like a good plan to me. Technology advances at such a rate that often it’s not wise to buy the first model of something that comes out, because it’s usually dated within a year.

We haven’t got Windows Vista yet for much that reason: we heard there were some problems with it, so we decided to wait until they iron them out before upgrading.

I may never get an iPhone, but it’s always interesting to see what’s on the market and how people react. That’s partly why I like Media Studies so much.

11 11 2007
Will Rhodes

Never mind iPhone – I think a Blackberry does just as much a good job and is far cheaper – and you don’t have to be stuck with one service provider. I won’t be buying one until those flaws are ironed out 🙂

12 11 2007

I agree, but it’s all in the marketing – lots of people will buy an iPhone because they’ve been hyped, because they are slightly friendlier looking than the BlackBerry or any similar devices (silly, I know) and because they are being marketed specifically as a ‘phone, whereas the BlackBerry is marketed as a handy tool for businesspeople.

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