iPhone? No Thanks. (Part 1)

“Every once in awhile a revolutionary product comes along and changes everything.”
Steve Jobs (MacWorld 2007 Keynote Address, San Francisco)

With much excitement and fanfare, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the MacWorld 2007 Keynote Address earlier this month. I learned a couple of things from that address:

1) Though I’m going absolutely gah-gah over the MacBook Pro I bought myself for Christmas, I’m definitely not like some Apple fans out there.

2) The expectations of mobile phone users in the U.S. are a lot lower than the folks in Europe and Asia. I know that sounds harsh, but just stick with me and maybe you’ll understand why later.

To my surprise, I found so many things that needed addressing, at the behest of wise friend, I decided to chop this up and address it in separate blogs. Yep. It’s that bad.

In all fairness, I have to say that I have not placed my hand on an iPhone, nor have I seen one up close. Based on the pictures I’ve seen on the net, it’s a pretty slick looking phone. Nevertheless, I’m addressing what I’ve read the phone can and cannot do.

The Single Choice: Cingular
You have one, that’s right ONE option for a phone provider: Cingular. Forgive me, but I’m a consumer who really likes companies competing for my business. It could be because I’ve lived in Sweden for over 10 years and can recall life with one sole phone provider, Telia. Those were dark days my friend. No thoughts of, “Well that’s a ridiculous price. I’m taking my business elsewhere!” Nope. You paid it because they had the monopoly. Why on earth Apple is choosing to intentionally inflict this sort of pain on the loyal Apple fans is beyond me. I’ve listened to some podcasts of folks who already had one or more subscriptions saying they were simply going to have to get Cingular as well just so they could get an iPhone. Those are the truly die-hard Apple fringe. Will their ranks grow? Possibly. But not by much if you ask me. It’ll be interesting to see if Apple tries something like that in Europe. Interesting indeed. Let’s stay tuned for this one.

No Adding Games
It seems you can’t add games to it because Apple wants to control the look and feel. WHAT THE?!? After $500-$600, the least you can do is let me control the look and feel! First, I’m not really the gamer type. I have a Game Cube sitting in the living room, and the main reason for its existence is Madden 200* (whatever year. It doesn’t matter. I’m buying it) and Call of Duty. Outside of that, you can keep the rest. No offense to all of the other fabulous games out there, but I simply don’t have the time. All that said, because of my youngest daughter wanting a game for her iPod Video, I ended up purchasing Pac-Man, Sudoku, Tetris, and Mini-Golf all in a 48-hour time span. While I’m not totally WOW’d by Pac-Man, all the rest are great. I don’t regret having purchased any of them (for only 45 Swedish Crowns (about $6)), but as a former Pac-Man wizard with a joystick, I have to say the experience is NOT the same with a click-wheel. Moving right along, if Apple doesn’t see the potential in this, Steve Jobs has lost it. I’m seriously doubting he’s lost it.

It doesn’t have games. This leaves me speechless.

More to come.

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