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iPhone minus 26 and counting


June 29

The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes hosted an advertisement tonight (Sunday) revealing a June 29 sell date for the iPhone, termed the "Ronco Veg-O-Matic™ for the Internet era" by none less than the New York Times.

The ATT front man for iPhone hinted earlier that Google apps will be available for Apple's handset. Eric Schmidt of Google hinted at "SMS gone wild" as a good description of the online giant's pending mobile releases at a Wall Street Journal conference last week, confirmed elsewhere, and sources indicate ATT has a five year exclusive on the iPhone.

To which, one might say, so what?

LG's stylish Prada (videos here) appears headed to Verizon to satisfy the form-over-function folks. And, given Steve Job's wafflizing on the subject of third-party apps, the iPhone's utility may be somewhat pig-in-poke-ish for months.

However, there are other choices, and once you've seen this SmartShow YouTube vid showing ten things iPhones can't do, which smartphones can, y'all may want to consider spending those 26 days to plan what you ought to be buying, besides hype.

Do you buy your mobiles with function, not form, as the leading criteria? What's important to you when buying your next handset? Join the discussion.

5 comments
camcodersonly
camcodersonly

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apaludet
apaludet

Without thinking as an engineer, I would select a phone by function, without denying the attraction of good easthetic form in any way. When any item is selected by form criteria, eventually issues regarding its fuctional use and performance come to the surface, look at the aesthetically pleasing flip phones that continue to have mechanical failures at the hinges as example.

Freight77
Freight77

I've been using a Samsung i730 and are very happy with it. Especially with the ability to download any application I want off the web. Since it is not locked.

K7AAY
K7AAY

My Nokia 9300's a superb smartphone, but, incredibly, there are people who find this miniature marvel of computing too brick-like. Do you buy on functionality, or appearance?

skicat
skicat

I am not a guy to buy a gadget just "because". It took me a while to get my iPod and naturally I dig it. $500 to $600 for a phone, seriously, just for a lot of style? That is a steep price to pay just to be considered "hip". I know it will play movies/tv shows/music with the greatest of ease... it better. I have used AT&T's phone services in the past and I am not impressed. Also, the iPhone doesn't work with AT&T's new HSDPA data platform. What is up with that? For that cost, I expect the device to have the best and the brightest the market/provider has available. It will be interesting to see the overall functionality of this device. How does the phone handle attachments? Will it be compatitable w/ MS products? Can you install a VPN product on it? I need to manange servers remotely. Sending and receiving email. Compatible w/ Exchange? Domino? How often will I need to reset/reboot this product because of OS issues (and don't give me the "it runs on unix" excuse). Before anyone really jumps on this product, wait 3 months for the reviews to all come in. For me, the iPhone looks a bit too slick for my needs.

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