What Do You Think of the iPhone?

by Hadley Stern Jan 09, 2007

We will have some commentary right after we go to the restroom after waiting a few hours! In the meantime start commenting below. iPhone. Revolutionary? Will you buy one. I can tell you as someone who has seen (at least in Keynote form) that this device looks incredible.


  • Of course I’ll buy one.  In fact, I can’t imagine not buying one.  I just spent $249 for an 8G iPod Nano.  The iPhone is a bargain compared to that. 

    Jobs said one very key thing today.  There are millions of iPod users that already know how to use the iPhone.

    William Craft had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 1
  • Anyone know how 5 hours (best case) of talk/browsing time compares to other smart phones?  I don’t have a smart phone, so I don’t know what the real world expectation is.

    Beeblebrox had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 2220
  • Yea, it is not a product for everyone… and I would like to have one, but GSM haven`t being implemented in Japan. Good bye iPhone!

    thetnt had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 8
  • I want one and they won’t let me buy one.

    (stomps foot)

    DanRobinson had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 9
  • I think this device is great - and I can’t wait to see the 6th generation iPod that will ship at the same time in June.

    Well, actually, I guess I’ve already seen the 6th gen iPod ‘cos I suppose it will physically look identical to the iPhone! The only difference being that it won’t have a phone and will have either an 80 or 100 GB hard drive instead.

    And I’m just loving the multi-touch interface that my 6th gen will inherit :o)

    Lastly, I’m looking forward to developing my iPod services to work with iPhone!

    Cheers :o)

    http://www.expodition.com - for iPod users who love to travel

    RodThePlod had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 2
  • let’s see here, SE makes the closest competitor:

    Sony Ericsson p990
    - 802.11b
    - 3 band GSM
    - Euro 3g Band (2100 UMTS is not compatible w/ US)
    - PDA/Music/Photo/Video
    - 2MP Camera + Video call Camera
    - 80MB+64MB MS
    - 240x320 res
    - 4.4 x 2.2 x 1 inches

    Cost: $554 (unlocked)


    Let’s compare that to the iPhone

    - 802.11b/g (edge: iPhone)
    - 4 band GSM (edge: iPhone)
    - No 3G (edge: SE, only in Europe)
    - PDA/Music/Photo/Video (edge: iPhone because of iTunes, whether you use DRM files or not)
    - 2MP Camera, no video call cam (edge: SE, only in Europe since US networks do not offer video calls as a service)
    - 4GB/8GB (edge: a wash, since its more than Memory Stick capacity but not removable)
    - 320480 res (edge: iPhone)
    - 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches (edge: iPhone is substantially thinner overall, total volume is much less than SE)

    Cost: $500 / $600 with Cingular Contract (edge: SE is unlocked)


    Those are the basic comparisons most buyers will look at. iPhone wins on the majority. And the other buyers will be more interested in the innovations such as widescreen iPod functionality (Cover Flow) Visual Voicemail, Widgets, etc. These “other buyers” are a new category, firmly outside of the established smartphone category. That’s why the iPhone is revolutionary, it is creating a new category within the cellphone industry… not simply leapfrogging the smartphone one.

    Nathan had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 219
  • Breeblebox - I have the Sony Ericcson m600i - a comparable smartphone: 5 hours of continuous use is typical.

    I can check email every 30 mins, browse the web about an hour, and make 2 hours of phone calls and then the battery is kaput.

    Normal usage is about 1.3 days before recharge.

    But using wifi, my friend who has the 990i says the battery life really suffers. Whatever that means… but I think it means you simply can’t have wifi on for more than a couple hours.

    Nathan had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 219
  • I’d keep close tabs on Helio as well, one could call them revolutionary with their GPS enabled 3g phones. They are creating a new category of “its not a phone, its a Helio”

    Nathan had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 219
  • Nathan, you can spin the price tag all you want.  Hadley has tried.  But there’s no way around the fact that $500/600 for a locked phone AFTER its been subsidized by a TWO YEAR contract with Cingular is on the upper high-end and out of reach for most people.

    It may very well be worth it, and I’m sure it is, but to argue that somehow it’s not that much or, as Hadley has done, that it actually only costs $250 when you think about it a certain way, is just spin.

    Beeblebrox had this to say on Jan 10, 2007 Posts: 2220
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