Apple iPhone: Mobile Revolution or Just Gadget Bling?
We've seen a lot of hype at the core of Apple's new cell phone. Is this Apple's next iPod or Apple's next
iPhone will go up for sale on June 29th and will be served through AT&T's GSM/EDGE network. Timing could be everything for Apple as there are surprisingly few options for North Americans to get everything iPhone delivers in one high end package. Mobile users have Internet connected communications devices like Blackberry and Treo. And if you're attracted to the music and media aspect of the phone there are plenty of those with Sony's Walkman line and Samsung's Upstage. There aren't very many phones that offer it all up in one high resolution touch-screen package.
Competition for iPhone will come from Pocket PCs running a certain Microsoft product – Windows Mobile. HTC Touch is another high end mobile phone also launching this month but not directly to any
Possibly one of the biggest unsung values packed into iPhone is the inclusion of wi-fi. This means you won't be dependent on the costly wireless network to browse the web on your new iPhone. But Wi-Fi is another high end feature found on many of the world's snazziest mobile gadgets.
iPhone offers nothing truly revolutionary, but to dismiss it as all Apple hype is rather unfair. I think Jobs and co are wise to deliver it to American market now. We've been hurting for a long for high end handsets on this side of the ocean, it's about time someone stepped up and delivered. As for its steep price, $500 is simply the cost of admission into the small tent of high end handsets. Competing products can cost even more. For instance an unlocked Nokia N95 will set you back as much as $850.
So, iPhone may not be revolutions it may be first on the continent to offer quite this array of features. But, it is the ultimate in palm bling with more geek chic than an LG Prada.