My new iPhone... NOT!
Like any good geek I've been intently watching the iPhone technolust unfold over the last few days. Here are
11 10 reasons I will be sticking with my Siemens SX66 for a few more years (if it lasts that long):
- I'm cheap as hell! $500 is a lot of money for a phone. If I'm going to pay that much I want it to do everything (see 3-8).
- AT&T (or is it the new hipper at&t) 2-year contract requirement. Why on earth do you need to commit to a two year contract with at&t to use a phone that you paid full price for?
- EDGE. I'm not sure about the details but from what I understand the iPhone's EDGE data connection is not very fast compared to the latest 3G technologies.
- No GPS. My Siemens SX66 doesn't have GPS either but then again it didn't cost $500 (see #1). I'd much rather have GPS than that accelerometer.
- Google maps only. Online Google maps should work fine... if you are inside at&t's coverage. What if you are lost in the amazon (it happens)? Without cell coverage online Google maps is not going to help. Can't call for help, can't find a map, no GPS to get your heading. Maybe you can use the backside as a emergency reflector?
- No memory expansion. That means in a few years when 4GB SD cards are $20 each you'll need to buy a new iPhone for another $500 plus inflation (see #1).
- 2-megapixel camera. No I'm not complaining about the low-res camera. I don't want a camera at all. There are many places (including my work) that do not allow cameras. I'm not willing to pay $500 (see #1) for a phone that will sit in my car all day. Plus 2-MP, no flash, and no video... WTF?
- No removable battery. This just seams like a bad idea.
- Will not act as a modem. If the service plan is for unlimited data transfer it would be nice to be able to use your iPhone as a modem for a laptop... especially if it had the faster 3G speeds.
- It's the first version. It looks like Apple did a great job but iPhone 2.0 should be better (*crosses fingers*).
- Did I mention I'm cheap as hell? I guess I did.
Yes, there is a little jealousy here. The iPhone does look like a well made machine and user very friendly. I defiantly wouldn't refuse a free one. Maybe when my Siemens SX66 breaks and my company changes there archaic rules I'll think again.