iPhone, I wub you not?

2 days ago I raved about how much I liked the iPhone after Jobs’ Macworld 2007 announcement.  After thinking about it and reading more coverage, the so-called reality distortion field has passed and I’m not feelin’ the iPhone like I previously did.  Call me wishy-washy, but it’s true.  Omar and Torres have both discussed it at great length, and I agree with most of their points.  I’m not going as far as Torres and saying I won’t buy this phone, but there are enough things that concern me about it to at least delay my purchase for a significant amount of time.

After reading Mike’s post, here’s my response:

  1. Access to my corporate data over the air — Agree that if this functionality doens’t exist, the device is also a non-starter for me.  However, we haven’t heard definitively that this won’t be possible so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
  2. EDGE network speed — while Mike finds Edge “so slow it’s almost unusable for browsing”, I woudl have to disagree. After moving to the Samsung Blackjack recently which sports 3G HSDPA connection, I find myself in Edge-only mode to presrve battery life.  For what I normally browse (yahoo mail, rss feeds, engadget), Edge is clearly slower than 3G/EVDO, but not a deal breaker.
  3. Too expensive? People are continually saying this device is too expensive, but I’m still on the fence.  $500-$600 for this device isn’t as outlandish as people claim it is given it’s a full blow iPod but also a phone.  Considering iPods are $200-$300 and phones alone can go upwards of $300, the iPhone price point is right there.  Admittedly, once you factor in the fact that Cingular should be subsizing the price since they are going to lock you into a 2 year contract, you gotta wonder whether Cingular is subsizing anything at all.
  4. Touchscreen interface — I was really keen on this originally, but now, I’m going to have to agree with the skeptics.  It looks freakin’ cool, but after you factor in screen scratches and smudges along with the lack of any tactile response, this device could be an absolute nightmare.
  5. Closed system — I was all hyped up about the iPhone running full blown OSX since it meant that app developers wouldn’t have to really do much to refactor their apps other than accomodating smaller screen size (unless the iPhone did some clever UI scaling).  But turns out that the iPhone will be a closed platform just like the iPod.   WTF Apple. Haven’t you learned anything at all from anyone else in the industry? Why do you keep doing this?

Other than a cool form factor, the only thing that the iPhone does for me, is allows me to ditch my standalone iPod altogether.  I would always have my ipod on me which would be ultra-convenient, but then again, this means I always have to carry my headphones.  I just know I’d end up in a situation where I have my iPhone with no headphones to listen to music. 

The teedot jury is still out on whether the iPhone will be a winner or not, but what’s certain is that I’m not going to rush out and buy this thing.