Those two ear buds may not look very interesting but they are mister, they are. Those little buds represent the very first, truly wireless headphones we’ve seen capable of stereo sound without that goofy strap or string running between the cans.
You guessed it….iPhone junk!!!!!!!!!!!!
The iPhone could end wars, poverty, and hunger, but we still wouldn’t expect competitors’ executives to exactly fawn over it. And indeed they didn’t — though Nokia’s VP of Nseries devices, Pekka Pohjakallio, was surprisingly un-negative in comments today to Tech Digest at CES
And the reality slowly sets in about what the iPhone is and is not. Noted analyst and Engadget pal Michael Gartenberg stated that the iPhone is first party software ONLY — i.e. not a smartphone by conventional terms, being that a smartphone is a platform device that allows software to be installed.
I am blown away by how capable the software is, Safari especially. Unfortunately, the iPhone is a little pricey at $599 for the 8GB model and $499 for the 4GB model. However, if you put that into context that’s in the same price-range as a high-end Treo or Blackberry.
So what’s wrong? Not so much “wrong” as questions that are left unanswered as the “Apple Keynote Reality Distortion Field” wears off a bit…
- $499 for the 4GB model, $599 for 8GB model. Even though it does what no other phone has ever attempted, that’s still steep. And with only 8GB flash memory it isn’t going to replace the iPod anytime soon.
- Exclusively Cingular. Many have a love/hate relationship with Cingular, with good reason. What about folks who still have time left on their existing Cingular contracts? Will they be able to buy the phone at the contract rate and simply extend the contract, or will they have to wait until contract expiration as is current policy?
Once again, Apple CEO Steve Jobs wowed the crowds like no one else can. In his 9 am keynote at MacWorld in San Francisco this morning, Jobs announced the new iPhone cell phone. From the description in appears to be a game changing device, and the public markets seem to agree. As of the time of this writing, Apple stock is up over 7% for the day. Competitor Research in Motion (Blackberry) is down over 6%, wiping $2 billion dollars in market cap off the table. Palm, maker of the Treo, is also down, nearly 6%.
And finally the UberTech chimes in….
I officially started my iPhone fund today and plan on picking one up around November or so…you know after they have worked out all the bugs and stuff. I’m unwilling to drop 6 large for the honor of beta testing the iPhone for Apple.