Wednesday, July 9, 2008

iPhone - Pricey but Nifty

According to Walt Mossberg at WSJ, new iPhone is pricey but nifty.

...significantly faster than older iPhone
...availability of third-party software could be the biggest attraction to the new iPhone 3G.
...all in one web device functionality, ease and simplicity of use.
...ability to synchronize all of your content, e-mails, pix, music, etc. automatically, so whatever you do on iPhone, those same changes are loaded onto your other network computers

...AT&T Inc., has effectively negated the iPhone's up-front price cut by jacking up its monthly fee for unlimited data use by $10.
...Over the course of the two-year contract you must sign to get the lower hardware prices, that adds $240, overwhelming the $200 savings on the phone itself. If you want text messaging, the cost rises further. With the first iPhone, 200 text messages a month came free. Now, 200 messages will cost $5 a month, or another $120 over the two-year contract.
...iPhone 3G's battery was drained much more quickly in a typical day of use than the battery on the original iPhone, due to the higher power demands of 3G networks.
...significant problem because, unlike most other smart phones, the iPhone has a sealed battery that can't be replaced with a spare.

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