The New iPhone 3G: My First Impressions
When the first iPhone was released, I got all excited, just like everyone else. Â I thought it would be the perfect phone for me, until I saw what it didn't come with, i.e. apps. Â The price was high, but my euphoric response didn't see that. Â But the 2 year contract with AT&T did slap me into real life. Â It just became too impractical for me to own, and so I let go of the dream. Â Much like Nick in GPF Comics, I walked away. Â It was just too impractical for what I was hoping it would be: Â a replacement for my laptop. Â Now the new iPhone 3G has been announced, with the release on July 11th. Â I can honestly say I am excited for the release. Â This time the price for the device is lower, and I already have a 2 year contract with AT&T (when my wife and I found out we were expecting, we thought cell phones would be a good idea). Â And I hate my current phone. Â Why do I hate it? Â Because it has a blasted camera button on the side of it, and I keep taking pictures of my pocket when I pull it out. Â I need a new phone.Â So, I'm seriously looking at the iPhone 3G. Â The data price hasn't gone up for my Business account, but it's still pretty steep. Â That's one strike against it. Â The other will be determined entirely by the application offerings that are available for the iPhone. Â The teaser pictures are encouraging, but there are some pretty specific applications I would like to see for the new iPhone. Â Also, I'm still holding out for a UMPC from Apple. Â I want an iPod Slate, and there is some evidence that it will be happening in the next quarter, just in time for Christmas. Â So instead of both my wife and I getting an iPhone, we are getting one, and hopefully the Slate will be released on time.Â So, my over all impression: Â the new iPhone is a definite buy, but with some reservations. Â Look for September to at least have a refreshed version of the iPod Touch, and perhaps have the iPod Slate. Â If not, then I may get another iPhone. Â After all, with 10.6 not supporting PPC processors, I need a new laptop anyway.