I was among the skeptics about the iPhone, and advised people to wait for version 2.0 — for a phone that was much better than this one and not tied to AT&T as the sole network.
So I’m wondering why Apple’s huge price cut yesterday is such a surprise. There were reports that sales had plummeted after the early hype-driven mania, which surprises me not at all. But the people who bought the iPhones earlier this summer should be feeling like suckers, because they have been taken in by a classic example of marketing manipulation.
UPDATE: Apple is making a small concession. It’s offering “every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store.” In other words, early adopters have to buy something new from Apple to get this credit — there’s no rebate on the iPhone itself; suckers squared.
I hope Apple is planning a 2.0 version that fixes the thing. My guess is we’ll see something fairly soon that works with the higher-speed network AT&T has running in some cities, but even that’s not enough to make me a customer. Not even close.
Some hackers say they’ve freed the iPhone from its AT&T dependency, but I’m waiting to see what countermeasures Apple and the telecom company take to “fix” this hack. We’ll know, once it becomes more common, just how hard-wired the pairing is going to be.
Meanwhile, as noted a few days ago, I’ve been testing the Nokia E90 Communicator, which is about twice the size of the iPhone and about 10 times more useful for what I do.
One addition to my mini-review: I also discovered it makes a nifty portable video player. I ripped a DVD of several early Heroes episodes (yes, I’m now officially hooked) to the device and watched them on a plane. The audio and video were excellent.
I still carry an iPod Nano for music, but Nokia doesn’t have to do a lot more to make the E90 as close to ideal as anything is likely to be for the next year or so. The iPhone isn’t in the same league, in my view.