You’ve read my rants about why I wasn’t going to buy an iPhone – no Exchange support, no 3G, no SDK, etc. I was pretty vehement about those things, so much so that people (like my friend Jason) started calling me the OIH – Original iPhone Hater. 😉 But things have changed in the last 24 hours…
I have reversed my position, and I now plan to buy an iPhone this weekend.
Here are the three main objections I had to getting an iPhone, and how I’ve rationalized my way around them:
- No Exchange – I pay for my own phone and use a pilot program to get my Intel mail on my Windows Mobile phone now. I can give it up. If work really wants/needs me to have mobile access to my email, they can buy me a BlackBerry Curve. 😉
- No 3G – I had to force myself to be honest with myself on this one. 3G has high throughput speed, but really high latency. I’ve been using WiFi on my 8525 when I’m at home, and it feels a LOT faster than 3G, because of the lower latency. Coupled with the fact that I only get EDGE at work anyway, I have WiFi at work and at home, and there’s the nifty wifi sense that hops on wifi if it’s available, I can live with no 3G. I still think they’re stupid not to launch with it, but hey, they’re still going to sell every single iPhone they can make.
- No SDK – This one still hurts, but again, if I’m honest with myself about my current usage of my PDA phone, I use it for web, mail, and ebooks. Of those, an ebook reader is the only one missing on the iPhone. That’s going to hurt, but I can get by with reading on one of my other Windows Mobile devices or UMPC at night, rather than on my phone.
So, am I a sellout? You bet! In the end, though, I just couldn’t deny my gadget geek nature. The pull of the iPhone was just too strong. I love my iPod, I love my Macs, and I really, really enjoy using Apple products.
Plus, when I told Rachel about my dilemma, she said “just buy it, for crying out loud!”. So I consider that to be Senior Management Approval! 😉
I’m going to drop by a couple of AT&T stores on Friday night or Saturday, and see if they have any, and if not, I’ll order one online from Apple.
With any luck, I won’t be left out of the joyous multitudes fondling and stroking their iPhones this weekend!