The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, a great read by the way, posted that Tom Yager was to return his iPhone. Tom Yager wrote a review for the iPhone on InfoWorld for the rest of us who want the best technology we can buy for our money, not necessarily the newest.
In iPhone: The $1,975 iPod, Tom’s post starts off with
After nine days doing nothing but living, breathing, and dissecting a 4GB iPhone, I am captivated by it. I’d challenge any gadget hound to find a more satisfying, status-elevating way to blow half a grand.
He also writes that the iPhone is not yet ready for the business user and that there are better options out there.
The unhappy fact is that for all the glamorous marketing and positioning, iPhone turns out to be the worst $1,975 investment (iPhone plus two years minimum, mandatory service) you could make in mobile communications. If you put that kind of money into a BlackBerry, Treo, Windows Mobile, or Symbian device, you will be blown away by what a genuine professional mobile handset can do for you, out of the box, through incremental improvement by the manufacturer and wireless operator, and extension by downloadable third-party software.
It is definitely worth reading Tom’s entire review.
I agree with Tom that all the media attention on the iPhone has really promoted all the functionality the phones in this market. Apple excel at not only creating a product, but creating a customer experience. Building technology that is greater then the sum of its parts, the technology becomes part of a larger customer experience – This is the brand that Apple has built.
Not everyone wants to be defined by their phone or the technology they have, they want it to be an invisible tool that they use to get things done.
I think this is a good review, and really helps people to understand what the features they will and won’t get with the iPhone. After knowing all the facts if the iPhone is still what you want to purchase, then you are at least going into the purchase with your eyes open.