Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Even Apple co-founder Steve Jobs himself was spotted with an iPhone in public before the device was formally released to the masses.
Not the same thing at all. That photo was in March 2007, before the iPhone went on sale, but well after the public iPhone introduction on 10th January 2007.
Originally Posted by Oflife
1) The design is uninspired (not that important, but it shows Apple have become complacent.)
2) Why no Xenon flash? What is the point of a top notch image browsing feature (one of the iPhone's greatest assets) and yet one still needs to use a 3rd party camera, import into iPhoto and then sync with the iPhone to get it on the bl**dy device? Why not include a decent camera, like Nokia and Sony Ericsson have done?
3) Why no mechanical shutter release for the camera?
4) MOST IMPORTANTLY, and why I am now going to sell my iPhone 3GS 32G and buy an Android phone: Whilst the display is high res (great!), it is no larger, in fact, slightly smaller! To read eBooks, web pages etc requires a screen of at least 4" diagonal.
Wow, in how many ways can you be so uninformed? Setting aside the design question, since de gustibus non est disputandum
(I like it, feel free not to), but addressing your other points:
2) How do you know it's not a decent camera? Third party tests already show that your 3GS camera takes better photos than many other cell phone cameras that have supposedly superior specs. Especially in low light, even without a flash. I have no idea what the results of the new camera are: do you? Xenon flash? Goodbye battery life...
3) Why no mechanical shutter release? Again, how would you even know there isn't one? Incidentally that would seem easy to implement in software, even for the existing iPhone models. For instance the down volume button could be switched to a shutter release when the camera app is active. Is this really an issue for anyone?
4) I'm sure we're all just thrilled to hear of your purchasing plans, but I think your judgment might need to be questioned, based as it is on a product you've never seen, touched or used.