Originally Posted by AdamIIGS
So you just waste your life here, posting about things you don't own. SO MUCH BETTER! I hope your mom sends you 20 extra dollars this month, according to the commercial pizza hut has 10 dollar pizzas and college kids love them.
Well, that post took me about 3 minutes to write, and I enjoyed writing it because that's what happened to be on my mind. I'm a AppleInsider user since 2004 and a big Apple fan (specifically, Macs); I do own an iPod touch and therefore have firsthand experience on how useless much the extra functionality of the iPhone really is compared to just owning a touch. I've written a lot of praise for the iPhone but I could never justify the cost. I mean, for example, basically every McDonald's in America now has free WiFi at this point (provided by AT&T, perhaps ironically), so if you are traveling, what do you actually need the data plan for? Roads like Rt. 90 through NY have free WiFi at every rest stop. I could go on...
(The Pizza Hut $10 deal sucks. On the rare occasion I eat pizza, I always get Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready $5 pizzas at college, which even taste better IMO. $10 + delivery fee + tip = around $15 for a large...not really a deal at all. Just like $30/month data rates.)
I should look into AT&T's new variable price structure, but I doubt it's a better deal. Telecom companies don't give us better deals without provocation.
Sprint and T-Mobile (if you live in a city where T-Mobile is decent) offer better rates than AT&T and Verizon. The iPhone may be in my future when it is on more than one network so that we can have some healthy competition.
I didn't mean to flame the iPhone, unlike how you meant to insult me, I meant to put things in perspective here: before you buy something because it's cool or because it does something mildly convenient, I think people tend to forget how much our commercial society tried to convince us we need something that doesn't really increase our quality of life
. I see you have taken Pizza Hut's suggestions to heart. For $10, I can make myself a complete steak dinner or buy myself a pound of huge sea scallops, but Pizza Hut would like to convince you to buy some flour, cheap tomato sauce, and cheese instead.
Case in point: I have played with the iPad multiple times in store, but have yet to figure out what someone could actually use it for besides toying around with it. And a toy it is; even the search function of kotaku.com didn't work because the iPad didn't have a proper browser, never mind the lack of extension and plugin support. Even with the big screen, no tabbed browsing? I have to fumble through browser windows like IE6? Who would buy a $500 device that didn't come close to matching the functionality of a $300 netbook...unless it was a toy?
Sure, the interface is innovative, but it's ruined by the lack of powerful functionality.
Also, EBooks are stupid, they don't cost much less than print, and the whole point of a book is that you don't need to worry about electricity to enjoy yourself. I can get books for free at the library!
$500 + the cost of books...no thanks.
There's a reason why Blackberries and PocketPCs were popular far before consumer smartphones. Business users were willing to tolerate the costs and disadvantages of this bleeding edge technology because they actually need it to increase productivity.
Today's smartphones are nothing but Facebook and Farmville machines on the go.
Well, there's probably a lot more I could say, but I've let my consciousness stream for too long. I guess having a negative opinion in any way about an Apple product that I have tried and don't want to own qualifies me for insults based on college-kid stereotypes.
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Edit: As Steve would say, one more thing...Facetime requires WiFi! That's insulting. I already have a laptop with a webcam. Wake me up when we get real cell phone video calling. Apple needs another network.