You see that is the issue, it is not a smart phone, which means it cannot compete with Nokia, or Ericsson. And just because if has a patent or two doesn't mean it is any good
It won't take Nokia long to catch up, as they are already past the iPhone in functionality, you see Nokia actually sells phones, their phones are available in shops for purchase (and you can buy them without contract, and with 3G support)
Now who makes those networks that they are modifying, that's right, Nokia, and Ericsson, so I imagine they have done in the past. Also when is Apple going to modify their phone to support all the GSM standards they are missing (like MMS etc)
A two year contract does not sound like a great thing to get lumped with after forking out that much for a phone. Cingular haven't bent over for Apple like people make it out to be, they will be making quite a bit of money out of the deal.
So, could you explain your thoughts on why the iPod dominates the mp3 player market when, by what you've said above, everyone could and should have equalled it in design by now and crippled it in price?
Dare I guess you're one of the "Apple's marketing" crowd perchance?
To just round this off and bullet the things you're missing about the iPhone:
- functionality is USELESS if people cannot access it
- the iPhone Rev.A is just the first model, watch out for the equivalent to the iPod mini and then BOOM the iPod nano
- that user interface is 5 years ahead of anyone else's wet dreams
- seriously, compare it to what the competition have now, and compare their 2007 to what they were doing in 2002
- Apple have the stores to move this thing quickly from day one
- it is a single platform and as much as you may dislike that, observe the 3rd party accessory and soon enough iTunes market place software ecosystem grow
Sure, you're not buying generation one. Maybe you'll hold out from them permanently, I mean implying what you did about design being irrelevant and features being something to list on packaging instead of actually use, well it makes me wonder if you have a Creative a Zune or a Sandisk. But joking aside, if you want commentary on the iPhone and what's about to happen like the iPod all over again, you and anyone could do worse than heading here:
Device Problems In Search of a Solution
Boy, are there problems, and is there a revolution to be had in solving them instead of preaching to the choir.