Originally Posted by macbear01
I don't believe I asked for your opinion of me, but since we're sharing personal opinions of each other... You're an asshole. I guess you are just one of those special people who is so much better than me, that you see it as your duty to impose your view upon me by judging me publicly. I hope it made you feel big and powerful. Seriously, who are you to judge? Stick to commenting on the issues that are posted rather than using your internet anonymity/proximity to take cheap shots at someone personally. Did you buy an iPhone? If you did, does this news not sting a little? If you didn't, again I ask, who are you to judge?
Simply feeling like I've been taken by a company that hyped a product to produce imaginary demand for which very little supply constraints ever existed, only to cut the price by 33% just 2 months after release, and expressing my feelings about it, does not make me a whiner. If Apple could sell the phone I purchased at $600 for $400 only 2 months later, and still make a profit that makes the corporate strategy and bottom-line look good to the street, then they were over-charging to the extreme. It's almost like I gave $200 to Apple for nothing in return when they are able, this quickly, to sell the same iPhone to everyone else for only $400. Did something make them realize that at the higher price, the features, and Apple's "cool" quotient, aren't compelling enough to sustain the product beyond initial launch?
It's been just over two months, there have been two bug-fix releases, and I still can't surf reliably with Safari on the iPhone because it crashes nearly every time I use it -- the majority of the crashes being on Apple's own pages. I haven't seen any indication that any of the problems I've noticed have been addressed by the bug-fix releases. I suspect that the second release was simply to add the Web Gallery option to help sell iLife and maybe to support new iWork document formats. I wanted the iTunes Store on my iPhone too, but that's not nearly as important as being able to sync with additional email accounts, such as Outlook/Exchange. Also, features that simply give you easier access to part with your money by putting it in Apple's pockets, such as the Wi-Fi iTS and Ringtone creation in iTunes for an additional fee (you pay twice for the song so you can have an additional 30-second clip of it), are no-brainers for Apple. That just makes sense for them, and thank god, someone has finally brought the price down for ringtones. Phone companies have been ridiculous with their ringtone pricing.
Primarily, what I'd like to see is compatibility with Exchange email servers and improved password security for the locking mechanism, but those are business-related. For consumers, I'd like to see usability features and bug fixes, like:
- system-wide [text] select, copy/cut, and paste
- multiple photo attachments in emails
- ability to mark an email as junk
- ability to select multiple items, such as email or notes, and delete the selected items all at once.
- disk mode
- Flash support
Almost all of the above features were expected within 2 to 3 weeks of launch based on rumor articles AND
analyst comments (analysts that are typically fairly reliable).
But even before any of these new features, I'd like to see more stability and reliability in existing features, such as:
- a magnifying glass in text fields that is smart enough not to go off-screen, is more responsive, and doesn't have the bug that causes the cursor to disappear inside the glass so that I'll actually know where the cursor is going to land in the text
- more reliable spell-checking/auto-completion (it doesn't quite seem to function fully in all locations in the same manner)
- a Safari client that doesn't crash constantly
- Bluetooth that doesn't pop and crack when I put my phone in my left pocket while the Apple Bluetooth headset is in my right ear (A distance of maybe 3 feet causes a problem when Bluetooth is supposed to work at a distance up to 30 feet? Sometimes at a distance of only 1.5 to 2 feet, just holding it in my hand seems to cause interference.)
And I paid $200 more just weeks ago to have this? If I'd had any idea at all that the price would come down in less than 6 months and more than $50 to $100, I would have waited. That's not whining -- it simply hasn't been on the market long enough to justify this kind of price decrease without making it painfully obvious that they were seriously over-charging for the device. I'd just like to have gotten the same great deal that everyone else is going to get now -- for the same exact product -- no changes at all. I'm not saying I didn't expect an eventual price-drop -- It happens with all products, but usually only after a reasonable amount of time has passed in the product's lifecycle and, historically, Apple lowers prices with new generations of a product. This was just a complete shock.
No body particularly cares if you asked for an opinion. You may have noticed that plenty have given the same opinion I have of others. Complain about all of us if you like.
If you don't like it, leave. No one will care.
The opinion stands. I'm not the only one, you may have noticed that think you guys are whiners. You may as well call that majority of us here assholes. We don't care, because you are what you are.
The phone was worth what you paid, or you wouldn't have paid it. At least, that would be the intelligent thing to have done.
If you thought it cost too much, then you shouldn't have bought it in the first place. Nothing will change that.
I just bought an expensive camera that I know will be upgraded within 6 months, and will likely be cheaper as well. I bought it because it's what I need now, and so it is worth it. It doesn't matter how long it's been out. If the product was out for a year, and Apple dropped the price by the same amount, people who bought it two months before the drop would whine about it as well. They always do. we go through that here all the time. We always tell them not to buy something a month before Apple makes announcements, but they do, and then they complain.
This is more of the same.
If you had said something along the lines of: "Darn, I just bought the thing. Oh well.". then I wouldn't have said anything.
Unless you were planning to sell the phone shortly, the price drop is meaningless. It's not as though they came out with an entirely new phone for $399. The phones out now are exactly the same.
don't go by what rumors sites say. no one makes major upgrades two weeks after a product comes out. It takes months for any new features to appear. You should know that. In fact, jobs said that they would be updtaing the software over time. He didn't say they would be doing it all at once immediately.
If you bought the phone because of what the rumors sites said, then blame them for getting you all hyped up, and rushing into it.