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Why I’m Not Purchasing an iPhone 3G and Why Apple is a Brilliant Company (video)
Next week the Apple iPhone 3G will be released and the lines will be long. I put together the video below to cover two topics: why I am not purchasing an iPhone 3G and why Apple is a brilliant company. Here are just a few notes from the video:
I won’t be purchasing the iPhone because it’s too expensive and because I found it hard to type. The Web browser and mobile applications will be awesome and that I will certainly miss, but my Samsung Ace matches it in all other areas. I found the Ace easier to type on, in fact I can write entire blog posts easily on the Ace whereas I was unable to on the iPhone. The cost difference in a nearly identical comparison is nearly $800 for the year and that’s just way too much to consider.
My take is that people with the iPhone beta (the current model) will likely upgrade to the iPhone 3G but Apple’s ability to draw in new customers will be limited.
The other part of the video covers why Apple is such a brilliant company. They have been able to create a new product lifecycle for mobile devices. Most people keep their mobile device at least 2 years which is the typical contract term. Apple has been able to push the iPod cycle into the mobile device world. Next year there will be a new iPhone and current iPhone fans will upgrade to get the new features. And the next year, and the next. I haven’t seen any major gadget blogs discussing this topic but it’s worth a look. It means that iPhone users will be locked into a contract for life (in Internet years) basically.
Update: Duncan Riley has replied with a video of his own on why he will buy an iPhone.