So, iPhone mania is upon us, and much of what I am seeing on twitter and the like is news about the iPhone. Well, I have decided to not get one. Do I have a reason? Hell Yes! I have 10 reasons to not get an iPhone. Let me list them for you:
- Unclear interoperability with exchange. I read my email on my phone every day all day. So much so, that I burn my blackberry 8800 battery out daily.
- Lack of Third Party Apps. I use Newsgator to Go and Tiny Twitter several times a day. Not sure if they will work properly.
- Can’t figure out if I would ever listen to music just wandering around. I have a 80gb Video iPod and a 8gb Nano, but I never use the video iPod unless I am travelling (a couple times a month), and the nano at the gym. Most of the music I listen to is on my computer or through my AppleTV.
- No tactile keyboard. I know everyone says you get used to it, but I type when I am walking, driving (dont tell my mom), etc, and knowing where the keys are by feel is really important.
- My attempt to grow up. I am always the first person to buy the new gadget. As I have gotten older, I have realized while there is a ton of excitement in being one of the first people to own a product; the products are almost never ready for prime time. It goes back to my favorite parable:
- The anti-cool factor. Can I be cool for trying to not be cool by buying the new coolest product on the planet? Or is this like when I was the only one without a CrossColors or HyperColors t-shirt?
- The cost. See #5.
- Durability. I destroy phones and most electronic devices. I have always wanted to believe it was because my super power was Static Electricity — Able to Break Electronic Gadgets Just By Being There! The truth is I use the hell out of them, and dont really care for them. I would break the iPhone within a week. (I am on my third Blackberry 8800 in 2+ months).
- The iPhone is going to be like the PS3. Initial demand is driven by people that want to buy and sell iPhones on ebay/craigslist/etc. In a week, there will be plenty. Of course, there is no Wii-like competitor.
- I just dont wanna! Which, of course, is the best reason.
Two bulls are sitting on a hill overlooking a valley of cows.
The young bull says to the old bull, “lets run down there and screw us a cow!”
The old bull says, “lets walk down there and screw them all.”
With early adoption, the consumer is the one that gets screwed more often than not.