Thursday, January 11, 2007

Interest continues...

Update on Abi’s comment regarding the lack of 3G for Europe….
“Analysts have warned that Apple’s new iPhone device – combining a phone, an internet tablet and an iPod – may find Europe to be a difficult market to crack as the device is based on the EDGE standard, which is not as widely used in Europe and many European users will suffer a very slow GPRS browsing experience. However, leading telecoms analyst Ovum said that it expects Apple to announce a HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) version for Europe and the Asian-Pacific market very soon, which may counter this threat.”

I tend to agree as it’s being released in the US 3 months before Europe.

People are also complaining about the price, probably the same people that fly EasyJet and complain about the service. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. 500usd = 270gbp. Have you seen the price of an unlocked Sony W800i in Vodaphone? £400. Lets just see what happens when the UK service provider gets their paws on the device. I’m sure we will be looking at around £100 - £150. I’d buy one.

3 comments:

Abi said...

some people just don't understand the value of their money!! BUT in fainess, unless you're going to use something like that to it's full potential, it's money not well spent. Like your current ipod, you watch movies, store video, photo's and listen to the music pretty much everday, either through your headphones or the docking station ... if someone just upgraded for the bigger screen & just listened to music - it wouldn't be 'value' (yeah!) and on short flights there's nothing wrong with easyjet and going cheap!!

Anonymous said...

Have read it but do not understand anything. Still struggling with mobile phone without camera.

Muzza said...

I still don't know why this product is worth all the hype. It's a phone with browsing capability, music/video playback and a camera. There are a dozen or more devices on the market that do all this and more. Agreed this is the first one from Apple and yes you get to do funky things with the touch screen but is it a "new" device or just an expensive catalyst for some of the established phone manufacturers (LG, Sony, Nokia et al) to go one better with their next generation of phones? I would call this a market shaker not a market shaper. The Apple brand has a lot of cache but let us not forget the Apple Newton... Ahead of its time maybe but still a flop. More over, unlike past Apple announcements where the presentation is made the day before the device goes on sale thus giving the competitors no time to react and cordon off market share, this time Apple have broadcast their intent six months before market release. Samsung, Sony, LG, Nokia and even RIM’s BlackBerry will have two whole quarters to react and improve. Let’s catch up in July to check out who was right :)