As much as I love my current phone, I’m going to pass on this new one, at least for now. Here’s why…
First off, I’m not saying that I wouldn’t take one if someone handed one to me and said “it’s on us”, but at the price point, the features it offers are not enough to justify the cost. I suppose my post’s title could be a little misleading, but “iPhone 3GS – I Would Want It Either Offered More Features or Took a Price Cut” wouldn’t fit in many RSS readers.
Arguably, the biggest feature of this new phone is its camera. Both the video feature and the fact that it’s more than just a cell phone camera are compelling. In demos, they showed off the ability to click an object on the screen that the camera is looking at, and that object will be what’s in focus. So if you had a foreground, a subject and a background, clicking on any one of those elements would make THAT element crystal clear. It’s also a 3 megapixel camera, which is leaps and bounds better than the turd on my current 3G. However, I don’t take enough pictures with my phone for a better camera to be an attractive feature. It’s not REMOTELY what I bought or use my iPhone for.
A feature that I WOULD want, if the price were right, would be the voice activation/dialing/etc. However, a week before launch, I’m not completely assured that the voice activation isn’t in, or can’t be added to, the new 3.0 OS that EVERY iPhone will be getting soon.
I guess if the phone was more attractive to me, personally, I’d be more up in arms at the fact that as a 3G owner, I’d have to pay full retail price for one, starting at $399, instead of what NEW owners get to pay, starting at $199. But that’s if I wanted one. As it is, I’m not upset because I don’t think it’s a worthwhile upgrade for what I want out of the phone now. As time goes on, I might change my mind.
Now, my friend Chris is looking forward to getting one, and for good reason. One, he’ll be getting it at the acceptable price, and two, he’s moving up from his EDGE phone. He’ll have the jump in features that made the 3G so attractive, PLUS the bells and whistles of the 3GS. Hell, the jump from EDGE to 3G in itself was the most attractive thing to me about switching phones last summer.
Maybe I’ll wait for next year, and see what the iPhone 3GS+ can do…