Last night, while waiting for my some files to be updated to a newer version of some software on my iMac, I sat on the couch with my MacBook and decided to watch Steve Jobs’ presentation of the iPhone at the recent MacWorld conference. It lasted more than an hour, but I was hooked from very early in the presentation.
A few things I learned:
- This is not just another gadget. The iPhone is a whole new thing. It puts existing PDA phones to shame in more ways than I can count. For instance, if I have three voice mails awaiting me, I don’t have to listen to them to know who I need to talk to first. I can choose to listen to voicemail #3 first because it’s from one of my daughters or my publisher.
- For those who are on other networks than Cingular/AT&T, don’t expect this to come to your network soon. Cingular has a multi-year exclusive contract as the provider for the iPhone. If you want an iPhone, you’ll have to switch networks. [I am a loyal Verizon customer, but I’ve got to say, this may cause me to move. In fact, I’m almost sure it will.]
- I can currently sync my PDA with my iMac’s calendars and contacts, but the iPhone will do it better and with more pizzaz.
- The 4 GB model will sell for $499 and the 8 GB will sell for $599. To compare you can get a newest model Treo for about $399. Yes, the iPhone is more, but most people have a Treo and an iPod (Nano is $199) so…
You have to watch this presentation to believe just how beyond cool the iPhone is. There is no way that words and bullet points can convey it. I know because I didn’t understand until I watched the video for myself. I’m counting the months until my contract with Verizon runs out.