For the record, this is by no means another iPhone bashing. I will just attempt to compare it with the smart phones that are already out in the market.
David Pogue of NYT recently came out with this very funny video of his hands on experience with the much hyped about Apple iPhone. Pogue gave the iPhone a definite thumbs up.
In my previous blog here, I documented the reasons why I will not buy the iPhone and why I decided to stick with my old and more powerful Dopod 838 pro. It has been 2 months since that blog and today, I have a new cellphone of choice- the Samsung i600.
The i600 was included in the side by side comparison released recently by Apple. However, it was surprising to note that the Dopod 838 Pro was not. So, I edited their post to suit exactly what I want to compare. You can click on the image to view a hi-res version.
Except for the thickness and eye candy, the Dopod still beats the iPhone which will be released anytime now. Again, I am basing my opinion on my own personal workflow. IHMO, Apple deliberately did not include the Dopod in their comparison precisely because the latter already has the same features except for its heft.
My must have features for my Smartphone of choice are QWERTY, wifi/3G, outlook sync, and ability to create documents on the fly. These features are now also available in my current Smartphone. Being a WM5 device, the i600 syncs very well with MS Outlook. Unlike the Dopod, documents can only be made in the i600 using the built in Notepad which to me is good enough. MS Office docs can only be viewed.
What I especially like is the i600's very slim design which is about the same as that of the iPhone. It easily fits inside my pocket without anyone noticing that I have a cellphone. The i600 is so thin it practically hugs the body when carried using the optional JAVOHolster.
Let us not even discuss the camera since we all know that, except for the Nokia N95 which has a 5 megapixel camera, most smart phones only add this as a token feature.
With that as a backdrop, I can still see people lining up for the iPhone. It is very attractive especially for Mac only users who never had to sync with Outlook or Microsoft Exchange. People who also have cellphones minus the Smartphone features I enumerated will also lust for the iPhone. However, for current users of the Dopod 838 Pro, the Samsung i600 or Palm Treo, I doubt very much if they will even consider owning an iPhone. If you have already decided that the iPhone is for you, you should be ready to live with the following:
- It will cost you around $500 with a plan.
- It is currently available only with AT&T
- It will not be available in Asia until 2008
- You will have to put up with the problems inherent to all touch screen enabled phones.
The Verdict. Still no iPhone for me. I am still loving my Samsung i600 and it will continue to reside in my Sammy.