Just before the lunch hour, famed leaker and wireless lover Boy Genius and I got together for a little chit chat about Apple’s bombshell from yesterday, and also for some back and forth on where the BlackBerry world is at. We were able to get BG’s (and my) unabashed thoughts on the iPhone, as well as some scoops on possible 8800 delays (and changed specs?!), and a little more info on the aforementioned “perfect” device from RIM. Enjoy the read.
BBCool: So, Boy Genius – the iPhone… thoughts?
Speaking of thoughts, I just saw the recent article by Thought and couldn’t agree more. Basically, right now the whole mobile phone game is messed up because of it. Regardless of what happens, and not to toot Steve Job’s horn too much, but they really revolutionized the mobile phone industry. Itâ€™s like… look at any other mobile phone or PDA in the world and tell me the iPhone isn’t as cool? You canâ€™t really. 8800 who?
BBCool: I agree with the whole revolutionary aspect, but do you think that the everyday mobile user is going to run out and adopt this? I don’t think that’ll happen. At least not right away.
Well, donâ€™t forget itâ€™s the first product in this category from Apple itâ€™s priced high so your right everyone and their mother wonâ€™t run out and buy one right away, but there will be less expensive models I’m sure and so forth. Corporate? Not so much. Thatâ€™s where RIM still has some market share. But their whole Pearl thing? You see the video of Mike Lazaridisâ€™ speech when Pearl came out? “3 YEARS IN THE MAKING!” Dude! You added a god damn camera and a trackball!
Then look at iPhone. 3 years in the making. If Apple gets the keyboard right itâ€™s over. Completely over. Itâ€™s all dependant on that, and how well the touch controls work but knowing Apple and Jobs, it will work, and work well
BBCool: Good point. We’ll talk about multi-touch, but take that away from the iPhone for a second and let’s look at the device. A pal of mine just brought up the fact that right now, you can get an Ericsson W810i with 4GB memory, 2mp camera, music, video, email – all for $25 on a 3 year contract (or around $359 to get it outright). Without the multi-touch, compare these two devices.If you’re looking to get the most for your buck, is the iPhone the way to go?
But thatâ€™s not Apple. When has apple been the most economically friendly company? Itâ€™s about great fun easy to use products. I think there will be spill over – I really do – from young people to old people, but they are not trying to be “you get $100 back when you signup with a 2yr agreement”