Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Making the jump?

Sure the forthcoming new iPhone has a faster 3G data network, storage (now up to 16GB) and GPS built in, but aside from that, does it have any other improved electronics? (ie. faster CPU?)

Sure the software is getting a boost but current iPhone users (like me) will get that for free.

While the faster data rates will be nice when you can actually GET a 3G signal, would you be willing to shell out an additional $200 in service fees and $199 in hardware fees to get it and GPS?

I'm not sure Apple's given enough new features to make most current iPhone users make the jump - but then again, most geeks that I know are gonna upgrade. So who knows?

On the plus side, iPod Touch owners who didn't bite on the last software upgrade can get it essentially for free if they purchase the new software for $20. If you did purchase the previous upgrade, you'll have to pay an additional $20 to get the new stuff, so you'll be out $40 while your slacker friend who waited will only shell out $20. (who cares? Yeah, I know - still had to mention it)

What am I going to do? Not sure yet. Need to noodle on it some more. It's not that I don't want the speed, GPS and nor isn't it in the budget. No, the only thing keeping me from making the jump is AT&T.

Dude, they really suck. As much as I didn't care for Sprint, they rock compared to AT&T. Not to mention their EVDO data network is in way more places than 3G. And of course there's the issue with general signal availability in which AT&T's "more bars allover" is pure bullshit.

One thing that I am looking forward to is the rumored ability for both iPhones and Touches to control an iTunes player on a local mac. My Touch is going to be great for that and really become more of a ubiquitous computer laying around the house kinda thing. With how I manage and stream music to the various speakers in the house, on the deck, etc. this is going to be really handy.

I guess its going to be nice that I'll be on vacation when the 3G iPhone is released. I'll address the issue of making the jump when I get back and the dust settles.

Or will I?

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