For those of us who are completely and utterly unimpressed with the iPhone, today was a great day.
First, the New York Post printed an extremely unenthusiastic review. Then AT&T released its rate structure for the iPhone: the cheapest option is $60 a month. Which, while comparable to other smart phone plans, is probably more than the average cell phone user wants to pay.
But I'm glad the damn thing is finally coming out, just to end the months of hype. I mean, I love gadgets as the next guy. But it's gotten completely out of hand.
I'm sick of hearing about how awesome it's going to be. I'm sick of hearing about how it's going to be impossible to get one. I'm sick of hearing people bitch and moan about how it can only be used with AT&T. And I'm especially sick of hearing industry people--the ones who should know better--talk about how it's a mistake to get the first gen iPhone and all the bugs that'll come along with it, and then in the very next breath, admit they'll probably get one, anyway.
Will I probably get one at some point? Sure. But not in the extremely foreseeable future.
For one thing, buying any expensive gadget when it first comes out is like playing Russian Roulette with five bullets instead of one. Hell, it's been almost two years since the Xbox 360 came out, and Microsoft still can't figure out how to get them to stop breaking after a few months. Also, I'm a Verizon guy. If I can't get an iPhone without switching plans, I'll wait until either Apple makes them available to everyone, or other manufacturers start making reasonably approximate facsimiles.
But most of all? I don't want to be one of those tools who will soon be out in full force, riding on the Metro, walking down the street, sitting in restaurants, or whatever, whipping out their new iPhone just to show it off. There's nothing worse than people who consider gadgets as status symbols. And much like when iPods first came out, there will undoubtedly soon be a wave of iPhone-related muggings.
Unlike the iPod muggings, though, I don't think I'll have too much sympathy for some of the victims. You want to flash a $500 toy around in public, fine. But don't be surprised when doing so you get knocked on your ass.