And yet, I have a hard time caring about it. It’s a pretty slick device but nothing compelling about it which makes me actually want to replace my Ericsson K510i with it.

Posted by: fluffy on January 9th, 2007 5:36 PM

Maybe I got the wrong phone, but I find it very compelling. I’ll need more specifics, of course, but (from the brief details in the keynote and website) all the features I love on my N93 seem to be much more well designed and implemented on the iPhone. And despite being a much more open phone than any I’ve owned before, the N93 has some frustrating limitations on openness.

Posted by: kasei on January 9th, 2007 5:56 PM

I’m worried about soft buttons, and the time lag this may imply. On the other hand, the built-in WiFi, seemingly good web browser, and iPod integration seem like real selling points.

A bit requirement for me, though, will be the e-mail integration, and how easy it will be to install further applications.

Strange that Apple didn’t seem to play up the ability use iChat for text or voice…

Posted by: Traveler on January 10th, 2007 6:07 AM

Perhaps more exciting are the implications for the future of computing. Imagine a 23” version of the iPhone sitting on your desk…

Posted by: Traveler on January 10th, 2007 7:45 AM

I don’t think soft buttons necessarily mean lag time. I think that’s just what an entire market of awful choices has led us to expect. I’ve got WiFi and a good web browser (although not multi-touch good) on my N93, and they’re definitely a step in the right direction. I think the iPod integration and the massive improvement in screen resolution are selling points, too.

The fact that Steve Jobs name dropped “push imap” seems like a shot across the bow of the the crackberry users. However, things aren’t looking terribly good on the “install further applications” front at this point. Let’s hope things get better as June gets closer.

Finallly, the lack of iChat mentions is probably because Cingular would never accept a deal if the phone made it easy to bypass SMS.

Posted by: kasei on January 11th, 2007 3:11 AM

I agree Cingular would object to iChat integration, but equally it would be quite a crippling thing, from an Apple user point of view, to not allow the software to work. And other phones already support AIM. Fingers crossed.

I wonder how they will market it in Europe. Will it have the special voicemail functionality (which required Cingular to rewrite their software) or will it be a slightly different, unlocked version.

Posted by: Traveler on January 11th, 2007 5:29 AM