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    Who bought an iPhone yesterday? Impressions, reviews, please!
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    Looks like Ryan did.


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    Good catch...but of course!!!

    You da man(Ryan)...Web masta!!!

    So how is it? Or should I say, wat were you thinking at dat moment.

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    Definately wasn't me!!.

    I really like the iPhone, but I hate who it is being serviced with!!.

    I use to be with AT & T, then they switched over to Cingular. I hate Cingular, that is why I switched over to Tmobile (with my hubby).

    Now that "At & T" is "supposidly" back on the market, who knows when they are actually going to change their mind & switch everyone to Cingular or to what ever company that just happen to be near, or most convenient (again) .

    To be honest, if Tmobile services the iPhone, I would consider getting it.
    At this point, I will not ever trust AT & T again, & will not move over just for that damn iPhone!!.

    Who knows, AT & T might go out of business again, & have their "new" &/or old customers move/merg to another company.

    Companies such as AT & T are not trustworthy (in my book)!!.

    I will only have trust to a company that wont change their minds back & forth, & will continue to keep their business & become a stand alone company!!.

    That's my two cents.

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    i went to the apple store with friends last night at around 11pm (they still have phones) after seeing die more harder or free-er and the iphone looks awesome. however, id predict that the price on it will drop, especially in conjunction with a 2 year service plan. if its got a 1 year exclusive, tmobile may get it next year. if i had money to burn, i might have picked one up.
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    By The Way....

    I heard that the iPod has more capacity in donwloading music than the iPhone itself.

    For the music part, I would rather use my own iPod just for that. I have a little over 600 music on my ipod, can that iPhone handle as much or more? , I bet NOT!!.

    Possibly for the internet & phone system, May~be.

    Now, if the iphone can totally match the iPod, capacity wise, then I would be in heaven, if I had enough cash, & they are with Tmobile, I would seriously consider getting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro View Post
    Looks like Ryan did.

    Honolulu Advertiser webmaster Scott Morifuji stood in line yesterday and blogged live while doing so. In one posting he said this...

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    Line gets longer, freebies get better

    Looks like there are only 50 or so people in line now.

    Starbucks is giving out samples of their iced tea. Williams-Sonoma is handing out brownie samples.

    Advertiser sports reporter Stacy Kaneshiro reports that there are about 40 people in line at Kahala Mall.

    Lifecaster Ryan Ozawa just walked by. He's streaming live video from here. He's at the end of the line.
    Poor Ryan is standing at the END of the line. Boo hoo. In that KHON photo, isn't that the wall by Long's Drugs? That's a long @ss line! Nah, I can tell that's in front of Macy's.

    Just curious how many of these people rushing to get the iPhone on its first day on the market are more interested in bragging rights of "I got it first", than they are in actual NEED of the features and new technology it provides.

    There's one feature (or lack there of) I read that kinda' sucked. Apparently you can't use the music loaded in your iTunes library as a ring tone. If that's true, that really sucks. Also, the abbreviated browser can't utilize the Flash plug-in. So many sites using Flash (which I hate anyway) won't be viewable.

    That direct-access selective voice mail feature is pretty cool.

    Surely there will be software and firmware updates for it in the near future.

    IMO, it's best to wait for the 2nd generation of a new product so the manufacturer can address any bugs and iron out the kinks. Case in point, we bought the first generation G5 tower, and it had a problem with the mother board's RAM slots. To this day, we can't add more. Never got around to sending the machine back to Apple, as we NEEDED the machine at the time as our primary OS X server. It's fine, but still.

    I like the electronic architecture, compact size and light weight of flash memory, but I'd be willing to sacrifice size and weight for the added storage space of a built-in (say 120 gig?) hard drive in the iPhone. That would be nice.

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    I LOVE Cingular but 600.00 is too much for me!
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    I would love to have the IPhone - will probably wait til Xmas bonus time though.

    When I got my first cell here in 1996, the company was Honolulu Cellular - great service. Then they sold to AT&T - great service. Then they sold to Cingular - ok service. Now it's back to AT&T - great service. I've always been happy with my plan, coverage, equipment & customer service. I have an excellent service plan & was able to move that plan over to Cingular last year with very few problems. TMobile would have to GIVE me the IPhone to get me to change carriers! plus the other carriers can't even come close to my service plan & monthly rate!

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    I'm reading of a number of short-comings to the phone. Part of me has to wonder if this 1g iPhone won't go the way of the Newton. Revolutionary, yet in the end it's impact was more on what features it introduced and forced the competitors to do then what itself did.

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    I'm not that impressed by the iPhone; however, it's not bad for a first-generation effort. For the price, it should have an anodized aluminum shell instead of a plastic one, removable batteries, voice-recognition dialing, a flush headphone jack instead of a recessed one, an included leather carrying case and Bluetooth headset.
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    I understand that you cannot directly download iTunes to the iPhone via the website.

    Like most have indicated here, I wouldn't shell out $600 for a 1st generation item of any kind. Too many bugs and too expensive. I believe Apple will do to iPhone users much as they've done to their Mac users, and that is to sell an expensive product on the first round then sell the same product or an improved version at a cheaper price on the second round.

    I was driving down Kilauea Avenue in Downtown Hilo yesterday and passed by the Cingular store there and saw a line developing. People with lawn chairs and coolers waiting in line. I mumbled under my breath, "Suckers". Is it THAT important to be the first to have an iPhone?

    ANYBODY knows the next generation phone will be cheaper and more feature laden than the first. Plus that wait in line will be in vain when everybody has them and it's not a fashion statement anymore. And that's exactly what it is...A FASHION STATEMENT. This isn't a limited edition item. It's not as if Apple isn't gonna market anymore of these.

    Now if you want practicallity, this phone is shock resistant and water proof. If it sounds like a Casio G-shock wristwatch, you got the manufacturer correct. It's called the Casio G-Zone and it's sold by Verizon.

    You can go swimming with it and even make calls in the shower with it. Plus it's rugged so it'll take the occasional drop to the asphalt. Try that with an iPhone! Note the belt loop?

    Now for the clincher for those who had to buy an iPhone with a two year committment. You can buy an iPhone without the two-year committment believe it or not if you have bad credit and can do the month to month service plan. AT&T isn't publicizing this policy but it's there.

    Sneaky AT&T but hey they want to capture everybody's money so there you go...Bad credit? No problem...you can still get an iPhone without the committment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    Now if you want practicallity, this phone is shock resistant and water proof. If it sounds like a Casio G-shock wristwatch, you got the manufacturer correct. It's called the Casio G-Zone and it's sold by Verizon.

    You can go swimming with it and even make calls in the shower with it. Plus it's rugged so it'll take the occasional drop to the asphalt. Try that with an iPhone! Note the belt loop?
    Now THAT has my name written all over it.

    Google "clumsy/dufus/dumb@ss, careless cell phone owner/handler/user", and my name should show up. (did it? )

    A water and shock-proof cellphone? Love it! Sign me up.

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    Like all tech, it will drop in price and it is only a matter of time when the NEXT big thing comes along. I will check it out, but do not plan on buying on in the immediate future. Seems like a really cool gadget though, don't get me wrong, I have just bough too many new things that are out dated and 200 bucks less a couple of months down the road. I won't let it happen this time.......I promised AF
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    IMO, it's best to wait for the 2nd generation of a new product so the manufacturer can address any bugs and iron out the kinks. Case in point, we bought the first generation G5 tower, and it had a problem with the mother board's RAM slots. To this day, we can't add more. Never got around to sending the machine back to Apple, as we NEEDED the machine at the time as our primary OS X server. It's fine, but still.
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    I'm a firm believer in this opinion Pomai. As much of an Apple fan as I am (there are 5 Apple computers in my house) I made the mistake of buying the VERY first generation iBook...remember the cool clamshell ones ?

    Hard drive took a crap in 2 months, and I was screwed. I've said this before, I'll say it again. Apple Beta tests their products on the paying public....LOTS of issues with the Version 1 products....enough people report an issue, THEN they fix it, which I think is BOGUS.

    2 rules I live by with Apple
    1. NO version 1 products brand new on the market
    2. ALWAYS buy apple care

    I say wait at least 6 months before looking into an iPhone.

    But, that's just ME.

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    Caught on tape!

    Hey, if you don't want an iPhone, you don't want an iPhone.

    Yes, the "Rev 1" of any new device, particularly a company's first foray into any new market, is guaranteed to have issues. There's nothing wrong with not being an early adopter. You have fewer headaches that way. But, if you have that gene, well... you also know what you're getting into. It comes with the territory.

    No doubt there'll be a new iPhone with 3G and all the bugs worked out. Oh well, them's the breaks. In technology, you're obsolete before you pull out your wallet. The way my wife looks at it is, it just means she'll be getting an iPhone soon (when I move on to the next one).

    Yes, AT&T is such an evil company, Satan is a major stakeholder. Hey, if I could choose who Apple's partner was in this, it wouldn't be the Death Star. But, well, I'm hoping my admiration for Apple and satisfaction with its product line will outweight the AT&T issues.

    The EDGE connection isn't fast. But I was used to browsing the web on my Treo 700p, and that was no Ferrari. And it had to "connect" every time, like dial-up. And I had to stick to "mobile" versions of websites to get around. The iPhone feels just as fast, with no "connect" process, and when a page loads, it's the real web page. Portrait or landscape, zoom and scroll, it's just like the commercials. It's fantastic.

    Yes, most people don't need an iPhone. If you're happy with the phone that your provider gave you for free for a one-year contract, keep it! If you just make calls and send an SMS or so a week, hell, the iPhone would be a waste. But if you make heavy use of a smartphone, if you actually use all those features... the iPhone integrates them beautifully.

    For me it comes down to my belt. For a long time, I had a basic cell phone, a PDA (a Palm Pilot, Palm III, Visor Prism, Sony Clie), and an iPod on my person. When the Treo came around, I finally got to combine my phone and PDA. And frankly, the Treo 700p remains easily one of my favorite pieces of technology ever. For the last few years, it ran my life. But, it still had to share my belt, my desk, my power strip with an iPod. Finally, the iPhone comes, and shrinks down three devices to one. And, most importantly, each of its elements -- the phone, the PDA, and the iPod -- are all individually improvements over the individual devices I used to have. The fact that I'm a Mac user is a big part of that, but... contacts, bookmarks, calendar, music, podcasts, whatever, everything works seamlessly.

    And no, I didn't need to stand in line. Hey, I don't need to stand in line for an Apple Store grand opening, either. Is a T-shirt worth six hours being silently judged by passers by? Would I lose the ability to enter an Apple Store if I wasn't among the first few hundred to cross the threshold? No. What can I say, it's a social occasion, a special event. You know the people around you share at least one ridiculous bond, and I've yet to come away from one of these things without a new friend.

    Yesterday? I got to know a Gundam-loving, Starbucks-working kid named Michael with whom we took turns watching stuff so the other could get food or take a bathroom break. I took his photo in line and with his iPhone so he could send it to his Mainland friends. There was the guy from a cement company on Sand Island who paid his secretary to hold a spot, and he talked for hours about skiing with another guy, who in turn asked me all about Macs and talked himself into making the switch (and took my card for some consulting). And a nice old lady who was in line to get two iPhones for her kids, except one of them called her from Seattle with his new iPhone, but she didn't care because by the time her husband arrived they both wanted one for themselves.

    Anyway.

    Trust me. Apple lines are different from, say, those lines for the Nintendo Wii. I mean, in most cases there's a serious scarcity issue, so people sleep outside WalMarts out of desperation. People got beat up over Wiis! (I almost understand, though. I love the Wii!) The iPhone? Apple's got as many as three million units in the pipeline. You could walk into the Apple Store today, no lines or crowds, and buy an iPhone off the shelf. I expected that. But I wanted to be there, for the fun and insanity of it all. I realize how ridiculous it is to be cheered like a rockstar for walking out of a store with a small black box, but I loved it anyway.

    I've only had the iPhone a day, but so far, even with all the caveats, "yeah buts" and well-worn disclaimers about what it doesn't do? It greatly surpasses my expectations. It's elegantly designed, it's sturdier than I thought (yes, I've already dropped it -- one reason I'm glad it's an 8GB flash device and not a 30GB hard drive), dead simple to use (I never opened the manual)... I'm not just satisfied. I'm downright elated.

    You might not want an iPhone, and you probably don't need an iPhone. But I'm absolutely convinced that this thing changes almost everything about mobile phones and devices in general. Whatever your preferred carrier, brand, design... finally companies will begin to invest and innovate seriously in this space. So things will get better for everyone, even if you're not an Apple fanatic like me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikiyaki View Post
    [...]2 rules I live by with Apple
    1. NO version 1 products brand new on the market
    2. ALWAYS buy apple care

    I say wait at least 6 months before looking into an iPhone.

    But, that's just ME.
    Me, too! But I carry it a little further! My first iPod was a 3G. My first iBook was purchased in 2003! Once the MacBooks came out I bought a Powerbook! My contract with Cingular/AT&T was up earlier this year and I intentionally moved over to Hawaiian Telcom so I wouldn't be tempted by the iPhone for 2 years!!! I don't handle glitches and bugs very well, being the untechie tutu that I am!

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    talk to me about the lack of thumboard, please. That feature is way more important to me than cruising the net or touching my music (I loved how SJ said that at the Expo). I can take my treo and thumb blindly under a desk in a mtg and I daresay that email, sms, docs2go, entourage-syncing calendar are the most critical elements of my phone use, outside of the actual phone feature.

    How does it communicate? Is it odder or easier than you anticipated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pua'i Mana'o View Post
    talk to me about the lack of thumboard, please. That feature is way more important to me than cruising the net or touching my music (I loved how SJ said that at the Expo). I can take my treo and thumb blindly under a desk in a mtg and I daresay that email, sms, docs2go, entourage-syncing calendar are the most critical elements of my phone use, outside of the actual phone feature.

    How does it communicate? Is it odder or easier than you anticipated?
    I was wondering the same thing. I love my Ipaq for the ability to type.

    Does the iPhone have a stylus and pop up key board? What is the input method on it?
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    It's easier than expected, but you won't type blind on this thing. It's a beautiful glass surface... but forget any tactile feedback (beyond a subtle clicking and the occasional quick vibration). Even the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg said in his review that the keyboard made him want to throw the iPhone out the window three days in. By a week in, though, it was no problem at all.

    It's partially 'predictive text,' which I generally dislike, but it's smarter than anything else I've used. Easily 90 percent of the time, I can just type away, and when I type 'yekepginr' it becomes 'telephone' and I didn't even notice. But you need more deliberate entry for proper names, and it autocapitalizes (which my Treo also did), which has always been a UI pet peeve. People need to learn to capitalize correctly on their own, for crying out loud!

    I'm already typing faster than I thought I'd be on day one, but I know I'll never get up to Treo speeds. Do I prefer a physical keyboard? Yes. So I don't see the Treo becoming a suit-and-tie business device (though the PDF and Office document reader is a nice touch). But so far, it's a fair trade for the full-surface screen, for the other things I do.

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    per Ryan:
    Yes, AT&T is such an evil company, Satan is a major stakeholder. Hey, if I could choose who Apple's partner was in this, it wouldn't be the Death Star. But, well, I'm hoping my admiration for Apple and satisfaction with its product line will outweight the AT&T issues.

    What is the big problem with AT&T? is it service, coverage, cost? or is it the corporate mentality? somebody please, explain to this very slow & apparently dumb person why everyone on here hates AT&T except me?



    (and yes, I really, really REALLY want an IPhone!)

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    Hoping not to turn this into an AT&T thread, speaking for myself I'll say that the service level is fine (most of my AT&T/Cingular friends are satisfied), and the cost is actually cheaper than what I paid for my Treo. So my objections, at least, are more ideological. Google "AT&T" and "evil" and you'll find a lot of material. Then again, you could probably type any company name and get a mountain of "they suck" rants.

    Practically speaking? I'd say the iPhone is 80 percent Apple, 20 percent AT&T. I'll give Apple's contribution an A+, and AT&T's a B-. On balance, a winner.

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    What I'd like to see is a cell phone that when in the car becomes the stereo's faceplate allowing in-car hands free calls. When you get to you destination you take the faceplate off and it becomes your MP3 capable cellphone.

    You take it home and slip it in a docking cradle connected to your Media Center PC and it becomes part of your home entertainment center and integrates to your home's Skype telephone system. It could also TiVo programs to be viewed later on with the detached faceplate much like a video iPod.

    While it's docked it syncs your calender and phone functions downloading all of the missed phone calls while you were out so you can retrieve them while on the go. While docked it also can download more music or even podcasts to be played in your car stereo when attached or unattached when in the office or out of the car.
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    What I'd like to see is a cell phone that when in the car becomes the stereo's faceplate allowing in-car hands free calls. When you get to you destination you take the faceplate off and it becomes your MP3 capable cellphone.

    You take it home and slip it in a docking cradle connected to your Media Center PC and it becomes part of your home entertainment center and integrates to your home's Skype telephone system. It could also TiVo programs to be viewed later on with the detached faceplate much like a video iPod.

    While it's docked it syncs your calender and phone functions downloading all of the missed phone calls while you were out so you can retrieve them while on the go. While docked it also can download more music or even podcasts to be played in your car stereo when attached or unattached when in the office or out of the car.
    Wow Craig, sign me up....will it open my garage door and do a load of,laundry too ?

    Ryan...You go with your bad techie self....SOMEONE has to procreate the iPhone hysteria, it might as well be you

    I'm sure we'll ALL have iPhones in a few years, and will be asking you how to use it.

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    well i got one! i'm a early adopter as well. my first impression is that all the pictures, videos, and commercials do not do it justice. when you actually start using it, you see how awesome it really is... the multi-touch interface (which is highly patented) is amazing. i'm sure this phone is not for everyone, no product is, but it is a breakthrough product.

    >id predict that the price on it will drop, especially in conjunction with a 2 year service plan

    it's a apple product just like an ipod, the price will drop when the new version comes out at the same price point... they will also start making different versions, just like there are different versions of ipods.

    >I heard that the iPod has more capacity in donwloading music than the iPhone itself.

    The iPhone comes in 4gb and 8gb versions. so minus the operating system y our looking at approx 800 (4gb) and 1800 (8gb) song capacities



    As for price the 4gb is $500 so if you look at it at $199 for a 4gb iPod Nano, then the phone is $300 with full widescreen multitouch, wifi, etc... and $600 for 8gb, so minus $250 for 8gb iPod Nano you got $350 for the phone. RAZR's were selling for that much when they came out...

    I've never had any problems wtih AT&T/Cingular so i can't complain there.

    >I'm reading of a number of short-comings to the phone. Part of me has to wonder if this 1g iPhone won't go the way of the Newton. Revolutionary, yet in the end it's impact was more on what features it introduced and forced the competitors to do then what itself did.

    I guarantee this will NOT be a newton, first off they've already sold over 300,000 of these for the first weekend and they are also ipods.. people i think forget that. as for shortcomings.. do you have examples? they are minor and remember this is OSX OS that will be updated often to add features, etc.. (there's already works to add MS Exchange use for corporate email) any application that can be created as a web2.0 based can be added to iPhone, so the sky's the limit for these type of apps. also remember that the Newton was not Steve Jobs baby, he killed it off once he took over Apple again in the late 90's


    If you really sit down and use it you'll see why it's so great.... on the other hand if you are just fine with a basic $50 phone to make calls then this phone is definitely overkill. I need a great PDA/Smartphone for email, web, calendars, etc and so far it fits my needs perfectly.


    Maybe i'll try to do a updated review after a month of use.

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