Posts Tagged ‘ iPhone ’

I Hate AT&T and Apple

 

There, I said it. Right now I am very upset with both AT&T and Apple. Let me also say, I want an iPhone, and I have been waiting for one for a long time. When the original came out I decided to wait for the second gen with 3g, which I just knew was coming. So far the iPhone has lived up to the majority of the hype, and I really want one. Finally, my wait is over, and I can go get the lovely new iPhone 3g.

Now here is where stuff gets annoying. My original first gen Razr decided to stop working 8 or so months ago, and I was forced to get a new phone. Of course I was eligible for an upgrade at the time, so I used it. Now I am unable to get an iPhone at the advertised price of $200/$300 because my line isn’t eligible until November. AT&T will not help me. My only options are to pay the full $400 or $500 price, or I can cancel my current plan with them and start a new plan. The catch? I lose my number, which I just can’t do right now.

Eff you AT&T.

Now Apple. Eff you too. The current tag line of “Twice the Speed, Half the Price” is bullshit. Its still full price, in fact it is more when you consider the new +$10 a month for Data, and another $5 a month for text messages. Even if you qualify for the subsidized price, it still ends up costing you more over the life of your 2 year plan.

So is it worth it for me to spend an extra $200 to get the iPhone now or wait till November. I do not know yet. The worst part is that I will probably cave in and go buy one at full price, then I will not only be mad at AT&T and Apple, but at myself as well.

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iPhone Apps Released

Lifehacker has a great post up about some of the new apps for the iPhone 2.0 update enabled phones. So if you have an updated iPhone you really should go check this out.

 

More than 550 new applications arrived for the iPhone and iPod touch this morning in iTunes’ brand new App Store and more than 130 of them are available for free. This morning we’re taking a look at the best free applications for your iPhone and iPod Touch, available after the 2.0 software update officially arrives (or after you’ve grabbed the unofficial update). 

Note: Most of the apps listed here work with both iPhones and iPod touch models, but we’ve noted where an app requires the iPhone’s voice, SMS, or GPS capabilities to run.

 

Some of the better apps after the jump. Continue reading

Cell Phone Wars Heat Up

With the upcoming iPhone 3G release, it seems that Sprint is trying their hardest to sway people over to their “iPhone Killer” Instinct. Gizmodo is reporting that the fun little don’t-call-it-an-iPhone feature phone goes on sale June 20 priced at $129 after a $100 mail-in rebate. A week ago, we reported that the price had fallen from $299 to $199. Personally I don’t like the Instinct, I feel it lacks style and any sort of artistic element. But thats just me. This is a GREAT deal for anyone stuck with Sprint or not wanting to buy an iPhone for any reason. 

Hit the jump for full press release from Sprint. Continue reading

iPhone 3G: And the Other Shoe Drops

Gizmodo has an article up about the iPhone 3G and AT&T’s pricing. It seems that the pricing touted by Steve Jobs was the subsidized pricing, and that is only going to be offered to select customers. Gizmodo writes:

AT&T just gave us new details on how their upgrading plans will work for the iPhone 3G. The company is treating the iPhone 3G pretty much just like any other phone in that people who are ineligible for upgrades have to pay the full, unsubsidized price for the phone. People who qualify for upgrade status and people who have an original iPhone are free to upgrade at the $199/$299 price set by Apple. AT&T hasn’t specified what the unsubsidized price is, so we’ll update when we know more.

So. It seems that the other shoe has dropped on this whole iPhone 3G thing. Its not going to be as simple as Better, Faster, Cheaper. In fact if you do the math, the new higher priced data plans from AT&T are already going to end up costing you $40 more over 2 years than the old iPhones. Now if you don’t qualify for the phone subsidy you will end up paying quite a bit more. How do you know if you quality, hit the jump to find out. Continue reading

3G iPhone Info Roundup and First Impressions

Once again pulling from Gizmodo, we have their first impressions, and they are pretty damn positive, here is what they had to say:

In my hand, the 3G iPhone is lighter, fits better, and noticeably thinner feeling as it doesn’t have the same squarish shape. (You won’t notice that it is thicker at all.) I made a call with it, side by side with my 1st generation iPhone, and the reception is noticeably better as well. I can’t even believe this is frigging AT&T anymore. I’d called Lisa and asked her if she noticed if it was clearer or not. She replied, “It’s a lot better, but it’s also better that you’re actually calling me.” A tough crowd.

The reception increase is partly to do with the new plastic back. There are 10 radio bands in here, counting 3 GSM bands, 4 3G bands, and Bluetooth and WiFi. (And one more I don’t know?) I don’t know how scratch resistant I believe it will be, but Apple says it will be more durable. It looks EXACTLY like the leaked images from awhile ago that were chalked up as iPhone 1 cases.

Hit the Jump for a whole lot more info on pricing and impressions. Continue reading

New iPhone Official (Duh)

So, as pretty much any one who follows Tech knows, today Steve Jobs was supposed to announce the new 3g iPhone. He did. The guys over at Gizmodo have a LIST of features up, and they are constantly updating it.

Here is what we have so far:

Key Features:
Charcoal Back
Solid Metal Buttons
Same 3.5″ Display
Camera
Flush Headphone Jack
Dramatically Improved Audio

3G Advantage

Showing a EDGE vs 3G comparison loading a webpage, 3G took 21 seconds. EDGE…waiting…waiting…uhh…59 seconds! Same phone, same location. 2.8X faster – and they claim loads webpages faster than Nokia N95 (33 seconds) or Treo 750 (34 seconds).

Battery Life
8-10 hours of talk time
5 hours 3G talk time
5-6 hours of browing
24 hours of audio battery

And GPS!

And it’s coming to 70 countries over the “next several months.”

More Affordable
$199 for 8GB

$299 for 16GB (which also comes in white)

Coming July 11th

I have been waiting for the new phone for a while now, and I will be getting one, the only thing is that the backplate is all plastic now, which is a real bummer. But I guess for -$200 its probably worth it.

I will have Nickel, our resident Apple fanboy post updates as they come available.

Edit (By Nickel): The new iPhones will cost $199 (8GB) and $299 (16GB) with an unlimited 3G data plan costing $30/month. This is an increase from the current $20/month unlimited EDGE data plan for the 1st generation iPhone. Voice plans continue to start at $39.99, but no additional details are provided.

This is an increase of $10/month from the EDGE plan. Now we know where the drop in price for the phone went. Bastards. I bet you still have to pay $20 more than that for unlimited texting.

Instinct vs iPhone

One of my friends IMed me today to inform me that the “iPhone Killer” is here, in the form of the Sprint Instinct, and linked me to some comparison videos. I took one look at the Instinct and am firmly in the camp of “no way is this thing going to topple the iPhone”. It has some nice features that the iPhone doesn’t have, like the ability to watch live TV, and a built in video camera, but these features are not going to be enough to combat the fact that the iPhone has much nicer design, a way bigger screen and the power of Apple marketing behind it.

The Instinct is smaller than the iPhone, and we all know that with phones usually smaller is better, but in this case, I don’t think that applies. The keyboard looks horrible in the video, and I don’t think I would like to watch a movie on a screen any smaller than the iPhone’s.  

Combine all this with the iPhone’s alleged price drop at the AT&T store to $200 with contract, I just don’t see any way that this will dethrone the iPhone.

Side by Side Videos of the Instinct and iPhone

Pleas note those videos are by Sprint, so they *might* just be a little biased.