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Anyone Getting An I-Phone?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Phil T, Jun 28, 2007.

Are you getting an I phone?

  1. Yes, I will be in line tomorrow

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  2. #@$ No, Why would I want one?

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  3. After they have been out a while, I may think about it

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  4. I will get one when my current contract expires

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  5. I will wait for the price to come down

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  6. I will wait and see what the other cell providers come up with

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  1. tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

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    Reading the sling forums I wouldn't see it anytime soon. The thought is that the network the iPhone currently uses would make slinging almost unbearable.
     
  2. DonLandis

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    slinging on the iphone would work fine as you would need to be connected to a wifi network which works well on the iphone. Of course, the wifi is like being wirelessly tethered so to speak. Couldn't watch video while driving down the street as you'd be in and out of wifi hotspots, or as Apple likes to say, in and out of the airport. :) Plus, sling media needs to make an application that works on the iphone The problem as I understand is Apple has a device that works very well due to it's restriction on applications built in and if they open it up to 3rd party installs, they risk have a device that would suffer the same issues as the competition. Versatile but finicky. iphone is not versatile but it works well for what it does.
    Apple has announced they plan to publish an SDK for the iphone but this SDK will be very restrictive in what you can and can't do.
     
  3. Inches

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    I bought a new Prius last month so I decided to get an iPhone with my tax credit. Now that I know how to add my ring tones, its the cats meow....
     
  4. directvfreak

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    Your ring tones... You can't add ringtones to the iPhone... you would know this if you had one.. this leads me to believe you don't own one.
     
  5. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    What!?!? :eek2: If I can't add ringtones, I don't want one!!! :ramblinon

    :sure:
     
  6. HIPAR

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    Can you read the screen in bright sunlight?

    --- CHAS
     
  7. sarge137

    sarge137 New Member

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    Not a chance!!! I'm an old guy who only jumped on the cell phone band wagon about 5 years ago. I don't need or want a phone that does anything but send and receive telephone calls. When I broke my original Sprint Sanyo a couple of years ago I had a heck of a time finding one that wasn't loaded down with gadgets I wouldn't use and features I didn't want. When my current contract with Sprint runs out I'm going to WalMArt to buy the cheapest throw away I can find, and just add small blocks of minutes as I need them.
     
  8. Steve Mehs

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    Well 12 days later, this thing is getting sent back. The Sprint network is absolutely horrible. I was in an area today that's a major suburb of Buffalo, where I always have perfect Nextel reception and got a call for a job interview, nothing like having that drop out. About 60% of the time my phone is in something called 'digital roaming' I have no idea what the hell that means. Not to mention this phone lacks a lot features (I wouldn't really call them features though) that are standard with Nextel, but not on this hybrid thing. Plus I think the Sprint voicemail system sucks. These are going back and I’m getting an i560 arrives Monday or Tuesday, which is the same as my old phone but it’s ruggedized and has no stupid camera. And best of all, I’ll be back on the Nextel iDen network!
     
  9. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    This could be the reason, Steve. Sprint's coverage is still very spotty. I
    dropped Sprint two years ago for that very reason. My business partner
    has just added another Nextel w/t phone for my use in our new venture.

    We'll see how that goes...
     

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  10. packfan909

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    I had the same thing happen to me the weekend this "phone" came out. Felt like I was being aprostlized to. The iPhone is the best thing since sliced bread was invented. Knocking on the Treo that both my wife and I find is the greatest tool we use each day. These are the same people a year ago that were ranting and raving about their Treo. Now it is a POS compared to the locked down iPhone. I have an iPod, and I absolutely love it. But this phone is just too limiting. The battery issue really bothers me. Seems like a money grab for Apple and a way for them to limit after market sales.

    If you love the phone and it works for you, then more power to you. But please don't knock someone else for what works for them. Palm and Treo have been around for a LONG time and seem to have it together. I have not used the Windows Treo as I love my 700P.

    And who ever said that having a real keyboard on a phone was a bad thing. I would be SOL without it with my big fat fingers. Typing on that "keyboard" would be a comedy of errors.

    Hopping off my soap box.

    pf
     
  11. Steve Mehs

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    Funny the map shows I should have a decent signal where I was the other day, the town just east of Cheektowaga. From what I read on HowardForums, Sprint has seen the light for now anyways. Originally the Nextel iDEN network was supposed to be phased out and everything was supposed to go to Sprints CDMA network, now it appears those plans have been pushed back. As long as the phone you’ll get is not the 402, 502 or 902, you be on Nextel’s network all the time and you’ll be independent of Sprints coverage. But if you only plan to use it for Direct Connect, it doesn’t really matter since that all goes through Nextel anyway

    There is one positive thing I can say about Sprint. Their data access is FAST! For the most part I think net access on a cell phone is worthless, but I use it to check sports scores and my Yahoo Mail. Going from Nextel’s Wireless Web to Sprints PowerSource Data Access was like night and day. I was even able to surf DBSTalk at lightning speed. I will miss that when hockey season rolls around.
     
  12. BearsFan

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    I find it almost funny that some folks who claim "only 'Macheads' will buy/use an iPhone" are usually those who have never touched one or played with one for a few minutes.

    Actually, most people that I know that either have one or want one aren't "Macheads" at all. They're Windows users.

    As a guy who's about to enter the IT world and uses and likes BOTH Macs and PCs, and having spent about 30-45 minutes "hands on" with an iPhone, the thing is amazing. I've used email, placed calls, viewed videos, listened to music, and surfed the web without issue. The iPhone is NOT perfect (it's missing Flash support, for instance), and is WAY overpriced...IMHO. Then again, I don't have money to throw around for a $600 gadget + $60 a month, but that's just me. I save for months/years for computers for personal use.

    There's no way I can afford an iPhone, but at least for me, as a guy who won't claim to "know it all" or anything, the iPhone is AMAZING. Having tried to endlessly correctly sync Palm Treos and Windows Pocket PCs with limited success, from what I've seen & heard, getting even corporate Exchange Server email set up and useful is easy on the iPhone and not nearly as buggy as the aforementioned "smart phones."

    There are some folks out there that simply don't have extensive experience with Macs or Apple products, and therefore are compelled to bash them & call them "elitist" or such. It's true, there are some "Macheads" / fanboys out there that are ridiculous and dumb, but there are also some folks like me who use both platforms and appreciate what each side brings to the technology table.

    Once the iPhone is cheaper & I'm able to afford a plan, I may try one. It may be years, that's fine. In the meantime, it's a perfect device for some people with some shortfalls that will soon be fixed/upgraded.

    Remember, the first iPod was 5GB and was about what, like $500 or so. Those figures are admittedly off, but you get the picture. ? Now a 30GB iPod can be had for under $250. The iPhone price will come down, and will be better. Still not for everybody, but for those open to trying new things & not "stuck in their ways," it could be a breakthrough device.
     
  13. Steve Mehs

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    Not perfect you got that right!

    And don’t forget

    - The Battery
    - No GPS Capability
    - No Voice Activated Dialing
    - No Voice Recording/Voice Memo Capabilities
    - No Memory Card For Data Transfer
    - Can’t Add Software
    - Security Flaws

    But hey you can watch the latest drunken stupidness on YouBoob!

    Just got done listening to Leo Laporte, I never realized that the miracle phone that can do dishes and cure cancer lacks some of the basic functionality my beat up 4 year old Moto i90 can do. I have an iPod, it sickens me that I broke down and supported Apple, but it's a decent product, the iPhone is not. Only a Macnut would wait in line overnight for a stupid cell phone on steroids. And only a person with common sense would realize that there are products out there that are better than the iPhone.

    The iPhone is not about being practical, it’s about looking cool and making a statement. Fashion is all that Apple ever cared about, and it continues to show.
     
  14. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

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    Got an iPhone and LOVE IT.

    I think the ease of the phone is incredible. I have had a Treo before this and am VERY HAPPY I switched over to the iPhone.

    Email setup was easy, Edge network is more then enough for me, and the battery is just fine for my use.
     
  15. DonLandis

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    Steve- You left one important item off your list-- The iphone is locked to AT&T although I understand that has now been hacked but the hack is not yet public. Apple has been given a chance to fix this security flaw and if not the claimant will make the hack public.

    The other thing that needs to be updated is that Apple is going to make an SDK available for 3rd party apps. Just not yet. So that will no-longer be an issue. Considering the hype iphone rests on, I predict there will be as many 3rd party apps as we have for the windows mobile OS.

    The right tool for the job---

    Get an iphone if you are a kid and want a new toy and mommy and daddy can afford it.

    Get the treo series if you are a business user needing windows server e-mail and other minor applications. OR, if your company is in this camp get a Blackberry!

    Get a robust PDA phone such as the XV6700, 6800 or Sprint's equal like the Mogul if you are a serious power user on the go engineer and need reliability and loaded features, high speed data network and unlimited storage.

    For example, My wife loves her Treo700w as she is a business user and her company uses 2003 exchange server. When needed she has tomtom GPS and with Verizon has never had a dropped call or a client who can't understand what she is saying ( credit to CDMA). I have the XV6700 and can watch sling box anywhere, demonstrate wmv video of TV shows from my server for clients, do Gotomy PC for file retrieval and even remote desktop and have unlimited storage but I only carry 12 Gb with me these days.


    Recent true story-

    I was at a clients location who was complaining that the TV show I did for him just had too many problems to approve. He was on the phone company's DSL. I suspected it was too slow to play video realtime so I got out my XV6700 with the Verizon EVDO network and in a few minutes had the video playing for him just fine. Then he said Well that's OK on your phone but how can I show this to my partner? I took my phone and loaded the video file (77 Mb) onto an SD card, stuck the SD card into a USB adapter and put the file on his hard drive. I could have transfered the file direct if he had active sync but he didn't. Can't do this with an iphone. My EVDO was 3 times faster than his DSL.
     
  16. Richard King

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    http://www.thestreet.com:80/s/apple...analysis/techgames/10372398.html?puc=_htmlttt
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    These types of cases should no longer be allowed in the Eastern District of Texas. :rolleyes:
     
  17. DonLandis

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    My take on "Got an iphone and love it!"

    No offense to anyone here but since this is a much over used phrase since its release I thought I'd comment.

    What people who have an iphone are really saying is they love all the attention they get when others see them with an iphone, like when the office mail boy gets an iphone because he waited in line for 7 hours to get one spending his last two paychecks, shows up Monday morning at the office and NOW, for the first time in his career, not just the hot secretary says he is so cool but he gets noticed by the VP in the company who wants to take a look. He even asks his name. iphone great investment in his career! Smart?
    Five months later he is invited to the company Christmas party and is remembered as "iphone boy" but while there, one of the execs needs to make a call and yells out- hey iphone boy, let's see that iphone of yours.
    He runs over and the exec grabs it and iphone boy explains how to dial out. The exec makes the call but is having trouble with the connection (at&t service quality). Finally he gives up and yells into the phone, I'll call you in a few hours when I get to "my phone".
    The guy at the other end yells back oh, you have an i phone?
    No! "My phone".
    That's what I said, I-phone. this goes on for a short bit and then the battery dies! Gives the iphone back to the clerk and says, oh, before you go to your next job, get a real phone. You're fired!
    Meanwhile, the hot secretary to the rescue comes over with her latest release from RIM, its a special classy phone everyone has been talking about... not the Blackberry but for women only- the "Pink Cherry"
     
  18. DawgLink

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    Don, I see a lot of "I am mad that I didn't get an iPhone" anger in your voice. It's ok. One day your time will come :lol:

    iPhone works great for me and very few if anyone ever physically sees it. Keyboard saves me countless minutes typing away instead of that terrible Verizon piece of crap phone, Internet is incredible compared to the last phone that went on crawling dial-up speed, and the maps/weather/and other features make my old phone look like a joke.

    Add in the iPod capabilites that I used the other day while waiting for a client and I am in love with it. :D
     
  19. Stuart Sweet

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    Got my first real hands-on with an iPhone yesterday. Touch interaction is cool, but I brought up three different forums on DBSTalk.com on my UMTS-equipped Cingular 8525 before the wi-fi-equipped iPhone could bring up one.

    If this is the phone for you, I wish you the best. It's not the phone for me.
     
  20. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    My family plan contract was up with Sprint and my daughter wanted to upgrade her phone. She ended up with a LG muzic and I got the Palm Treo 750P last week.

    I must say so far I am very happy with the Treo. First thing I did was download Slingplayer software and now can watch my HR20 almost anywhere!! (can't do that with an I phone) The other thing I like is the Sprint TV and radio, although limited on the $15.00 data plan. I also get Google maps just like the I-Phone. I also can listen to my XM on Mobile Musicdock.com.
    I have unlimited text messages for $20.00 all 4 phones on my family plan and get a discount on my plan through work (can't do that with I-Phone either).

    No I-phone for me for at least two years and hopefully by then more of its features will make it to the other plans without the big cost!!
     

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