7 Responses to “iPathetic”

  1. whatthecrap? Says:

    “it’s a lot like paintball…”

    Except for the fake accents, fake beards, fake plastic weapons, fake magic spells, and lack of girlfriends.

  2. whatthecrap? Says:

    More like imagining you are playing paintball.

  3. whatthecrap? Says:

    Splat! HAHA! Got ya.

  4. Matt Turkington Says:

    The Penny Arcade guys got an iPhone, and here’s their take on it: http://www.penny-arcade.com/2007/07/02#1183359600

    I find it interesting that it’s not 3G. It works on AT&T/Cingular’s EDGE network, which is 2G. So while those of us on Sprint and Verizon get 3G EVDO with amazing broadband-like (early DSL) speeds, 2G will only get you a max of 200-odd Kb/sec.

    Sound fast? Sure, it’s better than my 1G data phone was, but now that I’m on 3G, I can’t imagine it being slower. Especially if you’re going to surf the web. Google maps can take a second to refresh tiles on my connection, so I can imagine what it’s like on a connection that’s 1/4 to 1/2 as fast.

    The surprising thing here (to me) is that Apple chose Cingular, despite their weaker network. Apple platforms the device as a revolutionary multimedia tool, yet chose to partner with the most media-inept network available. Both Sprint and Verizon can offer full-on streaming video and live TV because their networks don’t suck. Seems like that would be a nice feature for the iPhone. Or downloading music at faster than going-to-the-store-and-buying-a-CD speeds. It goes to show that Apple’s whole move here was simply to make money on inflated promises rather than truly provide the customer with a useful device. Pretty, yes. Useful, no.

    Don’t count on it for second gen, either. Cingular would have to upgrade their whole network. Maybe there will be a CDMA version…

  5. whatthecrap? Says:

    Yeah – i was wondering about this choice as well: Pogue says that it’s because:

    Apple has chosen AT&T (formerly Cingular) to be the iPhone’s exclusive carrier for the next few years, in part because the company gave Apple carte blanche to revise everything people hate about cellphones.

    For example, once the phone goes on sale this Friday, you won’t sign up for service in a phone store, under pressure from the sales staff. You will be able to peruse and choose a plan at your leisure, in the iTunes software on your computer.

    Better yet, unlimited Internet service adds only $20 a month to AT&T’s voice-plan prices, about half what BlackBerry and Treo owners pay. For example, $60 gets you 450 talk minutes, 200 text messages and unlimited Internet; $80 doubles that talk time. The iPhone requires one of these voice-and-Internet plans and a two-year commitment.

    Full Article here.

    Of course – take that with a grain of salt because later he says the same thing:

    “The bigger problem is the AT&T network. In a Consumer Reports study, AT&T’s signal ranked either last or second to last in 19 out of 20 major cities. My tests in five states bear this out. If Verizon’s slogan is, “Can you hear me now?” AT&T’s should be, “I’m losing you.”

    Then there’s the Internet problem. When you’re in a Wi-Fi hot spot, going online is fast and satisfying.

    But otherwise, you have to use AT&T’s ancient EDGE cellular network, which is excruciatingly slow. The New York Times’s home page takes 55 seconds to appear; Amazon.com, 100 seconds; Yahoo. two minutes. You almost ache for a dial-up modem.”

    As Pogue says, that would certainly be a deal killer for me – not to mention it’s hugely steep pricing. I think the real exciting aspect of the whole project is (as usual with Apple) the interface.

    As I have been saying on WTC – Multi-touch is the thing that should get the real credit here. The total coolness of the iPhone as well as Microsoft Surface are grounded on the innovation of multi-touch. The technology opens the doors for a whole new generation of GUI’s.

    Obviously – more devices will soon make use of the multitouch interface. That’s clearly the thing I am excited about. Though I think it will be quite some time before the Keyboard is eliminated as an input device, the iPhone and Surface are, at the very least, a step in the right direction.

    In summary: I want a tablet laptop with multi-touch.

  6. Matt Turkington Says:

    That’s what I love about Sprint. It’s $15/month for unlimited data and it’s wicked fast. Everyone else charges over $20, and most entry level plans aren’t unlimited.

    Check out the Sprint/Comcast partnership they’re naming Pivot Wireless. Talk about a rich media experience….

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