Never say never so I would say that it is 95% unlikely that I will be ordering the new iPhone when it is released on the 11th July.
I have been trying to figure out how best to describe the next generation iPhone and I think the best way to sum it up is as a iceberg. The 80% that you don’t see is simply incredible. The foundation that the iPhone is built on from the OS, to the Accelerator, to the Touch Screen is certainly leading edge, and without doubt the way to go.
In life though we vary rarely worry about how something does something, but concentrate on what it does and specifically what it does in relation to what we need it to do. A quick anecdote ……
Back in the 80’s ‘Total Quality Management’ was the trend. I recall a training session where we were shown a expensive, well made, highly desirable leather briefcase, and alongside it a standard supermarket plastic bag. We were asked which we thought was the quality bag – the leather case naturally we all said. Ah said the instructor, but I want a bag that will expand to take my groceries, that wont get ruined if something leaks ….. Ah we thought!!!
The plastic bag was the quality bag in this instance as it had a better ‘fitness for purpose’ that the leather briefcase.
I have been reminded of this story throughout the week as I have watched the tweets of unadulterated admiration for the new iPhone, the rush of ‘Can’t wait for 11th July’ comments, and the numerous IM and emails asking me if I would be backing down and changing my current views on the iPhone.
Well the answer is no. Well it is a 95% no, as I am not 100% sure about some of the features of the iPhone and guess it is prudent to wait and see what the early adopters have to say.
3G is without doubt great. Add in the push technology, mobileme, and the web interface and you really do have an excellent improvement. Unfortunately the main reason that I want 3G (and am looking into a data service contract at the moment) is so that I can stream video to the Almerimar Life site via QIK. Without any video capability the iPhone does not offer a significant feature that I require. The Nokia N95 does. There is a hack for QIK on the iPhone so that is progress of sorts I accept!
Another reason for 3G for me is that we don’t have great WiFi access throughout the marina, and the DSL at home can be sporadic at times. I have used the N95 as a back up Bluetooth Modem on many occasion, and this is a significant feature for me that is lacking on the iPhone. As about 80% of my mobile access in the marina relates to blog posting rather than surfing or emails this is a must have for me. I could carry the iPhone and the USB modem I guess BUT a) that would require a second SIM card (either Pay As You Go or Contract) or b) a cloned SIM card (which is becoming much more appealing by the day). BUT as the whole point of a convergent device is to reduce the amount of devices you have to carry that defeats the point.
On the same vein, the lack of a basic video capture is a huge none starter for me, and the (still) crap camera on the iPhone makes it a non starter as well. Again the N95 camera and video capture capability are more than adequate for the times when I am not carrying the N80 or JVC.
I have had an issue from day one with the iPhone with its inability to sync Notes and To Do and as far as I can tell it still doesn’t do this? This is the 5% for me. IF it does, or an application comes out that means it can then I may well get tempted.
In fact it the applications that could be the decider in the long run. I am sure a simple hack will enable the camera for video at some stage (my early Motorola V3 didn’t capture video but it was possible to hack it).
So for now, for me, the Nokia N95 remains the quality device – remember ‘Fitness For Purpose!’. I am going to look into a ‘always on’ unlimited data package with Movistar as I now have enough of a reason to justify it. I will certainly wait until the iPhone is launched for this though as a) I tried to talk to Movistar about the options and didn’t get very far (I think the iPhone tariff will be a ‘first’ for Spain), and b) the rumour is that you get the iPhone free if you sign up to an 18 month contract which would be really cool and very ironic!!! Not only would I end up with an iPhone that I didn’t want, but in effect it would be free!!!!
To conclude, if they take the current iPhone and add the following I would be buying for sure:
- 5 Megapixel Camera
- Video Capture Capability
- Sync Notes and To Do
- Skype – I can use it on the N95
Until then I look forward to all the reviews and comments from the happy iPhone owners on the 11th. I do not envy you, and I do know that if it meets your ‘Fitness For Purpose’ as well as the N95 fits mine then you will be a happy bunny.