Time Magazine has an interesting article on the genesis of the Apple iPhone. I read through the announcements on Engadget and I'm honestly disappointed. The phone itself is pretty hot. The hardware specifically is really impressive. But there are some fatal flaws in my opinion. No 3G radio, if you want 3G from Cingular, Windows Mobile is still your best option with the new Blackjack and 8525 phones. No extensibility beyond widgets – the fact that I can't install software on it seems pretty insane to me. And the worst offender of all IMO is the price-point. $499 and $599 is way too much money, given that you can get some really great Windows Mobile phones starting at $49 dollars in some cases. Heck – you can get an Xbox 360 for less money!

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  1. Mike says:

    Yes. And yet people will line up to buy it. As they did with $499 iPod back then. Because it is looks great, it has huge "I must have it" factor no matter the price. Think expensive cars – same thing: less reliable than Camry, three times more expensive. But guess what people want. Former chief Apple designer wrote two books on exactly this – "Design of everyday things" and "Why do we love (or hate) everyday things".

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