As heard on the radio: Apple's Iphone has one costly flaw in its design. Costly for its owner, but extremely profitable for Apple:
You can't replace the battery yourself. It's soldered inside the phone and can only be replaced by Apple. (Which requires you shipping it to Apple, of course.) I believe the quoted price for battery replacement was $89. I also heard that, while your phone is being fixed, you can rent another Iphone from Apple. Rental cost is $29.
So what. The ipod has a battery soldered into the case too. Most of the ipods are seeing about 3 years of service before needing to be replaced. With the evolution of technololgy, in three years the thing will mostly be obsolete anyway.
Apple decided to solder because the regular connections tend to lose contact over time and that triggers the phone to glitch on and off.
Besides, the $89 price is very low to have them open the case, put in a new one (which would cost your WAY more than $89), and then ship it back.
Nothing to see here, move along.
I just ponied up for a pocket PCwith a slide-out keyboard and I love it. I'm not sure how the I-phone compares as I've stayed away from Apple since my notebook and desktop PCs are windows-based. I've yet to find anything of significance that this phone/PDA won't do. I can surf the web, retrieve (and respond to) email, use instant messenger, take pictures, listen to music, play games, run the entire Office suite...Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint, use it as a GPS, and who knows what else. I'm debating as to whether I even need to take my notebook on the road anymore, although I'm told I can hook the pocket PC to my notebook and surf the web from anywhere I can get a signal.
I used to wonder what all the hoopla about the Blackberry was for...I guess now I know...
Indy: wait til you hear music on a cd...no pops or hisses.
...and to think...I only thought they paid interest...