New Apple iPhone

Introducing the iPhone (this one from Apple), After the release of Linksys iPhone I was sure that Apple was either; not going to release a phone for sometime to come or not going to name it the iPhone.

Turns out I was wrong on both accounts. Yesterday at Macworld Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced to the world the Apple iPhone.

iphoneac5.jpgNow I must be a little jaded, but I was expecting something better, well maybe not better, but definitely something more. This wonder of technology has touch screen, Internet and email, WiFi, Bluetooth, Quad band, 2 mega pixel camera, and either 4 or 8 GB of storage. So why am I not impressed?

The phone is not 3G enabled, so all my email and Internet is routed through EDGE, Apple touts it’s built in Safari browser as a “the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device” But Opera and IE are available (and have been available for a few years already) on mobile devices, both offering similar features. I’m glad it has quad band, but for a phone only being released in July of 2007 I would expect a little more than just 2 mega pixels in a camera.

I would have also thought that with increases in flash memory space, that offering fixed memory would be a limiting factor. Looking at this phone, except for the touch screen and WiFi my Nokia matches (I have a MMC slot, so I can set my memory size to the size I need), and if I get the Sony Ericsson P990i then I have the iPhone without an apple logo, actually both my phone and the Sony Ericsson are 3G capable.

These are valid points, I have passed over my pet peeves with the device, like the gloss look (a look that showed scratches so well with the black iPod Nano’s), and the size. I am sure that many people will disagree with me on this, but looking at the iPhone, I think there are better, smaller and sleeker mobile devices out there.

Apple wants to reinvent the phone, I think they missed that boat by a few years.