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Smart Move, Apple…

First, I didn’t want an iPhone.

Then they lowered the price, and the gadget geek in me started to toy with the idea. I mean, just think! I could use it to show people my portfolio, no matter where we were! (This may be completely unrealistic, because I have no idea how it would display on an iPhone, but a girl can dream.)

Then they started crippling phones that had been modified to run third party software, and while I might not have ever wanted to run third party software on my pretend iPhone, I still didn’t like that Apple was taking the phones down with their updates.

Now, Apple has finally gotten a clue and has decided to open up to third party apps. The people (geeks) have been heard. Because seriously, in today’s tech market, if you want a product to be successful you have to get the geeks to be early adopters. Without the geeks, your product won’t go far. And with the price drop coming so soon after launch – another poorly thought out move if you want to keep the early-adopters happy – shutting down people’s phones was a bad decision.

I’m glad to see that they woke up. I have actually played with an iPhone now. Last week while at the ShootQ Set-up Party, Eric Hegwer, one of the Austin wedding photographers, showed me his. I thought that the interface was a bit wonky for typing, but he said that you get used to it and it is quite intuitive after awhile.

I’m still not sold. But maybe … someday … I will change my mind. Maybe.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

8 replies on “Smart Move, Apple…”

Apple didn’t cripple the phones because they were using third-party software – Apple crippled the phones that had been hacked to work with networks other than AT&T (not that I blame them – AT&T isn’t the best). Some third-party software didn’t work after the update – but those aren’t the phones that turned into bricks. Also, Apple gave the early adopters store credit – they listen to their customers when they complain.

All this to say that the iPhones are really cool and pics look pretty good (though small). Also the new iPod Touch can do just about everything that the phones can do except they’re not phones – another alternative for displaying your portfolio. 🙂

I’m not sure why you feel a compelling need to have an iPhone. I read these posts and it is almost like you are apologizing for not wanting one. There is nothing wrong with that. It is not for everyone and definitely not for people that want 3rd party apps or that want to use something other than AT&T.

Trish is right about the bricked phones. Apple also warned people before they applied the update which gave those people a chance to back out and keep their hacked phone intact. That said I’m glad to see that the apps are coming.

I have been showing the few pictures I’ve taken on my iPod. I have considered the iPhone myself, but just can’t see the money at this time on that item when I can get many other things with it instead.

I don’t feel a compelling need to have an iPhone – just a gadget junkie craving is all. Oooh, shiny, sparkly! 😉 Not apologizing for not wanting one either – actually saying I’ve considered it more, given it a chance, and am still on the fence about it.

Funny about people not liking AT&T – I’ve used Cingular for years and *love* them, and have had no issues with using AT&T since the switch.

Thanks for clarifying about the bricked phones – I had been told before it was because of the 3rd party apps, and didn’t really look into it any further when I wrote this post.

The iTouch would be fine, but I want the internet access (total, not wifi), plus the iPhone service is the same fee as my Blackberry service is now, so if I get one I may as well replace that service. No point in carrying an iTouch and a Blackberry around. Although I do love my cute Blackberry Pearl…

Oh, and a store credit for Apple wouldn’t really make me very happy if I spent $200 more on a phone just a few months ago. Yes, Apple responded to the outcry, but the whole thing was just not the smartest move, in my opinion.

Yeah – I went from being totally uninterested in the iPhone to kinda wanting one after playing with my brother’s. But when I think about it – I *really* don’t need one. It’s a really really cool toy… but do I *need* it?… probably not. But I still kinda want it… lol

Hey Christine,

Thanks for the shout out.

Yeah, the cool factor of the iPhone is pretty high. Sure there are drawbacks (battery life, small keyboard etc…), but at the same time there are so many great features – google maps, full web browsing, calendar-address book-e-mail integration all are rock solid.

If anyone wants specific iPhone questions answered, let me know.


Hey Christine,
I’ve just caught up on all your posts so my comments are for the last four posts.

1.) Keep at the doctor if you truly feel that something is not right. That’s how people find out they have some kind of weird crap that 1 in 50 million people get.

2.) Yeah the iPhone is kinda cool but I can’t see spending that kind of money when there is good yarn to be bought instead.

3.) Could you send Tara to my house please.

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