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iPhone - How long would you expect to use it?
If you purchased an iPhone, how long would you want and expect it to last?
Would you plan to upgrade in a year, a year and a half, longer...?
I ask because a lot of our discussions seem to revolve around the estimated life of a given product (i.e. how long before it no longer works very well), as well as how long the end-user expects to continue using it (i.e. how long before s/he expects to upgrade or switch to another model).
In the case of the iPhone, I thought our conversations might benefit from a broader understanding of how long people might expect to use a device that offers x, lacks y, and costs z.
I posted a similar thread about Treo's in the General Treo Chat forum.
- 06-15-2007, 09:36 AM #2
Totally depends on what the options are. I usually end up changing devices every 12-18 months - depending on what new device is available and how my current device is performing. My current device is a Cingular 8125. While I have thoroughly enjoyed it, there is a worthwhile upgrade (the 8525) and my current one is having some serious issues. The 8125 is well over a year old.
If I bought an iPhone, and in a year there was a substantial upgrade, I'd probably want it. If, after a year, there is not a big upgrade or totally new device available, I'd probably hang on to it until it either breaks or is replaced by the next newest thing.
As far as longevity - I just want it to last until my contract allows me to upgrade - and at least through the warranty period (usually a year).
- 06-15-2007, 09:37 AM #3
- 06-15-2007, 10:31 AM #4
most cars come equipped with GPS....but you and i have already gone down that road.
pretty much in the same camp as Vin.....what i DON'T need are two phones (pearl AND an iphone) so the iPhone would have to replace this little bad baby and i just don't think it will have the ability to do so. i thought it would have a place as a "fun phone" but i really can't justify having a second phone number for weekend purposes...yes, i know, use call forward....seems silly in my eyes.
- 06-15-2007, 11:33 AM #5
GPS would be nice, as would 3G - BUT - I use a BT GPS receiever and with this whole 3G chip debacle (and lack of access to 3G any time in the foreseeable future), neither option is a real issue for me. 2MP camera? meh. I've never desperately wished my 8125 could rival my D200 (or our Canon p&s, for that matter).
I'm just really anxious to get this thing in hand and see exactly what are it's strengths and weaknesses. Just bet that I'll give it h@ll the first month to make sure I want to keep it.
My biggest hope is that the Google map function will smoothly integrate with my GPS and the best of all scenarios would be if the soon to be released BT/WiFi hard drives work with it...
- 06-15-2007, 12:22 PM #6
i too am looking forward to giving it a spin....what i'm afraid of is that i'm going to like the bigger screen/better resolution......better internet experience, music and phone all in one place......the keyboard i'm looking most forward to....but if i can't find a way to receive my work emails (must be real-time or close to it) then i'm sad to say that it wouldn't be for me.
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- 06-15-2007, 03:13 PM #12
I churn phones once a year or so, but lately, I have slowed down.
Nothing better than the 700wx on the market, and that doesn't look like it will change anytime soon.
I wonder if they will sell any sponge accessories to wipe of the ear/cheek juice that will collect on the screen. ;-)
The hype machine is in full swing..the stores promise to be insane on the 29th.
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- 06-15-2007, 04:24 PM #22
I'd hope that I could use it for two years, but realistically with no 3G that would be a stretch. If it did have 3G, then maybe. But by then iPods like have 1TB HDDs and who will be content with 8GB?
Personally I don't think I will be spending $500-600 on a cel phone any time soon. Now when they have one that is a fully-functional Mac (a MacPhone, not an iPhone) then maybe I'll get one even if it is $1500. Imagine Garageband and iMovie on your phone, sweet! I was hoping the iPhone would have been more along these lines but sadly no.
I would also have liked to see some kind of stylus support, what ever happened to Apple's Ink? That went nowhere. I know the multi-touch is really cool and all but a drawing app or Photoshop lite type *** would have been really cool. At least something akin to NotePad on Palm OS. After all it is running on OS X.
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