Monday, January 15, 2007
Response to the iPhone
I was really looking forward to this macworld for two reasons: Macbook Pro (or macbook with a damn vid card) 12” and the widescreen iPod. I’ve been holding off on buying my own iPod for a while because I thought they could get an upgrade or drop in price at macworld. I’ve mentioned a few times how much I love the ultraportable laptops, with my previous three laptops being 12 inchers. So this macworld was a bit disappointing for me. I got the equivalent of a crippled mac mini for your tv and a widescreen ipod nano with a phone and internet viewer built in that won’t even be ready until june.
So what have I done about it? Well, I wanted a high capacity ipod, so I went out and bought a 5.5G 80GB Black iPod the day of the keynote. My reasoning was that the iPhone couldn’t hold as much as I wanted, so I might as well just buy it. I like it a lot. I like the lcd screen way better than my old 3rd gen, but I still like the third gen’s button placement. I like the movie player and have some fun stuff on it like my quakecon movie, don hertzfeldt’s dvd, and anime music videos (best part of vid iPod imho). It’ll store all my game iso files soon too when I reorganize my hard drives. Zune can’t do that!
My phone is also in dire need of replacement, so I went ahead and bought a new PEBL off ebay. We’ll see if it does what I want it to (namely just be a phone). I like the quirky way it opens. What do I think about the iPhone? I was definately geeking out during the keynote, but now the Steve-factor has worn off and I’ve read a lot about it. I was excited about it running OS X, but now they say it won’t run any 3rd party apps or widgets, so meh. I also hate the cingular only, 2 year plan it comes with, although my t-mobile plan will be free again by june. I just wish it was an unlocked phone, and if you didn’t have cingular, the extra features like visual voicemail wouldn’t work. I could live without that. We’ll see what I want in june.
As far as the laptop, I’m used to the 15” inch and am quite happy with it. A 12” would be fun, but it’s not necessary and I STILL have the 12” powerbook because I like it so much and am afraid to sell it. Right now the 12” is plugged into my TV and is performing the job of the apple tv, only it can actually play xvid and other stuff. Hooray for vnc + tv out!