So, I get a good browser, fantastic GUI, ok-to-bad email support and an ipod. Large gorgeous screen on a phone never hurt anybody (except maybe the wallet, but it's a consumerism society baby!).
Can I store files on it this time? I have this teensy .rar file or whatever I need to carry around just in case, or that word doc? Can you send it to me over bluetooth or wifi? What? No file browser, even a sandboxed one?
Or can I sync the latest outlook correspondence over the last two weeks I keep at home, at the mothership PC? Dang, I needed that mail I had downloaded off the server four days ago..
I've got this nice ebook I wanna read while waiting somewhere, me being such a geek? (Ringtone bs I would add if I cared about that stuff)
Am I asking for too much?
Thing is, I really like the iphone. So well made, and the gui is lovely. But I want the notes and appointments and etc to sync decently. It is nice, but way too boxed in. And please don't talk about jailbreak - most of the stuff there is very very pre-alpha stuff.
I've already got a nice pretty much indestructable (and who cares?) ipod nano to listen to music on the go. I've got a crappy and slow HTC Touch (it's a sleek h/w with a slow cpu and a clunky os) but at least it works (mpeg and avi without conversion, file transfer, nice freeware and good payware, working PIM) so it is helluva lot more open. I can put a file on it, and even install a program to use that data if I need to. It's a PDA right? A pocket 'puter?
(I wonder if Apple with its fandom and ad dollars hadn't made the iphone - how it would have fared with its deep limitations, despite the fantastic gui.)
I think I'll wait around. the J-phone is not expensive even with the contract. I'm looking forward to htc diamond pro, sony xperia or an Andoid phone for now. itunes lovers, please don't heed me. iphone usability is top notch, it's only too rigid to be useful.