Sunday, August 2, 2009

Why exactly should I buy this crap?

I read a comparison of various cell phones in today's DN, and not surprisingly the hysterically over-hyped Iphone 3GS won the competition, together with the far superior, yet cheaper, Samsung Omnia HD.

Let's have a look at Iphone 3GS's selling points, according to the article:

  • It can send and receive MMS.
  • It's got bluetooth.
  • It's fitted with a 3 megapixel camera, without flash.
  • It's got a compass.
  • You can copy and paste text from for example an e-mail.
  • It's got support for the Swedish special characters ÅÄÖ (although the keyboard is "still hard to use").

All these new "features" are really the bare minimum you would expect from even the cheapest cell phone sold in the last 2-3 years, possibly with the exception of a compass. On the other hand, when have you ever been in a situation where you thought "damn, I really wish my phone had a compass"?

Why on earth should I literally pay through my nose for yesterday's news, when I could get a state of the art phone for almost half the price, and at the same time avoid the infamous Apple lock-in effect and the AppStore censorship madness?

2 comments:

  1. Well iPhone is awesome, you are merely mocking the article than the iPhone itself as the articles main "selling points of the iphone" are incorrect. Most of those functions are already in the 3G, the news are a faster response time and a better camera with auto-focus (on whatever you want) and video recording as well as a compass (you're right though, it is not very useable). But the thing that really makes iphone incredible is the screen and the way the touch works so well compared to "the other phones on the market". The app store isn't bad either, I mean bunch of programs for free and very cheap prices on most of them too.

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