Some people have been writing about the iPhone, and there are complaints as expected with any new device (or old for that matter). So I decided to write about them, and show what's really behind all this.

Price is the thing that hits you first when getting a new tech toy (unless, of course, you recieve the device as a gift). So it's not surprising that people don't like the price of the iPhone. I don't think it's too bad, especially considering that it's a widescreen iPod, and the price will likely come down. However, it's not going to be so fast. The iPhone isn't even going to be around for a few months, so if you're willing to wait, it's going to be a long time if you don't think the price is right.

The actual name is a problem, although not for us. For the lovely name "iPhone", they happened to pick a name that existed already and is owned by Cisco for already 6 years. That's before the iPod was released. Well, for one thing Apple isn't likely to let the name go. They're probably going to do what it takes, even if this means bribing Cisco. Anyway, I think this whole "i" prefix thing has run its course. It's over. Find a new naming system, or another company will. It's called Innovation.

Another thing that hits consumers hard is Apple's FairPlay Digital Rights Management, which is present in the iPhone just like the iPod. Although people seemed to accept the iPod fairly well, it seems to be a dirty trick that Apple's doing right now by forcing you to buy an iPod/iPhone if you want to play your songs on a device, and forcing you to buy from the iTunes store if you want to play songs on your iPod/iPhone. You could call it a lose-lose situation for some. Apple again claims it's not their fault, and that "the record labels forced them to do it". Well, obviously they were forced to apply some sort of DRM scheme to the songs, but certainly they could open up this technology to other companies?

Lastly, the iPhone isn't going to be released until June. Steve Jobs says it's "because of the FCC". Not entirely dissimilar to new operating systems that Apple releases, there's a huge display of it to get the media all worked up. This is actually interesting, since Apple has the reputation of being a secretive company. But lately, we've seen the iTV (now simply called the "Apple TV") and a number of Macs being announced far ahead of schedule. I'm not entirely sure about this latest practice of Apple's; it's sort of like having presents and not unwrapping them until the right moment. Spoiling the surprise takes away from the fun.

So does this mean that the iPhone is going to be a failure. Probably not. But it'll be interesting to see how Apple eventually reacts to these problems in the long run.

is the phone any good?...i just heard about this item a couple of days ago.

" it seems to be a dirty trick that Apple's doing right now by forcing you to buy an iPod/iPhone if you want to play your songs on a device, and forcing you to buy from the iTunes store if you want to play songs on your iPod/iPhone"

Uh, have you read that?
It makes no sense at all. You have to buy an iPhone if you want to play music with an iPhone?
WOW, that's really shocking!

You can import any MP3 or WAV (and probably many other formats) into iTunes and convert them to AAC, I don't see a problem here.

" it seems to be a dirty trick that Apple's doing right now by forcing you to buy an iPod/iPhone if you want to play your songs on a device, and forcing you to buy from the iTunes store if you want to play songs on your iPod/iPhone"

Uh, have you read that?
It makes no sense at all. You have to buy an iPhone if you want to play music with an iPhone?
WOW, that's really shocking!

Sorry, a little bit of clarification. What I meant is that if you own songs purchased from the iTunes store, you must by an Apple device if you want those songs to be portable. Unless you manually burn the songs onto a CD (which you can do up to 5 times) and re-import them back into your library (thereby losing audio quality), you are forced to stick with an Apple device.

Importing songs works, too, but the only way to get unprotected music from major record labels is to rip them from CDs, and I don't know about you... but it's sure a lot cheaper and easier to buy songs online rather than be forced to buy an entire album and then rip it into iTunes.

Furthermore, it's becoming increasingly difficult to do even that, as Sony is starting to put copy-protection software on regular audio CDs to prevent what users can do with the CDs when they're inside their computers.

tough luck, thank the pirates for that.
I've some 600+ audio CDs and buy one or two per month on average, never had problems ripping them into iTunes.
Even CDs you can't play with other players (like the 2nd to last Enigma album) play and rip fine in iTunes.

Your complaints about music purchased through iTunes working only in Apple players is somewhat bogus too. Many players support only one or a very few players, sometimes only a single online store as well.
And you know what you're getting when you buy it. That's your conscious decision to shop Apple instead of somewhere else. Don't blame Apple for making that business decision, blame yourself for buying into a system you don't like.

Buy a player that works with Microsoft Windows Media player for example. You can use several online stores that way, but of course it works only with Windows which in your logic is also Evil.

Can PLEASE someone clarify this for me: Will people be able to buy it as a standalone/unlocked device from Apple itself (with no ATT contract of whatsoever) ? Thx

Well, I just waited in line for this darn phone only to get home and find that it doesn't work at all! After waiting on hold for an hour to Silicone Valley to talk to support I was told to leave it on the charger over night then call them back in the morning! For my very first experience with Apple, this has left a very bitter tasted in my mouth! I guess I should have waited until all the bugs were worked out.

Well, I'm rather PO'd!!!!!! I waited in the long lines, paid $1200 or so for 2 of them, only to get home and find out you can't use them on business plans... What is this garbage?!?!? Who cares? It's a phone, what's the difference how the plan is paid for? I have 2 8525's that has more features then this, for the most part and this is what they do? And for not mentioning it ANYWHERE in any of their marketing BS?