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What's the big news there? That they're making a profit?

The news is they have lots of room to profit and significantly lower costs to the consumer. Prices will come down.

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Early adopters always end up paying more; one presumes this helps recoup research and development costs (which are not factored in to the production cost).

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Okay... Friend Tom came over this evening for dinner and I spent an hour playing with his phone.

 

It is official. The company is going to finance the change -- we all must have one. It is too cool for words.

 

The pictures are stunning. The IPod funcationality is astonishing. Voicemails show up as sound files (meaning you can scroll back a little to hear a missed segment). It is gorgeous and clean and the video quality outstanding.

From an IT point of view (as opposed to the "this is cool" point of view) making a piece of hardware that has been on sale for less than a week a corporate standard is beyond stupid.

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Okay... Friend Tom came over this evening for dinner and I spent an hour playing with his phone.

 

It is official. The company is going to finance the change -- we all must have one. It is too cool for words.

 

The pictures are stunning. The IPod functionality is astonishing. Voicemails show up as sound files (meaning you can scroll back a little to hear a missed segment). It is gorgeous and clean and the video quality outstanding.

From an IT point of view (as opposed to the "this is cool" point of view) making a piece of hardware that has been on sale for less than a week a corporate standard is beyond stupid.

 

Depends on your perspective AND your business model. Being a small IT company, we look really bitch'n to our clients to have all the latest techno-gadgets. Seriously. It may appear stupid or even superficial, but it is effective I assure you.

 

That adage, "the one who dies with the most toys wins" is a mind-set in our industry and boys are always enamored with whatever toys the other boys have. They covet and are impressed and when I am dealing with some 20-something bloke who drives a Lamborghini and dates super-models, having something like an IPhone will work to my advantage.

 

Yes, there is MY covet value and I am fortunate to run a company that can be a guinea pig to this new industry. Small price to pay (in the long run) for the advantages it will give me and our firm.

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Maybe I'm forgetting something obvious, but has MS ever produced a decent hardware product? They failed with WebTv and their iPod competitor (whatever that was called). I'm sure Apple is more concerned about Palm, Motorola and Nokia.

 

Read through the thread and saw this. Microsoft has indeed made great hardware. I would estimate the last 5 mice and keyboards I've had were Microsoft. In fact, of the three or four people I know here that have Mac Pros, every single one of them has a Microsoft mouse, and most have a Microsoft keyboard due to Apple's insistence that ergonomics don't extend to your hands or something. Split keyboards and middle buttons 4 lyfe!

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EddieL, I hope you report back soon. Is it charging now?

I want to hate it but I can't. I'd love one.

 

My order status is showing that the phone is back-ordered. Can't say that I'm surprised... :lol:

 

I've seen blog posts from people who ordered theirs the same way I did (at the AT&T store) who've already received 'em.

 

Early adopters always end up paying more; one presumes this helps recoup research and development costs (which are not factored in to the production cost).

 

Anyone (such as myself) who buys one of these things on first release should be prepared to see a thinner, faster, slicker model with improved battery life, etc., within a year. Probably at a lower cost. When that happens, you won't hear me whining about it. As I said, buying this thing is an indulgence, not a necessity.

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Just played with one in the Apple store in Palo Alto -- geek central. It is very beautiful. I can't have one as I live in the UK, which has saved me the money: it is an absolute must have. I would buy one immediately if I lived here.

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Just played with one in the Apple store in Palo Alto -- geek central. It is very beautiful. I can't have one as I live in the UK, which has saved me the money: it is an absolute must have. I would buy one immediately if I lived here.

 

I just got home from the San Francisco Apple store... even the packaging is a beautiful thing to behold.

 

I'll be offline for a while, playing with the new gadget!

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Just played with one in the Apple store in Palo Alto -- geek central. It is very beautiful. I can't have one as I live in the UK, which has saved me the money: it is an absolute must have. I would buy one immediately if I lived here.

 

I just got home from the San Francisco Apple store... even the packaging is a beautiful thing to behold.

 

I'll be offline for a while, playing with the new gadget!

You can't post from your new phone?

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Just played with one in the Apple store in Palo Alto -- geek central. It is very beautiful. I can't have one as I live in the UK, which has saved me the money: it is an absolute must have. I would buy one immediately if I lived here.

 

I just got home from the San Francisco Apple store... even the packaging is a beautiful thing to behold.

 

I'll be offline for a while, playing with the new gadget!

You can't post from your new phone?

 

It will take AT&T at least 24 hours to transfer my account from T-Mobile. But after that.... :lol:

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As a card carrying luddite, I have never owned a cell phone. But I am tempted. Maybe version 2, though.

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Okay, so far the headache is wholly and entirely with AT&T. Activation process is in hour #2 and is going to take a LOT longer. To do this online, there is no way to bundle with any of their other existing services (I have their DSL) or their Worldwide service.

 

AND, you need to have this illusive pre-approved credit check code. The folks at AT&T insist that it is included on the Apple receipt (where?) and if not, you must go to one of their stores to get it. Okay, so I am here with the phone and I have to go back out to get a few digits to make this work?

 

Trying work-arounds at the moment (like a pre-paid account - then I'll convert it).

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