Today, June 29th at 6PM the hoards of Apple devotees will get their chance to shell a minimum of $499 + $60 a month for 24 month for the privilege of owning an iPhone. Although the industrial design is quintessential Apple (it will end up in MOMA) and the Multi Touch screen advances touch screen technology to the next level, the iPhone may suffer from a lackluster cellular data network.
The software on the iPhone is nothing revolutionary, I have all of the functions (from Apple video) and much more (other than iTunes) on my T-Mobile Wing. The only piece that may be considered advanced is the web browser, but if Microsoft released the DeepFish browser, Windows Mobile would be the hands down winner. The problem with the iPhone's browser may be the network's speed. Edge is slow and to render a full HTML web site can be excruciatingly slow to point you may not want to us it. Yes it works fine on WIFI, but you don't alway have WIFI available. Even Steve Jobs in an interview with the Wall Street Journal "acknowledged that the company's new iPhone won't surf the Internet as fast as he would like on the network, called "Edge," but added that the device's ability to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots would give consumers a speedier alternative for Web browsing".
ZDNet's Matthew Miller article title "The T-Mobile Wing’s predictive text functionality beats the iPhone’s technology" finds that Microsoft predictive text technology is more advanced. If you read Walt Mossberg's review of the iPhone, you might think Apple has come with some thing revolutionary, I guess he never tried the Wing or Windows Mobile 6. He does however find the Edge network problematic.
Even though it is a beautiful device and it has iTunes, it currently lacks too many features; from Exchange ActiveSync to SlingPlayer Mobile to make me want to go out and fork out $599. It will be interesting to see how the public reacts after the initial euphoria.
My gut feel is that Apple is already testing a 3G version and may release it for the holiday season, Apple devotees should be ready to shell out another $600 by the end the year, that is a good business to be in...