- Cost. If the iPhone’s listed prices were converted to Canadian dollars, the iPhone would price out between $530 and $640 CAD. That’s way too much money for me to spend on a phone today. Yes it has other functionality, but I’ve got that covered; keep reading.
- Contract & add ons. In the US there’s a 2 year contract required. The base phone doesn’t (as far as I can tell) include a service contract. I can’t see that being any different north of the border. Now consider the type of data access you’d need. The iPhone offers many very cool online features that will quickly bite into your allocation. You have to add this. Basic service for this cool puppy would be silly so you’d want to have the full data packages. Pricing on this ‘seems’ (Rogers plan pricing is kinda all over the place) to start at $50.00/month. I’m a heavy online user so my costs would be more.
- I already have an iPod. My Nano is perfect for music and podcasts. Why would I want to have my phone battery drained when I listen to music? How would this integrate into my existing iPod systems?
- I already have a PDA I’m happy with. My Palm T|X. Same battery drain issue. As well, my PDA is awesome for doing what I need it to. I have all the software bought and installed. It syncs nicely with work and home computers. To convert everything over would take Mucho $$$.
- New processes to learn. Integrating everything into one unit means I’d have to change the way I do things. My system works now for me. To use the iPhone I would have to delete and install new software for time management, and calendar integration. I have no idea how well it’ll sync up with Outlook (at work) and what I’d use to sync with at home. I run Windows PC’s and Ubuntu. Is there a Linux Calendaring app that will work with the iPhone, available now?? I’d need new methods to grab my podcasts (I don’t use iTunes). How would that work?
Too many unanswered questions. So, the way I figure things. I’d likely end up paying over $1000 CAD to learn how to use a new gizmo, when my existing gizmos all do what I need currently.
An iPhone isn’t in my immediate future. Though, I guess if I really want the look of one, I could use an iPhoney 🙂
***UPDATE*** Mar.23.09 I’ve just acquired an Apple iPod Touch. Not an iPhone, but enough of one to make me rethink some of what I’ve written above. I’ll post a review of it and my experiences at the Apple store once an issue is resolved…hopefully within a few weeks.