To Upgrade or Not?

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mikeqw

The iPhone is revolutionary with it's touch keyboard. Most physical keyboards on blackberry's and other phones are just plain AWFULL to use. To many modifier keys to press just to get a different letter or symbol versus the iPhones brainless interface that makes typing on it a breeze like on a real keyboard. phentermine without prescription, adipex without prescription , meridia without prescription , ambien without prescription , cheap ambien, valium without prescription, cheap valium, phentermine no prescription, cheap cialis, cialis pharmacy, buy viagra online, order viagra online And the software can modify that keyboard to specialized applications. You can't do that with a physical keyboard. I think many of you are forgetting that there will be NEW software that you will be able to install which might take care of those other reasons for not upgrading as well.

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Daniel

My service area lacks 3G connection, so basically the new iPhone wouldn't do a lot for me. Also this whole 10 bucks more a month with no texting is a scam.

One thing though. What's wrong with the iPhone's camera. 2.0 mp is plenty for any cell phone. I just returned from Europe where I occasionally left my canon in my bag when going on excursions. Thankfully I had my iPhone with me. The pictures I've captured are spectacular. In fact after comparing them with some of my companions p&s 8 mp cameras, my iPhone pics are clearer even when blown up to the background of our laptops. MPs are not what matters. Now if apple could give 3x opticle zoom, that'd be impressive.

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Dave S

For me the most compelling reason to switch would be if the iPhone's biggest shortcoming were taken care of. The audio quality of the telephone is by far the worst part of the iPhone. It is too difficult to hear and the speakerphone is terrible. Bluetooth reception is also lackluster.

Steve said audio quality is much improved, but I am waiting for someone like Uncle Walt to review the phone before making a decision.

By the way, the cost increase is not simply more for data. All the voice plans are more costly as well. I have a 1400 minute per month family plan and two phones. I pay $133+ taxes per month (I bought roadside assistance for my wife's phone at $3). The same plan plus data and 200 texts would cost me $180. That is why I probably won't switch.

Generally happy iPhone user since 6/30/07.

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Anonymous

I wanted to give a different perspective. I don't have an iphone. I got a Razr but waited a whole year so I could get an iphone with 3G. Problem is, that's really the only thing that's upgraded and if you aren't in a 3G area then you're still using EDGE. This release is disappointing in practically every way. I guess the trusty RAZR will have to do until next July...

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Leo

Dear Michelle, how do you dare to say we all want a keyboard? I have been a PC user until may when I bought my first MacBook Air and iPhone, God bless Apple designing these two pieces as simple and esay to use as the are, specially iphone with its stunning no physical keyboard...

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Michelle

OK, so obviously not everyone wants a keyboard. :-)

But I still think a keyboard in addition to the touchscreen would be spiffy. Should have clarified that I meant *in addition to* in the article. I know people who crave a keyboard, others who think a keyboard is a major step backwards.

Thanks for the comments on the story, everyone!

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Embarrassed for Michelle

Wait, this is a pro-Mac site, and Michelle here is a "Mac-Lifer"? I do like how she adeptly summarizes the iPhone 3G facts we already know. But, then to insult Mac fans but insisting that we want a keyboard. I suppose she still wants a channel knob on her widescreen TV? She probably prints all her emails too. Come on Mac-Life, let Michelle go to graze with the other MS losers in Vista Land.

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Crackedpot

No. Actually I don't want a "keyboard". In fact, I'm using the keyboard on the iPhone now. The only other one I would want to use is my apple wireless since the iPhone does have bluetooth. I would also like to use the mouse and the tv out and use it as a "real" computer. We can already use it to present slides or photos and video (even youtube).

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Anonymous

I'm sorry your reason for NOT upgrading to the new iphone as far as the keyboard is concerned is just plain STUPID! The iPhone is revolutionary with it's touch keyboard. Most physical keyboards on blackberry's and other phones are just plain AWFULL to use. To many modifier keys to press just to get a different letter or symbol versus the iPhones brainless interface that makes typing on it a breeze like on a real keyboard. And the software can modify that keyboard to specialized applications. You can't do that with a physical keyboard. I think many of you are forgetting that there will be NEW software that you will be able to install which might take care of those other reasons for not upgrading as well. 3G speeds should match all the others out there. Camera, who cares. If you want to do professional photography, buy a REAL DIGITAL CAMERA for god sakes!

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Jay Benson

Great article and right on point... until you mentioned the keyboard and the battery. No keyboard provides the device more flexibility with programs and makes the iPhone that much more exciting for developers. Not only this, but it is what separates the iPhone from everyone else and makes it a revolutionary device. A device ahead of the curve much like the original iMac, that did not include a floppy drive. When the iMac came out did you encourage people not to buy because it didn't carry a floppy drive? The battery comment simply shows your ignorance and lack of knowledge on the subject of all things iPod and iPhone. 'Nuff said. Your other reasons for not upgrading right now are spot on. I have a 16 GB iPhone and it makes no sense to upgrade now to another 16 GB iPhone for a few seconds shaved off my internet suffering time. The time will come when upgrading will be a no brainer (better camera, more storage and etc.), but now is not that time. If I could not upgrade the software this would be a different story. However, I will be able to upgrade and I will go on loving my iPhone and enjoying it for the revolutionary device that it is. Long live the iPhone! Without a stupid keyboard!!!

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Anonymous

I like my iPod touch, and would love it if it had speakers and internet, but there is no way I'm going to pay that much money to a phone company for a cell phone - no matter how cool it is. At the keynote, Steve Jobs said that he was making the iPhone cheaper for people. Turns out he's more of a liar than I thought. They even get paid by AT&T for every iPhone they sell.

And I wouldn't want a keyboard, either. Just another thing to bulk it up.

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Anonymous

3G data is typically TEN TIMES FASTER than EDGE.
If the iPhone only gets 2X then it's the worlds worst 3G implementation.

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Anonymous

I don't want a keyboard on my phone. The lack of a physical keyboard, in my opinion, is what makes this such a revolutionary device. So YOU admit it, you're just trying to throw in one more reason against upgrading, right? Weak. All your other reasons were valid, but this was shocking to read.

Also, you might want to double-check your unit of measurement for the built-in camera. I'm not familiar with measuring the CCD size in megabytes.

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Anonymous

The keyboard is the reason I gave up my iPhone after about 6 months -- I could not stand the touch keyboard and much prefer my QWERTY keyboard which is faster and more accurate. In all 6 months of owning the iPhone I never got better than 80 percent accuracy and about 10% the speed of my Blackjack -- Yeah, it's a crappier phone with terrible music management (the draw of the iPhone in the first place) but the real keyboard lets me do 50 wpm when writing e-Mail, and my texts are always accurate. No more iPhones for me until they do have a real keyboard.

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Anonymous

I am sorry did you just say you got 50 wpm on a cell phone keyboard of any kind? I call B.S. either you are exceptionally exaggerating or you have the worlds most freakishly fast thumbs. i for one quite like the touch screen keyboard on my Ipod touch, one of the reasons I will be buying an iPhone when it comes to canada in a week. I often write emails on it and it seems just fine to me, with rarely an error in typing.

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Imagine Engine

For Canadians I believe theirs a lot of value in the iPhone 3G as well useful technology. Though what will stop a lot of consumers in Canada from buying the iPhone is Rogers reluctancy to offer unlimited data plans. This may soon change due to their two major competitors Telus and Bell have recently started to offer unlimited data plans starting at $30.00 for use on smartphones. I just hope Rogers doesn't try to avoid offering unlimited data due to the iPhone is only a GSM device. Otherwise it could hurt Apple's sales in Canada.

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JW

Why upgrade for services that I won't Be using! No 3G in my area and they don't expect it any time soon. Maybe by the next release of the iphone it will be in my area. Don't need GPS at a cost of more money. I am already invested in two iphones that a bunch of money. I'll wait till next release. Thanks

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Anonymous

Nope, I won't upgrade at this time. I got my iPhone about 6 months ago and see no compelling reason to upgrade to the latest. Especially since AT&T will be charging more to use the new phone.

I'll wait until my current iPhone breaks AND for the next version if it has some additional features.

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Anonymous

$599 is a day's pay for the average iphone owner? that's 150K/yr... who knew? they must pay the maclife writers a lot!!

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Anonymous

Yeah, that's the first thing that struck me too. That's more like a week's pay for most everyone I know.

Just subtle clues to the state of the world, I guess...

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Titus

Wait. No 3G where I work or live, and dont need GPS. I can read a map. Also I cant see paying any more a month to AT&T then I am already paying :(

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