Apple’s much-hyped mobile phone, the iPhone, went on sale in the UK yesterday at 6.02 PM, sparking some curious behaviour: there were queues at some stores – crazies started waiting outside the Apple store in Regent Street, central London, at 8 AM on Thursday… 34 hours early! – but other shops, like the nearby branches of Carphone Warehouse and the O2 store, were distinctly queue-free (and crazy-free).
Shouldn’t be surprised by this lunacy though – ever since its launch in the USA, the iPhone has been provoking irrational behaviour. It strikes me as pretty ridiculous that anyone even wants the bloody thing! It’s a pricey item, yet its hardly state-of-the-art. It has a 2-Megapixel camera, while many competitors now boast 5-Meg cams; it doesn’t support 3G/UMTS; it wears its wireless networking credentials like that’s something special… Bah humbug!
The iPhone’s main claim to fame is its prettiness. It is slim and sleek, and the large, sensitive touchscreen gives it great versatility. The lack of physical keys means it can be held in different positions for making calls, texting, web browsing… So yeah, it looks good. So what else has it got going for it?
Hmm… not much, methinks. You won’t catch me buying one. I think Nokia and Sony Ericsson make far superior alternatives.
The iPhone: looks good… but looks ain’t everything