iReasons I am Not Getting an iPhone

Iam sure that most of you are tired of hearing about the iPhone. I know I am. TechMeme should change its name for today to iPhoneMeme to reflect the news of the day. You probably do not want to hear anything else about the iPhone. Well, I had a few spare moments and decided instead of waiting for the iPhone hype to die down, I am going to list the reasons I am not getting an iPhone.

  1. My hands shake, a lot. Anyone who has shaky hands really can not use a touch screen. It is really funny to watch.
  2. I have dry skin, so I use hand lotion. This may sound odd, until you see the effects of lotions on a touch screen. It is rather disgusting.
  3. I am a geek, and keystrokes are my friend. I tend to remember the menu structure or keyboard shortcuts. iPhones tend to render that a useless skill.
  4. What about the camera and video? If I am getting something as pretty as an iPhone, I want a good camera and decent video capabilities.
  5. Even with Exchange integration, the iPhone will not be supported at my place of employment. It should take a while for corporations to determine that iPhone access is beneficial.
  6. I am not an Apple fanboy.
  7. As many people have pointed out, the plans from ATT are rather expensive. I am not doing an official comparison, but I have a BlackBerry on a family plan with ATT. Getting an iPhone would increase my monthly payments.

In the end, I could get an iPhone if the deal is right. Most likely, I will be getting another BlackBerry for my hip.

11 thoughts on “iReasons I am Not Getting an iPhone

  1. The keyboard works because for me because I am basically stabilizing my hands by holding the thing and trying to type with my thumbs. I tried “one-handing” an iphone 1.0, and I failed miserably. For some people, the touchscreen just doesn’t work. I am one of them.


  2. I think point 6 nails it πŸ˜‰ People from Microsoft land just “know” that you don’t buy “any” product from “anybody” till v3 πŸ˜‰


  3. @Yuvi
    I totally forgot about that. Excellent point. If I remember correctly, you can only use even numbered service packs as well.


  4. Hmmm… I’ve not been long enough to talk ’bout the even numbered service pack thing. I have witnessed the “v3” thing though – .NET 1 was shit, 2.0 was usable, 3.0 just rocks πŸ˜‰

    So, I think I’ll buy iPhone v4. I guess.


  5. My reasons are:

    1. I can’t afford one right now (yes, even with price cut – bills come first)

    2. My contract with T-Mobile doesn’t end until Jan. and I can’t afford the early termination fees.

    that’s it, actually. I really, really want it!

    (I am concerned about the keypad though – or lack thereof – I can type fast on my Blackberry!)


  6. I agree, interesting perspective. The touch screen keyboard did take a little getting used to – after a few days/maybe a week, it’s was a non-issue for me. And I too prefer to hold it in landscape mode to type with my thumbs (when I’m “allowed to”)

    Re: #7
    I’m not sure I understand you’re point. If you can afford a BlackBerry with data, you can afford an iPhone plan.
    I did some research on it and they were identical (including the new 3G $30 unlimited data).

    Re: #6
    The fact you’re going out of your way to write a blog and dignify this as a reason for not buying a product is just a lamely partisan. Reminds me of the Chevy (the MS of cars) drivers that refuse to drive “them foreign cars.” Both BB and iPhone are great devises. And we’ll all find our favorite solution.


  7. @Sarah
    Thankfully, my contract is up and it is time for a phone upgrade. So, no early termination fees for me.

    As I had said, the price comparison was purely anecdotal. One big problem is that the iPhone costs a minimum of $199, but I can get a Blackberry Curve almost free. The family plan that I have now costs $139 (w/data) and the equivalent iPhone plan costs $169.

    Regarding the “fanboy” comment, the whole post was meant to be “tongue-in-cheek”. Granted I am not an Apple fanboy, but it was a poor attempt at humor.


  8. I new that this time around was going to be more of the same. Huge line, no service, no inventory, horrible customer service, etc…AT&T couldn’t get it right the first time, what makes you think they would get it right the second time around ? I think if you never had an iPhone maybe go through the trouble, but if you already have one, why go through the headache for another one. Makes no sense. Apple always launches news products with very low inventory to create excitement and demand. I did it once with the mini me, and never again. I can wait, if I really want an Apple Anything.


  9. Personally, I think Apple should have offered their iPhone to Sprint. Sprint rolled out an “everything” plan for $99 which includes data and phone service, and that would have been a huge incentive for people to purchase, even at full price, the iPhone.

    However, I understand why Apple went with Cingular (now AT&T). AT&T is a brand more people recognize with stability and excellence and their coverage area is wider. Plus, Sprint customers would have been upset by the lack of Sprint TV offered on the iPhone, and Apple would have been upset that Sprint TV would have captured more of an audience than downloading movies and TV shows at their iTunes store.


  10. From everything I’ve heard about the iPhone, it’s not a bad phone, but you can get a better phone for the money. People prefer it because it’s pretty and trendy. Well, I think getting anything at all because it’s trendy is imbecilic.


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