Originally Posted by kronik
Note, I agree with you almost wholeheartedly - the one thing I'm noticing people say, however.. is the ability for this thing to be a smartphone. It does not excel in that regard; it successfully has integrated a number of "lifestyle product" genres but the one I think it'll be the best at is of course, media playback. I would have LOVED for this thing to become my goto device.. unfortunately, it's just not feasible for me as my e-mail is Exchange-based. brian, I am not suggesting that Apple targets business users specifically - I would like to think, however, that at the price point this thing is touted at (which is usually reserved for the smartphone crowd.. which generally is targeted at business users), it would be more capable in that regard. It would not have taken too much for them to throw a lite version of Thunderbird up there, or at least, given you the potential to do so. They've, in true Apple form, locked up the ability to utilize it outside of their propietary format/design/state and that seems almost like an injustice on a piece of machinery this beautifully designed.
I have yet to see any real evidence that this is a smartphone that can compete with Symbian/UIQ/Windows Mobile. We just have Job's Reality Distortion Field in full effect... "It's pretty - it does what I want (hence the world) - has the Apple logo - BUY IT NOW!" It is an overpriced lifestyle phone like kronik mentioned like the Razr, Rokr et.c. (which outside the USA are dinosaurs, btw).
Originally Posted by designprofessor
Is it a beautiful device for allowing people to take their eyes off the road while driving?
Excellent point actually. WIth no tactile feedback, that will be a serious issue. For instance, I have speed dial setup so that I can call say my wife by holding down a key on my Nokia 6630. I don't need to look at the screen - I can feel
where the number is, then hit the loudspeaker button on the phone's side to talk hand's free while I am driving. No messing with bluetooth, looking at screens, nothing. What happens here? P.s. its real target are phones like those pretty expensive Nokia that cost more than a Series 60 or Series 80 smartphone yet are basic Series 40 devices.