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I usually follow a simple rule when it comes to consumer electronics: I avoid buying any first-generation products. That doesn't mean I haven't ever done it, but I tend to wait for generation two or three before I plunk down my dough, particularly when it comes to heavily hyped stuff.
As I've Palm Pre. I'm a Sprint customer who has a contract conveniently expiring in June and I have a phone (the
By contrast, the iPhone will be on its iPhone 3G.and its platform is already fairly mature. We'll find out exactly how the new third-generation iPhone specs out at next week's WWDC event, but it's safe to assume that many of the small, nagging kinks that were found in earlier editions of the iPhone will have been ironed out. I don't expect it to be perfect (no phone ever will be, because there's always something better around the corner), but I feel pretty good about getting a lot more iPhone for my $199 than those who purchased the original non-3G model (which was --with contract!) or even the
Sometimes, of course, a brand new product can come along that's so far ahead of the pack that even the introductory version is too tempting to avoid. In my book, the lack of a 3G data connection in the original iPhone was an instant deal breaker and made it easy to pass.
The Pre, on the other hand, has only one glaring issue on the surface: it's got only 8GB of built-in memory and no memory expansion option. It's also unclear whether the platform will truly take off and attract the large number of developers--and have a robust app store--that the iPhone has. Not that apps are the end-all be-all for smartphones, but if everybody's out there developing cool stuff for the iPhone and not the Palm, you're potentially going to feel a little cheated.
The other thing I like about the iPhone is that it does allow for software upgrades. Yes, you're limited by the hardware feature set, but phones, like computers and game consoles, should be upgradeable. Say what you want about the early editions of the PS3, , and , which were plagued with reliability issues; at least those "old" machines can all run the new system software, and, in the case of the PS3, the first systems offered backwards compatibility for PS2 games.
Another beef with the Pre: it's not a world phone, so you're stuck with just Wi-Fi if traveling overseas. We know that aof the phone won't be far behind--so that's just another reason to wait.
From my personal smartphone experience, Microsoft and the carriers have always been woeful about offering upgrades for Windows Mobile phones (upgrading the firmware on my Mogul was always a chore and would be near-impossible for technophobes).
By contrast, newer smartphone OS outfit Google seems to be doing a pretty good job of offering updates to its Android-powered
Maybe I'm a sissy. But I have a gadget philosophy. I try to live by it. I try to show discipline. How 'bout you? Anybody else holding back on the Pre because it's a first-gen model? Or is switching to Sprint the bigger concern?