I went along to the Apple store yesterday to see if they had any iphone stuff around, just to see. There’s been so much coverage of the iphone on tech podcasts recently and I didn’t really want one what with the expensiveness and small ipod capacity. But playing with it in the store (they had 8 on display to play with in place of some ipods) its way better than I expected. Its much smaller, I’m used to my 3rd generation iPod which is big these days but this one is really thin and the glass doesn’t get all smudged and covered in finger prints as my camera screen does. The typing is really good, it has a virtual qwerty keyboard which uses by far the best predictive text I’ve seen as you write. So it looked like my fat thumbs would be hitting 3 or 4 keys at a time but the iPhone got every word correct.
I’ll be in the market for a new phone soon, but I don’t know about paying $600 (plus tax) to get into a 2 year contract at $60 a month (plus $20 of taxes and fees) for a phone on an old slow internet service. Think I’ll try to find one of the few 1 year contracts and consider the version 2 iPhone at a later date. I was quite tempted when I was playing with it though….