January 16, 2007
Dear CNET members,
More than 5,000 of you voted in last week's hot topic newsletter poll with regard to the iPhone on the question "What feature stands out for you?", and a whopping 42 percent of you voted for "Blah, it's a phone..." Wow, that's a lot of you who don't think the iPhone is much more than just a phone! After the iPhone announcement, it just seemed like--love it or hate it--the words on everyone's lips were all about this new phone. The front page of many newspapers even touted the iPhone. So what do you think of this new phone? Is it going to be all hype, or will it be the iPod of phones, soon to dominate the mass of phones out there by its sheer popularity? Given only what we know about the new iPhone, the feedback generated from our members' comments is a mixed bag; some say it's all hype, saying that the iPhone is no different than any other Smart phone on the market. Yet there are those who think this phone is the best thing since sliced bread; they're ready to buy one no matter what the cost. CNET Editor Tim Moynihan's recent Crave blog entry "Thirteen reasons to doubt the iPhone hype" gives a baker's dozen reasons why you might think twice before you rush out to buy an iPhone (or at least why you might consider waiting until Apple dishes more iPhone details). Give his blog entry a read and tell us all whether you think he's on the money with his 13 points or whether he's way off track.
This week's hot topic:
Is the iPhone all hype?
Since the official announcement of Apple's iPhone, the CNET Community can't stop talking about this phone. And when CNET Editor Tim Moynihan recently posted a Crave blog entry bringing up 13 reasons to doubt the iPhone hype, many of you were quick to jump on your soapbox to tell everyone whether you agreed or disagreed with him.
"Legitimate questions--not whining"
"These are legitimate questions about this new phone. All the other options in the smart-phone category that the "iPhone" will compete in allow extensive expansion of the platform. Whether you have a BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm, or Symbian device, you have the..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member rickmahn"Missing the point"
"While the author raises some valid questions, I think you are missing the point in regards to how this phone is going to change the game. A malleable software interface to a mobile device that requires only that the user have a finger and be able to read to navigate..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member peter969"See beyond the hype!"
"The article raises good questions. I do understand that some fervent Apple believers would worship a sardine box disguised as a phone if it only had the Apple logo ;-) but for the rest of us, it's perfectly legitimate to try to see beyond the hype. There's no..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member ikitursoSpeak Up!
Now that you've read CNET Editor Tim Moynihan's blog entry "Thirteen reasons to doubt the iPhone hype", what do you think of it? Are you in agreement with Tim or do you have 13 rebuttals for him? Agree or disagree, let's hear what's on your mind. (Please help keep this discussion civil by keeping flames and personal attacks at bay. Thanks!)
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