June 27, 2007
Dear CNET members,
I'm sitting here in front of the Apple store, in line, writing this newsletter to you, waiting for my chance to get my hand on the iPhone this coming Friday. Not! Yeah, sure it would be nice to have one, but maybe another day for me. But I know some folks are already lined up right this minute, waiting for the iPhone to be released. The iPhone is probably one of the most anticipated consumer electronic gadgets to date. I mean, six whole months of media attention, hype, praises and bashes, speculation and expectation; you name it and it's been done! Well, this Friday is the moment of truth, folks, when the iPhone lands in the hands of the public for the real-world test. And as much as I really don't care if I ever hear or read another column, blog, or ad on the iPhone, I personally sure as heck want to have a phone in my hand to check out so I can finally judge it for myself! So one last time before it all unfolds--come clean with us and tell us honestly, will you buy an iPhone? Why or why not?
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This week's hot topic:
Will you buy an iPhone?
Six whole months of high anticipation for the iPhone release is finally coming to end. And now that so much info has been passed along and made public, when we asked our members if they will be buying an iPhone, many--and I mean many--dropped by News.com staff writer Tom Krazit's blog to tell us what their decisions are.
"Closer to YES than undecided"
"The technology sounds great. It's everything I'd like in a combined portable device. Plus, I commute 2 hours to work, and the iPhone should give me decent Web access for reading, without having to lug a laptop. Prior..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member mike.gw"I would if..."
"...it was cheaper and I knew a little more about it. Apple's reluctance to give detailed technical info about it is annoying. Once more info is available, I may change my mind, but the cost will have to come down..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member NewsReader_"Not until I get a choice of carriers"
"I'm not as concerned with it being version one. It's an Apple product so it's already better than everyone else's third generation. I just won't be locked into using any one carrier, not even by Apple...." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member ewilliams28"Yes! Yes! Yes! I will buy one!"
"I think it's going to be a great phone, it looks as though it will fit my needs better than anything else out there and I've shopped around and have had MANY phones. It always makes me laugh to see all of the Apple 'haters'..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member Timbo39"Not till Apple gets with the times..."
"I'm just surprised, really. The iPhone is supposed to be the most technologically advanced phone ever. Yet Apple refuses to upgrade to two simple technologies: CDMA and 3G. Why? Corporate politics and..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member TheyCallMeGeorgeSpeak up!
Now that you've been grilled and armed with six months of media coverage, tons of columns and blogs, speculation and expectations--and the list goes on--are you personally (not your friend or family member) going to buy an iPhone? Tell us all the reasons why or why not, because we'd like to know.
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