Tuesday, January 09, 2007

iPhone is all things to all people...except me

I was jazzed that Apple finally announced its iPhone, an iPod/PDA/mobile phone combo that industry wags have drooled over for years. It's more than I had hoped for. It's form factor is miniscule. It's impossibly thin. It runs OS X, has a touch screen interface (you use your finger, so no worries about losing a stylus), has a 2 MP camera, plays movies, and songs, and on and on and on. But here is why I will not be purchasing the iPhone when it comes out. For starters, it's only available from Cingular. If it were everything I wanted in an all-in-one portable device, I would consider switching carriers, but it is not. And at $600 with a 2 year Cingular contract, that is a huge ouch in the checking account. But moreover, at 8 GB of storage, it's not there yet. I've long said that I will not purchase an iPod or iPod hybrid device unless it has at least 20 GB of solid state memory. That's solid state, as in flash. Now that the iPhone is more than a pipe dream, I will add that I will not purchase an iPod until that 20 GB version is available in the iPhone. I have enough crap to carry around and keep track of day to day. This is why I don't own an iPod or other MP3 player right now. If it doesn't fit on my wrist or in my pants pocket, I'm not taking it with me. Notably, this is probably yet another reason why I don't have children. *grin*

Monday, January 08, 2007

HDTV search update

I realize price and technology will always be changing rapidly, but I'm becoming more and more conflicted about whether to buy now or wait. The signs seem to indicate that we are sitting on the edge of a crucial turning point for both technology and price in the HDTV world. TV-related product announcements are coming pretty much hourly from CES today. Samsung is moving entirely from short-lived bulbs to LEDs rated for 20,000 hours in its rear projection displays (though I was underwhelmed with the picture on their first gen LED rear projo). Budget manufacturers are coming out with 50 to 60 inch LCDs and plasmas priced around $3,000 over the coming months. And as of last week, you can get a 47 inch 1080p display from Vizio for under $2,000. This is sure to get some of the big boys to drop prices on their products, as well.

My excitement over getting a new tv is growing, and my patience is wearing thinner, but my brain is telling me to wait it out just a little longer.