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Is The New Iphone Really Worth Investing In? 600 Dollars !

phone+mp3+ipod+internet+video conf+message+3 way call etc, for 600 dollars.

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Hello,

Can somebody help me out please, I just got an iphone and am trying all I can to love-vendor it out but can you help me do the following:

Send / receive MMS.

Send/ receive files e.g. ringtones. music files, images, etc. via bluetooth.

Forward SMS to some contacts

Chat via yahoo messanger

Get SMS to display sender's name and not numbers.

Please help me out, fellow nairalanders.

You can contact me also through donrichiexl@yahoo.co.uk

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@neoteny

i feel u man! 3rd party hacks makethe phone more flexible. Soon we'll have mms, voip, video recording etc on the iphone. When the sdk comes out, a whole new world of apps will be unleashed!

I find that most ppl thsr complain about the iphone battery are those that can't keep their hands off their shiny new toy.

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i keep hearing people say the iphone is not a genuine smartphone. well, considering winmobile runs on windows ce platform, which is severely limited in comparison to windows xp, i wonder how a phone running mac os x tiger in full (700mb for gawds sake) and the full safari browser cannot be smart. tell me one fone that runs on a full desktop os (sure iphones os was customized, but only to incorporate the multitouch screen). can your tytns and ipaqs run windows vista? can your nokia e 70s and what have you run on xp?

everybody wants the iphone to be everything: 3.5g, 7 megapixel camera, gps, bread toaster, but if apple were to pack all that into the phone how much will the iphone cost seeing as how you all grumble over 600 dollars (399 now) for new technology? and if they put every single gizmo into it, what then will come in subsequent iterations of the phone?

im darn pleased with it as it is.

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Just got myself an Iphone for £269 and am on a £35 monthly plan. Its a lovely phone, but the excitement has already worn off. My battery lasts less than one day on full charge! Learnt from some forums that keeping Wifi off when not in use will prolong battery life. Did that today and it is definitely true, but battery life is still not impressive. I also keep the screen brightness low to conserve battery. By the way, I cannot even enjoy the phone as much because for nearly half the day, I am at work!

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Unfortunately, some guyz had to upgrade to Firmware 1.1.1 and suffering the loss of 3rd party applications and some other jolly processes.

Below is a a guide to downgrade to 1.0.2 from 1.1.1.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/10/01/how-to-downgrade-iphone-firmware-111-to-old-crackable-and-hackable-102-version/

Courtesy of Kmac1985

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Apple doesn't slash prices just anyhow!

they either upgrade specs as in the case of the macbook series

now that iphone is $399 they are giving earlier buyers a rebate if they activated with at & t,  much unlike a lot of insensitive manufacturers out there

That's fair enof

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[li]Is the $600 iphone a viable investment?[/li]

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it's simply a next gen 8gig machine worth $599(4gig goes at $499), since when did anyone start investing in phones by the way

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[li]the iphone is crap, it's rubbish it's shabby?[/li]

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Does any one of you rugrats actually own one?! or atleast extensively reviewed this machine before you start dissing the thing simply cos u dont have the $600 or would rather spend your $800 equivalent on some sleezy nokia?

Final Words:

Apple never claimed the iPhone would be the next best thing in this junk-overloaded world.

Nobody and Nothing IS perfect.

This phone, certainly aint as bad as the bad mouths proclaim!

If u dont own one or havent used one extensively, kindly shut your trap and stop reciting what you read from some phoney gadget mag.

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I will never upgrade the iPhone firmware.

Apple is just pushing aways its customers. What is the essence of paying for a phone which I won't have control over? It is just absurd.

Check the link below and see what you will be missing if you dare upgrade from Hack 1.0.2 to the iPhone firmware

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/iphone/iphone-re+reviewed-verdict-don't-buy-302075.php

Who will win this war?

Hcker ?

Apples?

Who will?

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hey texazzpete,

where can i get the 4gb iphone for the price u mentioned here in nigeria?

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I use a HTC TyTN, and there aren't many phones out there that can beat that for sheer power and features, but the iPhone pretty much holds its own for the features you get.

IPhone 4GB = $299 = N38000

iPhone 8GB = $399 = N52000

That's 8GB of storage, with ipod features, durable, sleek design, wifi, safari browser, youtube integration and widescreen video. How much did other lower end phones come on the market? How much was the RAZR when it came out?

Doesn't this beat many of the SE walkman phones floating around for like 50K?

The iPhone may never be a smartphone as powerful as the winMobile and symbian powerhouses. but it's unrivalled as an entertainment device. At least music loves can finally have an all inone device that blend ipod, phone and camera together.

So no, the iphone is no TyTN. But then again, my TytN cost $700+!

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iPhone is a crappy Bottom fone. Its too expensive for the quality your getting.

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Patience has its virtues. I was thisclose to getting this phone a couple of weeks ago, and something/someone kept telling me not to rush it.

Still on the expensive side, but at least it's a little more competitive with other high-end phones now.

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can u now use other carriers aside from AT&T? heard somewhere that some genius kid was able to unlock it so it can be used with other phone companies.

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check this out

source : http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2007-09-05-iphone-price-cut_N.htm

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tell me something I dont know

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I needs me this iphone y'all

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The iphone was put on the biggest PR roller coaster ever, and everyone wanted it even if they don't really need it. After playing with the phone's interface at an Apple store, I found that its pretty nifty as a hand held PC, but not very ergonomic to use as a phone. And if you want to use it as an ipod replacement, you will be disappointed. The maximum memory of 8GBs just falls way short of the more than 30GBs ipod users are used to. So the phone does have a lot of short comings. The most interesting part is the dynamic touch screen interface which could keep you busy for a while. Browsing is not as fluid as the commercials suggest. It still doesn't come close to laptop friendliness.

Apple is very smart. Just when the market was getting over RAZR fever, apple brings its own fever to keep the market spiced up. They will use it as a platform to extend their evergroing empire of electronics and software. And unsurprisinngly it set new profit margin records for apple. Every iphone costs apple approximately $220 to make check out the businessweek article http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jul2007/tc2007072_957316.htm?chan=search

The phone is good for those who just want to have it, but for someone actually looking for a phone, look someplace else. If you just need to play with the interface, wait for next year when the price goes down. As for me If I/m just fine with my $40 nokia, It makes calls and sends text, no fancy stuff. If I need music and videos to escape boredrom at work, my ipod takes care of that and for photos my canon powershot sd800 does that very well and yes I carry all three everywhere I go.

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I really respect the Nokia E70. Ever since I discovered the phone but due to its ugliness most people tend to look away from it. I have mention it either twice or once in my post

Even the most recent Nokia N products contains the same features with the phone. I have compared it with somethe most hyped phones released since last year.

It is a great achievement since 2005.

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@pumping,

pls help me tell seun o! I was comparing 2 phone types and he is talking abt laptop. can u put a sim card into ur laptop and make calls with it. the touch screen sensitivity is what I admire in the iphone features, it is just splendid I wd like my xda 2 have that. but 4 pete's sake I won't like my laptop to have that.

u can't compare any laptop with any phone, one cannot replace the other absolutely.

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i hate to always be the bubble burster, but if you truly live in Nigeria, you'll never be able to use the iphone within the next 8 - 12 months minimum. it's strictly tied to a contract.

umm. . .portability? unless your laptop fits in your pocket and you can carry it around with you!

Pocket PC phones (like the exec and TyTN) can't replace laptops, but it helps to do some simple computing tasks on the go, in places u can't carry your laptop to!

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Apple always has its unique ways!! The Ipod is revolutionary,Macs are great,Pixar studios did Shrek,the Iphone is fantastic.

I think $600 is a fair price 4 the Iphone.Bring it 2 9ja, and they'll be selling it 4 like $1000 i bet you!!!.

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laptop won't have?

Those who buy it are not fools, but want to be seen as trendsetters. For that purpose, version 2 won't do.

The iPhone doesn't support 3G networks. It's battery can't be replaced. And the browser has vulnerabilities.

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I don't think it is expensive; I presently use an O2 xda exec that cost me a little over $1007, the iphone has some features I will like on my xda but am still cool. i'll stick wit the xda cos am in love wit it, can't cheat on it but if I hadn't this xda, I'd push 4 d iphone; its worth it y'all.

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Men, if I don't buy it who will buy it. Imagine if everybody thinks like this, will anyone buy it. This stuffs are expensive but they are meant for us to use, regardless the fact that they (Phone manufacturers) are after our money. If you truly know that you have the money buy it. But make sure you cruise all the functions on the phone (thats hw 2 use ur money).

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don't be a fool , in bout' 2 months the price of the phone will drop down drastically ~ watch from $600 to about 400 & apple would have made a fool out of the person wer no get common sense to wait 4, especailly when it is a brand new phone that just came on the market, the first batch always has problems ! ! !

So u be the Judge ! ! !

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really appreciate yall replying the post, there is a new problem, people are finding it difficult to connect to the internet with the new iphone,

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It's a pretty cool device with its all in one capacity, but it's too damn expensive.

The best thing is to wait a couple of months/years for the price to come down.

Even if I was a millionaire, I don't think I'll purchase that device for $600.

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Apple's iPhone is over-priced.

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Apple is a different beast! And people do not mind paying a hefty premium for it's product, especially the apple aficionados. I doubt that phone's price will drop as quickly as the RAZR's did. Now, there may be a stripped down version for a lower price though. Also, at least for now, it will not be sold unlocked via 3rd party like all other phones. It is going to be sold exclusively via a carrier. Cingular has a 2-year exclusive right in the US. I heard that Vodafone UK will be getting it by the end of the year. Again, they will likely be the only one in the UK that will sell it for a specific period of time.

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Sonyericsson P1i, the mother of all smart phone

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Wait a sec! The iPhone isn't $600. it's $600 with a 2 year contract tying you to Cingular. Buying the iPhone when/if it finally becomes availiable standalone will cost a whole lot more.

And the way apple's selling it, you buy it, then you connect it to itunes and then you choose the payment plan you want. so if you buy it without signing the Cingular contract, you can't use it.

Sorry to burst your rose-colored bubble, but Apple ain't Motorola. the iPhone will hit $200 in maybe 4 years time. Not before.

But seriously, why buy a crippled 'smartphone' that isn't really smart, you can't install 3rd party app son it, and worse of all, it doesn't have 3G!!

Considering the fact that all the major networks in naija will be rolling out their new 3G service later this year, not having 3G sucks massively. Yes, the browser's cool, but try loading pages on GPRS.

One more thing: Unlike 99% of other smartphones out there, the iPhone cannot edit or create Excel, Word or PDF files. In fact, you cannot even set your Mp3 files as ringtones except you buy them from Apple's site. . .

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Invest that $600 in Apple stocks & you'll get a better ROI (return on investment) on your money rather than buying a phone that will become obselete in about a year when a new model is released!

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when the razor first came out it was like $500 with a plan and now razors are really cheap ,

so i will get an iphone when the price drops to like maybe $200

but i'm sure someone will be nice enough to buy it for me

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I've reserved one at Best Buy. I will go pick it up on Friday evening. I got hook up by one of the guys that works there !

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The reviews so far are glowing. The iPhone can't be compared to other handsets currently out--it's got too many revolutionary features. $500 and a two-year contract is still a little too heavy in my eyes, but you can't deny that this phone is next-level technology.

From Apple.com:

“The phone is so sleek and thin,” reports David Pogue (New York Times) in his review of iPhone, that “it makes Treos and Blackberrys look obese.” And the software transcends. “It’s fast, beautiful, menu-free, and dead simple to operate.” If you need “to answer a call, you can tap Answer on the screen, or pinch the microscopic microphone bulge on the white earbud cord. Either way, music or video playback pauses until you hang up.” As for email, it’s “fantastic. Incoming messages are fully formatted, complete with graphics; you can even open (but not edit) Word, Excel and PDF documents.” And “the Web browser,” he points out, “is the real dazzler.” No “stripped down, claustrophobic My First Cellphone Browser; you get full Web layouts, fonts and all, shrunk to fit the screen. You scroll with a fingertip — much faster than scroll bars. You can double-tap to enlarge a block of text for reading, or rotate the screen 90 degrees, which rotates and magnifies the image to fill the wider view.” In short, Pogue calls the iPhone, “the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years.” [Jun 26, 2007]

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saw i review on abc's early morning show, its kinda too much for 600 dollars and the other cue is that there no tabs everything is touch screen, for chaps like me whi want to be in the lecture theatre and do other stuff it will be too tasking, and then it is only available ot at&t subcribers, but when it comes to nigeria, trust naija, enuf effizie dem go buy am

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most def.

but then again your monthly bill will be off the roof

the monthly bill is actually about the same as other phones

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The price will probably come down. Especially, when apple starts to roll out versions for other carriers/countries. For now, you can only have this phone if you are a cingular/AT&T customer. And, I believe there is an exclusive 2 year contact with cingular too. The phone will also definitely be locked to cingular. Now, as a cingular customer, I cannot spend $500 on a phone. A lot of phones with similar features (Blackjack, BB pearl, etc.) can be got for free with a 2 year contract.

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Apple are known to produce notoriously expensive electronics. Good design and intentions but definitely not the best in the market. Reminds me of ipod/zune.

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The very first time I saw the iphone, I literally had tears in my eyes - damm that baby is fine.

I do agree with most posters though that its generally advisable to wait till the modifications have been made and the phone perfected from real user experiences.

HOWEVER, there are those that get a buzz from getting a piece of kit at launch when no one else has it, cool factor comes to mind, not just with your peers but also with yourself knowing that you were part of the very first who rocked this.

Whether I would 'invest' in this? No but I would buy, cause once you bought it the value has already dropped and will never rise again unless you dont use it and it becomes a classic!

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i think we gat hungry people on this forum,

why y'all talking like u're living below 1 dollar, although am a born nigerian with much respect to my motherland and i know how things is going on right now,

the issue of $600 confuse lots of people, let me tell you it's not up to 80,000 naira compare to NOKIA E SERIES.WHICH IS SOLD FOR 105,000 NAIRA,

so guys, let no dollar decieve us, $,

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Md Dude Nice Talk there I dey feel you.

Na White man dey rush all these things here. I was a Nokia Phone freak too but I studied the market and its actually true that you wait a while and allow the price drop or next Gen fone of the same family come out b4 buying.

1 thing is that you dont know what Bleep up the fone will bring, the more complicated a fone is, the more problems to fix it when it crashes. I bot a nokia 7710 when it came out (=N=92,000) and after a few months it crashed, I fixed it and travelled to Naija with it Can you believe that they stole it from the pouch when I was in a bus.

I hail Una.

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The price is insane (there's a $500 model too, BTW) but the phone's features are pretty unique. It's not outrageous for business users who want a phone will full browser support, video voicemail etc. There are many phones in that price range if you don't factor in contract discounts etc. I've been going back and forth on getting one since February, but the fact that it's first-gen/untested with so many possible glitches (the touchscreen keypad has been criticized a lot; glass screen prone to scratching; battery life issues etc.) makes me want to wait. That and the fact that they want you to get into a 2-year contract to get the phone at all is ridiculous to me. There's no denying that it's a great machine though.

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I think a phone with those features is worth $600 (N75,000). Consider the Nokia N95 at $900 (N115,000). So I think the price is fair though its features do not measure fully to the N95.

The issue I have with buying these new highend phones is that the very first versions may have software problems, mechanical problems, firmware wahala, circuitry errors and all. But after the first six months they would have recieved a lot of complaints and made corrections. So don't buy so early. You'll get the more trouble-free version, and it'll be much cheaper too.

I'm planning to buy the Nokia N95 because the camera is out of this world. But I'm still giving it till September or November.

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The rule of the thumb with new technology is dont buy it - they are still concepts and until the 2nd or 3rd generation of the products, most of the products are still craps that havent been perfectise yet - You will be used as a guinea pig while using your hard earned money in the process

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