When I was a kid, my mom loved to shop sales at the large department stores in downtown Cleveland. Higbee's, the May Company, Taylor's--we hit them all. I was quite little, and I remember her crunched up against other anxious shoppers waiting for the doors to open. I could feel her tighten up and get ready to push her way through as soon as the store personnel opened the doors and jumped out of the way. She would literally sprint over to the sale tables, my hand in hers and my arm tucked like a football at her side. I would put my head down to save my face and to help her in my important role as her personal mini battering ram. What brings up these memories? The iPhone.
Mom is long past her fad and sale-buying days (thankfully and somewhat sadly). But as a result of the above scenario, I hate shopping. I buy almost everything online to avoid stores at all cost, and I am never at the front of a mad rush to buy anything--including an iPhone.
Another consideration for me is that after being a very early adopter of Windows XP, I will never again be one of the first users of any technology product. I learned my lesson when, for a while, no other program on my computer (including email) worked with XP.
The truth is the iPhone looks zoomy. It's probably going to be a kick to use. But at price tag of up to $600, the requisite two-year contract, and loaded monthly fees (and waiting lines), no thanks. When it's half the price, bug free, and will work in the mountainous region I call home, then--maybe.
How about you? All of you early can't-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-it types, please report in with your iPhone experiences. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll put them on the site. Should be fun.