I was 90% sure I was going to buy an iPhone 3G on Friday, but a couple of things changed my mind tonight and I decided I will not be buying the device on Friday. One of my main motivations for buying the iPhone was to be able to write about it here on my blog, but I will be able to upgrade my current iPhone to the latest firmware and test most all of the available applications and write about them. The
Apple fanboy main stream media reviews were posted tonight from Walt Mossberg, David Pogue, and Edward Baig (USA Today) and they helped make my decision much easier by confirming that Bluetooth is still limited, the camera is the same, battery life is less when using 3G all the time, and pretty much everything about the hardware is the same as what I already have, with the exception of 3G and GPS. We all knew most of this already, but there was some doubt about functionality not specifically addressed.
In addition to the reviews confirming the hardware limits, I also received news that a North American E71 will be delivered to my house tomorrow and IMHO that device is much more compelling from a productivity and power user perspective. Stay tuned for my unboxing and first impressions that should go up late tomorrow night.
I will be upgrading my current iPhone as soon as the firmware is available because I rarely use it now since it does not support my hosted Exchange account. I never connect and sync my devices with a cable so this is a "killer" feature IMHO and something I can't wait to try on my iPhone.
I am quite excited about the iPhone Application Store and it will be interesting seeing when it goes live since people in New Zealand will be getting iPhone 3G units when those of us in the U.S. are still working on Thursday.
I may change my mind about the iPhone 3G in the future, but I think the smartest thing for me (and maybe for many current iPhone owners) is to see if Jobs announces the 3rd generation device at MacWorld in January since this iteration was just an evolutionary upgrade.