Well, you know what Noodle, this time I do agree with you because now you've made a good point and not just blurted out it wasn't going to sell. Sure, we'll see but my guesses is that we can see something happening with the iPhone. Take's Apple's marketing and then the success of the iPod and you've got a decent guess that Apple could sell this phone very well. The N-Gage mainly failed not due to it being utterly shite, but poor marketing. I remember the release but don't remember anything other than that, no adverts, posters nothing. Poor marketing doesn't get you nowhere, but if Apple can maintain a good scheme in letting the public know about this, which shouldn't be too hard because it's already appeared on numerous sites such as BBC.co.uk and MSN and so forth.
For all I know, the iPhone could just fail and you'll sort of point and laugh at me and I won't really give a shit but the point is that it will most likely be succesful and I'll let you hold me to that statement.
I have to agree with Broomie on this one - the fact that technological devices are in such high demand now means that it most likely will be a success in the early stages. Whether it is successful in the long term would remain to be seen - but if you look at the PSP and DS lite, both of them sold out on release - but overall the DS has probably been more successful. I guess it also depends what you see as being successful as business have their own objectives.
We don't know exactly what this iPhone will be like - but from what the presentation showed, it sounds like it will be unique and there will be no other device like it (plus it's patented). That pretty much guarantees that it will be a success. Geeks don't buy these things because they will use the features - they usually buy them because they are something new and unique. At least, that's the case with me
So I have to say, I think with the reputation of Apple and success of the ipod (plus the response from people on the net has been pretty good) - it's likely to be a success. I think the price is very reasonable too.
What's smart is I could just finish work, jump on the bus or train, pick a film I'd like to watch and set it downloading, get home and wirelessly stream it one of the Apple TV devices. That's just a friggin awesome thing to do I reckon. And if you think that convenience isn't a good thing then go back to the 80's. Apple have all the pieces in place. The most popular music/TV/film store, the market appeal and consumer desire, the most advanced handheld device going (200 patents) and the hardware to stream and control your media from anywhere. Perfect device for the phone market, since it's full of people who want the newest and best. What I friggin love about it is that it's not just an all in one device, but a media convergence device... in a phone.
Perfectly fine calendar on phones? Oh yea. But proper wireless syncing with Address Book, iPhoto, iTunes, Address Book, Mail, Safari and widgets? What about a phone that can be scheduled to tell EyeTV on my iMac to record TV shows, compress them and send them to my device? Lets see a fucking Nokia 3210 do that.
But yea. I won't buy one. I'm not in the market for such a device yet.
Widgets were soooo 2006.. and dont diss 3210's I didn't read any of the big bits of text above - I won't be getting a silly iPhone; don't need one either So who cares?! (strictly a rhetorical question)