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Some people have mentioned to me that reading this blog is making them wish they had an iPhone. First off, I’m glad my posts are getting people interested and excited! But my purpose here isn’t really to show off or even to rave about how awesome the iPhone is. It’s more to spark the imagination about what’s possible – and specifically, how communications is evolving right before our eyes.
I’m not partial to any particular smartphone (okay, well, maybe a little bit). There are so many out there and a lot of them come with a lot of unique advantages. The Evo has an awesome big screen. The Blackberry has IM. The Android is the fastest growing smartphone in the market, and it recently hit 1 billion app downloads in the Android Market.
And even if you don’t have a smartphone, no worries. Currently, only 17% of American cell phone owners are using smartphones. But according to eMarketer’s July 2010 Top Picks, that percentage is projected to grow steadily over the next few years, with 49% of us using smartphones by the end of 2011.
So… even for the self-proclaimed late adopters, I think change might be inevitable.
It was the talk of the town when, not too long after the launch of the iPhone 4, a string of complaints came out about really bad reception problems. Was the king of mobile slipping up?
As complaints grew, Apple rushed to address the problem. Now, almost a month later, they still haven’t come up with an actual solution. (Although one brilliant user came up with a creative solution using Livestrong wristbands.)
On Friday, Steve Jobs came out publicly to address the issue, admitting “we’re not perfect.” He acknowledged that it’s no good for a phone to lose reception when you hold it a certain way, and he assured users that they were working to address it right away. He also pointed out that it’s actually a very small fraction of his phones that suffer the problem, and it hasn’t really hindered sales in any way (3 million have already sold, and counting). Further, other smartphones have had similar reception issues in the past, so the problem is certainly not unique to Apple, according to Jobs.
He sweetened the deal by offering free cases to all to all iPhone 4 users and those who plan to buy in the near future. Definitely a nice gesture, but I can’t shake the stigma. I think I’ll wait it out.