Not. I had the chance today while at the Apple store. I debated. I passed. Here’s why.
- Not sold on the “full” browser experience. Safari doesn’t resize the page for a small screen. I have to zoom every page and finger around. Consuming content needs to be best for the screen. A web page optimized for 1024 x 768 just doesn’t work on a small screen. I think I like browsers that “resize” content to match the device.
- Browser is slow. I tested my BlackBerry Pearl compared to Amy’s iPhone. My BlackBerry loaded Techmeme and Scoblizer faster, much faster.
- No copy and paste.
- No attachments in email.
- No “local” application support from 3rd party developers (e.g., expense tracker). No “real” support for 3rd party developers.
- iTunes as a sync client. No automatic Bluetooth sync with my Mac (I’ve limped along to make my phones sync with my Mac — why can’t Apple make the experience awesome for Mac users).
I think I’m so picky because I’ve been using various converged devices / smartphones for over seven (7) years now. I’ve tried lots of devices (Treo, Nokia, RIM). IMHO, nothing is perfect yet, including the iPhone. But being an Apple Fan Boy, I’m having a hard time NOT buying an iPhone.