Are Palm Pre owners looking at their shiny new handsets and wondering if they made a mistake buying the phone just days before Apple’s WWDC event? That’s the word floating around the Internet, especially given that the Pre isn’t as much an affordable alternative to the iPhone. This is a debatable issue that will likely continue to rage online among bloggers, tech pundits and of course those holding the respective phones.
The price cut from Apple is big news, because there has been a long held belief – one seen in the current PC marketing campaign – that Apple products are very expensive. A recent episode of TV’s The Simpsons made light of this fact, while subtly referring to the company as Mapple. But the fact is that the iPhone has been expensive, and the price reduction to $99 for the 8GB iPhone 3G could be good news for those looking to get the Apple handset. The company has about 11 percent of the smartphone market, and an affordable priced mobile phone could increase its market share to levels that its computers have never seen.
And considering that the $99 model is $100 less than the Palm Pre it is a big deal. But as this reporter has already addressed, it is worth considering that Sprint users were left out in the cold without the Apple iPhone previously, and this fact isn’t going to change in the foreseeable future. Nor did Sprint even get the love from the Google Android handset, the first of which (the HTC produced G1) is available exclusively for T-Mobile.
This is what some of this is coming down to at this point: exclusivity. Sprint has fallen to third-place, but third is far from out of the race. And business users, especially those who travel a lot, benefit from smartphones. So the smart money is that most Palm Pre users are probably content with their decision. It wasn’t as if there wasn’t the option to get a different iPhone last week.
iPhone 3G S Adds More Than a Letter to the New Model
In the auto industry an extra letter at the end of a car model usually means something special. This is true of countless other consumer products as well. Does the “S” in iPhone 3G S really bring anything special to the table? Well, even with cars, TVs or just about anything those bonus letters really boil down to the perception of something special, often times more than actually delivering.
This is the case of the latest iPhone. The S packs a few new features including a better camera with the option of filming video, as well as increased storage and longer battery life. All that sounds great. But the catch is the cost. Where there is that “bonus letter” (be it cars, TVs or just about anything again) it is going to cost you. This is especially true for current iPhone 3G owners who might only be one year into their contracts. As AT&T (as the still exclusive carrier) subsidizes the price based on a two-year plan, owners half way through will have to play as much as $399 and $499 to upgrade to get those spiffy new features.