iPhone…one affordable mobile PC!

I swore I would not write anything about the iPhone. I mean really…at this point, what has not been said? The biggest debate has been on cost. Who will pay $500-$600 dollars for a phone with no carrier discounts? Yes, for a phone this is expensive. But a phone this is not.

This is a mobile PC, and a cheap one at that. One that is about to change how many people use a wireless network. So, for those of you that are still waiting for Apple to design another Newton-like device, I’ve got news for you – this is it.

Most people in the United States own 2 devices. A phone and a PC. One is used for voice, the other for data and email.

In Asia, most people have one device, a phone for all of the above.

My bet is that the iPhone changes America’s relationship to their ‘phone’ to more closely resemble the habit of our Asian friends, where one device is all you may need.

For many people, owning a PC is a luxury, high ticket item. My bet is that the iPhone will be viewed by many people as a great AFFORDABLE option as an all around communications device rather than as an expensive phone. I am willing to say that many people, especially young adults, would choose this over a PC if given the option. Yes, I know that you cannot do your homework on the iPhone, but this is a launch model. You can bet Apple has several follow up models behind this one in addition to a whole host of applications like Office ready to run on it’s streamlined OS.

The iPhone is a layman’s PC bargain, one that is about to change our communications habits while it challenges our notion of personal computing.

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