I still stand by my earlier contention that consumers don’t want convergence, but would rather have one well-designed device that does everything well. Although the touch-screen with switchable UI may solve the problem of accidentally dialing my mom when I really want to listen to “Mother” by The Police, I tend to agree with this writer that the iPhone hype is far ahead of the reality. That’s not even getting into the many flaws that observers are already pointing out.
Is it really that much of a sacrifice to carry both a mobile phone and a portable music player? If not, is it worth switching to Cingular and paying $500 to combine the two? Not for me. Then again, MP3 players existed well before the iPod, but the combination of style, design, and ease of user have allowed Apple to capture more than 70% of the market.