But how good a phone will it be?

I’ve seen a waterfall of iPhone 3g coverage, but nobody yet has answered the question that actually matters most to a lot of people: How good a phone is it? The original was adequate as a phone, but that’s it. Basically it was very average as a phone. Looked great, worked okay.

My guess is that one reason was the metal back. The celluar signal hasn’t been made that isn’t hurt by metal surronding the antenna. The new phone has plastic in the back. Much better idea, signal-wise.

Be interesting to see how it goes.

7 comments

  1. Russell Nelson’s avatar

    If you have to ask how good a phone is it, you can’t afford it.

  2. Stephen Lewis’s avatar

    D. Some more criteria:

    A good phone is controlled by the user, not the mobile service provider whose signal it latches on to. A good phone comes to market un-SIM-locked so that the user can change providers at will and can use local-country SIMs when traveling outside of the US. A very good phone enables the user to load software of his/her choice without the control of service provider or phone manufacturer. An excellent phone can survive frequent falls and raindrops

    SL

    Note: to Russel Patrick: The iPhone is not highly priced as phones go, but it is scandalously expensive as perpetually locked phones with compulsory 2-year contracts go. Also, be careful when you cast aspersions on those of us who cannot afford the iPhone-plus-2-year-AT&T flim-flam, we in turn look down on people who fall for big-company marketing ploys just to make a flashy statement of what they can afford.

  3. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Steve,

    The user-controlled phone, one that isn’t “applianced” by the maker and the carrier in collusion to lock in the user, is still an anomaly here in the U.S. Hopefully that will change once the Google Android phones (ones with a Linux-based open design that Google came up with and offered at no cost and with few restrictions) start hitting the market. If all goes well, Apple will get some good competition from a broad range of open phone providers who let users do what they like with the things, rather than just what one maker/carrier combo allows them to do.

  4. Jason Secor- Birmingham Alabama Real Estate Agent’s avatar

    Does anyone have any experience with the I-phone compared to the blackberry. I really want the new i-phone but can’t imagine life without my blackberry, Change is difficult.

  5. Russell Nelson’s avatar

    Who’s Russel Patrick?

  6. Russell Nelson’s avatar

    On the off chance that *I* am Russel Patrick, my point had nothing to do with the monetary cost of the phone, but instead the opportunity cost of giving up a good phone in order to have an iPhone. Economists are people who know the cost of everything and the price of nothing. Or something like that.

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