And even then, I’m not so sure. Bruno gave me a lift home, and we mused together about what is sure to come next:
- Praises of it as the best thing since sliced bread.
- Mixed noises from plenty of manufacturers as they hawk their iPhone killers, with:
- Motorola staying awfully quiet in the corner, hoping nobody remembers the ROKR.
- Nokia trying to convince people that the N95 is better, despite being slightly more usable than a rusty Swiss Army Knife.
- SonyEricsson saying they’ve been doing Walkman phones all along (even if they did recently alienate most of their UIQ users and developers).
- …and everyone else looking pretty much like this.
- Folk complaining it scratches when they put their keys in their pocket with it.
- Folk complaining their dog ate it.
- Complaints about battery life (complete with lawyers itching to make money off a class action lawsuit).
- Complaints about coverage and data speed on parking level -6.
- Lots and lots of complaints about the keyboard and input methods (being a US phone, it had better support Spanish, but where’s the ”ñ” key?).
- Photos of it after being run through a washing machine or run over by a car (I’m betting Ars is going to do it, no matter how much it pains them).
- Hacks to boost the storage to hundreds of GB (even if it means carrying a 3.5” hard disk and a power brick along).
- An iPhone “skin” for Microsoft Surface (XXL size).
- All sorts of FUD regarding security problems, people storming IT administrator’s offices to have it working with Exchange, and other nonsense.
- Cory Doctorow complaining about Apple bringing DRM to the mobile world (even though it’s been there for ages already).
- And, last but not least, John Dvorak saying it’s the worst phone he’s ever paid for with his own money (but he went and got one!).
Mark my words, folks. Some people will never be happy.