The experience

Thomas Hawk, I’ll always treasure this photo you took of me and my son and a couple members of the original Mac team. Always. And his writings this morning NAIL why it was an incredible two days.

Remember, I still don’t have an iPhone. My son has one. Maryam has one. I didn’t get one. Why? Cause I have a Nokia N95 and I wanted to see if the hype really was worth selling a $750 device (which surely this morning is worth less) and buying a $600 one that had fewer features. I guarantee you that I’ll be getting an iPhone soon. Even after noticing its many flaws this morning it still meets the hype. I wasn’t quite as prepared as Patrick in the savings department. It’s Maryam’s birthday today and I spent my discretionary income on her since she desperately needed a new phone. Her TMobile didn’t work in the house, the iPhone has full connectivity with both Wifi and AT&T.

Anyway, Thomas Hawk. What can I say? The two days I spent in line with you and hundreds of other people were two damn fun days.

40 thoughts on “The experience

  1. I have always been a loyal Apple customer, but will never purchase another Apple product again….it’s a decision based on principle. I just got back from the last apple store in my state to have iphones. The website indicated that the store had phones left last night, so I went at open and they only allowed about five people to purchase phones, because they only had a few left. In sum, I had to make three tripes to Apple stores over the past five days and, because I didn’t have time to wait four hours at a time, was never able to get an iphone.

    I believe this is all because Apple has decided to ONLY sell the phone at Apple stores and not stock enough of them in order to increase hype and publicity around the product. They are using their customers as pawns in a chess game, in which they win a few extra billion dollars.

    I’ve decided, based on principle, to refrain from buying an iphone or any other Apple products in the future. They should think about their customers first and worry about marketing tactics second.

  2. I have always been a loyal Apple customer, but will never purchase another Apple product again….it’s a decision based on principle. I just got back from the last apple store in my state to have iphones. The website indicated that the store had phones left last night, so I went at open and they only allowed about five people to purchase phones, because they only had a few left. In sum, I had to make three tripes to Apple stores over the past five days and, because I didn’t have time to wait four hours at a time, was never able to get an iphone.

    I believe this is all because Apple has decided to ONLY sell the phone at Apple stores and not stock enough of them in order to increase hype and publicity around the product. They are using their customers as pawns in a chess game, in which they win a few extra billion dollars.

    I’ve decided, based on principle, to refrain from buying an iphone or any other Apple products in the future. They should think about their customers first and worry about marketing tactics second.

  3. I checked the live stream whenever I could, and all I could think is: how awesome is that. Hawk is right: the experience is worth more than the iPhone itself.

  4. I checked the live stream whenever I could, and all I could think is: how awesome is that. Hawk is right: the experience is worth more than the iPhone itself.

  5. Hi, my name is Pop and I’m addict.

    It all started Friday night when I read multiple reports that the iPhone was living up to the hype pretty much. I had promised I wouldn’t buy one. Not this time. Not when I already have two iPods. I would resist.

    But then there were the pictures. iPhones being used everywhere, and the ultimate geek porn: iPhone dissection pictures!

    How can one resist? Yet I did.

    I thought it was safe to go up to the Apple store Saturday morning. I thought they would be out of stock by then and that I would be able to safely handle a demonstration unit for a few minutes, being unable to buy one.

    A quick fix, as we addicts refer to this sort of thing. Just some juice to get me going for a few more weeks.

    No such luck. There were still some units in stock and I was in and out the store in 2 minutes, carrying with me a few ounces of the stuff.

    So there you have it. I’m an addict.

    They say admitting you have a problem is the first step towards a cure. I hope it’s enough to keep me from buying the 30 GB model as soon as it comes out.

  6. Hi, my name is Pop and I’m addict.

    It all started Friday night when I read multiple reports that the iPhone was living up to the hype pretty much. I had promised I wouldn’t buy one. Not this time. Not when I already have two iPods. I would resist.

    But then there were the pictures. iPhones being used everywhere, and the ultimate geek porn: iPhone dissection pictures!

    How can one resist? Yet I did.

    I thought it was safe to go up to the Apple store Saturday morning. I thought they would be out of stock by then and that I would be able to safely handle a demonstration unit for a few minutes, being unable to buy one.

    A quick fix, as we addicts refer to this sort of thing. Just some juice to get me going for a few more weeks.

    No such luck. There were still some units in stock and I was in and out the store in 2 minutes, carrying with me a few ounces of the stuff.

    So there you have it. I’m an addict.

    They say admitting you have a problem is the first step towards a cure. I hope it’s enough to keep me from buying the 30 GB model as soon as it comes out.

  7. Continuing on the N95 v/s iphone meme, lifecatcher had a list of the top 10 iphone web apps for safari on iphone.
    http://lifehacker.com/software/lifehacker-top-10/top-10-iphone-applications-273407.php

    I have a Nokia E65 and tried it out with the Nokia version of webkit. It appears that some of them did not work well in Nokia like iZoho.com and http://www.chandlerkent.com/iphlickr/.

    Can you check out and see if the iPhone renders these different from the N95′s new S60 browser?

    I thought that the Safari/iPhone behavior should be very similar to the Nokia webkit. Apparently not?

  8. Continuing on the N95 v/s iphone meme, lifecatcher had a list of the top 10 iphone web apps for safari on iphone.
    http://lifehacker.com/software/lifehacker-top-10/top-10-iphone-applications-273407.php

    I have a Nokia E65 and tried it out with the Nokia version of webkit. It appears that some of them did not work well in Nokia like iZoho.com and http://www.chandlerkent.com/iphlickr/.

    Can you check out and see if the iPhone renders these different from the N95′s new S60 browser?

    I thought that the Safari/iPhone behavior should be very similar to the Nokia webkit. Apparently not?

  9. Thanks Robert. It truly was something special, wasn’t it? Seeing the the press and the Apple employees — all the spectators, react for those first minutes when they let Patrick into the store all by himself were just beautiful. What a truly unique and beautiful experience that you and Patrick were able to share together with the world the past 36 hours.

    These past 36 hours will be something that Patrick never forgets. What you and him have shared is what fatherhood is all about.

    Both Kristopher and I had such an amazing time hanging out with you and Patrick and everyone else at the launch. There were so many great moments. And thanks for your help with ZooomrTV. As you know ilfecasting can be hard work — especially when you are dog tired — but it was so rewarding to share the entire experience online with the world. Those stories that Bill Atkinson told are some of the most remarkable stories about the history of Silicon Valley. What a great thing to be able to hear in person.

    Here’s to you my friend and to Patrick and to a wonderful two days we all spent together!

  10. Thanks Robert. It truly was something special, wasn’t it? Seeing the the press and the Apple employees — all the spectators, react for those first minutes when they let Patrick into the store all by himself were just beautiful. What a truly unique and beautiful experience that you and Patrick were able to share together with the world the past 36 hours.

    These past 36 hours will be something that Patrick never forgets. What you and him have shared is what fatherhood is all about.

    Both Kristopher and I had such an amazing time hanging out with you and Patrick and everyone else at the launch. There were so many great moments. And thanks for your help with ZooomrTV. As you know ilfecasting can be hard work — especially when you are dog tired — but it was so rewarding to share the entire experience online with the world. Those stories that Bill Atkinson told are some of the most remarkable stories about the history of Silicon Valley. What a great thing to be able to hear in person.

    Here’s to you my friend and to Patrick and to a wonderful two days we all spent together!

  11. Agreed on- Thomas Hawk explained it well. I did not and do not plan to buy an iphone, but I really enjoyed watching the livestream and eagerly reading all the buzz about it, just because of the silicon valley culture tied to it. Congrats on all of the press coverage.

  12. Agreed on- Thomas Hawk explained it well. I did not and do not plan to buy an iphone, but I really enjoyed watching the livestream and eagerly reading all the buzz about it, just because of the silicon valley culture tied to it. Congrats on all of the press coverage.

  13. kittoo: yes, it is worth it. What do you mean “no basic phone features.” I already have done a conference call with it. Most people can’t figure out how to do that with their existing phones.

    Simon: yes. She was very skeptical she’d like it at all. So far, so good.

  14. kittoo: yes, it is worth it. What do you mean “no basic phone features.” I already have done a conference call with it. Most people can’t figure out how to do that with their existing phones.

    Simon: yes. She was very skeptical she’d like it at all. So far, so good.

  15. Scoble..c’mon you are still in the iphone mania..come to reality man! Does the iphone worth the price ($600) Plus contract? with no basic phone features for that cost. “Looks doesnt complete all”. First you have to ask yourself to whom it has been targeted? Business people..nah…general public…nah…mac freaks..yeahhhhh! It might be a good experience standing in line..ohh wait no need they are still available :)

  16. Scoble..c’mon you are still in the iphone mania..come to reality man! Does the iphone worth the price ($600) Plus contract? with no basic phone features for that cost. “Looks doesnt complete all”. First you have to ask yourself to whom it has been targeted? Business people..nah…general public…nah…mac freaks..yeahhhhh! It might be a good experience standing in line..ohh wait no need they are still available :)

  17. You got the N95 for a single blog post and surely that’s a better deal.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=673017559&size=o
    I thought I should share this update with you. The case is finally going to court 2 years after the fact. I’m simply going to maintain I didn’t check a box at signup and thus retained my duplication and copyrights, because I didn’t sign them away explicitly at any point and time. And I was denied the opportunity to remove my articles. Also Jaylittle put a deep link to pirate the material on a rapidshare type site and MS did not take down after email and snail mail notification. What’s funny is that I have to go right when I get back from Germany. What a great way to come back from Europe. :/ Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. GI Joe.

  18. You got the N95 for a single blog post and surely that’s a better deal.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=673017559&size=o
    I thought I should share this update with you. The case is finally going to court 2 years after the fact. I’m simply going to maintain I didn’t check a box at signup and thus retained my duplication and copyrights, because I didn’t sign them away explicitly at any point and time. And I was denied the opportunity to remove my articles. Also Jaylittle put a deep link to pirate the material on a rapidshare type site and MS did not take down after email and snail mail notification. What’s funny is that I have to go right when I get back from Germany. What a great way to come back from Europe. :/ Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. GI Joe.

  19. Sean: I need more time to write a decent review of the two phones.

    John: I think you’re right. Business people are going to LOVE their iPhones. As long as corporate email gets onto them.

  20. Sean: I need more time to write a decent review of the two phones.

    John: I think you’re right. Business people are going to LOVE their iPhones. As long as corporate email gets onto them.

  21. Robert,

    I’ll definately be watching your blog more closely to see what your thoughts are of the N95 vs. iPhone. The cream of the Crop from Nokia vs Apple is a story i think hasn’t been told.

    It will at a minimum be very interesting to see how it shakes out

  22. Robert,

    I’ll definately be watching your blog more closely to see what your thoughts are of the N95 vs. iPhone. The cream of the Crop from Nokia vs Apple is a story i think hasn’t been told.

    It will at a minimum be very interesting to see how it shakes out

  23. honestly, its not so bad with the predictive text. At least I can read your blog in Panera and respond with my iPhone.

  24. honestly, its not so bad with the predictive text. At least I can read your blog in Panera and respond with my iPhone.

  25. Haha, pretty convenient you can use your son’s iPhone to try out. It really doesn’t come off as a business-person’s phone. More of a pop-culture phone. Apple’s still going to get a huge amount of the market share though.

  26. Haha, pretty convenient you can use your son’s iPhone to try out. It really doesn’t come off as a business-person’s phone. More of a pop-culture phone. Apple’s still going to get a huge amount of the market share though.

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