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Jul 22, 2007
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Hi everyone,

I'm doing an article on the iPhone craze and I need your input by answering the questions below. If you own the phone and don't mind answering some questions about it then please respond.

1- What were your expectations of the iPhone and did the phone live up to your expectations?

2- What feature(s) do u enjoy most on the phone?

3- Have u encountered any problems with the phone? If so, what types of problems?

4- Do u consider the phone to be a "fad" or a new useful form of technology that will be around for a while?

5- Did u rush to purchase the phone within the 1st week that it was relased or did you purchase it some time after?

6- Were u aware of any waiting list 4 the phone and were u on any of them?

7- How much did you purchase the phone for?

8- Did u consider the phone to be a "must have"? If so, what attracted u 2 the phone 2 make u feel that way?

Thanks in advance:)
 
#2
Hello iPhone craze. I will try to answer these questions as best as I can.

1- What were your expectations of the iPhone and did the phone live up to your expectations?
I am on the road a lot and I need to check my college email during the summer. I was glad to see that my special college email account works perfectly with the iPhone. Also, being on the road a lot, I need to be able to check out the web. I may not have wifi or my computer with me. Again, that's why the iPhone was appealing to me. Yes, the phone lived and still lives up to my level of expectations. I demand a lot from my technology and it needs to be reliable. So far, it has been a pleasurable experience.

2- What feature(s) do u enjoy most on the phone?
I really enjoy the full web capabilities and email. I receive lots of attachments from professors that are MS Word. I like the fact I can open them and read them before I get back to my apartment or if I am on vacation away from my laptop. I really like the phone app. It's a strong app and does what I need it to do perfectly - make calls LOL. The iPod portion is really cool. I hope Apple continues to build on these apps and expand the phone's capabilities with the iCal program, and text messaging. For now, they are satisfactory.

3- Have u encountered any problems with the phone? If so, what types of problems?
I will be honest here, Yes, I had a problem with my first iPhone. The lower section of my screen stopped responding to my touch. I couldn't adjust the iPod volume or tap Map, List, Satellite in Maps. I went to Apple, had a genius look at it, and I got a replacement phone same day. Apple is doing research on the bad phones to improve on their new models - whenever new ones are released. I am still on my second phone after 3 weeks of use and it has been awesome!

4- Do u consider the phone to be a "fad" or a new useful form of technology that will be around for a while?
This question depends on who you ask. It depends on who uses the phone and who said user is all about. Like the iPod, this phone is a fad for sure. It's a status symbol. It makes its user iconic. For example, every time I go out to eat, I whip out my iPhone at the table and check my email, or take a quick call. All the waiters/waitresses all come up to me and say "Is that an iPhone? You have a cool phone!" I like that phone! I want one! Can you show me some of the features?" etc. Seriously, I do at times feel like a celebrity with the iPhone. But, I am a tech freak! I LOVE technology. I depend on it due to my disability. I live on my computer. So I am a person who really utilizes his technology. So for me, it's not a fad. I really hope the phone sticks around for awhile and does not end up like the Newton. I think a lot of people are buying it for the "fad" because, as I said earlier, it is iconic. But in my case, I need it.

5- Did u rush to purchase the phone within the 1st week that it was relased or did you purchase it some time after?
June 29 - 12:00 Noon, I was in line at my local Apple Store in Grand Rapids, MI. I waited 6 hours in line and talked to some really cool people. The people in line were mostly Apple enthusiasts and fellow Mac-Heads. I only bought one phone. I was the first person at my school to own one. So of course, when I went to class the following Monday, EVERYONE wanted to see it, including the professor, who talked about it for 20 minutes in class! :laugh2:

6- Were u aware of any waiting list 4 the phone and were u on any of them?
It was Apple's policy to NOT have nor start any waiting lists for the iPhone, at least from the Apple Retail side. I can't speak for the AT&T Retail side.

7- How much did you purchase the phone for?
I purchased the 8 GB model at my local Apple Store on opening day. So I paid $600. But I bought a case a week later, and I am still purchasing some accessories.

8- Did u consider the phone to be a "must have"? If so, what attracted u 2 the phone 2 make u feel that way?
Yes, it was a "must have" for me because I depend on high standards of technology to get me through my life with my aforementioned disability. But I am also an Apple Mac-Head, enthusiast. The whole functionality of the phone attracted me to it, especially the full web capabilities and the "Desktop Class applications."

These are great questions! Thanks for posting!
 

LauraBee

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#3
Hi everyone,

I'm doing an article on the iPhone craze and I need your input by answering the questions below. If you own the phone and don't mind answering some questions about it then please respond.

1- What were your expectations of the iPhone and did the phone live up to your expectations?

I expected a great Apple product that made using music and photo features easy and enjoyable. I expected it to be far cooler than my treo or any other phone I'd owned in the past. I expected it (since it has no hard buttons) to be flexible and have the ability to grow and change with updates. I was not disappointed with it in any of those ways.

2- What feature(s) do u enjoy most on the phone?

I love the iPod and photo features. When I'm out and someone asks me about tattoos I have over a hundred pictures of the work I"ve done in an easy ind interesting format, and a calendar right there to make them an appointment.

3- Have u encountered any problems with the phone? If so, what types of problems?

I seem to have way too many duplicate contacts. Sometimes I have a hard time sending mail and I've totally given up sending mail from my Yahoo account.

4- Do u consider the phone to be a "fad" or a new useful form of technology that will be around for a while?

Do you consider the iPod a fad? I think the iPhone will change the way we see phones the way the iPod changed the way we see portable music players.

5- Did u rush to purchase the phone within the 1st week that it was relased or did you purchase it some time after?

I waited nine hours in line on iDay and was number 21 in a line of over a hundred people. I made new friends that day and the Deaf guy I interpreted for who was next to me in line drops by the shop and says hello now and then.

6- Were u aware of any waiting list 4 the phone and were u on any of them?

Waiting? What does that mean? When I want something I want it NOW.

7- How much did you purchase the phone for?
6 hundred something? (639? something like that. 8g at full price)

8- Did u consider the phone to be a "must have"? If so, what attracted u 2 the phone 2 make u feel that way?

It was a must-have for me! If it has a usb cable, or a cd to load drivers, or a screen of any kind I want it!

Now here's some unsolicited feedback: I'm not sure you're really "doing an article" because I've never seen a real writer use a lower-case u in place of the word "you". I don't enjoy that, my 14 year old daughter texts me that way. It's just two more letters, the Y and the O, you'll be a better writer if you use them.
 
Jul 22, 2007
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Well thanks so much guys for your input but I already finished the article. However, your answers were great, I just wished you would have responded earlier. Laurabee, I'm sorry if my "u" in place of "you" offended you. I am actually doing an article for my Newswriting & Reporting class which I just finished. Me typing the "u" was me just being lazy I guess. I figured since this is just a forum, I wouldn't have to be as formal as I usually am with my writing.
 

Martlet

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Hi everyone,

I'm doing an article on the iPhone craze and I need your input by answering the questions below. If you own the phone and don't mind answering some questions about it then please respond.
First, not sure I'd call it a craze... it's a new product, the craze only seems to occur somewhere between the journalist and his keyboard. Other than a fun time being cheered into the Apple store on the 29th, which I'd catagorize as a grin more than a craze, I don't see any crazy iPhone owners goofing off.

1- What were your expectations of the iPhone and did the phone live up to your expectations?
With 40 hours of video on the features and use, and several keynote presentations, I can't say there were any expectations other than what it was presented as. It does what they spent 6 months saying it would do. The only way it couldn't meet your expectations is if your expectations were made up out of whole cloth instead of the available facts.

2- What feature(s) do u enjoy most on the phone?
E-mail, web browser. I have a Palm T|X that can do both over wi-fi, and have used the Palm for that less in 2 years than I have the iPhone in 1 month. Having EDGE, even slow, is the key... EDGE is everywhere, unlike faster G3 data tech. And since I travel from the city to the country daily, I am very happy Apple went with a base data tech that is widely available, rather than a better tech that wouldn't give me any data connections in many places.

3- Have u encountered any problems with the phone? If so, what types of problems?
Sure. Browser and to a lesser extent, maps crashes.

4- Do u consider the phone to be a "fad" or a new useful form of technology that will be around for a while?
It's what you make of it. If you have no use for the technology, and yet you have one, then it's a "fad" for you. If the technology provides a useful service for you, then it's not a "fad". I'm sure there are some owners who don't have much use for it, but it has many different features, and at least the phone should be useful to most owners. And it introduces owners to other possibilities. Finding you get value you didn't realize you needed is wonderful. My mother didn't need a microwave, she was actually angry when we got her first one. Now she can't imagine not having one (as most of us can't). Hopefully, the features of the iPhone will be the same... you'll come to a realization that the features are actually useful, even though you didn't expect them to be.

5- Did u rush to purchase the phone within the 1st week that it was relased or did you purchase it some time after?
I needed a new phone for the last 8 months. My contract was up. I had followed the iPhone and knew it's features were useful to me. I happened to be commuting past the Apple store at 6pm, and was meeting family at the mall it's in, so I went in to see what they felt like, then figured I might as well get one rather than coming back later that weekend.

No rushing, but I got one in the first hour because I was there anyway.

6- Were u aware of any waiting list 4 the phone and were u on any of them?
There were no official waiting lists. I didn't, and wouldn't have bothered. I know Apple delivers product to meet demand, give or take. I wasn't concerned about not being able to get one.

7- How much did you purchase the phone for?
I bought retail, so the same price as everyone who didn't pay a premium to get one second hand.

8- Did u consider the phone to be a "must have"? If so, what attracted u 2 the phone 2 make u feel that way?
I consider a cell phone a must have (I travel a lot, I don't have a landline).

Other than that, there are features I look for when making a decision. I prefer a "professional" quality phone. That means function over looks. I don't need it to be pretty, I don't need colored lights, cameras, etc. Ease of use as a phone, then features that are useful to my needs are the priorities.

For me, that's a phone, and email is a secondary need for businesss (I get my work email on the phone) and personal use (my family communicates via email often). The camera is a convenience for communicating I hadn't expected... sometimes a picture is faster than explaining something over the phone. Web access is nice, I am able to get news when I have free time in places that time was otherwise wasted before.

It also slots perfectly into a replacement for existing devices (cell phone, 4GB nano and a Palm T|X for calendar needs) so it nicely replaces in one device 3 devices I was using anyway.

So the quality and ease of the interface, it's ability to replace and/or improve on several devices I already use, and the fact that it delivered some additional needs and/or improved on them attracted me to the phone. Having the promise of Apple delivering improvements, rather than the few and far between bug fixes (or in Verizon's case, disabling features over the life of the phone) from any other previous phone supplier is just a huge added bonus.
 

cj sparrow

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Questions and answers

1- What were your expectations of the iPhone and did the phone live up to your expectations?

A: That it would tie together, in true Apple form, all of the features we have on a multitude of other cell phones in a way that blew them all away. It does meet and exceed my expectations.

2- What feature(s) do u enjoy most on the phone?

A: Weather, stocks, e-mail and text messaging. The photo features are nice too.

3- Have u encountered any problems with the phone? If so, what types of problems?

A: None so far.

4- Do u consider the phone to be a "fad" or a new useful form of technology that will be around for a while?

A: Definitely a useful form of technology that will eventually revolutionize how cell phones are used.

5- Did u rush to purchase the phone within the 1st week that it was relased or did you purchase it some time after?

A: Yes. I purchased mine that Friday night. No lines at my favorite Apple store. No problem.

6- Were u aware of any waiting list 4 the phone and were u on any of them?

A: What, me wait? Yes I was aware of the lists and lines. No, I did not put my name on a list, nor did I wait in line.

7- How much did you purchase the phone for?

A: $599 plus tax

8- Did u consider the phone to be a "must have"? If so, what attracted u 2 the phone 2 make u feel that way?

A: I feel it is a must have now. I can get all of my e-mails from all of my accounts, text my children when necessary no matter where they are, get the latest forecast, check my stocks, and, oh yes, it makes and receives calls.