I don’t get what the big stir is about. Well, that’s a lie. I don’t get what all the misdirected blame is about. If you’re one of Steve’s belligerent underlings, let’s look at the facts:
- You chose to spend $600 on a phone.
- You couldn’t wait for the inevitable price drop.
- You had to be the coolest kid at school for a couple weeks.
- You are probably bad with money (I don’t have much data to back that up, but I’m sticking to it).
So let’s look at why you’re really mad. You spent $600 for a $300 phone so you could be cool for a few weeks. It seemed like a great idea at the time, but, like my mother after a nice vacation, now that it’s over your not so sure it was worth the money. Soon all your other friends with less money/more sense will have the same phone and all the novelty will be gone.
Here’s a couple observations I’ve picked up during my few, but technology-filled, years. Firstly, technology is always most expensive at its initial release. It will go down in price. If you don’t want to get hosed, forget about being a first mover. Secondly, anything with an Apple logo on it will cost more than it’s unbranded, gunmetal gray counterpart. If you want to be cool, buy the Apple. If you want to eat, settle for a Treo, 8125, or what have you.
Lastly, companies drop prices. Period. It happens all the time. I paid more for my 360, PS2 and every single video game and accessory than they would cost today. My computers are depreciating. So is my car. The McBathroomBreak I ate last week just hit the dollar menu. This is standard business practice. Steve Jobs is not a bad guy.
Now, while I hate to point it out, there’s also another lesson to learn here. Jobs, in his infinite, coffer-stuffing wisdom, responded to his angry fans, and for good reason. Those silly first-adopters are his meal ticket, so it’s well worth taking the hit. It’s not to say that Apple doesn’t make a good product. I’ve played with an iPhone, and it’s a spiffy little toy, but the products aren’t worth the money people pay for them.
You got lucky this time. I’m sure it’s not what everyone wanted, but it’s more than anyone deserves. This is the game. Get used to it. Make your decisions, take your licks, and stop acting like this is such a big deal. 95% of the same clowns will be in line for the next one, whatever it may be.