When Steve Jobs revealed the Apple iPhone early this year, it became the most awaited gadget of the year. The iPhone was officially released here in the US last Friday, June 29th. Hundreds of people lined up in front of AT&T and Apple stores across the country several days before the scheduled date of release just to be first in line.
A 4GB iPhone costs $500, while an 8GB version costs $600. Too expensive you say? Well, that doesn’t even include the contract from AT&T. If you add ’em all up, your total expense would easily be more than a thousand bucks.
Anyways, Will Greenwald of CNET.com came up with a list of alternative gadgets that you can get for the price of one 8BG iPhone.
- An 80GB and a 30GB iPod
- An 8GB, and a 4GB, and a 2GB iPod Nano
- Seven iPod Shuffles with $40 left over
- A Playstation 3
- A Nintendo Wii, and a Xbox 360 Core System, and a year of Xbox Live Gold
- An Xbox 360 Premium, and a year of Xbox Live Gold, and a Xbox 360 media remote, and a Nintendo DS Lite
- A Nikon D40 digital SLR with a 18mm-to-55mm lens
- A Panasonic DMR-EH75V DVD recorder/80GB DVR/VCR deck and a Panasonic SC-HT40 home theater in a box
Although the iPhone is indeed a bit pricey, you can’t deny that this is one of the best cellphones or gadgets ever built. When the iPod first came out, people were willing to pay $400 for a 5GB, monochrome version. So it’s not a surprise to see people willing to shell out that much money for the iPhone.
Buying those alternative gadgets can’t match or replace the feeling of excitement and joy that only the iPhone can bring.
As for me, even if I had the money to get one I’d pass for now. I’ll wait a little longer until Apple upgrades or improves the iPhone capabilities and I’m sure by then, it would be less expensive. Do you like any of the devices/gadgets listed above or do you know of other iPhone alternatives that aren’t in the list? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.