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Its been a long wait for 3GS in India.I have been following a post on fonearena.com about iPhone 3GS launch date in India. 500+ comments turned it out into a mini forum. I too voiced my share of disappointment over the delay.
@varun - author of the post:
good to see that your website is optimized for mobile. But right now on my iPhone the share links are jumbled up. Would be great if you do customize for iPhone like gamespot as there would be many like me reading the comments of this post.
For me, my iPhone 2g have kept me busy for the last 2yrs , hence I didn't jump for a Grey market 3gS. AppStore n cydia just makes my phone feel new every day. Add the numerous cracked apps available I don't find a compelling reason to buy 3gS on the grey at 40k. I hope many viewers out here share the same opinion.
My bit to the speculation on launch date, it would come only after 3g services are full swing n after Apple vs Vodafone vs Airtel bargaining is over.
Apple knows that it has a very small niche market in India which won't go anywhere else. So this time they may even go carrier free and pitch it as a premium lifestyle product along with iPod and macs via Croma n Apple stores.
I must say,
especially to people focusing on negatives of iPhone that I brought this in aug 07 n till date I m happy. I use it so much that I end up with bills for above 600mb edge usage per month. Add that to the amount of games n videos I play, you can assess my usage. Barring a few dents (due to falls from table level heights) and scratches on behind everything looks n feels new. The screen is still scratch free, body still shining n battery still giving me the same hrs I used to get in 07. My experiences with SE n Nokia hvnt been the same. Well the handsfree wore of in 9 months though.
it seems to be a perfect design to use and to build. No wonder apple stuck to the same design even after the design being around for 2yrs.
New users valuing money should first try a 2g or 3g from the used market before going for 3gs. It might take some time for new guys to get used to iTunes syncing n read only folder structure. Guys who hate iPhone, well grapes are sour. I would suggest you spend some time with ur friends iPhone to get a fresh perspective. Guys who owned n iPhone but hates it, I wonder how that's possible. Only reason I find is lack of awareness n using technology ( local cell shop said most iPhones that come up for sale n exchange are by people who hv little knowledge abt technology n doesn't hv access to computer, guys who buy just for show off)
@Rishi : on his reply to my comment about xperia's superior browser, data usage by iPhone and themes n toys in cydia
I was once a E fanboy. I did use SE xperia for a few days, in fact I was waiting for it just like the way I m now for 3gS. Opera is impressive but the edge iPhone has is the no of websites/webapps that serve custom page for it like gmail, fb or gamespot. Sad that iphone doesn't support flash but that haven't been much of a handicap while browsing. Baring a few, my experience with xperia was rather lukewarm. Might be, I had a lot of expectation from that device.
On cydia, I m not talking about fart apps n themes. I meant stuff like cyntact, blacklist mxtube etc or AppStore stuff like bloomberg n Reuters n fedex or paid apps like flightstats n RTM. It's made work easy for me, I am impressed by the no of business apps/webapps available.
On data usage, yes it's because in iPhone safari, pages are loaded in full if an optimised version is not available and emails are loaded in full HTML. In addition to this, I tend to download videos from youtube using iPhone instead of broadband… I know that's stupid but I still do that at times.
SE xperia was a worthy contender, I hope next version and many other devices announced by SE, Nokia and HTC on Andriod, Symbian and Maemo pose a worthy challenge to iPhone.