Newswise — People across the country were camping out this June for a very different reason than you might think. Rather than trying to get away from modern technology, they were setting up outside of stores waiting to get their hands on it.
The release of Apple's new iPhone, the summer's must-have gadget that combines the features of a video iPod with a Web-capable camera phone, has technology geeks and seekers of the newest status symbol vying to be the first on the block to have one. But is it a good idea to hold off a little while before making this big purchase and committing to a mandatory two-year service plan?
"I recommend for people to wait for anything electronic," said David Allan, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Saint Joseph's University. "But some people can't wait. They've got to have it."
Dr. Allan warned that with the first release of any new technology come glitches that can cause frustration.
One immediate problem has been the speed of the Web browser. To make the Web more widely available, Apple had to sacrifice their speedier service.
"Apple's saying that they did it because the slower network is in 13,000 cities as opposed to 165 major cities," Dr. Allan said.
Also, unlike most phones, the iPhone's memory card and battery are not easily accessible, and can only be fixed by taking it to an Apple store.
"So, when they have initial problems, there could be a big line at Apple stores," said Dr. Allan.
Still, it is unlikely that those who have their heart set on what some have come to call the "Jesus Phone" will be able to resist the allure for very long. The important thing to remember is that even though the iPhone is unlike any other device on the market, you may find yourself with an all-too-familiar technology-induced headache when problems arise.