Selling out was easy to do

So, I sold out.

In record time I might add. Some of you may have read the last post on this blog where I, rather flippantly, mind you, railed against the need to buy a new iPhone. And in the end, the verdict was, and I quote “no thanks”.

So, here we are a few weeks later, and I again am typing a blog post on the WordPress iPhone app, but this time it’s on a white 16GB iPhone 3G. And, yes, it’s mine. So that obviously means between now and then, I bought one (2 actually).

So, what changed?

Supply became available. Rather than waiting 3, 4 or 5 hours (at one of the Apple Stores), or 2 to 3 weeks (by ordering through AT&T), I was able to get on the line at Apple Fifth Avenue, with a voucher guaranteeing me an iPhone within 40 minutes of arriving. No sweating it out. (didn’t hurt that it was a nice day)

The promise of bug fixes was close. Rumors and facts had Apple working on both a point release (2.0.1) and a major release (2.1) imminently. And sure enough, 2.0.1 was released two days later.

The price was right. Even at $299 for a 16GB (and yes the contract), I got a much better phone one year later.

First Gen resale value. If I was going to get any value for my now 8GB iPhone Touches, it would have to be within their window of most value (I.e. Before Apple’s third gen iPhone).

The marketing wins. Apple manufactures demand, and I buy it every time.

So, am I happy? Yes. And it really does more with the little things the unit fixes. Better sound quality. Better speaker. Non-recessed headphone jack. The 3g when it works is awesome. And yes, the fact that I can store most of my music on it again helps too.

Am I a sellout? Sure. But I’m also happy I am – because this is the phone the first-gen should have been.

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