The iPhone came to Canada today.
Canadians are now getting their first (legal) taste of Apple's iPhone, with the release of the new iPhone 3G through Rogers Communications.
Walking to work this morning, I passed a long line of early adopters crowding the entrance to a Rogers store waiting to sate their techno-lust. Watching these people mill around in anticipation, I couldn't help but wonder when I became such a Luddite. I'm only 32; I should be trembling with excitement over the release of a new technological marvel, not shaking my head in exasperation at all this ruckus over a cell phone.
I have to admit, part of my lack of excitement is financial. According to CBCNews.ca, Rogers is offering the world's second-most expensive iPhone, with a three-year cost of $2,176 for early adopters, or $2,572 if you wait until after August 31 to sign up. CBCNews.ca has an interactive map of the participating countries' iPhone costs, if you're interested in comparing.
The prospect of surfing the web on my phone just doesn't do that much for me. Some of the "location-aware" features are pretty cool, like searching for restaurants in your vicinity, but my cell phone is still very much a "when needed" tool, and I have no interest in making it such a core part of my day-to-day life.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think I'll be hanging onto my perfectly serviceable 4G iPod and Samsung D807 a while longer.
Now get off my lawn, you kids!