Last Updated Aug 20, 2007 6:20 PM EDT
- The Cool Factor: As is true for many other Apple products, the iPhone's biggest "I want that" factor is its sleek styling.
- Multimedia Mojo: It's a cell phone, it's a music player, it's a camera, it's a Web browser, and more. Ask yourself if you really need all that high-tech bling. (According to Forrester Research, most consumers say that what they want in a cell phone is that it actually work, last long and be easy to use.)
- Interacting With the Office: Then there's the straight-laced stuff to consider, such as how well you can work on the iPhone. If you're a Blackberry user who's always sending e-mails back and forth while away from your desk, getting used to the keyboard-less typing could take some time.
- Internet Ease of Use: Because the touch screen essentially spans the length of the iPhone, users will get a wider viewing area than what the typical Internet-enabled phone offers. Speed is another issue altogether. In wireless hot spots, getting online is a breeze. Otherwise, you're forced to rely on AT&T's wireless network â€" and that can make you "long for the days of a dialup modem," according to New York Times columnist David Pogue, who's tested out the Ã¼ber-gadget.
- Cell Phone Carrier: The iPhone can only be used with cell phone service from AT&T, and Pogue says his biggest gripe with the iPhone is AT&T's wireless cell phone and Internet service, which he calls "not good."
- Price: The iPhone will set you back $499 for the 4-gigabyte model, and $599 for the 8-gigabyte version. Beyond that, there's the service plan to consider. AT&T announced this week that its iPhone service plans will start at $59.99 a month, with a minimum two-year contract. There's also a $36 activation fee.
- Other Options: If you're ready to spend at least $500 for a cell phone, what else should you consider? In the $500 to $800 range, try the HTC Touch, LG's Prada-branded or the Noka N95, which has a 5 megapixel camera -- 2.5 times larger than the iPhone's. Sony Ericsson, Motorola, and Nokia also have phones that triple as MP3 players.
(Image of iPhone by Apple)