In a completely biased post, based solely on what I use my phone for, here is the Audiovox SMT 5600 (a phone that's been out for more than a year) vs. the Motorola ROKR (aka the iTunes phone)
|Audiovox SMT 5600||Motorola ROKR|
|$200 ($250 - $50 mail in rebate)**||$250**|
|Calls, Music with Bluetunes||Calls Only*|
|MIDI, WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG (w/ 3rd party)||MIDI, WAV, MP3, AAC|
|Yes with ppcTunes ($9.95)||Yes, Native|
|Other Music Services?:|
|Yes Napster, MSN Music, others.||No|
|WMV, MPEG4, (Divx, Xvid via 3rd parties)||MPEG4|
|MSN Messenger.||Wireless Village|
|MiniSD, current max, 1Gig||MicroSD, current max 512k|
|Expansion Cost: (Amazon.com)|
|1 gig, $79, 512K $50||512k, $60|
|Small, slim , BRIGHT, turns heads. No "oooo shiny" factor||Apple WOW is Missing, Cool name|
|MS Hate Factor:|
|Low, it's an MS OS||Medium Java + Apple but not open source|
No contest. 1gig & high compression WMA vs. 512k & MP3? c'mon I've got 300 songs in 260 megs. MP3 can't compete.
So the geek in me says, most serious folks will buy the biggest capacity possible. If that's true, the CPA in me says buy the Audiovox, use the $50 savings to up your capacity to 1gig, add ppcTunes and put $10 in your pocket. However, my MBA says that we buy what we want and then rationalize. We don't buy rationally. That means that despite it's mediocrity, Motorola will still sell a lot of iTunes phones.
Still, Color me unimpressed with the iTunes phone. I'll stick with the Audiovox.
* per Motorola's website
** per Cingular's website
Upate: I woke up this morning with a few more thoughts.
- The ROKR phone is butt ugly, coyote ugly. It looks thick too.
- Orb. Stream your conent to your phone. Don't store it there. You can't do that with iTunes.