[Editor’s Note: Chris actually wrote this yesterday (Tuesday), but it didn’t make it into the newsletter version of Windows Fanatics on time. We apologize for the delay!]

Can you hear me now? I just got home a few hours ago. It’s been a long day for Ponzi and myself, having just spent over eight hours flying cross-country. Our layover was in Atlanta this afternoon, and there I happened to catch Apple’s latest announcement on a news broadcast. Steve Jobs is finally entering the mobile communications (read: cell phone) market. They announced the iPhone today at MacWorld:

iPhone combines three products – a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching – into one small and lightweight handheld device.

The problem is that we won’t be able to see (or use) it until June, largely due to FCC paperwork. I flipped through the digital brochure and really didn’t find anything terribly compelling or revolutionary there. Sure, widgets would be a welcome addition to my phone – but if the iPhone doesn’t sync with Outlook easily, then it simply won’t make a good replacement for my Smartphone (or any Windows Mobile device, for that matter).

iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers.

Ah, I’ve had nothing but terrible experiences with touch screens phones – and I have no reason to believe that the iPhone will make that experience any better. For instance, when operating my Pocket PC Phone, my skinny finger would inadvertently tap “55” or “45” – instead of the intended “5” digit. Touch screen buttons are nothing more than annoying, as they lack the tactile feedback that physical keys readily provide.

Dunno. I’ll reserve final judgment until I can see one in person. I happen to be a Cingular subscriber, too. The Smartphone has been very good to me (I’m currently carrying a Cingular 2125 device). A Windows user using an Apple phone – could such a thing ever happen?

[tags]iphone, cingular, cell phone, mobile phone, communications[/tags]