iPod Killer! Apple creates the iPhone… Will Thailand get it?


iPhone in Thailand? That’s one of the questions I have about Apple’s new iPhone. If we can’t get it here in Thailand then I’m not going to get all worked up over it.

I’ve been wondering what the latest announcements were going to be from Apple – there was some speculation that they would announce an iphone sometime this year – but, it’s HERE now… officially. Yet, on the apple web site it says they cannot sell them yet! Somethng about an FAA license or something… hmmm

The photo on their site says the iphone will be with Cingular wireless – but, will it come to Thailand? Surat Thani? Singapore?

See the iPhone at the apple site >

I’ve been wondering about which phone to get that would keep me in touch with everything I need to be in touch with. I’m writing like 8 blogs that I need to stay in touch with. If this iphone comes with a keyboard then I could update by iphone by sending email to update my blogs.

Right now I have a Motorola e680i – which is awesome… and yet I really want something with a longer battery life. This one needs charged daily and I’d like to get away from that hassle. However, the new iPhone has a 3 1/2 inch display – widescreen for video like the iPod- and I can’t imagine that it’s going to get much out of the battery. BUT, if by chance it DOES – I’ll get one. That’s the only factor I can see that makes it iffy.

This is a quad band phone with wireless, and wifi enabled for high speed internet AND EDGE technology which we have here in Thailand – only in Bangkok, but we have it!

It has 4gb or 8gb of memory internal. It has a 2 megapixel camera. It of course has all video ipod features. It has mac 0s10 or 11. It has a safari web browser and pop email capabilities. AND a bunch of other stuff.

But, the big thing is – how long does the battery last? Ok, I found the detailed specs… pasted below:

Technical SpecificationsScreen size 3.5 inches
Screen resolution 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Input method Multi-touch
Operating system OS X
Storage 4GB or 8GB
GSM Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Wireless data Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
Camera 2.0 megapixels
Battery Up to 5 hours
Talk / Video / Browsing
Up to 16 hours
Audio playback
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

Hmmm… up to 5 hours – means – if you’re using the wifi and the browser you’re a gonna get about a 1/5th of that. My phone too says an inflated time… and I can use it for about 1.4 hours online before it dies… or I can use the blue tooth connection in it to connect my laptop wirelessly to the internet – but it will only last a short while – about an hour. :(

It is a very lightweight iphone – I wonder if they’ll make a heavy duty battery. I wonder lots of stuff – let’s see what happens.

Skeptical, but hopeful…

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.