Whenever something new comes on the market, my philosophy is 'stand back and let the bugs come out first'. (That and 'stand back to let the price come down.') Example.... Apple's iPhone.
I just read an article about the cost and method of replacing the battery for an iPhone. Gulp!! It costs $79 plus shipping costs to replace the battery. And owners cannot replace the battery themselves... they must send it to Apple. (The battery is soldered to the phone.) This takes three business days.
So.... run out there and spend $500-$600 for a phone and be without it for several days every so often. Yeah, now theres a deal to drool for.... oh but wait! They'll let you use a loaner phone for $29. WTF?!?
And this all comes with a minimum of a two year contract at $60 a month. (Or more if you go over minute limits?? I don't know about this.)
Apple use to have a reputation (as I understand it) of being user friendly. Looks like since they hooked up with AT&T (formerly Cingular which has a reputation of lousy reception) it may not hold true. However, it is also my understanding that Jobs had total say so about the phone, so maybe this pile of crap can be place at his feet.
But whatever. I guess if you are willing to pay $600 for a phone, whats the big deal about an $80+ battery charge. However, being without a phone for three or more days is a big deal.
Stand back. There may be exploding consumers soon.